BEC Houston - May 2019 Symposium

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May 14, 2019
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Amegy Tower
1717 West Loop South
9th Level (JCC-A & B)
Houston, TX 77054

Brought to you by the Building Enclosure Council

8 to 8:30 AM – Registration/networking and breakfast
8:30 to 9:45 AM – Presentation 1: Amrish Patel, Senior Project Manager, SGH and Omar Maalouf, CEO, Momentum Glass
9:45 to 10:00 AM – Break
10 AM to 11:30 PM – Presentation 2: Steve Versland and Yuwadee Senamontree, Guardian Glass
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM – Lunch and open discussion/questions
1:00 to 2:30 PM – Presentation 3: Kevin Palma, Principal and Nichole Thomas, Building Science Consultant, Morrison Hershfield

Location:  Amegy Tower – 1717 West Loop South, 9th Level (JCC-A and B), Houston, Texas 77054; visitor parking available in building garage.

BEC Yearly Membership Registration will be $30 per year or $20.00 registration fee/per event for BEC non-members, free for students and interns.

Presentation 1: Keys to a Successful Project: Fenestration and Glazing Systems – Fenestration systems are available in a variety of configurations from “off the shelf” to custom fabricated systems and can be used in many different applications. In this presentation, we will explore strengths and weaknesses of storefront, window wall and curtain wall systems, and review applications for each. The presentation will include examples of unsuccessful applications and will highlight key aspects for successful design and construction strategies. The objectives for this presentation are: 1) Understand the differences between various fenestration system types and applications 2) Identify critical components, features and performance requirements of fenestration systems 3) Recognize common design, fabrication, installation and in-service issues for the different fenestration systems 4) Learn design and construction strategies for implementing successful projects with fenestration systems.

Presentation 2: Evolution of Glass and Low-E Coatings & Oversized Glass – The presentation portion covering Evolution of Glass & Low-E Coatings focuses on the float glass manufacturing processes and sputter coating technologies that are incorporated for the production of insulated glass units for conditioned structures. The program includes a review of typical glazing terminology, fabrication applications, market trends, and explores glass selection criteria. The objectives for this presentation are: 1) Understand glass terminology and manufacturing processes 2) Assess glass trends and glazing implications for project design 3) Explore selection criteria and process to ensure successful glazing packages 4) Understand issues to consider when specifying oversized glass.

Presentation 3: Detailing Fenestration Perimeters: Assemblies, Materials and Approaches – Air, water, and thermal barrier continuity is critical to the overall performance of the building enclosure. This program will provide an overview of the assemblies, materials and approaches to detailing fenestration perimeters for a various glazing systems and adjacent wall assemblies. Concepts to maintain continuity of the air/water barrier and thermal components will be discussed/reviewed with numerous strategies/detail examples to complete a high performance perimeter fenestration detailing presented. The objectives for this presentation are: 1) Review the basic differences between storefront, window wall and current wall fenestration assemblies with regard to air, water, and thermal performance 2) Review core concepts to maintain air, water, and thermal continuity around the perimeter of differing fenestrations 3) Review the available materials for detailing fenestration perimeters when transitioning to adjacent rainscreen and barrier wall assemblies 4) Present various detail options to provide approaches for maintaining (or not) continuity of the air/water and thermal performance around fenestration perimeters.


  • Morrison Hershfield
  • Simpson, Gumpertz, & Heger
  • Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing
  • Terracon Houston Facilities
  • Walter P Moore