BEST5 Program & Presentations

The Fifth BEST CONFERENCE Building Enclosure Science & Technology™

BEST5 April 15-18, 2018, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA | Looking Back - Moving Forward, Where History

Preliminary Conference Program

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018

Welcome Reception sponsored by Tremco

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018

Welcome Breakfast and Plenary Keynote sponsored by Painters & Allied Trades LMCI

Technical Session MO1A: Quality Management and BECx
Chair: David Stutzman, AIA, BEC-Philadelphia

Technical Session MO1B: Fenestration and Window Attachments
Chair: Stanley Yee, LEED-AP

Technical Session MO1C: Enclosure Construction
Chair: Hamid Saber, PhD

BECx Workshop: Core Competencies

Technical Session MO2A: What's New in Sealants & Barriers
Chair: Laverne Dalgleish

Technical Session MO2B: What's New in Glass/Fenestration
Chair: Stanley Yee, LEED-AP

BEC-Philadelphia Presentation

Evening Reception



Continental Breakfast

Technical Session TU1A: Solar and Sustainability
Chair: Philip Fairey

Technical Session TU1B: Quick Time Presentations

Technical Session TU1C: New Materials and Systems
Chair: Nitin Shukla, PhD

Walking Lunch

BECx Workshop: Control Layers

Technical Session TU2A: What's New in Thermal Insulation and Radiant Barriers
Chair: Mario Medina, PhD, PE

Technical Session TU2B: Quick Time Presentations
Chair: Atila Novoselac, PhD

BEC-Philadelphia Presentation: Whole Building Team Case Study

Onsite Dinner



Continental Breakfast

Technical Session WE1A: Building Retrofits
Chair: James Doerfler, AIA, BEC- Philadelphia

Technical Session WE1B: Case Studies
Chair: Thomas McMullan, PE, BEC- Philadelphia

Technical Session WE1C: Whole Building Simulations and Verification of Results
Chair: Paulo Cesar Tabares-Velasco, PhD

BECx Workshop: Field Testing

Technical Session WE2A: What's New in Wall and Floor Assemblies
Chair: Paul Totten, PE

Technical Session WE2B: What's New in Roofs
Chair: Marcin Pazera, PhD

BEC-Philadelphia Presentation:  Conference Wrap Up

Also in the Works

  • 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

BEST5 Organizing Committee

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

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Stubbs, Program Director,


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