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13.0 LU / 13.0 HSW

Join the AIANY Building Enclosure Council for two consecutive seminars with renowned building scientists Dr. John Straube and Dr. Joseph Lstiburek. With their combined expertise, Straube and Lstiburek will help attendees understand what constitutes a high-performance building. Day 1 will address fundamental questions about what is important in high-performance design, while Day 2 will focus on the successful implementation of these strategies.

September 12
Day 1 | Fundamentals of High Performance Buildings
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Lstiburek, Building Science Corporation

Lstiburek will discuss the fundamentals and history of high performance. What is meant by “high performance”? Who or what makes this designation? How did we get from the LoCal House to Passive House? How do transition from high performance single-family homes to high performance multi-family high-rises? We keep hearing build tight – ventilate right: How tight? What’s right? According to whom? What is the relative importance of insulation, glazing, air tightness, and mechanical systems? How crucial are factors such as material choices and occupant behavior?

Day 1 will also cover practical issues, such as the conflict between high-performance retrofits and historic preservation.


September 13
Day 2 | Details and Implementation of High Performance Buildings
Speaker: Dr. John Straube, University of Waterloo/RDH Building Science

How do designers achieve higher levels of insulation, reduced thermal bridging, and better airtightness? What are high-performance windows, and how are they selected and installed? What are the requirements for air tightness? How do you select proper air and vapor barriers? How do you select suitable HVAC systems for high-performance projects?

Day 2 will also cover Passive House insulation as well as issues around cladding attachment, balconies, and parapets.


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Organized by
AIANY Building Enclosure Council
Wednesday, 9/12
8:30am to Sep/13 5pm
Center for Architecture
2 Day Member: $335
2 Day General Public: $360
1 Day Member: Fundamentals (9/12): $185
1 Day General Public: Fundamentals (9/12): $200
1 Day Member: Details and Implementation (9/13): $185
1 Day General Public: Details and Implementation (9/13): $200
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