Interested in Building Enclosures? Then please plan to attend the next Building Enclosure Council of Philadelphia's presentation on June 20 at the Center For Architecture. This is a multi-disciplinary committee that focuses on the high performance of the building enclosure.
Your practice can't afford to get building skins wrong. This presentation will give you a key primer on this topic—and a critical edge in a fast-changing industry. You'll use forensic case studies to explore why newly-built high-performance skins fail, discuss common myths of building skin design and alternative bid/construction processes, and consider the need for prefabricated durable building skins that enhance comfort and adapt to the seasons. High-performance building skin design demands more forethought than building codes or zoning ordinances can anticipate. Don't miss this critical opportunity to prepare yourself.
A. “Four Orders of Failures in Building Skin”, a methodology that correlates common failures of building skins with the 3 spatial dimensions and 4th dimension of time. Develop a matrix of the Four Orders of Failures with key performance requirements of air infiltration, water intrusion, thermal bridging and wind loads. Review common causes, design solutions and construction strategies for each Order of Failures.
B. Review building skin commissioning and construction, from peer review of design and construction documents, shop drawing review, site observations, field post-installation testing to verify building skin performance, and mitigate 1st, 2nd and 3rd Order Failures.
C. Lessons learned from case studies of building skin forensics of historic buildings, regarding 3rd and 4th Order failures. Review standards for lab and field testing and special conditions requiring modifications to standard protocols. Develop strategies for remediating building skin defects in complex as-built conditions, resulting from gaps in design and construction coordination and piecemeal value engineering.
D. Smarter bidding alternatives, based on pre-qualification of Contractors, single-source responsibility to promotes prefabricated integrated wall assemblies that save time and improve quality to assure high performance adaptable building skins.
Speakers Short Bios:
Mr. Jeffrey Ng manages the New York office for the Building Science Solutions practice at Intertek is an Architect and LED AP, with over 35 years’ experience integrating building design and technology. Prior to joining Intertek-ATI, Mr. Ng was VP and lead facade consultant at Thornton Tomaseti. He has been associated with Ehrenkrantz & Eckstut, Davis Brody, Cosuta Asociates, I.M. Pei & Partners, and S.O.M. Mr. Ng is a proponent of sustainable design has consulted on innovative building facade designs for award winning national and international architectural projects.
Ms. Keegan manages the Building Science Solutions practice in the northeast at Intertek and is an Associate AIA member with nearly 20 years’ experience as a building enclosure consultant specializing in assessment, design and remediation of building enclosures. She has investigated failures, provided construction administration, condition surveys, and design per reviews of residential and commercial facades; and expert witness and litigation services. Utilizing her expertise in the built world, Ms. Keegan brings depth and focus to building enclosure commissioning, and a pro-active team approach to meet project performance requirements.
Mr. Ridgway manages the Philadelphia office for the Building Science Solutions practice at Intertek and is a licensed Architectural Engineer specializing in assessment, design, and remediation of building enclosures on historic and modern buildings. He has successfully managed technical requirements on historically sensitive buildings and National Historic Landmarks. Mat is well-versed in discussing the issues of building enclosure design, serviceability, materials selection and enclosure commissioning with stakeholders, consultants and local code/historic authorities. His experience in commercial and institutional project planning and repair prioritization inform his professional practice.