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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.


10AM - 11AM

  • Credit type: 1 AIA/HSW
  • Provider: Kawneer

Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA) estimates that probable annual earthquakes losses in the United States are almost equal to the losses experienced from floods and hurricanes. While seismic hazard in the United States has remained fairly constant over the years, seismic risk has been increasing substantially. That’s because of the increase of urban development in seismic hazard areas and the vulnerability of older buildings, some of which were not built to adequate seismic code.

Building codes and design-communities have continually made progresses to address the risk related to seismic and building movement hazards to structural and non-structural components of the buildings. This course will provide an overview of the building codes requirements for the curtain wall products that are non-structural component of building, and the design-flow process for the appropriate selection of curtain wall products, testing needed to validate curtain wall seismic performances, and how to incorporate seismic / building movement requirements in the project specifications.

Curtain wall products have a lot of variety based on the product performance, and methods of construction and their installation.  Suitable selection of curtain wall to meet the seismic and building movement requirements are critical to avoid human loss and damages to the building. Selecting tested and validated curtain wall products with seismic performance will minimize risk of losses 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


Sneh Kumar
Product Management & Marketing

11AM - 12PM

Provider: Northern Facades
Credit type: 1 LU/HSW

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

12PM - 1PM

Provider: Kalwall
Credit type: 1 LU/HSW

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.


Michael Keller
Regional Manager – Mid-Atlantic

1PM - 2PM

Provider: STO Corp.
Credit type: 1 LU/HSW

This course examines the use of opaque glass as a façade material in a drained and back ventilated rainscreen system.

Highlighted within will be the design consideration and benefits thereof when designing with and specifying opaque glass rainscreen.

The importance of the building science principle of exterior wall assembly control layers, and the role they play in providing occupant health and safety will be emphasized for use with opaque glass, open-joint, drained and back ventilated complete rainscreen systems.

Presentation will also address sustainability, safety and durability benefits that are associated with properly designed and manufactured opaque glass panels. while providing an understanding of required test criteria and typical test results when opaque glass panel are used within an open-joint, drained and back ventilated complete rainscreen system.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the materiality of glass for use in rainscreen design with regards to performance, sustainability and health and safety.
  • Identify the choices of opaque glass for use in rainscreen applications.
  • Explain the importance of integrating building science control layer functionality into rainscreen design for building performance and occupant health and comfort.
  • Highlight design considerations associated with opaque glass in open-
    joint, drained and back-ventilated rainscreen.


Mariola Najmi
Rainscreen & Opaque Glass Specialist- Southwest

2PM - 3PM

Provider: Porcelanosa
Credit type: 1 LU/HSW

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


Jose Velez
Regional Sales Manager

calendar_month DATE

Mar 22

schedule TIME

10:00am-3:00pm PT




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