Past Meetings

Training

Time: 
Jun 12 2012 - 8:00am - Jun 14 2012 - 4:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Air Barrier Installer Certification

Location: 

South Seattle Community College

Description: 

The ABAA is offering certification in the categories of Certified Self Adhered and Fluid Applied Membrane installer. If you or your company are active in the installation of these types of systems, this is highly recommended training!

Certification by the ABAA is the highest level of assurance of installation knowledge available today.

2012 Technology Symposium

Time: 
Jun 4 2012 - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Meeting Title: 

The Art and Science of Air Barriers in Building Design and Construction

Location: 

Oregon Zoo Conference Center

Description: 

h2. General Information

The Portland Building Enclosure Council will be hosting this day-long event featuring recent national and international research focusing on air barriers in existing and new building enclosure design. Academic research will be complemented with real world applications and case studies.

*Up-to-date research on air barrier methodology and technology *Observe real-time testing of multiple air barrier assemblies in the conference courtyard. *Meet with the local representatives of leading building product manufacturers *This all day event includes continental breakfast and seated lunch. *Earn 7 AIA /CEU - LU/HSW/SD learning credits.

h2. Speakers & Sessions

!/files/pictures/dalgleish.jpg! Laverne Dalgleish, Executive Director, Air Barrier Association of America Keynote Address - History of Air Barriers "Course Evaluation":https://docs.google.com/a/portlandbec.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDNxQlk5V2FlOG41eDBRc1VjeWtrUEE6MA#gid=0 Lunch Address - How Tight are Buildings? "Course Evaluation":https://docs.google.com/a/portlandbec.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDVtdXdPQzBrdU5SQVRkek1zU0RiRGc6MA#gid=0 As Executive Director of the ABAA, Laverne works to champion energy conservation in buildings while educating building owners and designers about the benefits of energy conservation such as durability, comfort, reduced maintenance, reduced HVAC equipment costs and the positive impact on the environment. He was the key developer of the ABAA Quality Assurance Program for the installation of air barrier systems in buildings.

!/files/pictures/steffen.jpg! Mike Steffen, AIA, Vice President/General Manager Walsh Construction Company/OR "Towards Airtightness: The Contractor's Role in Designing and Constructing the Air Barrier System":https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3qpbinNaDRmRjR2alk3X3ltb3c/edit?usp=sharing "Course Evaluation":https://docs.google.com/a/portlandbec.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGMyelV6bEZMY1NXb2tuZDRVNWdwbXc6MA#gid=0 Mike is an architect, builder and educator with thirty years of experience in the design and construction of the built environment. He has a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Walsh is a Pacific Northwest general contractor specializing in all types of multi-unit housing, building rehabilitation, educational facilities, and commercial buildings - with a commitment to being a leader in the construction of energy-efficient, healthy and durable buildings.

!/files/pictures/speert.jpg! Jeff Speert, AIA, Principal, JRS Engineering "Informed Mechanical Design through Tested Air Leakage Results":https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B91OXwne-4bWc0g3bFU1UHh6d2s/edit?usp=sharing "Course Evaluation":https://docs.google.com/a/portlandbec.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHM3dkxwVjNnM2pWbkFTY0JvcnpVN2c6MA#gid=0 Jeff is a licensed architect in Washington and British Columbia. His 15 years of experience has included roles as carpenter, designer, contractor, architect and building envelope consultant. His passion for sustainability has led him to completing numerous projects that focused on energy efficiency and green building systems. Jeff is a nationally certified Home Energy Rating System Rater. He is a principal at JRS’ Seattle office and director of the firm’s whole building air barrier testing service.

!/files/pictures/durston.jpg! Lee Durston, Director of Building Science, BCRA "Summary and Analysis of Large Building Air Leakage Testing for the US Dept of Defense":https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B834vfiqXmHkR2JQbkRUV3ptLUE "Course Evaluation":https://docs.google.com/a/portlandbec.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFRXOEg5eG56c0hvS0pnR1hYSldIamc6MA#gid=0 Lee conducts diagnostic studies of envelope performance characteristics and integrates the findings for better design, construction, and overall sustainability. He sits on the High Performance Building Envelope Task Force for the US Army Corps of Engineers and is a contributing editor for the USACE Air Leakage Testing Protocol. He has expertise in the areas of conditions assessment, building envelope, waterproofing, air tightness, and building performance commissioning and testing.

!/files/pictures/zhivov.jpg! Dr. Alexander Zhivov, Senior Researcher, Engineer Research and Development Center Construction Engineering Research Laboratory "Air Tightness in Army Buildings":https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B834vfiqXmHkaUZjQW9QZkxadnc "Course Evaluation":https://docs.google.com/a/portlandbec.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEJQWFNJUjUwejMwN3gtOUNyWGdJWUE6MA#gid=0 Dr. Zhivov holds a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Central Research and Experimental Design Institute for Industrial Buildings, Moscow and the Research Institute for Labor Protection, Leningrad and an MBA degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He develops innovative energy conservation strategies and methodologies to solve systemic design, operational quality, and project management deficiencies in the U.S. Architect/Engineer/ Constructor/Operator community. His current projects support a range of Army customers including HQUSACE, Corps Districts, IMCOM, OACSIM, and AMC by promoting improved energy efficiencies, better strategic implementation of new building technologies, improved HVAC systems and controls, distributed generation technologies, renewable energy technologies, modernized heating plants, improved building commissioning processes, and modeling/analysis tools for installation operations.

John Duncan, AIA and Logan Cravens, AIA Field Testing Typical Air Barriers Designed for the Northwest "Course Evaluation":https://docs.google.com/a/portlandbec.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDZUZ3hVaWpsbHBsRFJpZm1JRGphYnc6MA#gid=0

Dave Young, PE RDH Building Sciences Closing Remarks

"Brochure":https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3qpbinNaDRmWkdGUE01ZWk4YkE

h2. Registration Information

Registration is full.

Cost |Membership Type|Prior to May 25th|After May 25th| |Non-Members|$35|$45| |Members|$25|$35|

Because of lower than anticipated costs, excellent sponsor support, and the help of QED, Walsh, EFCO, and Portland YouthBuilders the Portland BEC Board has reduced the registration costs in line with our mission. The Portland BEC is a 501 c 3 non-profit and the intent of this symposium and all of our sponsored events is to provide excellent educational opportunities while covering costs. The Board has determined that our costs will be covered at the reduced registration rates.

h2. Sponsors

Symposium Sponsor * Henry Company

Meal Sponsors * BEI/Prosoco * DuPont

Symposium Supporters * Georgia Pacific * Protecto Wrap * Momentive * Dryvit * Sto Corporation * Vaproshield * Demilec * Soprema

Special thanks to QED, Walsh Construction Company, EFCO Windows, Window Tech Inc. and Portland YouthBuilders

Outside Event

Time: 
May 10 2012 - 5:30pm - May 11 2012 - 5:00pm
Meeting Title: 

Measuring UP Symposium

Location: 

Portland State University

Description: 

The Department of Architecture at Portland State University is proud to present the symposium MeasuringUP, an event dedicated to advancing regional knowledge and efforts for environmentally responsive architecture.

As the largest contributor to global climate change, the built environment is increasingly becoming the focus of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Consequently, a rising number of buildings are being promoted as examples of “high performance,” “green” or “sustainable” design. However, these claims are often based on design intent rather than measured performance. Are green buildings in use measuring up to their targets? And, what role do building occupants play in the discussion of performance? How can research in buildings inform and improve design practice? And how can successful strategies be replicated at a larger scale?

On Friday, May 11, 2012, MeasuringUP will bring together local and international leaders in environmentally responsive design, engineering, research, industry and policy to address these questions through a day-long symposium, hosted by the Department of Architecture. The event spaces will showcase two of the PSU campus's ambitious building retrofits: Lincoln Hall and Shattuck Hall.

In coordination with the symposium theme, a free public lecture by Thomas Auer of the renowned firm Transsolar Klimaengineering will be presented in the Shattuck Hall Annex on the evening of Thursday, May 10.

The symposium is being sponsored by Better Bricks, and AIA members who attend the events on May 11 will be eligible for 5 AIA CE learning units.

Tickets are available now at www.pdx.edu/architecture/measuringup.

We look forward to seeing you at MeasuringUP.

Department of Architecture Portland State University www.pdx.edu/architecture

May 2012 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
May 1 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Electronically Tintable Glass: A Project Showcase

Location: 

University of Oregon-Portland
White Stag Building
70 NW Couch, Room 142

Presenters: 

Del Bankston, SAGE glass

Description: 

We live in a dynamic environment, but until now our building enclosures have been static in nature – unable to effectively control the flow of the sun’s light and heat into buildings from hour to hour and from season to season. Electronically tintable glass provides the means to develop a dynamic façade with variable visible light transmission and solar heat gain coefficient, which saves cooling and lighting energy, and solves problems of excessive solar heat gain, glare, fading and the need for unsightly blinds. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) states that their goal of a zero energy building in 2030 cannot be achieved without the use of dynamic glazing. Electronically tintable glass is now commercially available and is being actively specified and installed in building envelopes.

This session will briefly review dynamic electrochromic glass performance characteristics and the benefits to glazing contractors. The presentation will then focus on a number of diverse case studies to demonstrate the application of electrochromic glass in different building types and glazing applications to achieve different objectives such as glare control, heat control, daylighting, occupant comfort and to facilitate sustainable design. A discussion of installation will also be included.

Del Bankston has 35 years experience in the fenestration industry, beginning in 1976 as a glazier for 8 years, an owner and operator of AGA and AGC for 10 years, then taking on sales and management assignments across the nation including strategic cities: Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; and New York, NY. Bankston is Regional Sales Manager for SAGE Electrochromics and is responsible for the development and management of sales in the western region of the United States.

Prior to SAGE, Bankston worked as strategic partner and business developer for Serious Energy, formerly Serious Materials - a clean tech, energy Efficiency Company. He was responsible for establishing a presence in new markets nationwide and participated in strategic planning and forecasting.

April 2012 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Apr 3 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Sealant Survey: Chemistry and Uses

Location: 

University of Oregon-Portland
White Stag Building
70 NW Couch, Room 142

Presenters: 

Dave Kimball

Description: 

A survey of sealant types and chemistry with a focus on selection basics, failure modes, and differences between sealant choices.

Dave Kimball began his 32-year career at Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, Michigan and has spent the last 26 of those years in the World of Sealants. Dave spent eight years in Dow Corning’s Elizabethtown, Kentucky Sealants Manufacturing Plant primarily in Quality and Technology Development roles. Then Dave moved to Northern California in a Technical Service Specialist position for Construction Products in the Western Region. In 2003, Dave returned to Midland, Michigan in a Senior Technical Service Specialist Role. In March 2007, Dave moved again … this time to the Houston, Texas area as a Field Application Technical Specialist including Technical Service Responsibility for the Western U.S. and Canada.

March 2012 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Mar 6 2012 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Title: 

Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building Modernization Tour

Location: 

Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building
3rd & Jefferson

Presenters: 

Jennifer Taylor, SERA Architects

Troy Dickson, Howard S. Wright

Jeremy Mucha, Benson Global

Description: 

As the trend toward re-using buildings grows, re-skinning buildings will become ever more prevalent. Presenters from SERA, Howard S. Wright, and Benson will give a very brief presentation and then a tour of the building emphasizing the story of the envelope. The tour and presentation will tell the story of the project and the envelope. Please bring a hard had and construction appropriate footwear.

February 2012 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Feb 7 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Challenges and Opportunities from Design and Construction of Rainscreen Precast Concrete Wall Assemblies

Location: 

University of Oregon-Portland
White Stag Building
70 NW Couch, Room 142/144

Presenters: 

Claude Louvouezo, AIA

Description: 

Traditionally precast panel wall assemblies have been designed as face seal systems. In these systems weather tightness relies on water repellence treatment of the panels and on the detailing of the panel joints, such as binary sealant joints. More recent designs have attempted to incorporate rainscreen principles in the design of precast panel wall assemblies. In a typical rainscreen construction, the backup wall is installed first and then weatherproofed prior to the cladding installation. Such sequence happens to be challenging or impractical when the precast panels are designed as curtain wall to be hung on the building structure. The presenter has been involved in projects which address the need to install the precast panels first while incorporating a drainage path in the wall assembly. This presentation will discuss case studies and lessons learned from three projects recently completed in Vancouver, BC and Portland, OR.

January 2012 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Jan 3 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Title: 

Continuous Insulation

Location: 

University of Oregon-Portland
White Stag Building
70 NW Couch, Room 142/144

Presenters: 

Dave Young

Description: 

Discussion of challenges with continuous exterior insulation

December 2011 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Dec 6 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Title: 

Optimizing performance in Commercial Fenestration

Location: 

University of Oregon-Portland
White Stag Building
70 NW Couch, Room 142/144

Presenters: 

Michael Gainey, Azon USA

Description: 

December’s presentation will outline two technologies related to high performance glazing. Speaker Michael Gainey, from Azon USA in MI, will discuss structural thermal barriers for aluminum window framing, and warm-edge spacer technology for insulating glass.

Michael Gainey is a 25-year veteran in the architectural and structural glazing industry working on both large and small projects across North America. He is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and serves on committees of the Glass Association of North America (GANA), as well as the Insulating Glass Manufacturer's Association (IGMA). Mike is a frequent speaker at building enclosure councils and provides informative technical seminars regarding structural thermal barrier technology for high performance architectural aluminum fenestration and glazing. His project involvement includes several sustainable buildings in North America such as Vancouver’s Living Shangri-La, Toronto’s 18 York Street, and New York’s MoMA.

November 2011 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Nov 1 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Application of Spray Foam Insulation

Location: 

University of Oregon-Portland
White Stag Building
70 NW Couch, Room 142/144

Presenters: 

Mac Sheldon, Demilec USA

Description: 

Mac Sheldon will present information on the use of spray foam insulation. He will focus on design considerations pertinent to thermal performance and evolving energy codes.

Spray foam insulation provides the opportunity to contribute to the thermal barrier, air barrier, and moisture barrier of envelope assemblies. However, it also presents challenges for proper design and installation. Topics will be examined relating the use of open and closed cell spray foam and methods for installation and common applications for wall and roof assemblies.

Mac Sheldon sits on the Board of Directors for the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) and the Codes and Standards committee for the Center for the Polyurethane Industry (CPI). He is currently on the Technical Oversight Committee for SPFA and the Industry Advisory Council for the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks. He is certified in WUFI, WUFI 2-D, and WUFI-Plus, as well as HERS (RESNET).