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: ABET Inc
  • Presenter: Tania Alvarez

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
  • 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: MG McGrath
  • Presenter: Lee Pepin

In many buildings, there is room for error afforded to most building trades in terms of construction tolerances. Façade trades require much, much tighter tolerances in their fabrication and installation. No matter how complex or straightforward your building, the joints that marry the façade 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: Northern Facades
  • Presenters:
    Bilal Khan, Consultant
    Joe Baz, Technical Specialist

Reaching towards Net Zero energy ready buildings is becoming a popular topic in todays climate changing world. Energy efficiency has expanded towards exterior wall assemblies where effects of thermal bridging are considered and thermally broken sub-framing systems are becoming the new norm. This course will identify and compare various cladding attachment methods on the market. Learn how to determine the appropriate clip for your project and how to compare effective thermal resistance required to achieve projects targeted R – Value.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how the use of thermal clips will impact thermal bridging on various exterior wall assembly applications
  • Identify types of clips currently on the market
  • Learn how to calculate the number of clips required on your project by identifying structural forces involved to determine clip spacing
  • Gain insight on how the NFPA 285 fire code applies to thermal clips


Nov 17


10:00am-3:00pm CT




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