Designing sustainable building envelopes by thinking outside the box.
As the built environment becomes more complex, so too are the systems are used to create them. During this afternoon’s topics we will learn from industry experts on how these systems can contribute to a sustainable building envelope, such as firestop systems that ensure occupant’s safety and the science, health benefits, and applications of photocatalytic ceramic tile.
Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems for Today’s Hybrid Window Wall Designs
Today’s high-performance building enclosures demand high performance fire protection! The development of new “Hybrid Window Wall designs” has created issues on projects throughout North America. Curtain wall consultants and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ’s) are requiring tested firestop solutions for this growing wall type. Fully understanding the role and value of perimeter fire barrier systems 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 hybrid window wall system for up to 2 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.
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
Designing Visually Dynamic Facades with Coil and Extrusion Coatings
Different buildings have differing needs for aesthetics, performance, and functional operations. Few building materials have as great an impact on all three of these areas as glass since it plays a unique and important role in building design and the environment. The use of glass in buildings affects design, appearance, thermal performance, and occupant comfort. Historically, glass was used mainly for windows to admit air and light, but with advanced manufacturing options and the need for high performance buildings, it is now integral to interior and exterior architecture. From facades, skylights and walkways to revolving doors and glass box extensions, glass is being used to do much more than just let light in. Therefore the selection of the right types of glass is a crucial element of the design process to create solutions that address thermal control, energy efficiency, views, and lighting quality as well as light quantity. Architects who understand the full range of possibilities available from glass manufacturers are able to use them as a complete palette to create designs that excel in all areas.
Identify and recognize the characteristics of different types of high-performance glass that are commonly available for green buildings and other uses.
Investigate the design potential and innovative opportunities to create buildings that are sustainable, safe, and attractive using appropriate glass technology.
Acquire insights into emerging technologies being used to create glass and glazing that address broad and specific design issues including energy use.
Assess the functional contributions of glass as it contributes to green and sustainable design in buildings in different climates.