Past Meetings

October 2010 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Oct 5 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Below Grade Waterproofing Basics and Systems

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Austin Sloat, AIA

Description: 

The October meeting will continue the theme of Building Science Basics with a look at below grade waterproofing systems, strategies, and details.

Austin Sloat, AIA is a board member of the Portland BEC and is a principal at Neumann Sloat Architects LLP, a firm specializing in building envelope consulting and remedial design.

September 2010 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Sep 7 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Building Science Basics

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Ariel Levy

Description: 

For the opening presentation of the 2010-2011 Portland BEC season, we thought it appropriate to begin with some building science basics. Mr. Ariel Levy, P.E., of RDH Building Sciences, Inc., will take a somewhat off-directional and (possibly) entertaining twist to this topic. He will present some different perspectives on the classical heat, air, and moisture control functions, including some side commentary on current building code and general industry practice that may not be all that consistent with general building science principles.

July 2010 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Jul 8 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Skins: The Importance of the Thermal Envelope

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Ruwan Jayaweera

Description: 

In the U.S., buildings account for roughly 40 percent of all annual energy consumed and 40 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions. So as members of the building design industry, we have a responsibility to design as efficient a building as possible. In the Northwest climate, the building envelope plays a major role in determining the amount of energy the building uses. This seminar will discuss how the envelope factors in to the building’s energy use. Topics include glazing percentage, improved envelopes, balance point temperature and the latest trends that we are tracking in envelope materials.

Ruwan Jayaweera, PE, LEED AP Associate/Mechanical Engineer

Ruwan is a mechanical engineer with more than 12 years of experience in design and modeling of sustainable buildings. As a PAE Associate he leads teams in design and commissioning while also spearheading the firm’s work with Engineers Without Borders. He has provided expertise for 12 LEED projects including a new administrative and interpretive building in Olympia, Washington that is on track for LEED Platinum. A well-travelled fellow, Ruwan was born in Sri Lanka, earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland and in 2005 moved to the Pacific Northwest. He has two children, is a backpacker and runner and occasionally plays the violin.

June 2010 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Jun 10 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Title: 

Measurement of Green Roof Performance

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Graig Spolek

Description: 

This Month’s Meeting: “Measurement of Green Roof Performance”

Green roofs are basically low maintenance gardens grown on the flat roofs of commercial and institutional buildings, whereby the building’s conventional roof is covered with a waterproof layer, a drainage layer, soil and plantings of grasses, shrubs or flowers. Many advantages are offered by eco-roofs, including storm water control and reduction of roof top heat flux. Field monitoring studies on three green roofs located in Portland, OR have shown savings in both areas. To better identify ways to optimize green roof design, laboratory tests have been preformed. Lab results show that plants using more water in summer can reduce building energy requirements.

Graig Spolek is a Professor of the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department at Portland State University. His educational background includes BS and MS degrees from the University of Washington and a PhD from Washington State University, all in mechanical engineering. At PSU, Spolek teaches courses in thermodynamics, heat transfer, instrumentation, thermal systems design and design of experiments. His research areas include fundamental heat and mass transfer, industrial energy utilization and measurement green roof performance.

May 2010 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
May 13 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

New Energy Codes and How They Will Affect the Building Envelope

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Alan Seymour

Description: 

The call for higher energy performance buildings is being heard loud and clear. A new state wide code is being released this summer with changes that affect envelope construction and design by changing critical energy performance criteria. In preparation for the July 1 adoption of the 2010 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC), based on the IECC, Portland BEC will host a presentation that highlights what changes have and haven’t taken place in this code cycle. Alan Seymour from the Oregon Department of Energy will present the new energy code requirements as they apply to the building envelope.

Alan Seymour has worked in the energy conservation related field for 29 years. He is currently is an Energy Policy Analyst for the Oregon Department of Energy. Alan managed residential and commercial energy conservation programs as well as provided code and energy-related services to the general public. In the past, he has provided non-residential energy code Circuit Rider services for the Oregon Building Officials Association. Alan has also assisted design professionals with code compliance on behalf of local building jurisdictions. He has reviewed well over three million square feet of commercial buildings for energy code compliance and provided clarifications to code and regulation questions.

Webinar

Time: 
May 4 2010 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Learn How to Reduce Energy Usage in Older Homes

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Betsy Pettit, FAIA

Description: 

Portland BEC members, BEC National has been working with the National AIA to improve relations and create high quality presentations regarding building enclosure issues. This presentation is very important to our efforts to improve relations between BEC National and the National AIA. The National AIA is the one facilitating this presentation after it was suggested by BEC National. We are trying to find ways to present extremely high quality information at a very reasonable price to the local BEC’s and if this first test is successful then more similar webinars will be presented. Betsy Pettit is a very highly esteemed expert and getting her to make a presentation at any single BEC would cost thousands of dollars. This webinar is an excellent means to leverage the national organizations for the benefit of each local group.

The Portland BEC in collaboration with the University of Oregon will be offering this webinar for $15 per attendee which will include a lunch for all who preregister. You can register and pay at the door however in that case there will not be a lunch provided.

We apologize for the short notice but little effort is necessary. Please respond to this email and let Shelby know you will be attending. We will purchase you a lunch. You can either bring your $15 registration to The Facade Group office prior to the webinar or pay at the door.

If you or your firm sponsors this webinar please let Rob Kistler know afterwards how many attendees were present. We will be sending a head count to the AIA of how many people watched via the BEC network.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Learn How to Reduce Energy Usage in Older Homes Sign Up for May 4 Webinar on Residential Energy Retrofitting

Many of the 60 million housing units in the United States built before 1960 will soon need major systems replaced. A new web seminar from the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Council and the American Institute of Architects offers timely techniques for residential energy retrofit work, particularly applicable for older building stock.

The "Deep Energy Retrofits for Existing Homes - Concord House Case Study" webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2;00 -3:30 pm ET. Taught by Betsy Pettit, FAIA, an architect involved in modernization and redevelopment of thousands of homes and multifamily buildings, the presentation will focus on enclosure design and construction details that help to achieve greater energy efficiency. Pettit will present a case study of a house in Concord, Mass., that was retrofitted to reduce its overall energy use by more than 30 percent. Pettit is principal with Building Science Corporation, a Boston-based architecture and building science consulting firm. She serves as project manager on a U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America team, which is exploring pathways to zero energy homes by the year 2020. What You’ll Learn from this Webinar: • How to evaluate the existing conditions of older homes • How to set goals for energy reductions in older homes • How to reduce energy use through enclosure improvements and system upgrades in older homes • How to develop a multi-phase plan that allows for energy use reductions in older homes over time One rate - unlimited attendees! Purchase one site license for the webinar and invite as many people as you can gather at your office, conference room, or auditorium to attend. Webinar Licenses: AIA Members: $75 Non-Members: $100

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BEST 2 Conference

Time: 
Apr 12 2010 - 8:00am - Apr 14 2010 - 5:00pm
Meeting Title: 

BEST 2 Conference

Location: 

Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

Description: 

A three day event, comprising three tracks (Energy Efficiency/Whole Building/Fenestration) that will provide a focus on specific aspects of performance of building systems with a view to high energy efficiency, good indoor climate and long-term performance. The conference will bring together leading research from Europe, Canada and the United States focusing on existing and future buildings. The academic research will be complimented with "real world" applications and case studies. The program will include panel discussions, featured workshops and plenary speakers.

Visit the website for more information: http://www.thebestconference.org/

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March 2010 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Mar 11 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Envelope Opportunities with the Living Building Challenge

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Sean Scott

Description: 

This presentation has been requested and scheduled for the AIA National Convention June 11, 2010. As an early viewing of the same presentation, we will briefly review the latest version of The Living Building Challenge 2.0, while discussing envelope opportunities within this progressive framework. The Living Building Challenge is a measure of sustainability far more progressive than LEED Platinum or Triple Net Zero alone. This system does not contain points, rather 20 simple but profound imperatives that is performance based, not prescriptive.

The presentation focuses on a half dozen imperatives, showing what the envelope opportunities are and how they have been implemented on several projects. Those wanting to learn more about skin sustainability and the Living Building Challenge should attend this presentation. Since creating a more sustainable skin design is an imperative charge for the new decade, it is relevant and imperative to discuss this topic.

Learning objectives: 1. Identify WHY the quality of the envelope should be the most important
opportunity of any building, especially a living building. 2. Identify WHAT the envelope opportunities are, within The Living Building Challenge. 3. Identify WHAT paths have been taken to energy and water net-zero in response to the Living Building Challenge. 4. Identify HOW envelope tools within The Living Building Challenge have been integrated via case studies.

Sean Scott is a licensed architect with 2 professional architecture degrees currently working at SERA Architects in Portland, Oregon. Sean has 15 years of experience, 11 years of which working on LEED buildings and 2 years working and researching with The Living Building Challenge. Sean is actively involved with 5 committees within the BEC and COTE. Sean’s career focus is with sustainable envelopes as he actively pursues this research through a book authorship called, “ENVELOPE TOOLS”.

February 2010 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Feb 11 2010 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Whole Building Commissioning

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Medgar Marceau

Description: 

Whole-building commissioning is a process of quality assurance in building construction. It is a systematic process of ensuring, through documented verification, that building systems are installed and perform according to the documented design and the owner's operational needs. The process starts at the project Design Development stage and continues through staff training, pre-warranty inspection and completion of the wrap-up Commissioning Manual. This presentation will describe the commissioning process developed by ASHRAE in Guideline 0: The Commissioning Process and NIBS in Guideline 3 Exterior Enclosure Technical Requirements for The Commissioning Process. Emphasis will be place on the importance of the building envelope in whole-building commissioning.

Medgar Marceau

Medgar Marceau is a licensed professional engineer and building science consultant at Morrison Hershfield. For over eleven years he has been providing consulting services in the areas of energy modeling, building science, environmental life cycle assessment and sustainability. His experience includes modeling whole-building energy use, evaluating building envelopes for resistance to heat and moisture flow, modeling heat flow through mass concrete and conducting life cycle assessments of buildings and building materials. He received his bachelor's degree of science in engineering from the University of New Brunswick and master's degrees in applied science from Concordia University and applied mathematics from DePaul University. He is a member of ASHRAE, CSI, USGBC, and is a LEED™ Accredited Professional and Life Cycle Assessment Certified Professional (American Center for LCA).

January 2010 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Jan 14 2010 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Super Insulating Glazing and Window Technologies

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Brandon Tinianov

Description: 

In the recent construction economy, high performance new building construction has been complimented with prominent energy efficient retrofit projects. In both categories of construction, improved building envelope design and materials are needed to achieve energy savings goals. One important envelope element is a new class of glazing that has entered the market. So-called “super insulating glass” is capable of attaining high thermal resistance by combining a variety of high performance components. Today’s designers can now choose from an expanding range of high-performance glazing systems and technologies including: improved low-e coatings, high performance films, novel spacers and more. This next generation of windows has full frame R-values of 5 to 10 with a similar cost basis to traditional glass packages. These may be installed as replacement glass or in addition to the existing system. As a result, traditional metrics of economic viability and payback periods must be revised. This presentation is a review of key technologies in the field of advanced windows.

Brandon Tinianov – Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Tinianov is a recognized expert in building science and in the creation and patenting of novel construction materials to support global sustainability initiatives. A registered Professional Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional, and consistent Bay Area bike commuter, Dr. Tinianov is devoted to implementing globally sustainable practices in both his professional and personal life. Prior to joining Serious Materials in 2004, Dr. Tinianov provided eight years of leadership to the Building Sciences and Engineering Applications Center of Excellence at Johns Manville Corporation in Denver, CO, where his areas of focus included most aspects of building materials including heat transfer, fire resistance, and noise control. He is also an Executive Officer of American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee E60 on Sustainability, and a Board of Directors member of USGBC’s Northern California Chapter. As an inventor, Dr. Tinianov has 12 issued patents and holds more than twenty pending applications.