Building Enclosure Science & Technology (BEST3) Conference
BEST3 Conference

High Performance Buildings - Combining Field Experience with Innovation

April 2-4, 2012
Atlanta, GA

The third Building Enclosure Science & Technology Conference, BEST3 offered participants two concurrent conference tracks: Energy Efficiency/Fenestration and Whole Building. Conference highlights included an expert panel presentation on quality management. Twenty-two sessions offered more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and allow participants to earn continuing education credits. Additionally, a products expo allowed conference participants to speak directly to exhibitors and see the latest developments in building envelope products and services.

Program & Presentations

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April 2, 2012 Monday, Day 1

Opening Plenary Session

  • John Preece, Welcome on Behalf of the Atlanta BEC Organizing Committee Presentation
  • Henry Green, View from the National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Samuel Rashkin, DOE Perspective on Housing Development Presentation
  • Dennis Andrejko, American Institute of Architects' Perspective Presentation
  • Mark Bomberg, Introduction to Session Tracks Presentation

Session 1.2 Fenestration 1

chaired by Stanly Yee
This session explains how advanced glazing technologies affect the design of buildings.

  • Helen Sanders, Developments in High Performance Daylighting Presentation
  • Christopher Barry, Very High Performance Glazing in Traditional Framing Presentation

Session 2.2 Innovative Materials 1

chaired by David Yarbrough
This session focuses on progress in thermal insulation, both materials and systems.

  • Bjorn Jelle et al., High Performance Thermal Building Insulation: Today's State of the Art Presentation
  • Erland Sveipe et. al., Retrofitting Timber Frame Walls with Vacuum Insulation Panels Presentation
  • S.Brunner, T. Stahl, and K. Ghazi Wakili, Double Layered Vacuum Insulation Panels Presentation

Session 1.3 Fenestration 2

chaired by Stanley Yee
In this session, focus is on prototype applications/case studies that link new/emerging technology with the real energy savings.

  • Lawrence Carbary et al., Ultra High Performance Curtain walls Using VIP Presentation
  • Nick Bagatelos and Jesse Henson, BIPV Facades Reconsidered: Mid-rise and High-Rise Applications Presentation

Session 2.3 Innovative Materials 2

chaired by David Yarbrough
This session continues on the path from new materials to new thermal insulating systems.

  • Jae-Sik Kang, An Innovative Foam Insulation Produced from Cellulose Presentation
  • Jan Kosny et al., Energy Performance Analysis of New Attic Retrofit Technology Utilizing Blown Fiberglass Insulation Enhanced with Microencapsulated Phase Change Material Presentation
  • Cheimie Iba, Frost Damage on Tiles in Relatively Warm Areas in Japan Presentation

Session 1.4 Window Condensation

chaired by Mark Bomberg
This session will focus on window condensation and sloped windows.

  • Nathan Van Den Bossche, Water Infiltration through Openings in a Vertical Plane under Static and Dynamic Pressure Conditions Presentation
  • Karol Kazmierczak, Sloped Glazing: Problems and Solutions Presentation
  • Marcin Pazera et al., Predicting Drying Characteristics of Spray-Applied Cellulose Insulation Presentation
  • Walid Maref et al, The Effect of Window-Wall Interface Details on Window Condensation Potential Presentation

Session 2.4 Invited session: Norway

chaired by Bjorn Petter Jelle
In the BEST tradition, we have invited international leaders in building envelope research to present a research review.

  • Vivian Meløysund et al., Field Investigations of Unventilated Cold Attics Presentation
  • Cezary Misiopecki et al., Impacts of Operating Hardware on Window Thermal Performance Presentation
  • Synne Helgerud et al., Warm, Wet, and Wild: Climate Change Vulnerability Analysis Presentation

April 3, 2012 Tuesday, Day 2

Session 1.6 Moisture Control

chaired by Patrick Huelman
This session is focused on water intrusion.

  • Nathan van den Bossche, Boundary Conditions for Water Tightness Testing Based on Pareto-Front Analysis Presentation
  • Rodney Lock et al.. Case Study for Waterproofing Below-Grade Walls Shored with Continuous Soil Mix Technology Using a Bentonite Waterproofing System Presentation
  • Mark Lawton, Guidelines for the Practice of Building Enclosure Engineering Presentation

Session 2.6 Quality Management

chaired by William Nash
In this session, we pose the questions: Is the design and construction team engaged in assuring performance of building enclosures? Are subcontractors proactive to meet contractual obligations?

  • Paul Johnson, Implementation of QA Programs for the Building Envelope through the Design Process Presentation 1.9
  • Michael P. Steffen, Martin J. Houston, Implementation of Quality Management for Enclosure Systems for High Performance Buildings Presentation
  • William Nash, Questions for the Construction Team in Reference to the Building Enclosure Presentation

Session 1.7 Case Studies

chaired by Graham Finch
This session will show that although the solutions differ, the underlying element of these designs is progression towards green enclosures.

  • Brian Hubbs et al., Premature Failure and Re-Glazing of Energy Efficient, Structurally Glazed Curtain Wall Buildings Presentation
  • Hua Ge and Fitsum Tariku, Evaluation of the Thermal Performance of Innovative Prefabricated Wall Systems through Field Testing Presentation
  • Marianne Touchie, Kim Pressnail, and Ekaterina Tzekova, Energy Savings by Retrofitting Multi-Unit Residential Buildings: Case Studies Presentation
  • Charles D. Clift and Vicente Montes, Solar Reflectivity Studies Presentation

Session 2.7 Air Tightness

chaired by Gary Proskiw
In science, it is the whole assembly that controls air flow; in codes, it is a specific air barrier system; for manufacturers, it is a material. Actually it is an issue of details, joints, and junctions.

  • Brandon Buchberg and Jason DerAnanian, Quality Control of Air Barriers during Construction Presentation
  • Craig Buck, Foam Board Joint Sealing for Air Barrier Assemblies in Commercial Construction Presentation
  • Kelly Broker and Andrea Wagner, Joining the Pieces Together: A New Weather Barrier Sealant to Ensure Energy Retention of Commercial Buildings Presentation

Session 1.8 Lessons Learned

chaired by Karol Kazmierczak
We try to learn from the past (at least this is what we say).

  • Gary Proskiw, Net Zero Energy Housing - Lessons Learned Presentation
  • Ken Urbanek, Challenges and Failures in Green Building Design Using Under-floor Air Distribution Presentation
  • David Young, Effect of Airtight Building Enclosures on Ventilation in High-Rise Residential Buildings Presentation
  • Jeff Speert at al., Informed Mechanical Design Through Tested Air Leakage Results Presentation

Session 2.8 Commissioning

chaired by Brian Stroik
This session presents the process of commissioning from the viewpoints of designer, consultant, contractor, and the owner.

  • Paul Totten, Commissioning of a Student Athletic Facility Presentation
  • Wagdy Anis, Commissioning the Enclosure: A Consultants View Presentation
  • Mike Steffen, Commissioning the Enclosure: A Contractors View Presentation
  • Dirk Meyer, GSA rep. Commissioning the Enclosure: An Owner's View Presentation

Session 1.9 Design of High Performance Buildings

chaired by Robert Kistler
This session deals with tools and techniques to assess the performance variables of complex fenestration followed by a presentation on successful buildings that are the result of tuning various models to achieve higher performing buildings.

  • Christian Kohler, Simulation tools for Complex Fenestration Presentation
  • Christopher Meek, Simulation tools for Dynamic Glazing and Glare Control Presentation
  • Sabine Hoffmann, Christoph Jedek, and Ed Arens, Assessing Thermal Comfort Near Glass Facades Presentation
  • Mark Perepelitza, Building Envelope Performance Research: Applications in Professional Practice Presentation

Session 2.9 High Performance Buildings – Lessons

chaired by Brad Oberg
As BEST conferences strive to link building science with high performance buildings (small and tall), this session shows why it important to look back and learn from the practice.

  • Craig Buck, Field Monitoring of Thick Continuously Insulated Wall Assemblies Presentation
  • Lee Durston and Matthew Heron, USACE Requirements for Air Barriers in New Buildings Presentation
  • Richard Martens and Bruce Uhlman, BASF, Eco-Efficiency Analysis
  • Rodrigo Mora, et al., Performance-Risk Methodology for High-Performance Affordable Homes in Hot Humid Climates Presentation

April 4, 2012 Wednesday, Day 3

Session 1.11 Performing Green

chaired by Jan Kosny
This session provides a collaborative opportunity for researchers, designers, industry, and and policy makers to explore sustainable building design for retrofit projects.

  • Catherine LeMieux et al., How Building Sustainability Impacts the Enclosure Presentation
  • Mohamed Krem, Effect of Skyscraper Configuration on Energy and Structural Performance Presentation
  • David Sailor et al., Exploring the Building Energy Impacts of Green Roof Design Presentation

Session 2.11 Interior rehab

chaired by Kohta Ueno
We want to use exterior insulation as much as possible, yet, often we have to place insulation on the interior.

  • Chris Schumacher, Assessment of Durability for Cold Climate Interior Insulation Presentation
  • Kohta Ueno, Joseph W. Lstiburek, Masonry Wall Interior Insulation Retrofit Embedded Beam Simulations Presentation
  • Nitin Shukla, On Use of Aerogel Blankets for Interior Insulation Systems Presentation
  • Henri Fennell, On Use of Spray Polyurethane Foam in Rehabilitation of Commercial and Residential Buildings

Sessions 1.12 and 2.12 Invited presentations

  • Graham Maisey (37) A Proposed Methodology for Developing Sustainable, High Performance Envelopes Presentation
  • Peter Poirier (87) Eliminating the Potential for Infiltration in Stucco Facades at the Window-Wall Interface Presentation (Pt. 1) | Presentation (Pt. 2)

Session 1.13 Dynamic and Integrated walls

chaired by Mark Bomberg
In mixed climates, the use of walls that are dynamic and integrated with the HVAC is a must.

  • Mark Bomberg, Marcin Pazera & Robert Aird, Ecologically Designed Exterior Upgrade Systems Presentation
  • Jason Der Ananian Dynamic Exterior Wall Systems for Solid Masonry Walls in Humidified Buildings Presentation

Session 2.13 Building Envelope Performance Tools

chaired by Stephanie Stubbs
Three tools to help designers and building owners create a high performance building envelopes

  • Earle Kennett. Challenge: Achieving High Performance For the Building Envelope: Owner Performance Requirements Tool (Department of Homeland Security; Building Envelope Design Guide – An Online Resource to Achieve High-Performance Buildings; and A New Tool for Meeting High Performance Building Envelope Design Standards (General Services Administration) Presentation

Session 1.14 System Performance

chaired by Dudley McFarquhar
To improve performance, this review of building envelope components and expectations includes virtual modeling of BE systems, BIM use, and lessons learned from problem walls.

  • Dudley McFarquhar. The Role of the Building Fa&cecid;ade - Curtain Walls Presentation
  • Kevin M. Turner, Documentation of Complex Building Enclosures Presentation
  • Minjung Maing, Physical or Virtual? The Effectiveness of Virtual Mockups of Building Envelope Systems Presentation
  • Joseph Solinski, Learning from Exterior Walls Problems (presented by D. McFarquhar) Presentation

Session 2.14 Hygrothermal Models

chaired by Manfred Kehrer
This session will present hygrothermal models, necessary for application where variable boundary conditions affect heat-air-moisture flows.

  • Hartvig Kuenzel, Modeling Air Leakage in Hygrothermal Envelope Simulation Presentation
  • Hamed Saber et al., Effects of Furring Orientation on Thermal Response of Basement Walls Presentation
  • Mark Lawton et al., The Concept of Linear and Point Transmittance and its Value in Dealing with Thermal Bridges in Building Enclosures Presentation

1.15 Discussion Session

moderated by Mark Bomberg and David Yarbrough
Future trends of energy efficiency in building enclosures

  • David E. Claridge What is the Ultimate Minimum Energy Level Needed? The Energy Systems Lab at Texas A&M University as an Example Presentation
  • Jan Kosny, Highlights of U.S. Building Envelope Research During the Last Decade Presentation&
  • Mariusz Paszkowski, The New Generation of Building Envelope Components: The Way to "Zero Energy" House Presentation

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