Tags: #architecture #buildingdesign #buildingenclosures #buildingenvelopes #buildingscience #materialsscience #resilience

The sequence of work is key to proper AWB installation. But does it have to be? 

Much attention is placed on the layering of AWB components – and with good reason. The ‘reverse lap’ is a source of constant misery. But even when done ‘correctly’, according to manufacturer’s requirements, so often it still fails. And we write it off as just another poor install when, in fact, the product or system fell short. Products rarely offer what’s promised. The real world is never as clean as the laboratory. And workmanship is what workmanship is. 

But what if products and systems were designed without the need for such acute sequencing awareness? What if products were designed and manufactured with the same redundancies as the assemblies to which they are applied? 

Most AWB systems are not designed as such, they are often a menagerie of private labeled parts made to look coherent as if suitable for a perceived function. 

We need a different approach – clean lines, high resilience and compatibility, and uniform robust adhesion – beauty, brains and brawn. Totally possible. But not with our current menagerie thinking.