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Exponent Presenting Workshop at ASCE's Architectural Engineering Conference


September 24, 2008

Exponent Engineers Michael. J. Drerup, P.E. and David B. Peraza, P.E. will be a presenting a workshop entitled “Facade Forensics” at ASCE's Architectural Engineering Conference on Saturday, September 27, 2008 in Denver, CO.

This workshop will introduce participants to key features of building façades failures.

Workshop highlights include:

  • Introduction
  • History Overview and Development of Building Facades (structure
    as enclosure; load-bearing facades; skeleton frame; endo vs.
  • Systems and Materials (durability; water tightness; insulation; air
    tightness; barrier walls; drainage walls; rain screen systems; sitebuilt
    systems; prefabricated systems; modular systems; impermeable
    vs. permeable materials and systems; natural cladding
    materials; masonry cavity walls; glass and aluminum curtain walls;
    stucco; EIFS; pros and cons of expressed structure)
  • Thermal Performance
  • Mechanisms of Deterioration and Failure (sunlight; thermal movement;
    water – the top ten sources; cyclic freezing; atmospheric
    chemistry; corrosion) Inspection and Diagnosis (visual; document review and interviews;
    NDE; inspection openings)Repair and Restoration (repair or replace? Best practices to
    control and manage water; designing for sustainability; designing
    for durability).

For more information, please see the full conference brochure.