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Guides & Specifications

The Guides and Specifications presented here augment the integrated design approach professed by the Whole Buildings Design Guide. The guides offer a deep dive into building enclosure components—as well as a number of calculator tools that aid the design and specification of mechanical insulation. The specifications below serve the agencies that create them, and also can offer valuable design advice for specific building types in the public and private sectors.

Specifications

The mechanical insulation specification is an important but often overlooked part of the overall design process. Too often, mechanical insulation specifications are developed by "dusting off" the specification from a previous project. This often results in confusion, delays, and increased costs to resolve. Good specifications should communicate the design objectives, materials, thicknesses, finishes, securements and other systems requirements.

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