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Facade Tectonics Forum presents: Enough Glazing: Balancing benefits with liabilities of facade glazing

July 26, 2018  By Facade Tectonics Institute

Facade Tectonics Forum will present “Enough Glazing: Balancing benefits with liabilities of facade glazing” on July 30 at the JW Marriot Parq in Vancouver. Facade Tectonics is a curated speaker program that includes diverse voices in the creation of advanced building facade systems, showcasing new perspectives on the opportunities for innovation in the design and delivery of the building skin.

Much in building and facade system design has resulted from the pursuit of transparency in the building skin. Architects want minimal sight lines. Occupants want floor-to-ceiling glass. This demand continues to produce buildings with significantly compromised performance, a trend on a collision course with escalating code requirements driven by the pursuit of reduced carbon emissions in the building sector. Building scientists have pointed to the fallibility of the tall glass building. The glass industry points to the significant benefits of glass in daylighting and connection to the outdoor environment. If glass is good, is more necessarily better? How much glass is enough glass? Managing the benefits and liabilities of glass in the building skin is the most challenging factor in determining building performance. Join Christian Cianfrone of Zero Energy Buildings Centre of Excellence, Mark Brook, P. Eng. of BVDA Facade Engineering, Tom Paladino of Paladino & Company, and Helen Sanders of Technoform Glass Insulation NA as they explore these issues.

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