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Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council Symposium
Fenestration: A World of Change

Building Innovation 2013: BETEC Symposium

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 also expected to achieve all of these architectural performance imperatives with products that last decades. Over time our industry has come to expect even greater performance delivery from our fenestration systems—adding increased safety during fire and withstanding greater impact and blast resistance during a disaster (whether natural or man-made).

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

With the theme Fenestration: A World of Change, the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium will provide attendees with the most recent developments in fenestration performance and technology. For this symposium, BETEC has assembled a collection of leading experts who will share the latest information available on a variety of fenestration technology and performance topics. The BETEC Symposium is a must-attend for architects, engineers, developers and anyone involved in critical decisions about buildings.

Current Presenters and Topics Include:

  • Lisa Heschong, Principal, Heschong-Mahone Group, on 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, on the state-of-the-art fenestration research from our national labs, including where current fenestration technology is heading.
  • Jim Larsen, Technology Lead, Cardinal Glass Industries, on the up-to-the-minute understandings on window and glazing energy performance and the impacts of fenestration on human comfort.
  • Kerry Haglund, University of Minnesota, on the current understandings on window and glazing energy performance and the impacts of fenestration on human comfort.
  • Jim Benney, Executive Director, National Fenestration Rating Council, on recent innovations in fenestration energy performance ratings.
  • Rich Walker, President & CEO, American Architectural Manufacturers Association, on the latest in fenestration security and blast resistance ratings and certifications.
  • Valerie Block, Senior Marketing Specialist, Dupont Glass Laminating, on security glazing design trends, including intrusion resistance, as well as bomb blast and ballistics protection.
  • Herb Yudenfriend, President, Hy-light Corporation, on the history of fenestration leadership.
  • Tom Schwartz, President, Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger, on the newest understandings in delivered fenestration performance from a building forensics engineering perspective.
  • Wagdy Anis, Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner, on critical fenestration design and performance considerations in specialty applications including natatoriums, hospitals and others.

Additional information will be presented on fenestration retrofits, fenestration impacts on utility planning, advanced shading technologies and other timely topics.

Symposium Chair: Chris Mathis, President, Mathis Consulting Company

The presentations below are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. PDF

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Program Schedule

8:00 - 8:10 am

Welcome and Introductions
Chris Mathis, Symposium Co-Chair

Richard Karney, USDOE

8:10 – 9:10 am

Latest Learnings about Fenestration
Lisa Heschong, HMG

9:10 - 10:00 am

Windows and Comfort: New Understandings
Jim Larsen, CardinalGlass

10:00 - 10:10 am

Fenestration Leadership at BETEC
Herb Yudenfriend, Symposium Co-Chair

10:10 - 10:20 am


10:20 - 11:00 am

Fenestration Energy Innovations
Kerry Haglund, University of Minnesota

11:00 - 11:45 am

Research and Innovations
Steve Selkowitz, LBL

11:45 - 1:30 pm

Lunch and Keynote Presentation
Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP
Architect of the Capitol

1:30 - 1:45 pm

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Presentation

1:45 - 2:00 pm

Fenestration Energy Ratings Update
Jim Benney, NFRC

2:00 - 2:15 pm

Fenestration Security Ratings Update
Rich Walker, AAMA

2:15 - 2:45 pm

Trends in Fenestration Security
Valerie Block, Dupont

2:45 - 3:00 pm


3:00 - 3:55 pm

The Challenge of Delivered Performance
Tom Schwartz, SHG

3:55 - 4:50 pm

Specialty Fenestration Considerations
Wagdy Anis, WJE

4:50 - 5:30 pm

Where Do We Go From Here?
Audience Q&A with All Speakers
Chris Mathis, Symposium Co-Chair

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