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: 1LU/HSW CEU
  • Provider: Tremco
  • Presenter: Melissa Payne

Building owners are continually perplexed with new buildings that do not perform as expected. They acquisition a design and construction team to build their vision, their dream, yet many times they are left with buildings that leak, lack performance, or require continual maintenance from day one. Our industry is challenged to provide owners with a building that meets their project requirements and perform as they directed. Unfortunately, lawsuits and insurance claims are continually part of the construction process as the result of falling short of the owners’ expectations and requirements.

In this course we will dive into how to produce and provide performance specifications that meet the owners’ expectations, maximize the success of the design and construction teams, and reduces risks for all three parties of the design team (owner, architect, & construction team). We will discuss how to provide a performance specification that is clear, concise and comprehensive yet simple and targeted to achieve what the owner really wants – a leak free building that performs!

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will recognize how building enclosure failures are a billion-dollar annual industry, the reason the design and construction industry needs performance specifications, and will gain knowledge to properly create and implement a building enclosure performance specification which is functional and meets the Owner’s technical requirements
  • Attendants will be learn how to organize the owners’ directives within Division One and will have the guidance to properly execute the owner’s project requirements as part of the performance specifications
  • Maximize success by writing clear, concise and comprehensive performance specifications with high performing and sustainable building enclosures in mind
  • Define construction performance requirements within the specification to mitigate risk, ensure quality assurance / quality control processes and attain the defined directives of the owner’s project requirements
  • Buildings that Perform – What the owner really wants from the design and construction team and their understanding of design, performance, warranties, and durability of the building
  • Credit type: 1 LU/HSW
  • Provider: TerraCORE Panels
  • Presenter: John Penta

This course provides details and information in exterior facade applications using porcelain panels. Provides knowledge on sustainability values in the material itself and installation process and also gives a full understanding of design possibilities.

Learning Objectives
  • Review of Ventilated Facade credit contributions to LEED-NC and LEED-EB building standards
  • Working knowledge of the Ventilated Façade Rain Screen building envelope system
  • Benefits of the Ventilated Facade system related to energy savings, building environmental health and protection of the building structure
  • Design hints that insure an economic envelope solution and efficient construction process
  • Credit type: 1 LU/HSW
  • Provider: STI Firestop
  • Presenter: Aaron Alterman

Today’s high performance building enclosures demand high performance fire protection! Backpan designs create unique challenges that make UL test coverage even more critical! Fully understanding the role and value of perimeter fire barrier systems for backpans 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 curtain wall system for up to 4 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.

Learning Objectives
  • 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
  • Credit type: 1 HSW
  • Provider: Atlas Roofings
  • Presenter: Lance Williams

This course discusses complex project designs and endless enclosure material options. Demanding weather conditions and confusing product performance attributes can leave you with many questions. Since energy code targets are increasing along with the uncertainty of future energy costs, getting the project’s insulation strategy right is critical. This session will examine the performance of exterior insulation under real-world conditions using modeling, testing, and actual project examples to better enable the design of high performance and high durability 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 rain screens 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 rain screen systems. Identify and prevent conditions that jeopardize the thermal insulation layer, which may, in turn, affect moisture transfer and overall wall performance


Session #5 ,TBD


Oct 1


10:00am-3:00pm CT




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