The building envelope has traditionally been seen as a static component. Much of the past thermal advancements in building envelopes has consisted of developing higher R/inch insulation. While a suitable approach for static situations, it does not consider the dynamic nature of the ambient environment or the varying needs of the electrical grid. This paper will examine three possible ways that building envelopes can be actively managed: 1. thermal switches, 2. thermal storage, and 3. the coupling of the two. Spurring innovation to make building envelopes smarter will help reduce building energy consumption and peak energy usage and contribute to flexibility in energy demand in the future.