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Benefits of Dual-Barrier-Protected Membrane Roofs   
Allen Lyte, RRO, W. Allen Partners, Inc., Aurora, ON Roofing membranes within a roof assembly are generally the only barrier to keep the elements out. Standard building cladding design recognizes that well-performing walls consist of layers of materials (zones) to resist wind, heat, rain, etc., to achieve the rain screen principle in wall cladding. This dual-barrier design can be applied to roofs. Protected membrane roof (PMR) assemblies can have superior performance over conventional roofs since the moisture-resistant insulation protects the primary roofing membrane from the environment. Dual-barrier design can be implemented to help reduce negative effects of water diffusing into the insulation or reducing the thermal performance by flowing underneath. Typical PMRs can be easily upgraded by the placement of a properly selected vapour-permeable drainage layer above the insulation.
Bill Waterstone & Ben Lueck - High Performance Buildings Integrating the Wall and Roof Air Barriers (1 Credit)   
Controlling unintentional air leakage (infiltration and exfiltration) across building enclosures is a key factor for achieving high-performing buildings. Continuity between air barrier materials and assemblies is essential to controlling air leakage. This presentation will provide practical answers to the question: “What does it take to construct a high-performance building that maintains air barrier continuity across the full enclosure?” Quality assurance and quality control measures, including whole-building air leakage testing and building enclosure commissioning, will be discussed. You will receive one RCI credit for this course. Bill Waterston, RRC, AIA, is a registered architect and a Registered Roof Consultant. He has broad-based architectural experience in both waterproofing and roofing systems, which provides him with a unique perspective for solving building enclosure challenges for new and existing buildings. Waterston provides building enclosure assessments and building commissioning services and performs building enclosure testing of components and completed buildings. He has authored several articles on roofing material choices and roofing practices. Waterston has presented at ABX, RCI, and Construction Specification Institute meetings and symposia.
Brian Must & Joshua Baker - Roofing and Design Professional Warranties (1 Credit)   
The financial and professional consequences of using unclear warranty language can be huge. Nonspecific warranties and contract provisions have the potential to expose the warrantor to far more liability than intended and may also give other parties greater recourse than expected.. The speakers will offer suggested language to use to hopefully avoid unintended consequences. You will receive one RCI credit for this presentation. Brian Must has spent the past 20 years representing manufacturers, building owners, design/build firms, engineers, and contractors in the commercial roofing industry. He has represented various roofing entities in claims or litigation involving hospitals and healthcare facilities, schools and universities, government buildings, and high-rise condominiums. His experience ranges from negotiating and resolving commercial roofing claims and lawsuits to trying cases before federal and state courts and commercial arbitrations. Joshua Baker has represented roofing manufacturers and contractors in alleged roofing failure and contractor error disputes. He also has experience with overall claims management, including policies and procedure development and with writing effective warranties.
Bruce Kaskel & Jennifer Schneider - A Simple Solution: An SPF Retrofit to Stop Leakage (1 Credit)   
The presenters will offer a case study of a wellness building in Iowa that, during its first winter, had icicles on the roof eaves, and interior water leakage during its first spring. . A repair was performed that included replacing the existing insulation and vapor barrier with new SPF as a thermal and air barrier. Whole-building air testing was used before and after repairs to prove the improvement in air-tightness. You will receive one RCI credit for this presentation. Bruce Kaskel has expertise in exterior wall systems related to glass, glazing, water infiltration, corrosion, structural adequacy, energy performance, anchorage devices, and durability. His projects include aluminum and glass curtainwalls, masonry, exterior windows and doors, and precast concrete and stone panels. Kaskel has provided exterior wall consulting services during design and construction of new buildings, including serving as a building envelope commissioning agent (BECx). Jennifer Schneider has been involved with numerous projects related to the inspection, investigation, and repair of distressed conditions in existing buildings. Her experience also includes building enclosure commissioning (BECx) and peer design review for new construction, applying her experience in modes of leakage, condensation, and distress to proposed detailing. Schneider applies thermal and hygrothermal modeling to her evaluations of exterior wall systems.
Building Envelope Commissioning: The Missing Link for Future-Ready Buildings   
Scott Armstrong, BSSO, CET, LEED AP BD+C,WSP Canada, Toronto, ON Jean-Guy Levaque, FRCI, RRC, RRO, GRP, WSP Canada, Hamilton, ON Global climate trends are clear: more extreme weather events, frequent and more intense rain events, and widely variable ambient temperatures. How do current building envelope design practices and retrofit strategies respond and how do we embed this future thinking into our projects? Building Envelope Commissioning can provide the framework to facilitate conversations about ever-more-stringent standards, processes, codes, and performance requirements related to the building envelope. It also provides a process to ensure performance is embedded in project requirements and is delivered at each stage through construction completion. This session will use project examples that demonstrate the application of commissioning principles on new construction, existing buildings, or individual enclosure elements – from below grade to the roof and beyond. We will discuss typical design-, tender-, and construction-phase practices that track and test enclosure performance while keeping project teams informed of how value engineering, change management, or substitutions may affect performance. Lastly, we will connect and compare these project examples to common industry guidelines and standards such as LEED v4, LEED EBOM, BOMA BEST, NIBS, ASHRAE, CSA, and ASTM to highlight the need for industry standardization.
David Cannon & Matthew Smith - Flashing of Curtain Wall and Storefront Systems in Commercial Applications (1 Credi   
Flashing of high-end commercial and institutional curtain wall and storefront systems is traditionally a combined effort of the project architect, the installation contractor, and the system manufacturer. The purpose of this presentation is to provide insight into proper flashing techniques for both curtain wall and storefront systems that can be used proactively by participating parties to ensure the integrity of the building envelope is preserved when constructed. David Cannon, AIA, has over 35 years of experience as an architect. He has been involved in the design and creation of construction documents, as well as construction administration for several different building types. These include retail, mixed-use developments, high-rise hotels, office buildings, university buildings, medical buildings, regional malls, multifamily housing, industrial buildings, and churches. His primary areas of research and expertise have been in building envelope design and construction, building code analysis, and evaluation of the “standard of care” for architects. Matthew Smith, AIA, has over 10 years of architectural design and forensic architecture experience. He has performed forensic evaluations of buildings throughout the United States and been involved in the design and project management of multiple healthcare projects. Smith’s primary areas of focus and expertise include building envelope and flashing systems, window systems, stucco and EIFS veneer systems, architectural design and detailing, and review of building codes and accessibility standards.
Design of Sloped Roofs in Snow Country   
Marcus Dell, PEng, RDH Building Sciences, Inc., Burnaby, BC The Canadian building codes provide requirements for the minimum structural standards to which roof assemblies in high snow load locations need to be designed. However, the building codes (Part 9 in particular) do not include specific requirements for design of these roofs for resistance to water ingress and resistance to damage caused by snow movement. Based on the number of failures the authors have reviewed, we suggest that design changes are required. The presenter will discuss common problems caused by high snow loads, snow movement, air leakage, and the often-associated ice damming and water ingress. He will also discuss solutions that have been implemented. Comparison of monitoring results from a repaired and an unrepaired roof assembly (within the same residential complex) will be used to illustrate the importance of airtightness in reducing the temperature of roof assemblies and mitigating the resultant ice damming. The presenter will also introduce the concept of “double-drained” sloped roof assemblies and discuss a case study where this approach has been successfully used to eliminate a systemic water-ingress problem at a high-end residential home located at a Canadian ski resort
Edward Gerns & Rachel Will - When Form Really Does Follow Function: Aesthetics Informed by Environmental Conditions (1 Credit)   
There is a common misconception that historical buildings styles and ornamental articulation are only aesthetic statements. This presentation will explore historical building typology, ornamental building components, and materials, and their intentional use to improve thermal comfort, reduce maintenance costs, and minimize water infiltration. The speakers will discuss how designers are revisiting these concepts today. You will be earning one RCI credit for this presentation. Edward Gerns has extensive experience with the investigation and repair of existing buildings. He has performed numerous evaluations of historical masonry façades and overseen preparation of documents for the repair of masonry buildings. Integration of environment and architectural design has been of interest to Gerns for over 30 years. Rachel Will performs building envelope evaluations and investigations of distressed and deteriorated conditions in existing buildings. She assesses how architectural ornaments serves a function to help maintain portions of the exterior envelope. Her expertise includes documentation and investigation of building façades, as well as preservation and repair of historical buildings.
High Performance Buildings Integrating the Wall and Roof Air Barriers   
Controlling unintentional air leakage (infiltration and exfiltration) across building enclosures is a key factor for achieving high-performing buildings. This presentation will provide practical answers to the question: Quality assurance and quality control measures, including whole-building air leakage testing and building enclosure commissioning, will be discussed, with examples showing the challenges, equipment, and coordination involved in achieving these measures. You will receive one RCI credit for this presentation.
Humidity and Building Envelope Failure in Enclosed Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, and Steam Rooms   
Zen Szewczyk, IRC Building Sciences Group, Mississauga, ON Non-presenting coauthors: Robin Connelly and Chander Thusu High-humidity building enclosures are typically building occupancies where the relative humidity and temperature of indoor air are very high all year round. Building types that exhibit breaches in moisture-, air-, and vapour-control layers in enclosed spaces include: recreational centres, golf clubs, hospitals, hotels, extended care facilities, and rehab centres. Solutions for this building science problem are a topical area of interest as they are not related to mechanical systems. In this presentation, IRC Building Sciences Group will present our experiences and client case studies focused on humidity and building envelope failure in enclosed spaces such as: swimming pools, hot tubs, and steam rooms. IRC will address their general building sciences findings and present solutions and examples for these types of high-humidity building enclosures that have their building envelope elements linked to exterior ambient conditions for all four seasons.
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