By Others - Transitions Between Enclosure Systems

2 modules


Course Length
1 hour

Self- Paced

$95 - 145


Buildings rely on many different systems and materials to provide a continuous enclosure including roofing, cladding, windows, and below-grade waterproofing. Individually, enclosure systems are generally well understood. However, transitions between two or more systems are less straightforward. Transition details are unique to each project. The design often includes some transition concepts, but may not consider constructability issues such as sequencing. Construction often includes carefully detailed system shop drawings that lack details of adjacent systems manufactured and installed “by others.” Construction has added challenges including such as tolerances and sequencing. Ultimately, many transition details are left to the discretion and experience of the installers.

The design and construction of reliable transition details requires an understanding of enclosure concepts and careful coordination among all involved parties. Coordinated details must consider enclosure continuity, compatibility between materials, constructability, warranty implications, installation sequence, and other issues.

The authors will discuss continuity of the building enclosure and present strategies for designing and constructing coordinated transition details based on our combined experience. Topics will include: material selection and compatibility, constructability review, coordination among trades, and addressing the inevitable challenges of construction. We will work through several case studies to illustrate successful development of difficult transition details.

Nicholas Piteo is a Senior Project Manager in the Building Technology division of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s Washington, DC office. He has experience on both building technology and structural projects. His experience includes investigation of existing structures and building enclosures, rehabilitation design, and new design encompassing a variety of materials and systems including below-grade waterproofing, windows, curtain walls, metals, sealants, masonry, wood, stone, concrete, and other materials related to building-envelope construction. Mr. Piteo spends the majority of his work life analyzing issues with the building enclosure and developing solutions as part of new design consulting and investigation project.

Emily Wychock is a Senior Staff I in the Building Technology division of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s Washington DC office. She works on projects involving new design, field investigation work, and repairs to building enclosure systems. She has consulted with architects, contractors, and building owners on commercial and residential buildings.


  • Understand the major components of the building enclosure including systems, materials, and compatibility.
  • Learn design strategies to develop reliable transition details at the intersection of multiple enclosure systems.
  • Understand constructability aspects of transition details.
  • Learn to identify and coordinate transition details early in the design and construction phases of a project to avoid last minute fixes in the field.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate IIBEC Certification of Completion

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By Others - Transitions Between Enclosure Systems
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