BEC Houston Presents: Critical Transitions: Making or Breaking an Effective Barrier

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June 20, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
AIA Houston
315 Capitol Street
Suite 120
Houston, TX 77002
713 520 0155

Brought to you by the Building Enclosure Council

BEC Houston Presents - “Critical Transitions: Making or Breaking an Effective Barrier”
Presented by:  Amrish K. Patel, PE, and Nick T. Floyd, PE

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
5:30 to 6:00 PM Networking
6:00 to 7:00PM Presentation

Location:  AIA Houston – 315 Capitol, Suite 120, Houston, TX, 77002

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Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the critical four barriers of building enclosure systems.
2. Identify common failure mechanisms of the four barriers.
3. Understand design objectives and concepts for detailing the four barriers at critical interfaces.
4. Review design construction principles that lead to effective barriers in building enclosure systems.

Abstract:  One of the more difficult challenges facing building enclosure designers, specification writers, and installers is detailing critical interfaces between various building enclosure assemblies and systems.  These interfaces are generally more vulnerable to water leakage, air leakage and thermal bridging than any other portion of the building enclosure, and are often the source of interior and exterior moisture-related problems.  Standards and industry guidelines have been developed to address various performance issues individually, but the successful integration of flashings with water, air, vapor and thermal barriers requires a keen understanding of the details’ performance limitations and potential problem areas.  The development of a reliable and durable design is highly specific to the project, enclosure system and assembly. This presentation will review design objectives for integrating the four critical barriers at roof/wall, window/wall and other interfaces that are often the source of building failures, and discuss detailing concepts for various applications.  Technical and practical limitations of various building materials used are discussed, and the potential consequences of inadequate detailing and construction are illustrated through case studies.

Amrish K. Patel, P.E., Senior Project Manager, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
2050 W. Sam Houston Parkway S., Suite 1625, Houston TX
713-265-6432 (direct)

Amrish Patel, P.E., is a Senior Project Manager at national engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH). He has experience in the investigation, rehabilitation, and design of many building enclosure systems, and specializes in roofing and waterproofing. He has designed and reviewed new building enclosure systems and has significant experience in the field monitoring new construction and repairs, and investigating failures. His work experience includes residential and commercial buildings, parking structures, plazas, schools, hospitals, and many other structures in both public and private sectors.

Nick T. Floyd, P.E., Senior Project Manager, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
2050 W. Sam Houston Parkway S., Suite 1625, Houston TX
713-265-6430 (direct)

Nick T. Floyd is a Senior Project Manager at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH).  Nick specializes in the investigation and remedial design of building enclosures.  Mr. Floyd has experience investigating and designing numerous window replacement, reroofing, and facade rehabilitation projects.  His past and current projects include design and construction administration on the New York and Iowa State Capitol Buildings and the Beinecke Library Plaza at Yale University.


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