The Building Enclosure Council (BEC) is a network of affiliated architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and others located in major cities across the United States. The Dallas BEC was formed to address durability, design and the unique air, moisture and thermal performance challenges of building enclosures in Texas.


Prefabricated exterior wall panels offer several advantages over traditional "stick-built" framing.  These panels are built in a controlled manufacturing environment versus unpredictable field conditions.  This not only guarantees a higher degree of quality, but also prevents unexpected schedule delays due to weather considerations and other factors.  Prefabricated wall panels can weigh up to 90% less than a precast panel of the same size.  QA+QC/Inspection - The manufacturing process allows for 100% of the building envelope to be inspected and all punchlist items to be pre-punched prior to panel installation.  Critical waterproofing details are highly repeatable and easily inspected.  

Panelization allows for the building's exterior skin to be under construction, in some cases ready to install while the structure of the building is still being erected.  As a result of the accelerated duration for the exterior wall installation, the building is dried in at an earlier stage.  This has a positive schedule impact that benefits multiple trades. Minimizing the  use of scaffolding reduces significant cost, time, and safety risk throughout the construction process.  Panelization is also beneficial on projects with zero lot lines and limited staging areas, such as downtown high rises.  The amount of manpower required to install wall panels is significantly less than in traditional framing.  As opposed to having multiple trades in the same space for framing, waterproofing, finishing, etc., only a small installation crew is required.

Safety; Manufacturing is 15 times safer then traditional construction.  Building panels in a horizontal, ground level environment and installing them from a crane greatly reduces the risk involved in building off scaffolds.


Preston Pressley, Vice President Business Development & Marketing, Baker Triangle