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 AIA
  • Provider: Gate Precast
  • Presenter: Mo Wright

Learn how to design high performance façade systems that can achieve any color, texture or shape delivering a resilient exterior that will stand the test of time.
Leveraging the efficient process of design assist, projects are delivered much faster to the market and within budget – all while maintaining design integrity.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how architectural precast concrete has evolved as prefabricated material through the rich history of precast concrete.
  • Understand how to realize design goals with cutting-edge forming and finishing techniques.
  • Learn how to realize aggressive design goals while saving time with custom solutions through the design-assist process.
  • Illustrated through a range of project case studies, see how the use of collaborative design assist with architectural precast helped project teams obtain their design goals while maintaining budgets.


Build Better Walls: Clearing the air on exterior insulation performance
  • 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.


Sustainable Design through Daylighting
  • 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.

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.


Understanding Stone Wool (Mineral Wool) Insulation for Interior and Exterior Commercial Building Applications
  • Credit type: 1 AIA / HSW Credit
  • Provider: Rockwool
  • Presenter: Robert Blount

The net energy savings realized in a properly insulated building are well understood. However, as design professionals strive to maximize thermal resistance, yet reduce mass in the wall assembly, insulation is increasingly being positioned in both the studwall and the exterior side of the building envelope. This split insulation concept has introduced a number of design issues and concerns; particularly as relates to fire resistance, moisture management, and wall drying rates. This program focuses on the unique properties of stone wool insulation, and suggests how it can improve thermal, fire, water and sound suppression performance in a well detailed wall assembly.

Learning Objectives
  • Define and explain what stone wool insulation is and how it is manufactured.
  • Identify the differences between stone wool, glass fiber, and foam insulations.
  • Explain the key features and value added benefits of stone wool.
  • Discuss the ecologically sustainable aspects of stone wool.
  • Illustrate applications for stone wool in commercial buildings and low slope roofing.
  • Comment on Code Changes to IBC Chapter 26 and testing standards for NFPA 285.


Exterior Grade Phenolic & Rainscreen Cladding Systems / MEG2020
  • Credit type: 1 LU/HSW
  • Provider: ABET Inc
  • Presenter: Keiva Rivera

An examination of Exterior Grade Phenolic (EGP) including how and why it should be used to produce aesthetically pleasing, functional and safe rainscreen cladding systems.

Learning Objectives
  • A history and overview of how rainscreen cladding systems work to reduce moisture penetration in a building’s envelope.
  • Review the history and manufacturing process of Exterior Grade Phenolics (EGP).
  • Analysis of third-party performance criteria for EGP and a description of the evaluation methods of the three tests most required by building codes.
  • Examine and discuss installation systems for EGP.
  • Review projects that have successfully utilized EGP.


Apr 14


10:00am-3:00pm ET




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