Building Envelope

The term Building Envelope is used to describe the structure of of a building including;

  • external walls, windows and doors
  • internal weight-bearing walls
  • cladding.

Building Envelope is one of a number of components that buildings can be broken up into for the purposes of including them in an asset register.

Alternate Definitions

AMCORD defines a building envelope as a diagram drawn on a lot of a subdivision plan to the requirements of the Responsible Authority defining the limits for the siting and/or wall height of any dwellings and/or outbuildings, private open space, driveways and/or garages/carports.

Useful Life

The typical useful life of a building envelope will vary from building to building, depending on a number of factors, including the materials used in its construction, but may be in the range 40-90 years.

Council Adopted Life
Bundaberg Regional Council 45-75 years
Whittlesea City Council 50-75 years

Related Pages

External Links & References

  2. Yarra Ranges Planning FAQs
  3. Google Search
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