Past Meetings

September 2018 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Sep 11 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Carbon Based Lifeforms Creating Zero Carbon Buildings

Location: 

Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

Presenters: 

Eric Corey Freed

Description: 

In the last decade, carbon levels increased 20 parts per million (from 380 to 403), the population grew by one billion, global temperature increased by half a degree Celsius, and 25 percent more people moved into our cities.

The world is rapidly changing and will be a very different place by 2030. In this talk, we’ll explore dozens of disparate trends in technology, sustainability and the construction industry and connect the dots to get a glimpse into how we can save the world AND save our businesses at the same time. You’ll learn how to stack emerging trends to forecast opportunities in the green building space.

Climate change is redefining the design parameters and project demands for building design. Uncertainty in the future will require solutions that measure and manage energy, water and health outcomes in innovative ways.

During this energetic and entertaining session, we’ll train and engage attendees in a collaborative process to better address systemic barriers to healthy, high-performing, sustainable, resilient buildings. Together, we’ll acknowledge the challenges and complexities facing project teams pursuing net zero / zero carbon projects and how to identify the risks amplified over and above a conventional development.

Hear from an award winning architect in a lively discussion that will change how you look at the future, regardless of how bleak it may be!

Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker. As Sustainability Disruptor for Morrison Hershfield, he identifies solutions to problems most teams didn't know were holding them back. He was Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design.

His past roles include Vice President of the International Living Future Institute and Chief Community Officer of EcoDistricts, both nonprofits pushing innovative new paradigms for deep green buildings and communities.

Eric is the author of 11 books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies.” In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects." In 2017, he was named one of Build's American Architecture Top 25. He holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.

2018 Portland BEC Symposium

Time: 
Jun 5 2018 - 7:30am - 5:00pm
Meeting Title: 

Enclosure Durability

Location: 

The Oregon Zoo 4001 SW Canyon Road Portland, OR 97221

Description: 

General Information

The Portland Building Enclosure Council is pleased to announce the 2018 Technology Symposium. This year’s Symposium will focus on durability issues affecting the Building Enclosure.

The symposium is a one-day event, comprised of presentations, speakers, and opportunities for sidebar conversations. The conference will bring together leading code knowledge from Canada and the United States focusing on existing and future building enclosures. The academic knowledge will be complimented by real world applications and case studies

  • Meet with the local representatives of leading building product manufacturers
  • This all day event includes continental breakfast and seated lunch.
  • 6 AIA /CEU - LU/HSW expected

Speakers & Sessions

Catherine Houska
Session 1 - Metal Selection and Design for Longevity

With increased emphasis on whole building life cycle assessment, owners increasingly want materials and systems that can provide longevity. Accurate prediction requires both assessment of the site and an understanding of materials. Even project locations in relatively close proximity can vary significantly in their exposure to corrosive pollution, coastal or deicing salt, moisture exposure and other factors that can affect deterioration. Design elements like sheltering, crevices, metal combinations and finish roughness also affect performance. Case studies will be used to illustrate the fundamentals of site assessment and comparative corrosion data for metals will be provided. Galvanic and other types of corrosion that can affect performance will be reviewed. Some common misconceptions will be reviewed.

Mike Dutton
Session 2 - Curtainwall Loads and Testing

Presentation will cover environmental loading considerations including wind and seismic. The upcoming code will adopt the load design document ASCE 7-16 which has changes to both seismic and wind that will impact curtainwall. Effects will be reviewed so expectations can be adjusted. The presentation will also include structural considerations for performance mock up testing from testing standards AAMA 501.4 and 501.6 and the difference between these two tests and when to use them. In particular building drifts will be reviewed in detail as they pertain to curtainwall design.

Andre Desjarlais
Session 3 - Envelope Air Leakage Tools

Buildings account for more primary energy consumption in the United States than both industry and transportation. Building energy-efficiency measures have enormous potential to reduce energy consumption, costs, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Progress can be made by installing commercially available technologies like ENERGY STAR* equipment; however, technology innovations are required to meet future energy efficiency targets. The US Department of Energy’s Windows and Building Envelope R&D ET Roadmap, published in 2014, identifies research opportunities for improving the energy efficiency and durability of new and retrofit residential and commercial buildings to meet DOE’s goal of a 50 percent reduction in building energy consumption by 2030. The findings of this report have served as a launching pad for the research activities that are now underway at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Envelope Systems Research Group.

Robert Lepage
Session 4 - Biodeterioration and Buildings

Humans have been using wood to build structures for thousands of years. More recently, mass timber and engineered wood are promising structural materials finding greater acceptance within the building industry, particularly in novel applications, such as Tall wood buildings. With greater exposure however, comes greater risk. Delving into the building physics, we will explore the micro and macro conditions suitable for biodeterioration, the mechanisms of degradation, available tools to assess and identify risk, as well as conceptual level recommendations to ensure acceptable building performance throughout its design service life.

David Nicastro
Session 5 - Durability as a Factor in Construction Litigation

Problems with manufacturing, design, and construction cause countless premature failures of water-resistive barriers; therefore, durability is a central factor in construction litigation. This presentation will synthesize a practical understanding of durability based on theoretical behavior, observations from numerous failure case studies, and research and test results from The Durability Lab. Improving durability is also closely related to sustainability; preventing premature failure keeps building materials out of the landfill longer.

Mike Steffen
Session 6 - Orchards at Orenco - Measured Performance

This presentation will discuss the measured performance of the Orchards at Orenco affordable housing project in Hillsboro, Oregon. With 115 units already completed, and a third phase currently under construction, this project is the largest Passive House certified development in North America. Mike Steffen of Walsh Construction Co. will describe the integrated design and construction process used during the first two phases of the Orchards project, the systems used and key details, and will discuss the lessons learned, including how the cost premium to achieve Passive House was reduced significantly during the second phase. Mike will also share detailed feedback on the building’s measured energy performance and discuss the results of extensive monitoring studies of the enclosure system used on Phase I. This presentation will provide valuable information and insight regarding how to deliver high performance, low energy housing to communities across the Pacific Northwest.

Brochure

Registration Information

Cost

Membership Type Cost
Non-Members $100
Members $75

Sponsors

Symposium Sponsor

  • VaproShield

Meal Sponsors

  • Atlas Supply
  • Georgia Pacific

Bag Sponsor

  • Henry Company

Exhibitors

  • James Hardie
  • Window Tech
  • Roxul
  • GCP (Grace)
  • Siga Cover
  • Fortifiber
  • Henry Company
  • Dow Corning
  • Dupont/Tyvek
  • Polycoat Products
  • Kawneer
  • Protecto Wrap
  • Laminators Inc.
  • Sika Sarnafil Roofing Systems
  • Westcoat Specialty Products
  • Epro Waterproofing
  • Soprema
  • USG
  • Emseal Joint Systems
  • VPI Windows
  • Cascadia Windows
  • STO

May 2018 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
May 1 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

The Science of Modular Construction

Location: 

Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

Presenters: 

Nathan D. Young

Description: 

This lecture will focus on the benefits of building in a dry, controlled environment and how this helps to build better buildings. Focusing on the science of construction, specifically the thermodynamic relationship of a building from inside to outside. Speaking on product integration and the importance of understanding how all the different WRBs, tapes, and sealants work together as well as the importance of mechanical systems and building pressures.

Nathan started working in the construction industry in 1991 at the age of 16. He started Nathan D. Young Construction, Inc. in 1998 and focused on residential remodels and custom homes. In 2008 Mr. Young started MODS PDX INC with a focus on sustainable modular buildings with an emphasis on the science behind construction. For the last 15 years they have focused on building envelope failures and how to prevent them through proper construction techniques and product integration. They work closely with manufacturers to assure that their buildings are built with products that will work together to assure that the thermodynamics of the building are in balance.

April 2018 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Apr 3 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

ETFE Roofing

Location: 

Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

Presenters: 

Stephane Hoffman

Description: 

The fluorocarbon-based polymer ethylene tetrafuoroethylene (ETFE) is quickly gaining popularity in North America and is being used on some of the continent’s most prominent projects. Through review of multiple case studies of current ETFE installations, Morrison Hershfeld will review lessons learned and provide an understanding of limitations as well as benefits of the material from a building science perspective.

Stéphane joined Morrison Hershfield in 1994 and currently holds the position of Senior Building Science Specialist. With Master’s studies in historic restoration that combines structural engineering, building science and architecture, Stéphane brings a well-balanced consulting approach to the conservation of the building envelope; blending scientific analysis with an understanding of aesthetics considerations. He has consulted on several historic restoration projects. He is particularly adept at providing innovative design concepts and construction alternatives that provide value by improving durability and increasing energy efficiency.

As a key technical leader, Stéphane has worked on projects throughout North America and led the expansion of Morrison Hershfield’s Building Science practice in the United States. He now leads their Façade Engineering Group focusing on conceptual design of cladding and glazing systems. As a senior member of the team, his knowledge and skills are leveraged throughout the firm. The breath of his knowledge and experience is often called upon to troubleshoot and help resolve issues on both new and existing buildings.

PHNW Annual Conference

Time: 
Mar 29 2018 - 8:30am - Mar 30 2018 - 5:00pm
Meeting Title: 

Passive House Northwest 9th Annual Conference

Location: 

Hotel RL 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW Olympia, WA

Description: 

Passive House Northwest’s Annual Spring Conference is just around the corner. The conference will be held in Olympia, Washington on March 29-30 and features a great lineup of speakers and vendors making this a valuable event for professionals dedicated to high performance building design and construction. Please see the attached flyer and schedule for more information. Early Bird Registration ends Wednesday, March 14, so reserve your spot soon!

March 2018 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Mar 6 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Curtain Wall Failures

Location: 

Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

Presenters: 

Karim Allana

Description: 

This presentation will examine recent window and curtain wall assembly failures and performance issues for Insulated Glazing Units (IGU), aluminum coatings, gaskets, and associated water and air leakage issues. With the advent of globalization in the construction industry, façade glazing systems are beginning to experience new types of failure in the components (seals, coatings, sealants, etc.) used to assemble the complex systems and result in performance issues of today’s high rise projects. Various components and systems will be examined regarding their potential for air and water intrusion, coating issues, glass breakage and/or IGU failure.

Karim P. Allana is the CEO and Senior Principal of Allana Buick & Bers, Inc. (ABBAE) a leading Architectural-Engineering firms specializing in the Building Envelope and Sustainable Construction for new and rehabilitation projects. Karim earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University and is a licensed professional engineer in California, Hawaii, Nevada and Washington. He is a Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) and Registered Waterproofing Consultant (RWC) through RCI, Inc.

Mr. Allana has been in the A/E and construction fields for 30+ years, specializing in forensic analysis and sustainable construction of roofing, waterproofing and the building envelope. At ABBAE, Mr. Allana has for 31 years provided technical leadership and design review, while directing the company. Mr. Allana has acted as a consultant and expert witness in 400+ construction defect projects, as lead plaintiff or defense expert, or in defense of sub-contractors and manufacturers. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at professional forums.

February 2018 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Feb 13 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Evolution of Roofing Membranes

Location: 

Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

Presenters: 

Helene Hardy Pierce

Description: 

This course will discuss the different types of roofing membranes and systems available for low slope/commercial installations and the benefits each brings to the building envelope. Over the past 25 years, there have been many changes in not just the materials available but also the installation methods used to install roofing systems. In addition to the materials, installation methods will be discussed as well as a practical discussion of how to evaluate which option may be better than others for several different scenarios.

Helene is Vice President of Technical Services, Codes, and Industry Relations for GAF. Helene has spent over 37 years in the roofing industry and has been very active in many of the industry’s organizations. She received the ASTM Award of Merit and title of Fellow from ASTM Committee D08 on Roofing, Waterproofing and Bituminous Materials in 1998, the James Q. McCawley award from the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association in 1999 for contributions to the roofing industry, and the title of Fellow of the Institute from the Roof Consultants Institute in 2005.

Helene serves as the current Chair for the PIMA Board of Directors and is a director for SPRI, RCMA, and the RCI Foundation. Helene is also Vice Chair of ASTM Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing.

January 2018 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Jan 9 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Lessons Learned from Three Multifamily Passive Buildings

Location: 

Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

Presenters: 

Katrin Klingenberg

Description: 

The number of passive houses and buildings meeting the stringent PHIUS+2015 Passive Building Standards has increased exponentially over the past two years: first single family residential projects were built, then multifamily projects and now the trend is moving towards commercial structures. Many municipalities such as NYC have already incentives in place for residential passive buildings or are evaluating to implement incentives as a solution to meeting their climate action plans. This presentation takes a look at three completed case studies of low and midrise multifamily projects across the country that were constructed at 0-5% additional cost over an EnergyStar baseline. Successful construction techniques and lessons learned will be discussed.

Katrin Klingenberg is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). In 2003, Ms. Klingenberg designed and completed the first home to meet passive house standards in the United States. She has designed and consulted on numerous successful passive house and building projects across North America’s varied climate zones since. In addition to her executive role at PHIUS she is the lead instructor for PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) training. In that role she directs curriculum development. She also directs the technical and research programs of PHIUS, and is a licensed architect in Germany. She frequently presents on the passive building topic nationally and internationally.

December 2017 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Dec 5 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Understanding Moisture and Mold Inside Housing

Location: 

Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

Presenters: 

George Tsongas, Ph.D, PE

Description: 

Learn from engineer and building scientist, George Tsongas, who has studied, investigated and corrected numerous building problems relating to mold and IAQ, as he offers an overview of mold and moisture problems inside single and multifamily housing. George will help you understand what mold is, where and why it grows, the different types of mold, what are the true health impacts, litigation concerns, how to inspect for mold growth conditions, what are the best mold cleanup procedures, and what can be done practically and economically to remedy or prevent indoor mold and moisture problems. The pros and cons of moisture and mold control measures such as source control, ventilation, and dehumidification will be discussed. Specific approaches for improving bathroom and kitchen ventilation will be presented.

Dr. Tsongas is a consulting engineer and a Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at Portland State University in Oregon. He is a building scientist with specialization in moisture, mold and water intrusion problems in housing. He has directed a number of field studies of moisture and indoor air quality problems inside existing and new residences as well as investigations of ventilation and dehumidification moisture control strategies. He was invited to be one of five presenters for an ASHRAE- sponsored Satellite Broadcast/Webcast titled “Mold in our Building Environment.” Over 22,000 people from North and South America viewed the three hour satellite broadcast and webcast. He has inspected many thousands of dwelling units in seventeen states and Canada for moisture and mold problems over the last 35+ years. He has specific experience dealing with indoor moisture, mold, and related health problems in housing. He has four engineering degrees from Stanford University.

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November 2017 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Nov 14 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Transparent Systems - Detail Level Insight into High Performance Façades

Location: 

Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

Presenters: 

Chris O'Hara, PE

Description: 

The session is a Case Study driven review of façade details for transparent systems. Where many education provide a review of the basic stock details the critical design issues often occur at the atypical conditions. The basic "rules of thumb" do not apply when the geometry or material choice require more from the design. This session will review the atypical conditions that do not occur in the idealized conditions. The course is crucial to those designing the enclosure of buildings that do not fit the mold of a common box. The case studies will include both transparent and opaque façade systems. Most importantly the discussion will include the junction of the transparent and opaque assemblies, where most facade failures occur. Important topics will include continuous insulation, mitigation of thermal bridges, condensation, waterproofing and structure.

Studio NYL, a Boulder, Colorado-based structural engineering and facade design firm known for its exemplary skills, has earned the trust and respect of architects around the world for delivering truly innovative design-led solutions that exceed the conventional.

Founded in 2004 by Chris O'Hara, PE and Julian Lineham, PE, Studio NYL's vision is rooted in the founders' belief that all architectural design can be elevated through the inventive use of structures that enhance rather than limit design. It is this passion for raising design standards through the "artful use of structure" on every project—whether humble or grandiose in scope—that drives their distinctively poetic approach.

Chris launched his career in New York City where he worked on many unique structural engineering projects as well as signature architectural buildings. From theatrical rigging and amusement park rides, to floating structures, huge facades and challenging structural glazing projects, Chris' training is rooted in one-of-a-kind initiatives like the Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Rolling Stones 'Bridges to Babylon Tour' and the Starlight Theatre.

Over the last few years, Studio NYL has grown rapidly from a firm focused primarily on smaller scale Front Range residential and institutional projects, to being known more broadly for its higher education, law enforcement, arts and other sector work throughout the Western Mountain Region. Today, in addition to its extensive portfolio of conventional building types of all sizes and complexity, Studio NYL is overseeing an expanding number of ground breaking global projects which allows the principals to explore new structural and architectural technologies, skin applications, environmental solutions and more. Chris and Julian also continue to seek out opportunities to reinvent existing traditional systems on landmark buildings around the world.

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