More than 3,000 affiliated architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and others with an interest in building enclosures participate in Building Enclosure Councils (BECs) around the country.

The Councils promote the exchange of information and encourage discussion on matters concerning building enclosures and related science, such as training, education, technology transfer, weather conditions and local issues and cases.

The Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) of the National Institute of Building Sciences and the American Institute of Architects signed an agreement to establish the BEC initiative on May 18, 2004.

Their initial goal was to have local AIA components establish at least nine BECs by May of 2007. Since then, the program has founded 26 chapters, representing both cities and states. There are currently BEC Chapters in:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Boston
  • Charleston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cleveland
  • Colorado
  • Dallas
  • Greater Detroit
  • District of Columbia
  • Honolulu
  • Houston
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minnesota
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Portland
  • Research Triangle Park
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • St. Louis
  • Seattle
  • Western Pennsylvania
  • Wisconsin

Want to get involved?

The Minnesota Building Enclosure Council encourages anyone with an interest in achieving higher performing, resilient, and more energy-efficient buildings to join, learn, and make contributions. Contact us to get involved.