Increasingly rigorous building codes and project goals put pressure on design teams to create high performing facades that minimize energy usage, maximize thermal comfort, and eliminate the need for costly additional heating/cooling equipment. This session is a deep dive on improving building envelope performance using three recent research projects, including Payette’s Thermal Performance of Facades research project. As building codes call for higher levels of insulation, the practice is hitting the limits of simply adding in “another inch” of insulation and the thermal bridges across such insulation must be addressed. Funded by an AIA Upjohn research grant, this study used infrared images and heat flow simulations to develop thermally improved details for 16 common architectural conditions that typically exhibit intense thermal bridging. An overview of the findings will be shared along with example projects that have adopted the improved details.
Thursday, November 15 | 4:30PM – 5:30PM
Charlie Klee, Principal, Payette
Ranojoy Dutta, Manager, Modeling & Simulation, View Inc.
Vikram Sami, Director of Building Performance, Olson Kundig
In ‘Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge,’ E.O. Wilson wrote that “until the fundamental divide between art and science is closed, the relation between man and the living world will remain problematic.” Two decades later, the design industry largely has ignored this call to action. The art of architecture and the science of building still are perceived as separate topics. Standards of “good design” and “green design” have yet to come together, for what makes buildings look good rarely relates to what makes them work well. Performance lives in the technical manual, not on the napkin sketch. Yet, research shows that up to 90% of the eventual impact of a building is determined with the earliest design decisions—location, size, shape, function, etc. Design trumps technology. Furthermore, a growing wealth of research is revealing how people respond to form, space, color, pattern, and texture—the designers’ toolkit. The design industry is on the verge of revolutionizing itself around new revelations about the impact of our work. In this lively presentation, four LEED Fellows will share how they are shaping their practices around these principles to spearhead a new age of consilient design.
Friday, November 16 | 8:00AM – 9:00AM
Andrea Love, Principal, Director of Building Science, Payette
Lance Hosey, Design Director, Gensler
Bob Harris, Partner, Lake Flato Architects
James Timberlake, Partner, KieranTimberlake
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
McCormick Place, Chicago Illinois
November 14-16, 2018
Register for the conference here.