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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.


10AM - 11AM

Credit type: 1 AIA HSW LU
Provider: Kawneer

Curtain wall systems have a lot of variety in building applications based on product performance features as well as construction and installation methods. This presentation focuses on how meeting seismic and building movement requirements is critical when selecting a curtain wall system to avoid human loss and damage to the building in seismic prone regions. You will learn how selecting curtain wall products with tested and validated seismic performance will minimize risk of loss from seismic activities.

Learning Objectives

  • Determining the seismic / building movement requirements based on building codes, site, building use and design
  • Curtain wall seismic test standards, methods and calculation standards
  • Differences between elastic, inelastic, glass-fallout allowable drift
  • Incorporating Curtain wall seismic / building movement requirements in the specification


James Butler
Product Manager for Windows and Balcony Entrances

11AM - 12PM

Credit type: 1 AIA HSW LU
Provider: Mitrex

To effectively combat climate change, we need to acknowledge the role that the building industry plays in global CO2 emissions. We need to shift not only how we think about designing our buildings but also powering our communities. This course will discuss how BIPVs can be integrated into both new and old buildings to improve performance and aesthetics and lower energy costs. In this one-hour course, we will discuss the value of BIPVs as both a high-performance building material and green energy generating solar panels. The various systems BIPV can be integrated into. As well as the various benefits that building owners can realize by integrating BIPV into their projects.

Learning Objectives

  • Recall the basics of solar energy, including its key components and how it has traditionally been harnessed
  • Describe building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPVs) and discuss how they improve upon traditional photovoltaics in terms of design and performance
  • Demonstrate ways to incorporate BIPV systems into existing or new construction in order to maximize a project’s sustainability targets.
  • Illustrate the money and energy savings possible through BIPVs by analyzing market research and case studies.


Terri Oswald

12PM - 1PM

Credit type: 1 AIA HSW LU
Provider: Northern Facades

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

  • In this presentation you will be able to understand 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.
  • Acquire a new ability to effectively detail thermal clips on architectural drawings.


Bilal Khan
Facade Systems Design Advisor

1PM - 2PM

Credit type: 1 AIA HSW LU
Provider: Porcelanosa

This course discusses the rain screen system for exterior facades using porcelain tile or solid surface.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants should be able to correctly define various types of exterior cladding systems.
  • Participants should be able to identify the major components/features of the ventilated facade system.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the advantages of the ventilated facade when compared to other cladding systems.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of appropriate use of the ventilated facade system.


Ignacio Vidal
Facades Director

2PM - 3PM

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.


Milena Martinez Vega
Brand Strategist & Marketing Lead

calendar_month DATE

Mar 20

schedule TIME

10:00am-3:00pm PST




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