Detailing High-Performance Facades: Cladding Decisions and Sealant Strategies

Today’s high-performance facade standards require the deft balancing of aesthetics, technical detailing, and the demands of the client and local building regulations. This workshop will discuss both material and technical solutions to meet those standards. Experts will be on hand to lead tutorials on the most recent innovations in rainscreen cladding, sealant solutions, and much more. Attendees will leave with a greater knowledge of material applications at the cutting-edge of energy performance and code compliance, all while learning of attractive solutions for clients and end users.


  • Credit type: 1 HSW
  • Provider: Atlas Roofing
  • Presenter: Lance Williams

Complex project designs & evolving enclosure material options combined with demanding weather conditions & confusing product performance attributes can be challenging to synthesize. Because thermal value code targets are increasing, along with the uncertainty of future energy costs & weather patterns, getting the project’s insulation strategy right is critical. This session examines the performance attributes of exterior insulation options under real world conditions to better enable the design & installation of higher performing, more resilient and durable walls.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand current building code requirements and testing methodologies for fire propagation and smoke development. Given assembly testing following the Grenfell tragedy, attendees will better understand NFPA285 fire propagation testing in relation to actual material properties and performance.
  • Review material properties governing moisture and air performance as they pertain to conditions encountered in rainscreens and masonry veneers so as to best understand the actual performance characteristics of insulation specification choices.
  • Understand conditions that pose unique challenges, including multiple drain planes, drainage efficiencies, increased water absorption, and water vapor transmission.  Recognize risks associated with exterior insulation when used in combination with cavity insulation, interior vapor retarders, and low-perm water-resistive barriers.
  • Understand the effects of wind-washing and convective heat loss in modern rainscreen systems. Identify and prevent conditions that jeopardize the thermal insulation layer, which may in turn affect moisture transfer and overall wall performance.
  • Credit type: 1 HSW
  • Provider: Rockwool
  • Presenter: Jeff Dorneman

Off-site panelized construction is a growing and efficient method of production in commercial construction. Typically, panels are fabricated completely off-site and transported and installed on-site as a full wall system. However, due to potential irregularities in building materials, challenges with ensuring continuity of control functions between panels can arise, specifically related to air and water control. The Philly Live! Hotel and Casino opted for a hybrid approach combining pre-fabrication of the wall panels including the CFMF substrate, gypsum sheathing and air/water resistive membrane, allowing for appropriate sealing between panels on site prior to installation of the exterior insulation and cladding.

Learning Objectives
  • Differentiate the positives and negatives of typical ‘panelization’ versus hybrid ‘panelization’
  • Recognize the sequence coordination involved in constructing a complicated exterior panel rainscreen wall system
  • Examine virtual design tools and functionality needed to synchronize the installer and design team
  • Appraise multiple virtual design tools in realistic scenarios in an actual case study during a pandemic
  • Credit type: 1 HSW/AIA LU
  • Provider: Sto Corp
  • Presenter: Larry Hilovsky

This course examines the use of opaque glass as a façade material in
a drained and back ventilated rainscreen system.

Highlighted within will be the design consideration and benefits thereof
when designing with and specifying opaque glass rainscreen.

The importance of the building science principle of exterior wall
assembly control layers, and the role they play in providing occupant
health and safety will be emphasized for use with opaque glass,
open-joint, drained and back ventilated complete rainscreen systems.

Presentation will also address sustainability, safety and durability
benefits that are associated with properly designed and manufactured
opaque glass panels. while providing an understanding of required
test criteria and typical test results when opaque glass panel are used
within an open-joint, drained and back ventilated complete rainscreen

Learning Objectives
  • Examine the materiality of glass for use in rainscreen design
    with regards to performance, sustainability and health and
  • Identify the choices of opaque glass for use in rainscreen
  • Explain the importance of integrating building science control
    layer functionality into rainscreen design for building
    performance and occupant health and comfort.
  • Highlight design considerations associated with opaque glass
    in open-joint, drained and back-ventilated rainscreen.
  • Credit type: 1 LU/HSW
  • Provider: Crystal Windows
  • Presenter: Vincent Grieco

A brief history of window and door standards and where we are now with code references. Using the standard’s nomenclature to specify the type of product you want. Specifying the performance level for the building’s application; key performance attributes covered by the standard; special requirements for different product types; and the short-form specification.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the evolution of window and door standards and code references
  • Recognize how to use the standard to specify product type, performance level and key performance attributes
  • Analyze special requirements for different window and door types
  • Learn to use the short form specification
  • Credit type: 1 HSW
  • Provider: Kawneer
  • Presenter: Sneh Kumar

Understand the fundamental differences between Curtain wall and storefront products, and key drivers that must be considered prior to product selection.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe what a Storefront System is and how is it best utilized in a commercial project.
  • Describe what a Curtain Wall is and how is it best utilized in a commercial project.
  • Identify the main Drivers that must be considered when deciding between Storefront or Curtain Wall.
  • Understand the consequences of selecting the wrong system.


Jun 16


10:00am-3:00pm ET




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