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Emerging Trends in Building Enclosure Design, Delivering High-Performance Buildings

OnDemand Webinar (76 minutes)

Heightened performance is the single most driving trend in the building construction industry. Expectations from owners and society regarding the performance of buildings are on the rise. The building enclosure is the single biggest determinate of building energy consumption and therefore drives building performance. Litigation and numerous failures have also lead to increasing pressures for the constructed building to meet or exceed performance criteria established in the design phases.

This course establishes the heightened performance demands on the building enclosure, demonstrates scientific design tools to predict performance and provides quality assurance/quality control strategies to verify that the final building performances as expected. How both new and existing materials can be used in high-performance enclosure assemblies will be explained. Critical areas for detailing will be highlighted.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to define performance criteria for the building enclosure.
  • You will be able to discuss methods to ensure quality and verify performance during the construction phases.
  • You will be able to identify scientific methods to predict the proper performance of the enclosure during the design phases.
  • You will be able to explain the impact of new requirements for energy savings impact the building enclosure and how even common tried-and-true assemblies may no longer function.


David W. Altenhofen, AIA, The Facade Group, LLC


Explore the Pressures Driving Improvement in the Performance of the Building Enclosure

• Review the Higher R-Values, Glazing Performance and Other Heightened Requirements in the International Energy Code, ASHRAE 90.1, LEED®, and More

• Review the Extreme Requirements for the Building Enclosure Required in Cutting Edge Standards Such as Net Zero Buildings and Passive House

• Investigate Societal and Professional Goals for High-Performance Buildings, the Rise of Green Marketing, AIA 2030 Commitment, and ASHRAE Commitment to the Clinton Climate Initiative

• Investigate the Track Record of Failures of Building Enclosures to Meet Even Minimal Performance Expectations, Let Alone High-Performance Expectations

• Review New Governmental Regulations Requiring Additional Design Experts to Approve the Design and Detailing of Building Enclosures

Understand New Challenges for Materials and Systems

• Understand How Increased Insulation Changes the Performance of Even Time Proven Materials and Wall Assemblies

• Understand the Difficulties of Achieving New Airtightness Criteria for the Building Enclosure and the Impact on Indoor Air Quality

• Investigate New Challenges for Fenestration

- Understand the Need for R-10 Windows, High-Performance Glass and a Careful Analysis of the Wall to Window Ratio for Balancing Heat Gain Versus Daylighting

• Common Misunderstandings, Including:

- False Panacea of Rainscreen Walls

- Differences Between Water-Resistant Barriers, Air Barriers and Vapor Retarders

• Review Detailing Challenges for the Exterior Enclosure Including the Window-To-Wall Interface, Thermal Short-Circuits and Air Control Continuity

• Investigate the Special Challenges to Updating the Stock of Existing Buildings for Improved Enclosure Performance

Investigate Methods to Deliver Verifiable Performance for the Building Enclosure

• Review Scientific Analysis and the Application of Building Physics

• Study Analysis Tools for Predicting Building Enclosure Performance Such as WUFI, Therm and CFD

• Impact of Building Information Modeling - BIM

• Available Laboratory and Field Testing Methods to Predict and Verify Building Enclosure Performance

• Introduction of Building Exterior Enclosure Commissioning, What Is It and How Does It Fit Into Traditional MEP Commissioning