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December 2008 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Dec 11 2008 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Make up Air and Ventilation

Location: 

White Stage Building

Presenters: 

PAE

Description: 

This month, the Portland BEC continues our series of presentations regarding High Performance Buildings with a discussion of the inter-relationship of the building envelope and mechanical systems. Architects see the envelope as part of the Architecture, while mechanical engineers see the envelope as part of the mechanical system. They are both right.

Conrad Brown, Senior Associate at PAE Engineers will be presenting this month and will be discussing the relationship between the building envelope and the mechanical systems. Mr. Brown will be looking specifically at issues such as the impact of air-tightness on mechanical system design, how air leakage affects whole building energy performance and how to ensure indoor air quality in air-tight buildings. Specific strategies for providing make-up air within multi-unit residential buildings and the relative cost of such options will be discussed along with the impact compartmentalization has on mechanical system effectiveness and efficiency.

November 2008 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Nov 13 2008 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Thermal Barriers for High Performance Building Enclosures

Location: 

University of Oregon-Portland
White Stag Building
70 NW Couch, Room 152

Presenters: 

Mike Steffen

Description: 

Mike Steffen of Walsh Construction Co. will discuss the thermal barrier as it applies to enclosure design and construction. Insulation approaches and materials will be reviewed and the problem of thermal bridging will be discussed. Several case studies will be presented to illustrate the application of thermal barrier design principles on recent projects.

October 2008 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Oct 9 2008 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Air Infiltration/Control Barriers

Location: 

University of Oregon-Portland
White Stag Building, Room 152

Presenters: 

Stephane Hoffman

Description: 

High energy costs are placing increased emphasis on energy conservation within the built-environment driving the need for high performing building assemblies. Air barrier systems are critical to fulfilling these requirements and yet critical transitions often compromise their performance. This month's presentation will build on last month's discussion on air barriers and explore the importance of properly interfacing the air barrier at key building transitions as well as other building conditions where the continuity of the air barrier system may not be self evident.

Time permitting, considerations for retrofitting existing buildings to limit air leakage will also be addressed.

September 2008 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Sep 11 2008 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

High Performance Buildings: Codes and Standards Review

Location: 

University of Oregon-Portland
White Stag Building
70 NW Couch, Room 152

Presenters: 

Rob Kistler, AIA

Claude Louvouezo, AIA

Description: 

High energy costs are placing increased emphasis on energy conservation within the built-environment; hence there is an increasing need for high performing building assemblies. The building envelope, which separates the indoor controlled environment from the exterior natural environment, must adapt to fulfill these requirements. Are the available codes and standards adequate? This month's presentation will provide an overview of current codes and standards and will discuss the updates and changes that are being applied to design and construction practices. Specifically, Claude Louvouezo of Morrison Hershfield and Rob Kistler of The Facade Group will discuss current directions in building performance.

May 2008 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
May 8 2008 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Be Aware of Brick Veneer

Location: 

Pacwest Building
1211 SW 5th Ave, 7th Floor
South Conference Room

Presenters: 

Jed Sampson

Amit Kumar

Dave Bugni and Steve Mortensen

Description: 

The May program will feature a panel discussion of the current City of Portland's requirements for veneer on metal studs. This typical construction of metal studs and sheathing, clad with metal panels or brick veneer, must document how the system will accommodate the buildings seismic movement without having material falling off the building. This seemingly simple requirement has significant architectural implications.

The panel will be comprised of: Jed Sampson - Section Manager of the City of Portland's Structural Engineering Group Amit Kumar - Structural Engineer with the Bureau of Development Services Dave Bugni - Structural Engineer and member of the Structural Advisory Board Steve Mortensen - Architect with YGH The panel will be moderated by Rob Kistler

If you are planning to design a brick veneer building in the city of Portland, this meeting will provide direction on how to meet the current structural requirements during the process.

April 2008 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Apr 3 2008 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Facade Testing

Location: 

AIA/Portland Center for Architecture
403 NW 11th Ave

Presenters: 

Dan Braun

Description: 

Dan Braun - Vice President, Regional Operations, Architectural Testing will be presenting information regarding Curtain Wall and facade Performance Mock-Up Testing and Field Testing. The presentation will discuss reasons for testing and cover specific methodology and information to help you better understand testing as a quality control tool.

March 2008 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Mar 6 2008 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Key Considerations in Roof System Selection

Location: 

AIA/Portland Center for Architecture
403 NW 11th Ave, Portland

Presenters: 

Steven L. McBride

Description: 

Design criterion is a term that is often used when establishing how a new building should be designed and constructed based upon the use and function of the building. A similar process is practiced when considering individual components and assemblies that cover a building, including roof systems. This presentation is intended to offer information that should be considered vital when determining the selection of a roof system for new construction, as well as replacement of roof systems on existing buildings. Ten general categories will be presented which represent criteria that can impact decision making, including geography, code requirements, budget, aesthetics and established system performance.

Steven L. McBride, President of Professional Roof Consultants, Inc. will be presenting the topic of Key Considerations in Roof System Selection. Primary responsibilities, aside from corporate management, include investigation and design for roof, waterproofing and building envelope projects, organizing and implementing roof management programs, performing detailed investigations and evaluations and managing office standards.

February 2008 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Feb 12 2008 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Title: 

Passive Solar, Mass and Glass

Location: 

boora architects
720 SW Washington Ste. 800
Portland

Presenters: 

John Reynolds

Description: 

John Reynolds will be joining us from the University of Oregon to discuss passive cooling and heating. Oregon's climate offers architects the opportunities of both passive solar heating and passive cooling. Passive and energy-conserving buildings seek to manage the available thermal energy by lowering peaks and filling valleys in order to maintain comfortable conditions for the occupants. Thermal mass and glass are two of the more powerful tools designers can use to control these conditions. John will discuss the principles of passive cooling and heating, the materials involved and their optimal locations within the wall assemblies.