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Wagdy Anis Symposium on Building Science 2022

Symposium Overview

Join us at BSA Space on October 6, 2022 for the third symposium held in honor of Wagdy Anis FAIA. This year's theme is: "The Sustainable Building Enclosure: Balancing Energy Performance and Durability with Other Building Life Cycle Goals." Key to the sustainability of a building is the ability of its enclosure to minimize operational greenhouse gas emissions by conserving energy. Durability, moisture control and ease of maintenance of the building enclosure can also greatly reduce the environmental impact of a building, by preserving and conserving material resources. For many projects, increasingly ambitious sustainability goals require consideration of additional criteria for the selection of materials and assemblies. This in-person symposium will address strategies for design, detailing and material selection of the building enclosure to optimize its contribution to sustainable goals throughout the life cycle of a building.


Early-bird tickets with reduced pricing for BSA members and non-members is available through September 10, 2022.



Early-bird registration is live through September 10! All tickets, including morning and afternoon, include lunch and the reception.


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Schedule | October 6, 2022


Welcome & Introductions


Session 1: Introduction to the Sustainable Building Enclosure

1A. Air Sealing in Existing Buildings
Mike Bingley, Matt Carlton, Andre Desjarlais, Larry Harmon

1B. The Intersection of Structure, Architecture and Function: New Parkland Hospital
Dudley McFarquhar

1C. Renovate or Build: A Case Study and LCA Comparison of Two Academic Buildings
Suni Dillard, Carrie Havey


Networking Break


Session 2: Whole Building Case Studies

2A. A 20th century historical structure adaptation into a 21st century NZEReady School
Martine Dion, Ethan Seaman, Diego Macias

2B. Low Embodied Carbon with Wood Framing at Scale
Christopher Nielson, Jacob Racusin, Nikki Byl, Diana Andrea Brito Picciotto


Networking Break


Lunch & Keynote: Jean Carroon


Networking Break


Session 3: Brick and Tile

3A. Insulating Mass Masonry Walls: A Few Key Pointers
Kohta Ueno

3B. Tessellated Clay: Designing the improved masonry rainscreen
David Charney, John Krouse, Erik Farrington, Lori Ferris


Networking Break


Session 4: Fenestration

4A. Wood Windows for Long-Term Care: Soldiers' Homes in Chelsea and in Holyoke
Thomas Beresford, Yin Xia

4B. New Life+Light for Old Buildings: Two Paths to Increase Curtain Wall Performance & Durability
Will Babbington, Christopher O'Hara


Closing Reception

BSA COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines

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About Wagdy Anis FAIA (1941-2018)

Wagdy Anis served the architectural profession as a skilled problem solver, teacher, and advocate for the integrity and performance of the building enclosure in a career that spanned more than five decades.

During his 40-year tenure at Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott, Anis became a leader in the application of building science principles to the practice of building enclosure design. In 2008 he joined Wiss, Janney, Elstner as a building enclosure consultant. Seven years later he established his own practice, Anis Building Enclosure Consulting. To view his full bio, please click here.

Read about the Wagdy Wall in a recent BSA News story here.

About the Building Enclosure Council

The Boston Building Enclosure Council (B-BEC) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote technical excellence in the design and construction of the building enclosure. B-BEC is led by architects and building enclosure experts, to provide a forum where members of the design and construction industry can discuss common issues and share information on materials and methods, with the goal of promoting the well-informed application of building science to construction of commercial and residential buildings. We support this mission through monthly meetings and periodic special events, featuring panels, presentations, discussions and related activities.