Past Meetings

BESTfest Conference

Time: 
Apr 28 2021 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
Meeting Title: 

BESTfest 2021

Location: 

Virtual - Register Now at Link Below

Description: 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, building enclosures have received closer scrutiny, with everyone from consumers to building professionals to local and federal government, wanting to know more about their technologies and performance.

The BESTfest seminar brings together industry leaders and experts to discuss how the Building Enclosure Science & Technology field has changed since COVID-19 shook the world.

This four-hour virtual program is brought to you by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) , alongside the Building Enclosure Council (BEC) chapter networks.

Building enclosures are expected to be durable and provide a degree of environmental separation. They increasingly must focus on energy efficiency, daylighting, indoor air quality, fire safety, thermal comfort, and carbon footprint. Now, there’s a need to explicitly ensure these performance objectives are fully defined in the planning and design stage and efficiently executed through construction and operations.

As construction technology has become more complex and standards are more demanding, now is the time to hold a broader conversation on innovations in the field. Our panel will discuss changes in materials and methods that have resulted from the latest technology advancements. Please join us as we continue on the shared mission of BETEC and the BEC Chapters to transform the vision of building enclosure design into the built form.

Schedule (All Times Pacific) 9 AM - 1 PM

  • 9:10 – 9:55 Achieving Zero Carbon
  • 9:55 – 10:25 The Best of What's New in the Building Enclosure Thermal Bridging Guide
  • 10:35 – 11:05 Trends for Healthy, High-Performance Buildings in the Post-Covid Age
  • 11:05 – 11:35 Utah's Ultra-High Performance Building Standard Enclosure Program
  • 11:45 – 12:15 ASTM Building Enclosure Commissioning Updates: An Overview and Discussion of Recent Changes to ASTM E2813 & E2947
  • 12:15 – 1:00 Round Up: The Best of the BECs and BETEC

April 2021 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Apr 6 2021 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Overcladding Strategies for Institutional Buildings

Location: 

Live Zoom Webinar. Pre-registration is required at the link below.

Presenters: 

Michael H. Chafetz

Description: 

Drawing on his experience working on the rehabilitation of major institutional buildings and focusing on early-to-mid 20th century masonry construction, the speaker will discuss technical approaches to masonry whole-façade replacement while keeping a building fully operational. The presentation will cover structural engineering, building enclosure design, energy efficiency improvement, constructability, logistical, and economic aspects of overcladding projects. In particular attendees/readers will learn about:

  • Building condition assessment and investigation to form the basis of a rehabilitation design
  • Building code requirements relating to building overclad design
  • Building enclosure design strategies and energy saving opportunities
  • Logistical and planning aspects for uninterrupted building operation
  • Structural engineering requirements and design strategies
  • Common masonry recladding materials and their advantages and limitations

Michael H. Chafetz joined Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) in 2013. He is a licensed engineer in Massachusetts with a degree in civil engineering. He manages building envelope projects for various university, architect, owner and developer clients, including large multi-year envelope restoration projects, in which SGH acts as the prime designer. He specializes in investigation and restoration of contemporary and historic buildings, as well as condition assessments, new construction design consulting and litigation support.

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March 2021 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Mar 9 2021 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Longevity of Structures and Functioning Building Enclosures

Location: 

Live Zoom Webinar. Pre-registration is required at the link below.

Presenters: 

Grace Wong, AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C

Description: 

One of the many challenges of innovation in building enclosure design is the risk of using technologies and materials that have limited track records. Especially when a premium is paid to attain expected performance benefits and energy savings, failure can be both counter-productive and costly. However, using only time-tested strategies and materials may not be desirable in an environment of rapidly evolving technology and accelerated construction schedules. When extensive testing data is not available, drawing from past experience can be an effective way to address this risk of uncertainty.

Through conducting building forensic investigations in the past two decades, we have observed trends in the causes of building enclosure failures that are common across a large variety of building enclosure systems. We have also noticed new and emerging issues associated with younger, “high-tech,” buildings that were not as prevalent in more traditional construction. This presentation will highlight some of our findings, discuss emerging issues through case studies of forensic investigations, and suggest design strategies to improve the as-installed performance of assemblies with limited track records.

Grace is a registered Architect and Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. She specializes in forensic investigation, assessment, and repair design of existing structures and new construction. She is passionate about finding solutions for the built environment that are practical, economical, and socially responsible. She has expertise in modeling and analyzing the behavior of building structures and enclosure systems and applying data analytics to the building enclosure practice. Grace also takes an active role in the professional community, serving as a board member on the Seattle Building Enclosure Council.

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February 2021 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Feb 2 2021 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Wind Loading Demystified: Components and Cladding

Location: 

Live Zoom Webinar. Pre-registration is required at the link below.

Presenters: 

Dave C. Young, PE

Description: 

Windspeed and wind pressures are concepts that often causes confusion and anxiety for many building professions when it comes to component and cladding design and specifications. In this course, the speaker will break down the differences between Strength Design and Allowable Stress Design approaches and discuss when each design methodology is appropriate for component and cladding design. Wind load maps for Oregon have changed in the recent iteration of the 2019 OSSC resulting in lower wind pressures in many local areas potentially lowering the cost for components and cladding systems. The speaker will discuss how these lower wind pressures can be applied to specifying windows to be more structurally efficient while maintaining separate water test pressure performance criteria. Roofing and associated components will also be explored.

Over more than 30 years, Dave Young has focused his career on building enclosure consulting, from the east to west coasts with the past 15 years in Portland, Oregon. Dave spent the first decade of his career with a structural engineering consulting firm in Canada. His experience ranges from single-family homes to large high-rise commercial, institutional, and multifamily residential buildings in new construction as well as building enclosure rehabilitation, repair, maintenance and forensic investigation.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and is a licensed professional engineer in OR and WA. He is a principal of RDH Building Science Inc. and is currently Chair of the Portland Building Enclosure Council.

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January 2021 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Jan 5 2021 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Thermal Continuity of the Building Skin: Detail-Level Insight into The Balance of Thermal Separation and Structural Support

Location: 

Live Zoom Webinar. Pre-registration is required at the link below.

Presenters: 

Will Babbington, AIA, PE

Description: 

The impacts of thermal bridging have long been known in the building industry. Balconies, floor/wall interfaces, shelf angles, canopies/overhangs, penetrations, and parapets have a significant impact upon energy performance, condensation resistance, building durability, and occupant comfort. This presentation will begin by exploring the importance of thermal bridging in Oregon and other climates. Additionally, the speaker will address multiple building types, sizes, wall constructions, and costs, showing numerous real-world examples showing how thermal bridging can be mitigated at numerous conditions around the building skin.

Will Babbington is the Facade Design Director and Principal at Studio NYL. He has designed and realized award-winning structural and skin projects which merge high performance, high design, and constructability. Will is also the current National Chair for the Building Enclosure Council as well as Past-Chair for BEC-Colorado. He is a representative for AIA National on the ASHRAE 90.1 Envelope Subcommittee, a voting member on the ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, and a developer and trainer for ASTM’s / NIBS’ new Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) certificate program.

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December 2020 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Dec 1 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Modern Architectural Sealants

Location: 

Live Zoom Webinar. Pre-registration is required at the link below.

Presenters: 

Steve Lawrey, AIA

Description: 

Properly designing, installing, and maintaining sealant joints will prolong the life of any structure. When exterior sealants fail, the integrity of the entire building is at risk. Yet, when selecting and specifying joint sealants for their projects, architects and specifiers are faced with a myriad of options. This program will aid design professionals in making sense of the many considerations. The program presents fundamental joint sealant concepts, including formulation chemistries, applications, specification classifications, performance characteristics, preconstruction testing, joint design criteria, and application procedures. ASTM C 920 Standard Specification for Elastomeric Joint Sealants is discussed and used as the basis for information presented.

Steven Lawrey, AIA, CSI, CCPR, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP, NCARB is Pecora Corporation’s building science engineer and architectural services specialist. A registered architect in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, his career has focused on the technical aspects of architecture and construction. Armed with a solid background in design development, detailing, construction drawings, and construction administration, over a 15-year span Steve researched, coordinated, and wrote construction specifications for over 300 commercial construction projects, including health care, historic preservation, and corporate. Since reinventing himself as a building product manufacturer’s trusted advisor nearly 10 years ago, Steve has provided technical leadership and guidance to construction project teams, manufacturing and educational associations, and standards organizations. In particular, he has responded to countless requests from facility owners, design professionals, and contractors for unique project-specific product and application solutions; made product/application recommendations based on specification interpretation; oversaw model code and product compliance; and managed product testing projects. He champions Pecora’s sustainable product initiatives and is a 20-plus year CSI member having served as president of the Philadelphia chapter and on the board of the Middle Atlantic Region.

November 2020 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Nov 3 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Historic Terra Cotta Restoration: Guidelines and Details

Location: 

Live Zoom Webinar. Pre-registration is required at the link below.

Presenters: 

Roy Ingraffia

Description: 

This program provides an introduction to terra cotta as an architectural cladding material, its manufacturing, overview of its performance, and methods of installation & repair. Terra cotta, as an architectural material in the United States, was used profusely from the late nineteen century until the 1950's as a durable and decorative material and continues to be chosen as a unique solution for creative cladding solutions. Terra cotta is a high-performance material, however when failure does occur it is generally associated with original detailing, poor building maintenance, and reaction to secondary materials in the wall assembly. Specific information will be provided on repair materials and techniques that are suitable for terra cotta buildings and their various construction types.

Roy Ingraffia is an Associate of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). In his role, Roy directs IMI’s marketing, industry development, research, and technical services programs nationwide.

He is an Architectural Conservator with experience in design and contracting capacities and his professional work has primarily focused on the preservation of historic masonry structures through research of traditional materials/methods and development of contemporary restoration techniques. In addition to his work with IMI, Roy teaches the Masonry Conservation Seminar within the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania.

October 2020 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Oct 6 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Practical Review of Wind Tunnel Testing for Buildings

Location: 

Live Zoom Webinar. Pre-registration is required at the link below.

Presenters: 

Dr. John Kilpatrick, Ph.D.

Description: 

As the complexity of building geometries and façade systems grows, consultants may have reservations about the applicability of code-based methods for design. The performance of novel façade systems may be better understood through a performance-based wind design (PBWD) approach.

Application of PBWD requires wind tunnel generated building-specific wind loading inputs. The measurement of wind loads on façades of buildings can be carried out with a high degree of accuracy in boundary layer wind tunnels, and when incorporated properly into the design these data will lead to more efficient and economical outcomes.

Topics related to the prediction of facade design wind loads are examined in this presentation, including a thorough review of the wind tunnel testing and analysis process, integration of wind tunnel data with local wind climate, internal pressures considerations, and application of the wind tunnel technique to novel façade features and systems. A brief overview of the recently released Prestandard for Performance-Based Wind Design developed by the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will also be provided.

John Kilpatrick, Ph.D., P.Eng., C.Eng., F.ICE, is the Wind Engineering Practice Leader at RWDI and a Principal of the firm. John is a former Chair of the UK Wind Engineering Society, and is a contributing author to the ASCE/SEI Prestandard for Performance-Based Wind Design and ASCE 49 Standard for Wind Tunnel Testing for Buildings and Other Structures.

September 2020 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Sep 15 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Postmodern Predicament: A Case Study of the Portland Building Facade Replacement

Location: 

Live Zoom Webinar.

Presenters: 

Erica Ceder, DLR Group

Ian Eikanas, KPFF

Description: 

The Portland Building is an internationally recognized work of Postmodern architecture by master architect Michael Graves. For decades, the building suffered from multiple performance issues leading the City of Portland to initiate a project in 2016 that would comprehensively address existing building performance issues and modernize the building. The project included the addition of a new skin over the existing exterior, creating a weather-tight enclosure with improved thermal comfort and increased daylighting. This case study will explore the challenges related to applying a new envelope system over an existing façade from both historic preservation and structural perspectives.

Erica Ceder specializes in the restoration and rehabilitation of historic properties and has served as Project Architect for a variety of projects listed on the National Register of Historic Places for both public and private clients. Her depth of knowledge in the physical properties of historic building materials is a significant asset, as is her experience in performing condition assessments and making treatment recommendations. Erica brings additional value as an expert in navigating the complex historic approval process.

For more than a decade, Ian Eikanas has worked on a wide variety of projects, from seismic upgrades of historic structures to complex and eye-catching new athletic facilities. Ian genuinely enjoys the collaborative process between the architect and engineer, blending creativity with finite logistics. Recently, Ian managed the structural engineering of the unitized curtain wall design on the 73 story Wilshire Grand Center Tower located in Los Angeles, California. Ian earned both his BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Washington State University and became a LEED accredited professional in order to bring a deeper understanding of sustainability to the job.

August 2020 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Aug 4 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Implementation of Seismic Isolation for Historic Retrofits: A Case Study of the Oregon Supreme Court Renovation Project

Location: 

Live Zoom Webinar. Pre-registration is required at the link below.

Presenters: 

Geoff Bomba, SE

Description: 

Seismic base isolation is a technology that is used to enhance the seismic performance of buildings and renovate existing buildings. The use of base isolation will be discussed as well as its benefits to new and historic structures. As a case study, the historic Oregon Supreme Court renovation will be discussed and it's use of base isolation to improve the seismic performance and save this historic structure from significant damage.

Geoff is a Principal and licensed structural engineer with Forell/Elsesser Engineers in San Francisco, California. He has over 17 years of experience in the structural engineering design and implementation of seismic design and renovation of existing structures. His experience includes various projects across all market sectors including historic renovation using seismic isolation. Geoff’s involvement with architecturally expressive structural designs that have unique forms provide additional experience and knowledge for his projects.

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