(BEC) is a network of affiliated architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and others located in major cities across the United States. The Councils provide a forum for the construction industry to address building enclosures—the exterior systems of buildings that play such a critical role in building performance and energy efficiency. BECs offer industry professionals an opportunity to exchange valuable information relating to successful building enclosure design through meetings and sharing of resources.
BEC was established as an intiative of the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) of the National Institute of Building Sciences and the American Institute of Architects.
BEC CHARLESTON has been created under the auspices of AIA Charleston as part of the national Building Enclosure Council (BEC), a joint initiative of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), and the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC). For information regarding the national BEC initiative please visit http://www.bec-national.org/.
The stated purpose of the Building Enclosure Council is—
- To provide a focus/forum at the local level for those with an interest in the enclosure (envelope) of buildings and the related building science.
- To promote and encourage discussion, training, education, technology transfer, and exchange of information about local and national issues and cases, relevant weather conditions, etc.
- To initiate and promote cross-disciplinary and cross-responsibility dialogue—laterally between professions and vertically between designers, consultants, educators, manufacturers, suppliers, fabricators, constructors, building operators, developers, insurers, etc.
- To facilitate improvements in relation to process—namely, inspection, approvals, regulations, standards, liability, etc.
- We welcome participation by architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, vendors, and anyone interested in exploring the mysteries of the building enclosure in this climate zone.