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 Morning and Afternoon 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. Benefits & Applications of Photocatalytic Ceramic Tiles
Instructor: Stéphane Hoffman, Morrison Hershfield
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 CLEB’s Toronto Research Lab)
This workshop will bring attendees directly to UL CLEB’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
Instructor: Brian Hubbs, RDH
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 Van der Mass, Kirkor Architects & Planners