For those of you, who may need it to keep track of your continuing Education, below is the copy of the BEC Miami “next_meeting” website:


Silicone Sealants in Construction, Application and Quality Control

Mr. Kevin P Dunphy of High Performance Building Solutions Group at Dow Corning Corporation will review sealants on building façades including selection, installation and QC. Topics:
-Sealants – a general overview
-Silicones vs. Organics
-Design & Proper installation of Weathersealing Joints
-Structural Glazing/ Protective/Hurricane Glazing
-Reference Standards, Testing, and technical Service

1 Learning Unit (LU) for registered architects

Please note the change of location! We meet at the UM, not AIA.

Past Meetings



5 Critical Roofing Performance ConsiderationsMr. Mario J. Ibanez of FiberTite Roofing System will explain how major roofing systems perform against top five criteria that effect roof life. He’ll first provide a brief description and installation methods of the six major roofing systems for low-slope roofing: Built-Up, Modified Bitumen, EPDM, PVC, TPO and KEE.  This is followed by a discussion on the major performance criteria that effects the life of the roof; e.g., UV, Wind, etc, narrowing a broad list down to the top five.  Lastly, we’ll compare how these six major roofing systems typically perform vs. these top five performance criteria.
Learning Objectives:1.) Identify and discern the six basic low slope roofing membrane / systems.  2.) Understand the installation methods and options associated with the six basic low slope roofing membrane / systems.  3.) Learn the objective measurements behind the five critical performance criteria associated with roof system longevity.  4.) Learn how the six basic low slope roofing membrane / systems compare when evaluated by the objective performance criteria.

1 Learning Unit (LU) for registered architects

Please note the change of location! We meet at the UM, not AIA.


Title: Greening Building EnvelopesTopic Areas: Sustainability and Technology

Today, the real-estate and construction industry focuses on two new buzzwords: “Green” and “Building Envelope.” The industry also looks for savings, and what can be more economical and greener than prolonging the technical life of the existing structures? We will present several case examples of troubleshooting and preserving value of building envelopes of large buildings, which, often built wrong from the start, are typically the most expensive and most maintenance-demanding part of a building. We will show successes and lessons learned in reducing energy use and addressing persistent failures. We will also address relevant energy regulations pertaining to the existing buildings in Florida.

Learning Objectives:
Often Overlooked Secondary Consequences of Energy Upgrades.
Combining Energy Upgrades with Renovations.
Diagnosis of Building Enclosures: Tools of the Trade. ( MacGyverizm).
Do you Know Where Your Money Went? Tracking Energy Costs.


Mr. W. Reid Morgan, P.E. is a Physical Plant Director at Broward Campus of the Florida Atlantic University. He manages several educational buildings, including two high-rise towers. He is a civil engineer by education with a BS from the University of Maryland, College Park. He worked ten years in heavy construction managing foundations and concrete techniques for wet underground structures, such as subway tunnels and multi-storied basement in NY, Wash., DC, Philadelphia and Dallas. This early introduction into the negative effects of water leaking through “solid” walls has been a lifelong challenge of determining the solutions to pervious to impervious phenomenon. As he progressed into general construction and now maintenance management issues, the long term effects are not only costly from life cycle of structures, but the total operating costs for HVAC systems. There is a correlation between humidity outside and how it gets inside via the building envelop, doors, windows and sometimes roofs. He has found solutions in the most curious of areas, such as measuring long term effects of humidity been left in buildings when unoccupied. He has saved many thousands of dollars for FAU and others by examining the existing “as built “drawings for oversight of insulation, or the lack of it; HVAC systems that are oversized or undersized. He has quantified how different lighting and computer systems has changed the HVAC systems over the last 30 years, and yet we have plenty of buildings that had minimum of modifications over the years. His speaking engagements have been from lecturing to engineering and architectural students at FAU, APPA presentations and local chapter of IFMA and BOMA. He also has lectured about the benefits of solar and LED fixtures to community and civic groups.

Mr. Karol Kazmierczak (Kaz) M.Sc. is a Facade Doctor. He cares for ailing building facades. On the average day you may spot him climbing a skycraper or crawling dusty roof cavities, and on the average night he wanders your roof with a thermal imager searching for rain leaks. He specializes in high-rise buildings, and worked with facades of over 400 buildings located on two continents, in miscellaneous climates, and has 16 years of façade engineering experience diversified among building enclosure technical design, consulting, construction inspections, and field investigations. He no longer practices facade engineering; instead he practices MacGyver engineering by developing custom procedures and tools to diagnose failures of existing buildings. He runs a blog at which is as boring as his profession.

1 Learning Unit (LU) for registered architects

Please note the change of location! We meet at the UM, not AIA.


We will learn about Lean Construction of Building Enclosures from Dr. Lincoln Forbes Ph.D.(U. of Miami), MBA, MSIE, BSc. (Electrical Engineering), P.E. (Florida), LEED® AP, Assistant Professor (Visiting) in the Department of Construction Management at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and the lead author of a book on the subject, titled “Modern Construction: Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices” (CRC Press, 2010). Dr. Forbes has over 30 years of experience in various aspects of facilities design, construction, and maintenance as well as quality/performance improvement. He has been administrative head of several facilities-related departments and functions in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He also served as an adjunct professor with Florida International University (FIU), Miami, Florida, in the College of Engineering and Computing’s Construction Management and Engineering Management programs.Dr. Forbes has published and presented many papers internationally on the application of lean techniques and quality and productivity improvement in construction. He is a member of the The Lean Construction Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and awareness of lean construction principles. He has served as a columnist on Continuous Improvement in the Construction Industry for the ASCE publication “Leadership and Management in Engineering” , and as a reviewer for various ASCE journals. A Senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, (IIE), Dr. Forbes is also the President of IIE’s Construction Division. He is a Senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and has served as an examiner for the Florida Sterling Council’s Quality Award.Lean construction is a new methodology that is based on highly successful Japanese maufacturing methods; it promotes closer collaboration between project participants that leads to fewer errors, lower cost, and higher profits.  It also results in greater satisfaction among all participants as well as the building owner.  In the not distant future, practitioners of this methodolgy will have a distinct competitive advantage.learning objectives:

What is Lean Construction? Explanation.

Principles of Lean Construction. Application to Building Enclosures.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Lean Construction.

Lean Construction i n Practice. Lessons Learned.

1 Learning Unit (LU)


We will learn about Insulated Composite Backup Panel Technology and Achieving Superior Thermal and Moisture Protection from Dean Kauthen of Centria. Dean needs no introduction. He spoke about Metal Wall Systems one year ago.Learning Objectives: After completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Understand the functional differences between an inner backup wall and the rainscreen component.Identify key weaknesses in popular multi-component backup wall assembliesComprehend the nature of problems created by popular backup wall assembliesLearn strategies for creating superior backup wall assemblies when steel framing is employed as the structural elementRecognize the benefits of new backup wall system technology and how it is superior to multi-component assemblies.

1 Learning Unit (LU), HSW: Yes, SD: Yes


We will learn about Thermocromex, which is a one-coat exterior limestone finish used as an alternative to stucco from Glenn McFarland, the salesperson at Southwest Progressive Enterprises.Description: Using American National Standard Institute specifications for exterior wall finishes, this program will provide current information along with a discussion on some exterior wall finish systems including three coat stucco, one coat stucco, EIFS and one coat limestone finishes. Emphasis will be placed on each systems’ various components, application methods, maintenance costs and environmental impact including VOC’s and Sustainability.This event will come with 1 AIA LU.06/18/2011

Facade Engineering University – “Hot and Humid Climate and Hurricane considerations in Building Enclosure Design”

What are two methods of floodproofing the design? What is more dangerous: hurricane wind, flood, or windborne debris impact? What are the questions insurance adjusters ask? What is the most overlooked performance aspect in roofing design in windborne debris regions? Is it true that a straw carried by a wind can pierce a trunk? Is an open door or window rated for wind? Do Interior assemblies need to be rated for hurricane wind pressure? What are the biggest overlooked challenges of post-hurricane recovery in design choice of facade materials and systems? How your design may cause a mysterious rain fall in a middle of a building without a breach in building enclosure? Would an addition of thermal insulation alone wreak a havoc of an otherwise sound building? Where a vapor retarder should be located if at all? Where NOT to locate thermal insulation? What old architectural details would not work with new code requirements and new materials any more?

Those and other questions will be answered in the course of this 3-hour long seminar followed by 1 hour workshop.

The lecture presents non-obvious aspects of building enclosure design in hot and humid climates frequented by hurricanes. It discusses typical hazards and perils such as: flood, posthurricane scarcities, sun, rain, humidity, temperature, wildlife, wind, windborne debris, and cultural challenges.

4 LU

Cost: $45 per person plus $2 per car

Details and Registration:


Greg Galloway of YKK will tak about Impact Resistance.Learning Objective for this presentation is:Using the ASCE7 Standards and the detailed information provided in this seminar, the participant will be able to make more educated decisions  when designing projects that must meet the stringent building requirements of hurricane prone areas. Since the 2010 Florida Building Code has incorporated ASCE 7-10, he will provide an overview of the changes from the previous version.


Meeting cancelled.


“Fluid Applied Air, Vapor, and Water Resistive Barriers: Function and Specification” by Joseph Dugo, the Engineering/ Market Specialist at BASF Wall Systems. He is responsible for the promotion of BASF’s Wall Systems sustainable solutions for Air Barriers, EIFS and High Performance Stucco to the consulting, military and general contracting communities.This presentation qualifies for 1.0 Sustainable Design (SD) Credit. Air/water-resistive barriers are vital systems that minimize air and moisture intrusion throughout the entire building envelope. The learning objectives of this presentation include:§        The role of barriers in building envelop performance
§        Methods of evaluating air/water-resistive barrier material and assembly performance before installation
§        How to treat rough openings using fluid applied air barrier systems
§        How to evaluate air barrier system performance after installation
§        What to require in a performance-based fluid-applied barrier material specification


“Green Design with Translucent Daylighting” by Mr. Michael Crowder. Michael Crowder is the National Sales Manager for Structures Unlimited, Inc., operating out of the corporate office in Manchester, NH.  He is responsible for all sales and marketing functions, as well as traveling extensively with the distributors nationwide for the company.  He has been with SUI since January, 2002, where he started as a Regional Manager.  He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a member of the Construction Specification Institute.  Michael is the in-house LEED consultant for both Structures Unlimited and Kalwall, strategic partners in the Keller Companies.Content:Utilizing various forms of translucent daylighting to earn LEED credits and/or assist in the implementation of Green or Sustainable design. Topics discussed include the origins of translucent daylighting, considerations in design, enhancement of daylighting techniques, energy conservation and opportunities offered in contrast, design, form and aesthetics.01/18/2011

The seminar titled “Architectural Anchoring Systems” by Mr. John Shedleski of Halfen Anchoring Systems.Description: This program is a general overview of architectural anchoring systems for diverse applications, common in commercial and institutional construction. There are six sections, each one devoted to the following anchoring specialties: Glazed curtain wall, architectural precast panels and columns, architectural exposed structural steel, exterior cladding with dimension stone, brick veneer, and concealed lintel systems for masonry. Most of the material is covered graphically for a quick grasp of the fundamental principles.

Learning Objectives:

      • Review curtain wall anchoring systems with 3-dimensional adjustability, and benefits they offer from architectural and installation perspective.
      • Evaluate anchoring systems for architectural precast concrete panels and for precast columns.
      • Identify applications for architectural exposed structural steel systems, and the typical components for tension and compression rods.
      • Recognize differences between custom-designed and pre-engineered adjustable stone anchors, and consider features that allow for precision installations.
      • Examine brick veneer anchoring systems designed for different thermal insulation requirements and load conditions.
      • Understand concealed lintel systems, their main components, and aesthetic qualities of all-brick appearance vs. exposed steel soffits.


Traditionally we skip December due to the large number of other events, Have a wonderful holiday season!


(NOT A BEC MEETING BUT NEVERTHELESS WORTH ATTENDING)Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes at Whole Buildings XI International Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida


The seminar titled “Fundamentals of Air Barriers” by Mr. Robert Erwin, who sells Tremco products. He has 33 years of field experience with Tremco Global Sealants as a generalist in the area of glazing sealants and waterproofing.Learning Objectives:RELATIONSHIP TO SUSTANIBLE DESIGN


(NOT A BEC MEETING BUT NEVERTHELESS WORTH ATTENDING)RCI Building Envelope Technology Symposium in San Antonio, Texas.


The seminar titled “Sustainable Green Construction using High Performance EIFS” by Mr. John H. Thomas, the District Sales Manager of BASF Wall Systems.Here is the description of the seminar received from the speaker:Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) are relatively new wall cladding systems that have evolved to meet the construction industry’s demand for buildings that offer outstanding aesthetic value at low initial cost.  Concerns related to energy conservation and environmental preservation are changing the traditional lowest-first-cost paradigm.  This lunch-and learn presentation discusses EIF systems that offer architects new ways to create building designs that combine outstanding thermal performance and visual appeal with low cost and extended building longevity.A detailed discussion of LEED, Air, Water and Vapor barriers will be included in this presentation.

This program also qualifies for HSW credits as well as standard CEU’s.


(moved from 09/21/2010)

The seminar titled “Surviving the Warranty Wars” by Mr. Carl Kuhn, the Architectural Representative of Soprema.Learning Objectives:
What you should know about roofing warranties, what they will cover and what they will not. What to look for in a roof warranty to be sure your owner receives the best protection possible as well as the various types of warranties available in the roofing market today.RSVP to the next meeting   08/17/2010The seminar titled “Understanding the Critical Elements of Below Grade Waterproofing” by Jim Simpson-Quigley, the
Senior Architectural Sales Representative of Grace Construction Products.Learning Objectives:• What is Waterproofing?• Why Waterproof?• Where to apply waterproofing.• Types of waterproofing.

• Establishing design criteria.

• Application issues.



The seminar titled “Common Mistakes in Designing a Roof” by Karen L. Warseck, AIA, LEED AP, since 1988, founder and President of Building Diagnostics Associates with responsibility for technical, administrative and business development functions.  Completed over 1200 roofing and exterior wall consulting projects including investigations, preparation of construction documents, bidding and construction administration for built-up, modified bitumen, clay and concrete tile, slate, single ply, shingle, metal and coated polyurethane foam roofing, structural concrete, masonry, EIFS, stucco, glazed curtain wall and sealant problems.  Six years prior experience as Director of the Southeast Regional Office of a national rehabilitative architecture/engineering firm, Hoffmann Architects, North Haven, Connecticut.  Projects included roofing investigations and replacements for single ply, built-up, coated polyurethane foam, shingle, and slate roofs, structural concrete repair and exterior wall investigations and repairs. Author of over 50 magazine articles and anthology contributions on various building system topics, including roofing, sealants and exterior wall systems.  Contributing Editor of Building Operating Management magazine. Married 22 years to architect Jeffery Gross. 2 cats no kids.  Thank goodness.

Using Modified Bitumen Roofing” ARCHITECTURE
Why Sealants Fail”  ARCHITECTURE
Reroofing Historic Buildings”  PROGRESSIVE ARCHITECTURE
Detecting and Identifying Roof Maintenance Problems”  PLANT ENGINEERING
Member, Roofing Technical Advisory Committee, Florida Building Code Commission
Past President, Fort Lauderdale Chapter, Construction Specifications Institute
Chair, City of Hollywood, Florida, Unsafe Structures Board
Member, Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals Roofing CommitteeLearning Objectives:
1. Learn the most common errors that designers and specifiers make in their contract documents.
2. Learn what details in building design lead to “impossible to roof right” scenarios.
3. Learn what manufacturers can do and can’t do for you.
4. Learn what effect specifying a warranty has on the roof.
5. Learn what is important on a Notice of Acceptance to be sure your design meets Code.


“A Closer Look” at Metal Wall Systems, by Dean Kauthen of CENTRIA Architectural Systems.Learning Objectives: After completion of this course, participants will be able to:
 Recognize metal wall system solutions for different climactic conditions
 Understand how moisture and thermal problems arise in a building enclosure and how to prevent them
 Comprehend the importance of air barriers in exterior wall design
 Identify and assess wall testing criteria and performance requirements
 Understand sustainability of metal in exterior walls
 Acknowledge the performance, aesthetic, and sustainable


We will hear about PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY AND THE BUILDING ENCLOSURE from Mr.Charles E. Rogers, Esq., the partner in the Atlanta office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP. This is the firm that wrote the famous textbook “Common Sense Construction Law: A Practical Guide for the Construction Professional.”


Charles focuses his practice on the representation of parties involved with the design, construction, ownership and development of commercial and residential construction projects. This representation includes traditional litigation, contract drafting and negotiation, alternative dispute resolution and general consultation, for projects and matters ranging from office, shopping center and retail complexes to multi-family residential and condominiums, mass transit infrastructure, major highway design and construction and large scale residential development. Charlie actively represents design professionals, developers, owners, general contractors, subcontractors and insurers in many of the same aspects of construction-related disputes. This representation has, with respect to actual litigation, included the utilization of mainstream alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration, through the assistance of the American Arbitration Association and other nationally recognized third-party neutrals, and the defense and pursuit of claims in all levels of state courts and in the District Courts of Georgia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals within the United States Federal Courts. Charlie’s construction practice also encompasses a growing specialty in handicap accessibility compliance in the context of design and construction, which includes both state and federal accessibility statutes which are or may be applicable to the myriad types of residential and commercial buildings being designed, constructed or developed in today’s marketplace. Accessibility compliance services can, and often do, take the form of consultation which occurs outside of the context of formal court filings or litigation, as well as the active defense of allegations of non-compliance which are asserted in formal complaints filed in various U.S. District Courts throughout the country. In addition to assisting construction professionals in the resolution of disputed claims and other contested issues, Charlie is actively involved in providing consultation relating to contracts and other construction-related documents, the resolution of construction-phase issues, the interpretation of contractual responsibilities and obligations and the development of appropriate risk management procedures and safeguards. Charlie also regularly participates in the presentation of annual risk management seminars to construction professionals, risk management specialists and insurance representatives.
In both 2005 and 2006, Charlie was identified by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine
as a “Rising Star,” and one of Atlanta’s best lawyers under 40.

Here is an early draft of what we may expect:

1. Architects will learn the meaning of the term “standard of care” as it pertains to the
exercise of “due diligence” in the design of the building enclosure, and will discuss a
range of implications resulting from different degrees of diligence.
2. Architects will learn to differentiate and distinguish between what may constitute an
appropriate increase in the amount of information typically provided on the construction
documents and that which is more likely to address the “means and methods” of
construction, the responsibility for which are typically assigned contractually to the
General Contractor.
3. This seminar will provide training on the legal requirements associated with the
performance (or non-performance) of construction-phase contract administration services
on a project, and in identifying other situations in which the design professional often
faces an increased risk of liability.
4. Architects will learn and discuss how to most effectively manage and allocate risks in the context of the utilization of manufacturers’ information, product characteristics, testing results and installation procedures during the design phase of a project in order to increase the successful performance of building enclosure systems following the
completion of construction.




On April, the 20th, we will have a tour of a factory producing exterior windows, doors, and glass railings in Hialeah.The learning objectives are as follows:

  • Familiarization with production process of architectural glazing.
  • Understanding production limitations of architectural glazing.
  • Quality Assurance and Control in glazing production.
  • Most typical available options in windows and glass rails.

Please, note that we will NOT meet at our usual location. Instead, we will meet at 5:15pm at the following location:

325 W. 74th Place
Hialeah, FL 33014

Please, download the file with directions to the site of the meeting.

The tour attendants will be provided with 1 AIA CES Learning Unit. Latecomers will not be allowed to join, so please be punctual.

(This is the tour originally proposed by CSI Miami, but CSI Miami informed us they will not join.)

On April 12-14, 2010, BEC members from all over the country will attend the BEST2 Conference in Portland, Oregon.


Karol Kazmierczak, the BEC Miami chairman will give lecture titled “Review of Curtain Walls” on 04/12/2010 and will chair the session on Wall-Window Interfaces nad Air&Water Control on 04/13/2010.

We encourage those BEC Miami members who still hesitate to attend.

03/16/2010 – NOTE THE CHANGE IN YEAR 2010 !We will hear about Concrete Deterioration- Building Enclosure Specific from F. Carter (Bud) Karins, PE and CEO of Karins Engineering Group.F. Carter Karins has been engaged in the restoration of reinforced concrete structures since 1999 utilizing conventional repair methods, carbon fiber reinforcing and impressed current cathodic protection. Mr. Karins has more than twenty-four years of experience in construction management, real estate development, residential design and light commercial design. Mr. Karins also has mechanical engineering experience with practice specialization in design and engineering of hydraulically operated cranes, packaging machines and systems and fluid dynamics. Mr. Karins’ combination of experience makes him uniquely qualified to provide consulting services during planning, design and construction phases of building projects, as well as consulting services for the design of machine components and systems.The learning objectives are as follows:
Provide basic understanding of the following:

  1. Science of concrete corrosion
  2. Corrosion repair methodologies
  3. Corrosion mitigation techniques
  4. Corrosion repair and mitigation materials

At the conclusion of the presentation, one should:

      • Understand the visual signs of corrosion damage
      • Recognize successful repair methods

This meeting will be held at our usual time and location. We will NOT hold the joint meeting with CSI Miami, about which we talked during the two latest meetings. It turned out that the topics of the presentation may not necessarily be of interest to us. Since this explanation came two days ago, the time was very short to secure an out-of-house speaker, and we were prepared to employ our usual emergency scenario: Kaz giving a lecture on a randomly chosen building enclosure subject. Fortunately, the speaker whom we called yesterday responded affirmatively today, and we once again changed the description of this meeting. We apologize for the confusion.


Don’t miss this learning opportunity! One of the most sought-after speakers on subject of building enclosures in the U.S. will give us a lecture.Architectural Glass – What Every Designer Should Know

  1. Trends – Why this ancient architectural material is also one of the newest. Trends of the last 25 years and where we are heading.
  2. Technology – What works; what doesn’t. Steps to improve reliability and durability.  Focus on laminated and insulating glass performance.
  3. Case Studies/Lessons Learned – New: Espirito Santo Plaza, Miami; Old: John Hancock Tower, Boston

Thomas A. Schwartz, P.E. of SGH, the president of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. the building enclosure consulting company will give us a lecture.

He is a famous facade consultant, focused on building envelope systems, including curtain walls, glazing, roofing, waterproofing, and masonry, who worked on many notable projects including determining the cause of breakage of the insulating glass at the John Hancock Tower in Boston, MA and investigating the cause of limestone curtain wall deterioration at the Metro-Dade Government Center in Miami, FL.

Recipient of numerous awards: the Walter C. Voss Award, Engineering News Record Award for Contribution to Engineering, ASTM Award of Merit. Mr. Schwartz is the ASTM International fellow, a member of the ASTM board of directors, ASTM Committees on Performance of Buildings, Exterior Building Wall Systems, on Glass and Glass Products, and on Forensic Sciences. Mr. Schwartz is a construction industry arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers. He was also a technical editor for Glass Digest for more than a decade. Published numerous papers and presentations.

Building Facade Maintenance, Repair, and Inspection

Water in Exterior Building Walls: Problems and Solutions

ASTM International News Releases

RSVP for this event: email 01/19/2010

We will hear about The Principles of Rainscreen Construction from Joe Bandy, the East Coast Sales Manager of Pohl Inc. of America. A Graduate of School of Architecture from the University of Kansas, has 29 years experience in the façade industry, has managed and executed work in design, engineering, installation, training, research & development and sales, has executed testing and compliance documents for air, water, thermal, sound attenuation, blast and hurricane impact requirements, worked on projects in 20 plus countries on 5 continents.Learning Objectives:

  1. Compare characteristics of early cavity wall design with rainscreen wall design
  2. Understand the forces that enable water to penetrate the building envelope
  3. Understand how rainscreen components resist the forces described above
  4. Specify the methods critical to a successful rainscreen wall
  5. List the features and benefits of a rainscreen wall


We will NOT have meeting in December. We will skip December because each of us has plenty of other social events to attend this month. We look forward to see you in January.Have a Happy Holiday Season!11/10/2009We were supposed to learn about Anti-Terrorism and Blast Mitigation in Aluminum Glazing Systems but due to last minute cancellation by the presenter, we learned about Sloped Glazing from Karol Kazmierczak (Kaz). The lecture titled: “Sloped glazing” presents typical challenges and solutions associated with sloped glazing and skylights.Learning objectives:
1. History of sloped glazing.
2. Types of internal and external drainage of sloped glazing.
3. Typical sources of failure.
4. Analyses of frequently misunderstood details
5. Examples of correct details.
6. Energy ramifications of sloped glazing.



We will learn about Rainscreen Facades from Alex Hidalgo-Gato of FORMAS, Architectural  Products  Consultants. This presentation will offer comparison how different manufacturers address environmental principles without compromising façade aesthetics. The program concludes with some case studies illustrating this process.



We skipped September. 08/11/2009On 08/11/2009 we will learn about Storefronts and Curtain Walls
from Ed Crim of Kawneer. This presentation is intended to provide a better understanding of the differences between Curtain Wall and Storefront designs and functions. Additional information relative to performance, cost, and applications are also explored. There is a special emphasis on how each system controls infiltrated water.


The special feature of the evening will be the lecture titled “Avoiding Moisture in Exterior Wall Construction” presented by Dawn Griffin, the Southeast Building Science Specialist of Henry Company.In this presentation we will discuss technical issues around the cause and effect of condensation created by air & vapor leakage through the building envelope. How does relative humidity and temperature play a role in vapor diffusion and mold growth? This technical presentation will examine “air/vapor” and “vapor permeable” membrane systems, connection details and how to achieve a continuous plane of air tightness.meeting