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Designing High Performance Facades - 1 LU | HSW
Technoform x AIA Queens
1 LU | HSW
11:30 AM - 12:30PM

This course describes the multiple challenges in designing high performance
building envelopes in order to deliver energy performance, sufficient glazed area
for optimized daylight admission and views, thermal comfort and condensation
resistance (indoor air quality) as well as structural and durability performance, yet
still providing architectural design freedom. Common disconnects in specifying
fenestration and fenestration components are reviewed. The concept of the
“thermal zone” is introduced, and technologies such as polyamide thermal breaks
and warm-edge spacer, that improve its performance are described. Guidance is
provided on choosing the optimum thermal break and edge of glass spacer
technologies to meet thermal performance requirements while still delivering the
structural and durability requirements, and also allowing architectural design
freedom. The fenestration U-factor requirements of the recently updated and
more stringent energy codes, and how to specify fenestration components to
meet them, are also covered.

Learning objectives
Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
 Describe the current challenges for designing high performance, sustainable, building envelopes
 Identify the common misconceptions regarding the specification of fenestration
 Summarize the key thermal zone technologies in the market and choose optimum thermal
break and spacer technology to reach design thermal performance targets, while maintaining
durability and structural performance, and optimizing aesthetics
 Identify through case studies the use of thermal zone technology selection strategies to create
high performance building envelopes in a range of climate zones and applications.

Oct 13, 2020 11:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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