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: STI Firestop
  • Presenter: Aaron Alterman

This course is designed to eliminate the confusion associated with the basics of perimeter fire containment systems. Fully understanding the role and value of tested perimeter fire barrier systems in today’s ever-changing and complex designs cannot be overstated and understanding the unique challenges of these designs present are critical in the design phase to eliminate costly changes, delays, and compromised life safety requirements prior to construction.

Learning Objectives
  • Fully understand the basics of curtain walls and how they perform in a fire
  • Understand the development of the IBC and State building codes in North America regarding the requirements for perimeter fire barrier systems
  • Fully understand the impact of the ASTM E 2307 test standard on actual test that have been run. This easily documents the impact and severity of the new code requirement.
  • Design for success: Understanding the basics of all non backpan perimeter fire containment tested system
  • To make understanding of curtain wall basics fun and easily understood
  • Credit type: 1 HSW/AIA LU
  • Provider: Kuraray
  • Presenter: Mark S.Jacobson, CSI

This presentation will focus on the need for security glazing to protect people and property from human attacks and severe weather. Laminated glass can provide intrusion resistance, as well as protection from flying glass that occurs after a bomb blast. Bullet resistant laminates are designed specifically to stop bullet penetration and fragmentation. Industry standards for testing and specifying security glazing will be reviewed, including standards for physical attack, bomb blast, ballistics and wind-borne debris protection.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the growing concern for terrorist attacks, including shootings in schools
  • Understand how laminated glass provides intrusion, blast, ballistics, and wind-borne debris protection
  • Identify test standards and requirements for security applications
  • Identify architectural applications where security glazing is required, including courthouses and embassie
  • Credit type: 1 LU/HSW
  • Provider: YKK
  • Presenter: Jeremy Nordby

Windows and doors are often the weak link when designing a building for protection from location-specific noise pollution.

This course reviews the basics of sound transmission and the industry performance standards for measuring / testing sound transmission loss with components and cladding. The focus will then shift to specific design strategies to achieve the desired acoustical performance for a specific building.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the ill effects on health from Environmental Noise
  • Establish a framework for evaluating Environmental Noise Levels and Decibel Reduction
  • Maintain a working knowledge of Performance Standards and Testing
  • Identify and prioritize measures that can be taken to improve Acoustical Performance with Components and Cladding
  • Credit type: 1 LU/HSW
  • Provider: Kalwall
  • Presenter: Mike Crowder

Topics discussed include daylighting strategies available through the integration of structural sandwich panels, energy conservation, enhancements, options, form and aesthetics. The many benefits to health, productivity, safety and sustainable design will be discussed, as well as specialty applications including explosion venting, blast resistance, OSHA fall through protection and hurricane resistance.

Prerequisite Knowledge:
Basic understanding of daylighting applications in walls, windows, skylights and canopies.

HSW Justification:
Life Safety applications including ATFP (Anti-Terrorism Force Protection), Wind Borne Debris and Explosion Venting systems. The benefits of natural daylight including human health, learning environments and increased productivity. The positive effect of natural diffused daylighting to circadian rhythm cycles.

Learning Objectives
  • Effective and versatile Daylighting strategies and techniques
  • Special performance options and benefits
  • Applications for sustainable design
  • Diffused daylighting for security, health and safety and inviting interior spaces

2PM - 3PM CT

Workshop #5 ,TBA


Nov 3


10:00am-3:00pm CT



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