Designing sustainable building envelopes by thinking outside the box.
As the built environment becomes more complex, so too are the systems are used to create them. During this afternoon’s topics we will learn from industry experts on how these systems can contribute to a sustainable building envelope, such as firestop systems that ensure occupant’s safety and the science, health benefits, and applications of photocatalytic ceramic tile.
Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems for Today’s Hybrid Window Wall Designs
Today’s high-performance building enclosures demand high performance fire protection! The development of new “Hybrid Window Wall designs” has created issues on projects throughout North America. Curtain wall consultants and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ’s) are requiring tested firestop solutions for this growing wall type. Fully understanding the role and value of perimeter fire barrier systems in today’s ever changing and complex designs cannot be overstated. As the industry changes almost on a monthly basis, understanding how to maintain the integrity of a non-rated hybrid window wall system for up to 2 hours is critical in the design phase to eliminate costly changes, delays, and compromised life safety requirements during construction. Key topics are outlined below and will be discussed in detail incorporating PowerPoint & video.
Understanding the issues and concerns of new Hybrid Window Wall designs
Importance of testing for Hybrid Window Wall designs
Understanding ASTM E2307 and the Intermediate Scale Multi-Story Test Apparatus
Understanding the sequencing and installation of tested solutions
Documenting the performance of a successful perimeter fire barrier test
Common misconceptions about Hybrid Window Wall designs
Exterior Cladding Innovation: Rainscreen Design with Ultracompact Surfacing
Modern construction has come to understand that a façade, as part of an overall building envelope, is not only a visual statement, but also an important influencer in the protection of a wall’s structural components, the energy efficiency of the building, and the health of its occupants. This course explores a unique surfacing material known as ultracompact surfacing (UCS) and evaluates its mechanical properties, technical characteristics, and aesthetics to illustrate its endless design potential in exterior cladding, façade, and rainscreen applications.
define ultracompact surfacing and discuss the innovative production process that creates stone-like properties which contribute to project longevity and lower maintenance
discuss designing with ultracompact surfaces in terms of color, texture, format, general design flexibility, and various applications for both interior and exterior
identify the traits and advantages of ultracompact surfaces in terms of strength, durability, UV resistance, absorption rates, abrasion resistance, and ASTM testing, and
discuss proper rainscreen design and installation using ultracompact surfacing material.
Aluminum Extrusions & High Performance Building Envelopes: Still the Answer
This program will explore the challenges in designing contemporary building envelopes. Potential conflicts in simultaneous objectives of achieving aesthetics, energy efficiency, sustainability, longevity, and occupant health and safety will be discussed. In addition, how best to assess the energy efficiency of alternative window/window wall configurations will be reviewed. Advances in thermal barrier materials and extrusion profile design – in conjunction with energy efficient glazing – will be shown, illustrating how these systems can provide window and curtain wall designs that meet or exceed more demanding energy codes while providing the daylighting and minimal sight lines that users and designers desire.
Identify current challenges in designing high performance building envelopes
Assess alternative framing materials
Understand how contemporary thermal management technologies can meet increasingly demanding energy codes
Utilize aluminum-extrusion-based windows and curtain wall to meet often conflicting project requirements