Afternoon Workshops 4 CE Credits
In-depth dialog with leading architects, fabricators, developers and engineers
Facades+ workshops feature an intimate class size and hands-on learning to create an environment conductive to innovation and creative problem-solving. Learn crucial skills & tools to advance your practice.
- 1:15p, Afternoon Workshops Begin
- 3:00p, Networking and Refreshment Break
- 5:00p, Workshops End
Pick a Session to Best Match your Interests and earn up to 4 CE Credits.
Meals are included for this full day of learning with the AEC Industry’s Best.
Sessions (Choose one from the following)
4 CEU Credits
A. Designing Sustainable Building Envelopes by Thinking Outside the Box
As the built environment becomes more complex, so too are the systems are used to create them. During this afternoon’s topics we will learn from industry experts on how these systems can contribute to a sustainable building envelope, such as firestop systems that ensure occupant’s safety, self-cleaning façade panels and smart tinting glass technologies to ensure occupant comfort.
1. Understanding Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems in the Modern Age: Maintaining Integrity in Today’s Complex Backpan Designs
Instructor: Eric Lacroix, STI Firestop
Today’s high performance building enclosures demand high performance fire protection! Backpan designs create unique challenges that make UL test coverage even more critical! Fully understanding the role and value of perimeter fire barrier systems for backpans in today’s ever changing and complex designs cannot be overstated.. As the industry changes almost on a monthly basis, understanding how to maintain the integrity of a non-rated curtain wall system for up to 4 hours is critical in the design phase to eliminate costly changes, delays, and compromised life safety requirements during construction. Key topics are outlined below and will be discussed in detail incorporating PowerPoint & video.
- Evolution of code requirements for consistency
- Importance of UL testing for backpan designs
- Understanding ASTM E2307 and the ISMA
- Why UL?
- Understanding the complexity of backpan designs
- Common misconceptions about steel backpans
2. Implications for Building Envelope Design on the path toward Net Zero Performance
The building envelope (cladding, glazing and roofing assemblies) is an integral part of the architectural expression of any buildings. In recent years the advent of computer simulations to assist in the structural design and manufacturing of building envelope assemblies has allowed for increasingly complex designs. However, in the past ten years, energy codes have significantly increased the energy performance as part of a trend towards high performance buildings. This has put increased emphasis on the role building envelope design plays in minimizing the energy required to operate buildings while still achieving the desired architectural design. At the same time, research and progress in the ability of computer simulations to analyze the performance of envelope assemblies have led to significant breakthroughs in the understanding of how these assemblies perform especially how thermal bringing affect their effectiveness. On the path towards net zero performance, the implications of the envelope performance is increasingly harder to ignore as the traditional trade off of efficiencies from the MEP systems can no longer account for the poor performance of the building envelope. Early design considerations of the effective performance of the building envelope is becoming crucial to the success of projects. This has led to the development of new design guides, tools and metrics to inform designers and assist them in making educated decisions on the design of the building envelope early in the design process to ensure performance expectations can be met while still achieving the desired architectural design.
- Review current Building Codes and the trend towards Net Zero Energy as they relate to building envelope design including new requirements to address thermal bridges
- Learn how the performance of the building envelope in terms of massing, orientation, glazing ratio, shading, air leakage and thermal bridging can impact performance
- Explore how new design guides, tools and metrics can assist with the design of envelope assemblies for high performance buildings
- Apply the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide methodology to account for the impact of the design envelope for a high performance commercial building
B. Building Science in Action (A Tour of UL’s Toronto Building Envelope Testing Lab)
This workshop will bring attendees directly to UL’s Toronto headquarters for two presentations (listed below) and a tour of the facilities.
Impact of Fenestration on the Overall Performance of the Building Envelope
Windows and metal & glass curtain walls are important architectural features of buildings that generally represent as much as 40% to 100% of the exterior cladding of large buildings. The energy efficiency of buildings is a key technological and economic challenge facing the construction industry and fenestration is a determining element in the thermal performance of the vertical building envelope. As a result, increasingly codes are moving towards requirements for fenestration to exhibit thermal performance similar to that of opaque walls. This presentation will review why, given the effect of framing, attaining such thermal performance is practically impossible with the current construction methods and materials.
Evaluating the Laboratory and Field Performance of Building Envelope Assemblies of Large Buildings
Performance testing of building envelope assemblies is one of the best strategies to drive achievement of design requirements regarding air and water tightness, structural integrity (including loading from extreme events such as hurricanes and tornados), thermal and acoustical transmittance, and response to seismic events. Individual product testing is commonly undertaken to establish general market acceptance, while project-specific pre-construction mock-up and field testing are valuable elements of a quality control program to minimize risks for new building projects. This presentation will review the types of tests that can be undertaken, the testing process and the value of the output test results.
C. ETFE as Building Envelope
The intent of the workshop is to highlight ETFE as a skylight and façade application for building envelopes and how to do preliminary design for these applications in a Canadian climate. There will be 6 stages for the workshop described below.
- A Brief History of ETFE in Architectural Applications
- Properties of ETFE
- Case Studies
- Sidewalk Raincoat, Toronto
- 3 Benton Facade, Toronto
- Material Enhancements of ETFE
- Teams will be encouraged to be a mix of architects and engineers
- The workshop will include examples of facades or skylights that the participants will need to design an ETFE system for. There will be physical models, 11x17 printouts of sections and plans of the building the ETFE Façade or Skylight will be applied. Participants will be expected to produce sketches (sections, plans) of their designs to present.
- Present Work / Discussion
- After the designs has been developed by the groups, each group will have the opportunity to present their design and then have a short discussion commenting on the design for the speakers.
D. A Pattern Language for Passive House
1. A Short History of Passive House and Net-Zero for High-Rise buildings
2. A Short History of Unitized and Stick built Curtain Wall for High-rise buildings
3. Case studies from several High-Rise buildings including a 60 and 48 story towers utilizing Unitized Passive House and several Passive House ready wall systems suitable for high rise construction.
4. The future of unitized curtain wall and windows- What does the future look like for unitized curtain wall and window-wall? Presentation of a 2032 unitized curtain wall system that meets Passive House requirements
5. A Pattern Language for Highrise Passive House: Passive House projects will look different than the buildings we have built in the past. Understanding the Pattern Language for Passive House Façades early in the architectural design stage will assist architects in the development of iconic buildings that can achieve Passive House or low energy and emissions targets without sacrifice.
6. Hands On Workshop: Bring your ideas, models, sketches, shop drawings, die drawings, and concepts for your next generation façade. RDH’s team of passive house, Façade and forensics experts will review them with you for risk factors related to achieving Passive House levels of performance, enclosure performance and for “future proofing” of your specific façade system. Working through real-life examples like this will help the group learn the Pattern Language of Passive House for Highrise.
This workshop will be an invaluable resource to design architects building high-rise buildings of all kinds, Façade and specifically curtain-wall and window suppliers and manufacturers, façade and building envelope consultants and contractors.
E. Timber Enclosures & Structures: Delivering Projects From Design to Completion
Instructor: Mike Yorke, Carpenters Local 27 Union
Instructor: Tony Currie, College of Carpenters and Allied Trades
Instructor: David Moses, Moses Structural Engineers
Instructor: Marco VanderMaas, Kirkor Architects & Planners
Working across disciplines allows the very best ideas to emerge that create truly innovative structures for building next generation complete communities by utilizing new construction materials and techniques.After the Ontario Building Code changed to allow taller wood buildings in 2015 the College of Carpenters and Allied Trades turned to Architect, Marco VanderMaas and Structural Engineer David Moses for advice on how to enhance their training curriculum to include larger wood frame structures. Mike Yorke, President of Local 27 and Tony Currie, Program Director at the College saw the merits of building a six storey mock-up at the College’s Training Centre to display the opportunities and challenges associated with more sophisticated taller wood construction as they recruit, train and supervise the instructors. The synergy that emerged between architect, structural engineer and builder was unique and rewarding. Since then apprentices and even experienced framers have benefited from training with new materials and methods of assembly.
Recent innovations in so-called ‘mass timber’ products have made new re-newable construction materials available that can create large safe structures. This creates new possibilities. Join Marco, David and Tony as they will present the lessons learned while they worked together developing new skills. Mike Yorke will moderate as each participant will be encouraged to offer their point of view and likely find new insights how to best combine our available resources for a more sustainable built environment.