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BETEC Symposium Offers a Window into "A World of Change"

Thursday, August 9, 2012  
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Take a look into the world of windows at the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium. With the theme Fenestration: A World of Change, the BETEC Symposium, to be held Monday, January 7, in Washington, D.C. as part of Building Innovation 2013—The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, will provide attendees with the most recent developments in fenestration performance and technology.

The windows industry has one of the toughest jobs in building performance—it has to build products that withstand all of the forces of sun, wind, rain, hurricanes and three-year-olds while remaining essentially invisible. Manufacturers are expected to achieve these architectural performance imperatives in products that must last decades. Over time, building occupants have come to expect even greater performance delivery from fenestration systems, such as increased safety during fire and the ability to withstand greater impact and blast resistance during a disaster (whether natural or man-made).

Fortunately for society, windows and glazing have kept up with industry needs. From composite framing systems and new glazing materials, through new performance ratings and certifications, to how these important building envelope systems are integrated with lighting, HVAC and other building elements, the industry continues to introduce new fenestration innovations.

During the BETEC Symposium, a collection of leading experts will share the latest information available on a variety of fenestration technology and performance topics. This full-day event is a must-attend for architects, engineers, developers and anyone involved in critical decisions about buildings.

Chris Mathis, President, Mathis Consulting Company, will chair the BETEC Symposium. The following presenters and topics are currently scheduled:

  • Lisa Heschong, Principal, Heschong-Mahone Group. Heschong will discuss the latest research on fenestration and daylighting integration, including impacts on student and worker performance.
  • Steve Selkowitz, Lead, Windows and Daylighting Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Selkowitz will talk about the state-of-the-art fenestration research going on at national labs, including where current fenestration technology is heading.
  • Jim Larsen, Technology Lead, Cardinal Glass Industries. Larsen will provide up-to-the-minute understandings on window and glazing energy performance and the impacts of fenestration on human comfort.
  • Rich Walker, President & CEO, American Architectural Manufacturers Association. Walker will highlight the latest in fenestration security and blast resistance ratings and certifications.
  • Herb Yudenfriend, President, Hy-light Corporation. Yudenfriend will focus on recent innovations in security glazings.
  • Tom Schwartz, President, Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger. Schwartz will offer the newest understandings in delivered fenestration performance from a building forensics engineering perspective.
  • Wagdy Anis, Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner. Anis will address critical fenestration design and performance considerations in specialty applications, including natatoriums, hospitals and others.

In addition, the BETEC Symposium will present information on fenestration retrofits, fenestration impacts on utility planning, advanced shading technologies and other timely topics.

Online registration opens September 1.

Get the most up-to-date information on scheduling and events for the BETEC Symposium and Building Innovation 2013.


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