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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.

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10AM - 11AM

Credit type: 1 AIA/HSW
Provider: STI Firestop

This course provides an advanced overview of the requirements of ASTM E2307 and the advancements in perimeter fire containment systems for today’s curtain wall systems. The value of understanding the requirements and performance of ASTM E2307 published design listings cannot be overstated for today’s ever-changing, complex curtain wall systems. By understanding the unique challenges that ASTM E2307 present and how to select a safe solution in the design phase, you can eliminate costly changes, delays, and compromised life safety requirements prior to the start of construction.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the role and value of ASTM E2307 in today’s ever-changing and complex curtain wall designs.
  • Identify the code requirements for perimeter fire protection.
  • 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.
  • Recognize the complexity of ASTM E 2307 published design listings for perimeter fire containment systems and how to use them to your advantage.


Michael Zanotelli
Facade & Curtain Wall Specialist - Western US & Canada

11AM - 12PM

Credit type: 1 LU/HSW
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

12PM - 1PM

Credit type: 1 LU/HSW
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 LU/HSW
Provider: FIberon

Learning Objectives

  • Identify potential moisture management issues that can cause harm to both a building’s aesthetic and structural integrity as well as occupants’ health and safety.
  • List four basic components of rainscreen wall systems that help minimize rainwater passage into the wall and effectively dissipates any water remaining back to the exterior.
  • Compare and contrast the suitability of various cladding materials to serve in rainscreen systems, particularly their durability, sustainability, and safety.
  • Evaluate wood-plastic composite (WPC) cladding options for use in rainscreen applications, including recyclability, strength, and life-cycle cost attributes.


Matt Gerhart
West Coast Cladding Sales Manager

calendar_month DATE

Nov 1

schedule TIME

10:00am-3:00pm PT




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