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 HSW/AIA LU
  • Provider: Sto Corp
  • Presenter: Kate Abudarham

This course presents the complete design approach to rainscreens and explains why rainscreens are an important topic for the building envelope and enclosures. This course enforces the use of control layers to maximize the use of a drained, backed ventilated rainscreen system performance for both new and existing buildings. Audience will learn and be able to identify different rainscreen technologies and how a complete approach is beneficial to a building’s performance, by ensuring compatibility among components and understand the relationship of control layers of the exterior wall assembly for health and safety of occupants. Lastly, the course will review this approach using real-world rainscreen systems.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine various rainscreen design and project examples, which illustrates the importance of a complete design approach.
  • Identify and describe the various rainscreen technologies and control layers of the building envelope and enclosures.
  • Explain the relationship of building performance with health and safety.
  • Explore the complete approach to rainscreen design and summarize the importance of compatibility among components within each layer.
  • Credit type: 1 AIA/HSW
  • Provider: STI Firestop
  • Presenter: Michael Zanotelli

This course provides an update on the advancements in perimeter fire containment systems for galvanized backpan assemblies.  The value of understanding the performance of galvanized backpan assemblies in today’s ever changing complex 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

  • Define the role and value of perimeter fire containment systems in today’s ever changing and  complex galvanized backpan assembly designs.
  • Identify the code requirements for perimeter fire protection.
  • Describe how galvanized backpan assemblies perform per ASTM E 2307 testing and the importance of independent third-party testing for perimeter fire containment systems.
  • Recognize the complexity of aluminum framed galvanized backpan designs and how to address them


  • Credit type: 1 AIA HSW
  • Provider: Reynaers
  • Presenter: Anthony Bartillo

A detailed explanation of the North American Fenestration Standard specification, which explains how and why windows and doors are tested to the AAMA standard and how to use the NAFS document to select and specify products based on required performance requirements.

Learning Objectives
  • What is the NAFS Specification and how can it be used to select and specify the appropriate window and door products, based on application.
  • How and why windows & doors are tested and how this translates into a performance specification that can be used in project development and documents.
  • What is Life Cycle testing, why is it important and how does it ensure long term performance for your specified products.
  • Why is an Architectural Window superior and how can you and your client benefit by specifying this performance level in your project.
  • 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 façade 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 aesthetc options available and architectural features that can be achieved when using lightweight stone panels.
  • Discover how utilizing lightweight stone panels can meet structural performance requirements, are safe in extreme environmental conditions, can achieve LEED credits, and can help reduce design, engineering and final installation costs.

2PM - 3PM CT

Workshop #5, TBA


Oct 12


10:00am-3:00pm CT



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