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Detailing High-Performance Facades: Strategy, Specifications, and Advanced Cladding Materials

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.

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10AM - 11AM

Credit type: 1 AIA HSW LU
Provider: STI Specified Technologies

This course outlines the advancements in perimeter fire containment systems for aluminum framed glazing systems in Mass Timber CLT construction. The value of understanding the performance of CLT Mass Timber floor systems in today’s ever changing complex glazing designs cannot be overstated. By identifying the unique challenges that these assemblies present in the design phase, you can eliminate costly changes, delays, and compromised life safety requirements prior to construction.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the 2021 IBC code changes for Mass Timber Construction and Perimeter Fire Containment Requirements
  • Understand how curtain wall assemblies perform per ASTM E2307 testing and the importance of independent third-party published design listings for perimeter fire containment systems.
  • Understand the impact of fire on Mass Timber when tested to ASTM E2307
  • Understand the value of ASTM E2307 published design listings for Mass Timber assemblies in today’s ever changing and complex curtain wall designs.


Aaron Alterman
Curtain Wall & Facade Specialist

11AM - 12PM

Credit type: 1 AIA HSW LU
Provider: Kawneer

What are thermal breaks, and how do they work? This session explores the main methods of adding thermal breaks into aluminum frames. We will cover how thermal barriers work and the various thermal barrier technology options that are available. We will discuss how architects can use different combinations to meet the energy demands of each project and code requirement.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize and use the benefits of a thermal barrier in aluminum fenestration systems
  • Recognize available thermal barrier technology options and how each one works
  • Identify the test procedures and standards used to evaluate system performance
  • Examine the benefits of properly leveraging the connection between interior and exterior environments


Chris Schultz
Product Manager of Storefront, Entrances and Framing

12PM - 1PM

  • Credit type: 1 AIA HSW LU
  • Provider: Atlas Roofing

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.


Lance Williams
Architectural Sales Manager

1PM - 2PM

Credit type: 1 AIA HSW LU
Provider: AGS Stainless

In this era of recyclability and building more sustainably, how can architects, engineers, and designers help their builders and general contractors succeed in this matter? To the greatest extent possible, specify architectural products that are custom fabricated 100% offsite (custom prefabricated), and delivered to the Jobsite ready-to-be-installed.

Due to its durability, recyclability, and resistance to corrosion stainless steel is the preferred choice for products and structures that require little maintenance and long lifespan.

Offsite fabrication of architectural products contributes to building sustainability by allowing the builder/general contractor to install the product themselves while dramatically reducing product waste & cost and improving quality since there’s no need for a Local Metal Fabricator.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the differences and advantages of architectural railing products built onsite vs those fabricated 100% offsite.
  • Recognizing the difference in quality between stainless steel railing systems.
  • Evaluating how the principles of Offsite fabrication of architectural products can influence other product choices you make for your projects.
  • Discover the Resilience of 100% Stainless Steel railing systems.


Kevin Harris
AGS Director of Sales & Marketing

calendar_month DATE

Jun 19

schedule TIME

10:00am-2:00pm ET




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