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 LU/HSW
  • Provider: Tremco
  • Presenter: Marcy Tyler

Just like a jacket can protect you from the elements, the building façade is intended to do the same for the inner structure of your building. How will this jacket of protection work against wind driven drain, protecting the occupants and materials from the outside temperature differentials? Like a fire fighter’s coat, will it also provide fire resistance? This course will walk through the different building components that make up the enclosure and evaluate them for their resistivity to wind, water and fire. We’ll examine the ways the building components, combined as a system, can contribute to energy efficiency and resiliency.

Learning Objectives
  • Wind: Describe the assembly components and how they can be evaluated for wind resistance.
  • Water: Identify the ways wind and system selection and installation can affect the ability of the assembly to protect against water infiltration.
  • Fire: Compare technology and assembly components; explain how these systems contribute to fire resistance and how they can be evaluated.
  • Energy Efficiency & Resiliency:  Evaluate regional needs, and identify the best approach to achieve the desired energy efficiency and resiliency goals of the project.
  • Credit type: 1LU/HSW CEU
  • Provider: Centria
  • Presenter: Andrew Ashton, CSI and Eric Jenkins

This program covers the history and attributes of Modular Metal Panels. Participants will learn the advantages of MMP’s and how they allow for an array of different designs due to the wide availability of panel sizes, planes, and layout configurations. Manufacturing innovations, available substrates, ease of installation and comparisons to other products will also be covered. The program ends with multiple projects photographs and case studies to show customizable design concepts.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the manufacturing process of Modular Metal Panels
  • Explore the Design Flexibility available with Modular Metal Panels
  • Understand the History of Modular Metal Panels, their attributes and how they compare to other products
  • Learn the installation process for Modular Metal Panels
  • Credit type: 1LU/HSW CEU
  • Provider: Dupont
  • Presenter: Chip Bisignaro

This course defines and explains building science behind the code for the four control layers of the building envelope: water, air, thermal, and vapor. Participants will then explore typical design principles as well as alternative system assembly approaches to exterior wall design. In addition, presentation covers common attachment strategies for various types of claddings, including masonry, rainscreen veneers, and applied/adhered veneers.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will learn the definitions, code, and building science for the water, air, thermal, and vapor control layers.
  • Participants will learn principles behind typical design of control layers in exterior wall for water, air, thermal, vapor.
  • Participants will explore wall system assembly design approach to exterior wall design to successfully maintain 4 control layers (water, air, thermal, vapor).
  • Participants will understand attachment strategies and building science considerations for masonry, rainscreen veneers, and applied/ adhered veneers.
  • 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
  • Provider: Hofmann Facades
  • Presenter: Philipp Hofmann

This course focuses on innovative applications of Natural Stone and Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) for architectural cladding, elements and facades, in some cases as a combination of both.

Learning Objectives
  • NATURAL STONE – Use of natural stone for complex and three dimensional stone facades. Characteristics ofdifferent façade systems (handset, strong back , unitized curtain wall, precast stone venee)
  • ULTRA HIGH PERFORMANCE CONCRETE – Mechanical and physical properties, technical features of UHPCand benefits of using it for architectural applications, including but not limited to facade cladding, which may include hurricane,seismic or blast loads.
  • UHPC STONE VENEER – Interface between UHPC and Natural Stone, Terra-Cotta and Brick as a combinedUHPC Veneer Facade cladding application. Its superiority over precast veneer in terms of dimensions, weight, performance,insulation, fire proofing and additional floor space gains. Innovative applications for UHPC Veneer Façade which far exceed thecapabilities of each material on their own.
  • Credit type: 1 AIA HSW
  • Provider: Kalwall Corporation
  • Presenter: Michael Crowder, LEED AP

Topics discussed include the origins of translucent daylighting with the structural sandwich panel, considerations in design, enhancement of daylighting techniques, real energy conservation, the eight systems, and opportunities offered in contrast, design, form and aesthetics. The benefits of diffused natural daylighting on performance, health, productivity, safety and sustainable design are emphasized. Specialty performance systems including explosion venting, blast resistant, hurricane impact and OSHA fall through protection is included.

Learning Objectives
  • Real Energy Savings, by using Natural Daylight to reduce or eliminate costly artificial lighting systems.
  • Use of Specialty Performance Daylighting Systems, resistance to wind borne debris, explosion venting, ATFP, FM.
  • Benefits of Diffused Natural Daylighting – Health, Safety, Welfare, and Sustainable Design. How Natural diffused light improves performance.
  • Daylighting Techniques – How to get the right amount of light for the function or task to be performed.


Nov 13


10:00am-4:00pm ET




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