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This presentation was initially provided at the 2021 Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.  This presentation will highlight specifically how U.S. codes and standards create assurances that energy efficiency improvements do not compromise fire safety by controlling the use of combustible building products in commercial buildings. Examples of approved assemblies in a variety of exterior walls for different construction configurations will be provided. There will also be a focus on how fire safety can be maintained throughout the design process and construction phases using code compliance techniques like engineering judgments for wall assemblies. Adequate time will be allowed for an interactive discussion of current industry resources and topics of interest to the audience. Jeffrey H. Greenwald North American Modern Building Alliance | Tampa, FL Jeffrey H. Greenwald is an association executive with over 20 years of association management and advocacy experience. Prior positions include as an executive director, vice president for engineering, and vice president for research and development with four national associations. Greenwald is an innovative leader with demonstrated success in strategy development and execution, building code development, credential management, marketing, public affairs, and research and development. Lorraine Ross Intech Consulting, Inc. | Tampa, FL Lorraine Ross has been involved in all aspects of the building products industry for over 30 years, including manufacturing, technical service, and regulatory issues such as building code development, compliance, and testing laboratory experience. As president of Intech Consulting Inc., she is actively involved in building and fire code development through the International Code Council, NFPA, and a variety of state code development activities, particularly regarding foam plastic insulation. Currently, she is a member of the Florida Building Commission Roofing Technical Advisory Committee. Lorraine has delivered many presentations on building code topics at a variety of industry conferences. Read More

Cladding and building enclosure component connection details are important to the overall performance of a building enclosure, including its resistance to loads and durability. However, they must also be coordinated with energy code insulation requirements, which are increasingly requiring and recognizing the benefits of continuous insulation. Continuous insulation provides a means to improve energy efficiency (minimize thermal bridging) and provide a thermally stable and dry environment for the enclosed building components when coordinated with improved water and vapor control methodologies in the latest building codes. But, cladding connection must extend through this layer of continuous insulation. This presentation will review the research and latest prescriptive code requirements for attaching claddings through a layer of exterior continuous insulation. It will also present a generalized design procedure that can allow various types of connections through foam plastic insulating sheathing, including the attachment of cladding, furring, and even structural components like roof and deck ledgers. These building code advancements provide building enclosure designers with the means to efficiently design and detail various cladding and component connection options in coordination with energy code requirements to maximize the continuity of the thermal enclosure and overall integrity of the building enclosure. Jay Crandell, PE ARES/ABTG | Shady Side, MD Jay Crandell has over 30 years of experience in construction, engineering, and innovative building technology research for private and public sector clients. He has conducted benchmark studies of major natural disasters and conducted research to address significant structural, energy, and building science challenges. His work has helped to propel many innovative technologies into the International Codes and consensus standards. He is widely published on various engineering, construction, and building science topics. For additional information visit www.aresconsulting.biz and www.appliedbuildingtech.com. Read More

This presentation initially took place at IIBEC's 2022 International Convention and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida. This presentation discusses the standards and building code requirements that govern the attachment of exterior wall claddings to wood-framed structures as compared to common installation practices and in situ performance. The presenters consider stucco, fiber-cement siding, and vinyl siding.  Larry Elkin, PE, CCT Elkin Engineering & Diagnostics LLC | Charleston, SC Larry Elkin has nearly 30 years of experience in design, commissioning, and forensics. He graduated from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with both bachelor and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering. Later, he obtained a master of civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering from Norwich University. Elkin initially learned about stucco in the 1990s while diagnosing moisture issues with exterior insulation and finish systems. This led him to attend Sto’s certified installer training in 1996. Since then, he has inspected thousands of stucco-clad structures to diagnose the causes of failures and provide repair solutions. Lee Fischer Elkin Engineering & Diagnostics LLC | Charleston, SC Lee Fischer is a professional engineer who oversees structural building enclosure and fenestration investigations using a multitude of diagnostic tools and test methods. He frequently serves as an expert witness in litigation. His experience extends across residential, multifamily, and light commercial structures and components.  Fischer holds FenestrationMaster certification from the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) and is in the process of getting Elkin Engineering to become the only FGIA-certified field testing agency in South Carolina. He is an Infrared Training Center Level I infrared thermographer and has completed the Exterior Design Institute’s EIFS Third Party Inspector Certification, Quality Control and Moisture Analyst Training Course.   Read More

These sessions discuss the relationships between various elements of the building enclosure industry standards and code requirements. 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. The courses were initially presented at the 2020 Convention.  Bundle includes the following courses: Simplifying the Complicated Process of Wind Design for Roof Systems Air Barriers Meet NFPA 285 - Burning Issues Applying Recent Building and Energy Code Advancements for Durable and Energy-Efficient Building Enclosures A Decade of Change: Recent Revisions to ASTM Stucco Standards   Read More

As severe weather events become the norm and the data and science of risk analysis techniques change, design and construction professionals need to consider adapting their building designs to improve public safety. This presentation will discuss recent developments on this topic that involve the courts, building codes, insurers, professional associations, and other industry players. In this presentation, the speaker will explore whether a new standard of care is emerging that governs adapting to climate change. He will discuss implications for engineers, design professionals, and the construction industry as a whole. As the climate changes, industry participants can either ignore the changes or adapt to them. But one thing is certain: If design and construction professionals take the ostrich’s head-in-the-sand approach and fail to adapt to the data, their competitors, courts, and legal antagonists will do it for them. Josh Leavitt Much Shelist, P.C. | Palo Alto, CA Josh Leavitt is chair with the Much Law Construction Group in Chicago, Illinois. He has over 35 years of construction law experience, handling disputes and contracts, and counseling on industry risk. Leavitt advises on construction and design law matters, including delay and disruption claims, successful mediation and arbitration strategies, emerging delivery system choices, infrastructure projects, liability for failure to adapt to climate change, and 3D printing and advanced manufacturing. His clients range from worldwide leaders in the construction space to middle-market companies. Leavitt has extensive experience in building enclosure matters, including disputes over a wide variety of building enclosure systems, technologies, and structures. He is a frequent presenter at IIBEC programs. Read More

This presentation was initially provided at the 2021 Convention and Tradeshow in Phoenix, Arizona Continuous Insulation presents challenges with the overall wall assembly’s design, performance, and construction. This second of two programs at the advanced level utilizes eight commercial steel-framed wall assembly designs to evaluate their comparative differences while standardizing to an NFPA 285-compliant assembly under ICC 2018 in Climate Zone 5 (due to the requirement for an interior vapor retarder). The evaluations of the eight assemblies begin with an overview of their components with their assembly’s benefits and challenges. This overview includes describing the rationale for the choice and location of the continuous and total insulation, sheathing (if any), weather and vapor control layers, and the concerns for condensation management and thermal breaks. The eight are then compared for their NFPA 285 compliance, and then evaluated by their WUFI hygrothermic modeling over four climate seasons. They next are evaluated for their structural cladding load and wind-load resistances, and finally, they are comparatively ranked by cost of construction and speed of production. Rather than focusing on the benefits of one construction material or assembly, this program weaves together eight different entire wall assemblies to compare and rationalize. The presentation utilizes 3-D modeled imagery to help visualize their integrated assemblies.   G. David Schoenhard, RRO, AIA, BECxA, CSI, LEED AP DSS-Philly | Narberth, PA G. David Schoenhard has over 40 years of experience in the design, detailing, and construction of institutional, commercial, research, and multifamily residential architecture, and is the principal and manager of DSS-Philly, an architectural building enclosure consulting firm in the Philadelphia region. He brings his decades of experience and discipline to design, implement, and remediate building enclosures on behalf of other architects, owners, and contractors. He also actively researches comparative building enclosure assemblies and is an AIA Education Provider. In addition to the AIA, he is certified as a BECxA, EDI, RRO, CSI, LEED AP, and CIT. Read More

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