October 2014 Monthly Meeting

Oct 7 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Glazing Failures and Ways to Prevent Them


Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204


Brian Hubbs, RDH


Over the past few decades the use of glass and glazing on our high rise buildings has increased dramatically. More recently, as a result of increased industry recognition of the importance of energy efficiency, the trend is towards more energy efficient glazing systems. However, there are instances of implementation of new technology which have resulted in premature and costly failures.

Several case studies will be used to show and explain the variety of problems that can occur with glass and glazing after installation, and will offer designers risk reduction recommendations to avoid the most common causes of failures.

Brian Hubbs has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant practicing exclusively in the field of building science. Recognized by his peers as being a practical building science engineer and researcher who consistently delivers innovative solutions, Brian has a unique blend of theoretical and hands-on knowledge gained from completing hundreds of building enclosure investigations and rehabilitation projects as well as from design consulting and construction review of building enclosures for new buildings.