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 LU
  • Provider: Kawneer
  • Presenter: Sneh Kumar

Over the past 120+ years of commercial construction history, there have been numerous changes to building design; construction methods and occupant needs that have impacted the design of Architectural Aluminum Framing Systems. Architectural Aluminum Framing started 100+ years back with the introduction of aluminum storefront frames. More recently we have seen a growth in the high-rise construction in most urban areas. This has driven the growth of a newer system called “Window Wall”. A proper understanding of the benefits and options available with Window Wall will reveal this to be a great solution to your next high-rise and multifamily construction project.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the characteristics and attributes of Window Wall systems; describe similarities and differences between Window Wall and Storefront and Curtain Wall systems
  • Understand the installation and fabrication options available with various Window Wall Systems
  • Identify other Architectural Aluminum Framing Products that can be integrated into Window Wall Systems and how this is accomplished
  • Understand the advantages and benefits of selecting a Window Wall System through a review of Window Wall Case Studies
  • Credit type: 1 AIA HSW LU
  • 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.
  • Credit type: 1 AIA HSW LU
  • Provider: Stone Panels
  • Presenter: Roger Geraets

This course is an introduction to the timeless beauty of natural stone, manufactured for use as a
lightweight facade alternative to traditional masonry materials when planning a new project.
Participants will get an understanding of the extraction of common types of stone suitable for
lightweight manufacturing. The process by which dimensional stone slabs are fabricated and
bonded to aluminum honeycomb, and an education in the various finishes that can be achieved
on lightweight panels for specific architectural features, such as cornices and other design
conditions. Lastly, the participants will learn about performance testing, LEED benefits, the speed
and ease of lightweight stone panels, and how lightweight stone can reduce design, engineering,
and installation costs.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand how natural stone can be selected and extracted using sustainable practices, and provide the basis for creating lightweight stone panels.
  • Learn about the manufacturing process of creating a lightweight stone panel, which utilizes less stone in the process and saves natural resources.
  • Identify the various aesthetic options available and architectural features that can be achieved when using lightweight stone panels.
  • Understand how natural stone can be selected and extracted using sustainable practices, and provide the basis for creating lightweight stone panels.
  • Credit type: 1 AIA HSW LU
  • Provider: MG McGrath
  • Presenter: Ryan Rademacher

In many buildings, there is room for error afforded to most building trades in terms of construction tolerances. Facade trades require much, much tighter tolerances in their fabrication and installation. No matter how complex or straightforward your building, the joints that marry the facade to the rest of the construction, and their varying tolerances, can be problematic. Through the lenses of multiple case studies, we will discuss real-world problems, processes, and solutions specific to delivering a high performing facade.

Learning Objectives
  • 3D model based delivery process from design through fabrication and installation
  • Industry standards and allowable tolerances for facades and adjacent structure
  • Pitfalls of building structure being out of tolerance
  • What can architects do to plan for a weather tight enclosure syste
  • Credit type: 1 AIA HSW LU
  • Provider: Pure+Freeform
  • Presenter: Thomas Gand

This course discusses the future of exterior coatings and finishes, and explains the bespoke process of achieving a site-specific, client-specific design. Using the offset gravure printing process, unique finishes such as vintage luxury metals, abstract stone and wood can be printed on various types of metals. This manufacturing process results in high-fidelity finishes capable of various fabrication types of a metal substrate, while providing a Class A Fire-Rated, durable, easily maintained and sustainable product. For exterior applications, we will discuss the advantages of using a FEVE Lumiflon coating over PVDF Kynar Coating and explain why this will be the benchmark exterior coating in the future.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the offset-gravure printing process and its components.
  • Discuss the features and design capabilities of architectural printed metal products.
  • Understand the advantages of FEVE (Lumiflon) over PVDF (Kynar) coatings.
  • Identify how architectural printed metal products may contribute to the sustainability of a building.


Dec 7


10:00am-3:00pm ET




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