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Sustainability in the design and construction industry has its own set of terms and concepts. This three-part series will introduce the learner to basic sustainable-design concepts and lay the foundation for more in-depth presentations on the subject such as codes and standards, rating systems, and how to reduce embodied carbon in buildings. Part 1: Sustainability 101: Basics in the World of Green Buildings Description: Sustainability in the design and construction industry has its own set of terms and concepts. This course will introduce the learner to basic sustainable design concepts and lay the groundwork for more in-depth presentations on the subject. Part 2: Sustainability in U.S. National Codes, Standards, and Rating Systems Description: Rating systems, like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), started the sustainable-design revolution in the U.S. But sustainability has now been written into various codes and standards. This course will give an overview of requirements in the International Green Building Code (IgCC) and ASHRAE 189.1, Standard for High-Performance Green Buildings. Trends in policymaking related to sustainability will also be presented. Part 3: Embodied Carbon and Its Role in a Sustainable Future Description: Now that design professionals have a good understanding of environmental impacts related to energy use, the next design frontier in tackling climate change is reducing the embodied carbon in buildings. This presentation will focus on best practices for determining the embodied carbon in a building, including credible sources for embodied carbon data. It will introduce common practices and misconceptions about comparisons of embodied carbon. A case study will be presented that highlights how design decisions may be influenced when comparing among up-front carbon, use-phase carbon, or whole-life carbon. The presentation will highlight existing tools related to quantifying embodied carbon. Read More

This presentation initially took place at the 2020 Region V Meeting. Since the early 2000s, the building industry has been evolving to include more stringent provisions relative to sustainable construction. In its infancy, most of this trend focused on energy-hogging MEP systems. However, as MEP systems have become more efficient, the “green” focus has expanded to include other methods of achieving “better” buildings, including green and cool roofs. The trend of cities adopting requirements for green and cool roofs (and all the associated provisions that come along) has a major effect on the way the industry designs, constructs, maintains, and replaces roofing systems. Understanding the general trends associated with these changes—including the spread of the adoption, the influence of the public on this process, and the incorporation of other technologies, such as solar and rainwater catchment—is imperative for proper maintenance and replacement of existing roofs. However, as these trends emerge, they also bring to light a serious question of whether our current strategies are truly sustainable at all, or if a more “back-to-basics” approach to roofing sustainability might serve buildings better. The lessons learned in the continuing evolution of Denver’s Green Buildings Ordinance provide numerous examples of how these trends affect our industry, and ways that well-intentioned “sustainability” provisions can have unintentional consequences. A clear understanding of these concepts will enable us to provide the best service to our communities, and to become proactively involved in shaping the future of our industry. Learning Objectives: 1. Understand the basic history and general adoption trend of green and cool roof provisions. 2. Learn the current trends accompanying the adoption of green and cool roof requirements, such as the expansion of the adoption, the involvement of the public, and the incorporation of solar and rainwater catchment systems in these requirements. 3. Evaluate the true sustainable merits of green and cool roof requirements. 4. Learn some “back-to-basics” sustainability approaches which can be applied successfully in all climates to improve our built environment Kade Gromowski, PE, RRC, RWC Terracon | Wheat Ridge, CO After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s and master’s of architectural engineering, Ms. Gromowski began her career in Houston before relocating to the Denver area in 2014. She brings over eight years of experience in the fields of building enclosure and structural assessment and repair design to Terracon. She has worked on projects involving the assessment and repair of roofing systems (steep-slope and low-slope), wall claddings, waterproofing, plazas, and building enclosure testing and diagnostics. She has also performed structural assessments, analysis of existing structures for change-of-use or alteration, parking garage assessment and repair design, and design of structural alteration and repair to concrete, steel, masonry, and wood structures. She predominantly works with existing structures, where she focuses on assessing existing assemblies, designing repairs for deterioration and deficiencies, and performing construction administration and quality assurance during the implementation of the designed repairs. Dustin T. Smoot, RRC, RRO, CDT, Legacy LEED Terracon | Wheat Ridge, CO Mr. Smoot’s background includes over 20 years of building enclosure experience. He has performed assessments on over 16 million square feet of roofing. He has been involved in projects in various capacities, including roofing systems, wall claddings, glazed assemblies, waterproofing, and building enclosure diagnostics. Mr. Smoot has performed a wide variety of building diagnostic assessments and has prepared and reviewed design documents related to roofing replacement, building enclosure refurbishment, and associated building enclosure remediation work. He has provided peer review of construction documents associated with building design and remedial repair/restoration. He has also provided full consulting, project design for bidding, contract administration, and quality assurance on a wide variety of projects across nearly all market sectors. Read More

This presentation initially took place at the 2020 Building Enclosure Symposium. This discussion focuses on using common industry testing practices to identify potential detrimental conditions related to the installation of waterproof coatings on concrete and masonry surfaces. While showing techniques associated with assessment tools and protocols, the presentation will cover a range of topics related to the installation of various waterproofing materials. Topics will range from evaluating concrete and masonry surfaces prior to coating applications to proper adhesion/bond testing of a range of waterproofing materials. Case studies will be used to illustrate the importance of these tests in preventing issues on projects. While the presentation is product-generic, multiple industry standards, protocols, and accepted practices will be discussed and applied. The discussion will be broken into two parts. It will begin with substrate evaluation and will show the use of the ICRI 310.2R guideline in evaluating surface preparation methods, exploring the use of various moisture tests available and the conducting of Rilem tube and pH testing. The second half of the discussion will cover material installation. Adhesion testing will be discussed in accordance with ASTM standards for coatings, repair materials, and sealants. Finally, the presenter will describe various methods to determine thickness of wet and dry coatings. These tests, combined with project mock-ups, can assist in avoiding costly issues on projects. Dave Fuller BASF Construction Systems | Shakopee, MN Dave Fuller has been in the construction materials industry for 30 years—mainly in technical capacities working for PPG, ICI, Degussa, and BASF. As a subject matter expert in coatings, sealants, flooring systems, and concrete repair materials, he has designed, developed, and delivered in-person and virtual technical training programs throughout his career for customers and internal employees. Fuller holds a master’s degree in adult education and training and is responsible for the development and delivery of technical product training for BASF Construction Systems. Read More

These sessions highlight the need for cladding systems to provide a combination of building enclosure performance and aesthetic appeal. Each session in this bundle qualifies for 1 IIBEC CEH and 1 AIA LU/HSW, therefore a total of 4 IIBEC CEHs and 4 AIA LU/HSWs credits may be earned upon completing the bundle.  Bundle includes the following courses: Copper Wall Cladding: Modern Testing for Time-Proven Systems Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel: Mocking-Up the Reclad Design of an Icon Detailing Specific Cladding Requirements for Mid-Rise Wood-Framed Building  Moisture Movement and Condensation Control in Exterior Wall Assemblies". Read More

Flanged windows are typically considered a product for low-rise residential buildings, and un-flanged window systems (curtainwall, window wall, storefront) are typically considered products for commercial and high-rise construction. However, a new type of window system is becoming more common on high-rise construction: flanged, aluminum windows designed for high-rise buildings. While numerous industry standards exist to guide the installation of flanged windows in low-rise construction, virtually no guidance exists to inform best practices for the installation of higher-performance flanged windows in high-rise construction. Terracon Consultants, Inc. and JE Dunn Construction partnered in 2017 to perform water penetration and air leakage testing of flanged window details, which resulted in a chapter in the ASTM publication entitled Whole Building Air Leakage: Testing and Building Performance Impacts Manuscript ID STP-2018-0028.R4. While valuable conclusions resulted from that collaboration, the team was limited in their testing capability. Therefore, Terracon and JE Dunn have now partnered with Tremco to expand upon our previous research efforts. Tremco has a large, sophisticated testing facility in Cleveland, OH, that can provide more accurate and a much greater quantity of tests. This research and collaboration effort regarding window details is part of a greater effort to establish a high-rise detailing manual badly needed by our industry.   Keith Simon, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP, BECxP Terracon | Austin, TX Keith Simon joined Building Exterior Solutions, Inc. (a division of Terracon) in April of 2014. He has over 15 years’ experience in architectural design and building enclosure consultation, including peer review, design assistance, durability analysis, construction administration, testing, and forensics of building enclosure issues. Simon was the founder of the Austin Building Enclosure Council (BEC: Austin) on whose board he sits, as well as on the Passive House Austin Chapter. He is secretary of the national executive committee for the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC). Simon has served as Terracon’s subject matter expert for hygrothermal modeling and building enclosure commissioning. John A. Posenecker Terracon | Austin, TX John Posenecker joined Terracon in March of 2015 and is a registered mechanical engineer. He is on the Building Enclosure Council (BEC) National Board and is a board member and Technical Committee co-chair for the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA). His experience includes the design, construction, testing, and forensic investigation of building enclosure systems. Posenecker has participated in a wide variety of projects associated with enclosures that include containment systems for commercial nuclear power plants, noise control systems for commercial and institutional projects, and waterproofing systems for a wide variety of commercial high-rise and low-rise buildings. Read More

This presentation initially took place at IIBEC's 2022 International Convention and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida. Water Tower Place is a 74-story building constructed in 1976. The exterior facade is generally constructed of 1½-in.thick Georgia Cherokee Solar Gray marble stone veneer panels, with flush aluminum-framed windows. The panels are typically restrained using stainless steel kerfs at the bottom corners or center of the panels, and stainless steel pins at the top and sides of the panels.  In December 2003, the owner was advised that bowing of the marble facade panels and presumed accompanying marble strength loss had accelerated after 25 years of slow but linear weakening—the marble had lost 30% of its strength in roughly 30 years. This presentation reviews efforts to extend the facade’s service life to 2025 or longer. After hundreds of strength tests were evaluated and an updated wind tunnel test was performed, nearly 17,000 custom repair anchors were installed in the building from 2007 through 2009. In the years since then, additional yearly examinations have been performed, along with additional stone testing. The repairs implemented nearly 20 years ago have kept the facade serviceable, and the future serviceable life is currently being studied. William D. Bast, PE, SE, SECB SOCOTEC Engineering Inc. | Chicago, IL William D. Bast has been a practicing structural engineer for more than 35 years in Illinois, where he has led structural design teams in renovations at Wrigley Field, Navy Pier, and Willis Tower. His expertise includes building facade evaluations, renovations, and repairs. He also serves as an expert witness in disputes and lawsuits. Bast is a former president of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations. Lee Fink, AIA, LEED AP BD+C SOCOTEC Engineering Inc. | Chicago, IL Lee Fink is a senior consultant in the Building Envelope Division of SOCOTEC Engineering in Chicago, Ill. His areas of expertise include design and restoration of building enclosures that include masonry wall, glazing, metal cladding, and roofing systems. He has lead the exterior restoration of several postmodern high-rise buildings, including OneAmerica Tower and Rhodes Tower. Fink is chair leader on the Technical Issues Knowledge Committee for AIA Chicago and previously served as a professor at Northwestern University.   Read More

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