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Building-envelope design protects the indoor environment and facilitates climate control, thereby affecting public health through indoor air quality, energy efficiency and more. Structural integrity, moisture control and air-pressure boundaries are recent meeting topics.

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Brian Neely AIA /
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Past Events

March 27, 2017 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Building with Timber Curtain Walls Although unusual, timber curtain wall is becoming more and more popular in the marketplace. This presentation will...
February 27, 2017 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Fly-Bys: Detailing of Extended Planar Elements in Curtain Wall Many architects wish to express a planar quality in their façade designs. This...
November 28, 2016 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Designing Glazing in Cold Climates This talk will address two factors when designing glazed openings in cold climates: radiant discomfort and...
October 24, 2016 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
When to Use Storefront or Curtainwall This presentation provides an overview of the differences between curtain wall and storefront designs and...
April 25, 2016 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Challenges in the design, performance, fabrication, and installation of facade elements for the WTC Transportation Hub

Topics to include the following:

  • Design and performance criteria unique to the WTC Transportation Hub.
  • Design and engineering of Oculus and operable Skylight enclosure elements, to accommodate building geometry, fabrication and erection tolerances, structural movement, wind, snow, impact, and thermal loads.
  • Performance mock-up testing of the Oculus glass, operable Skylight glazing, and metal panel cladding systems for wind load, snow load, differential movement, thermal cycling, condensation resistance, and accidental breakage.
  • Fabrication & Installation challenges, including QA/QC, installation sequencing, and site access limitations.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LUs are available

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