Pacific Northwest


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 AIA/HSW
  • Provider: Kawneer

Designing for Sustainability in Division 8: Architectural Aluminum Framing” will give attendees an overview of how standard architectural aluminum framing products offered in Division 8: Glass & Glazing can be a key element of a design team’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)* strategy. Standard components offered in architectural aluminum framing products can be major drivers for potential points in three categories: Energy and Atmosphere; Materials and Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality.

Total building construction costs and LEED strategies do not need to work against each other. A cost effective LEED strategy can be achieved in part by gaining an understanding of the proper application of many standard components and how they are best utilized. For example, improvements in thermal technology, along with higher performing insulated glass units, will increase the thermal performance of glazed elevations and enhance energy optimization. Additionally, proper use of shading devices allows for expanded glass areas, resulting in greater views and harvesting of natural light. Shading of the glazed area permits the use of glass with higher visible light transmission while reducing solar heat gain. And today, commercial windows are offered with triple glazed insulated glass units along with baffles in the aluminum profiles’ cavities to prevent heat transfer through convection. This allows for leveraging Thermal Comfort and Enhanced Indoor Air Quality without sacrificing energy performance.

Keep in mind that when putting together an aggressive LEED Strategy there is no need to pay for custom products. A proper understanding of the efficient application of standard products can position your project for the LEED certification process.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand Differences Between Product Certification and Whole Building Certification
  • Understand Environmental Product Declarations and Building Product Disclosures
  • Understand how Framing System Energy Performance Impacts Whole Building Sustainability Performance
  • Evaluate Strategies for Daylighting, Views, Shading and Sound Transmission and Their Impact on Sustainability Performance


Nov 2


10:00am-3:00pm PT




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