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BEST Building Enclosure Science & Technology Conference & Expo

Preliminary Conference Program

We’re working on 15 two-hour technical sessions that cover the gamut of what’s new in Building Enclosure research and applications.

 Quality Management and BECs  David Stutzman, AIA, BEC-Philadelphia
 Fenestration and Window Attachments  Stanley Yee, LEED-AP
 Enclosure Construction  Hamid Saber, PhD
 Solar and Sustainability  Philip Fairey
 Ignition Resistance, Fire Protection and Fire Testing  Marcelo Hirschler, PhD
 Novel Materials and Systems  Nitin Shukla, PhD
 Building Retrofits  James Doerfler, AIA,   BEC-Philadelphia
 Case Studies  Thomas McMullan, PE, BEC-Philadelphia
 Whole Building Simulations and Verification of Results  Paulo Cesar Tabares-Velasco, PhD
 What’s New In Sealants & Barriers  Laverne Dalgleish
 What’s New In Building Dynamics/Controls  Atila Novoselac, PhD
 What’s New in Thermal Insulation and Radiant Barriers  Mario Medina, PhD, PE
 What’s New in Glass/Fenestration  TBD
 What’s New in Wall and Floor Assemblies  Paul Totten, PE
 What’s New in Roofs  Marcin Pazera, PhD


Also in the Works:

  • A Building Envelope Commissioning Workshop, presented by Wagdy Anis, FAIA
  • A tour of the historic elements of the conference hotel, Loews Philadelphia. Formerly the PSFS Building, the first International style skyscraper constructed in the U.S., it was designed by architects William Lescaze and George Howe and opened in 1932.
  • Special programming (and special low-cost registrations!) for local architecture, engineering, and construction administration students

BEST5 Technical Committee:

  • Jan Kosny, PhD, Chair
  • David Yarbrough, PhD, PE, Chair
  • Mark Bomberg, D Sci (eng.), Honorary Chair
  • Laverne Dalgleish
  • Georg Reichard, PhD
  • Hamid Saber, PhD
  • Paul Shipp, PhD, PE
  • Stanley Yee, LEED-AP
  • Jill Burgess , RA, BEC Philadelphia liaison

BEST 5 Organizing Committee:

  • Cheryl A. Smith, FAIA, Chair
  • Joseph DeAngelis, AIA, Chair
  • Jillian Burgess, RA
  • David Stutzman, AIA
  • James Doerfler, AIA
  • Thomas McMullan, PE, BEC-Phil

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Stubbs, Program Director,

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