2018 Annual Conference Programs

Morning Program: 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Room
Title
Description
Company
Boston

 

Innovations in Accoustical Ceilings for Today’s Flexible Interiors
1HSW
Understanding how to design for acoustics in flexible interiors takes on new importance as traditional recommendations are not so compatible with current design trends. Architects are challenged with designing spaces that have multiple functions. Now the science behind the ceiling is able to provide both high sound absorption and sound blocking in the same panel. This program will demonstrate the importance of choosing ceilings having both good sound absorption performance as rated by the noise reduction coefficient (NRC), along with good sound-blocking performance as rated by the ceiling attenuation class (CAC) for simple ceiling options that can help provide the right acoustical solution for the design. Armstrong World Industries

Presenter:
Amanda Carlson

Augusta Sustainable Forestry Initiative
1HSW
A discussion on the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program (SFI). The presentation details the history and qualifications of the SFI standard and what it means to have that certification. Included is discussion about how our forests help to sequester carbon from our atmosphere while providing a renewable source of fiber that can be used in a multitude of ways. Sierra Pacific

Presenter:
Mike Mitchell

Montpelier  Choices of Air Barriers for Commercial Building Enclosures
1HSW
This seminar is to review the impact of air leakage on building enclosure performance and to describe different types of air barrier systems for air leakage control. This session will provide a description of the types of air barrier membranes for commercial building enclosure: mechanically fastened or building wraps, fluid applied (FA), and self-adhered (SA) or peel-and-stick. Other air barrier types such as Sprayed Polyurethane Foams (SPF) will also be reviewed. Examples of products and manufacturers, typical properties, application methods, system components and advantages and limitations will be discussed for each air barrier type. Parksite

Presenter:
Justin Farnsworth

Providence Window Solutions for Historic Buildings
1HSW
We often think of buildings as new construction. However, the reality is that in any given year, there are typically more building renovation and rehabilitation projects undertaken by owners than there are new construction projects. Only a small percentage of these existing building projects fall in the category of “historic” with the associated public programs and design restrictions that go along with that designation. The majority are motivated by changing owner needs, energy concerns, maintenance considerations, and general modernization or upgrade requirements. In all of these cases, windows are often a topic of interest and concern. Should they be replaced, or can they be repaired? If they are replaced, what are the options? Which option is best for a particular situation? Understanding how to answer these questions gives architects the ability to work with their clients to make informed decisions and improve the overall outcome of projects. Pella

Presenter:
Terry Woods

Concord Preserving Design Intent: Defying Impermanence in Steel Elements and Structures
1HSW
This session will explore practical methods of preserving the visual impact of structures over time. A brief survey of historically notable long-lived structures will be followed by an examination of the various methods developed to successfully protect architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS) as well as other steel building elements and trim. The three pillars of architectural longevity — design, implementation, and maintenance — will be discussed, and the importance of each of these pillars in ensuring the long-term integrity of the architect’s original vision will be stressed. STEEL IT

Presenter:
Robert Audlee

Hartford Flooring Design with Acoustics in Mind
1HSW
In this course, participants will explore the acoustic problems that occur as design trends move away from carpet to smooth surfaces for aesthetic and performance reasons. The session will also identify what designers and architects need to know when specifying flooring that provides an acoustic solution. This includes examining specific problems in creating good acoustics for different applications, including healthcare, education, multifamily, hospitality and fitness. The course wraps up by comparing products and technology available to create acoustic solutions that meet demand for style and design versatility, as well as other important performance criteria, such as safety, ergonomics, hygiene, and sustainability. Michael Halebian

Presenters:
Carrie Bartucca and Mark Giuranna

Board Paint 201: Practical Solutions and Problem Solving Techniques
1HSW
An overview of the classification of paints, advantages and disadvantages of latex versus alkyd coatings, surface preparation and priming techniques, and causes and solutions for common paint problems. Benjamin Moore

Presenter:
Gioena Borges – Architect & Design Representative

Morning Program: 11:10AM – 12:10PM
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Title
Description
Company
Boston Panel Radiators: The Modern Solution
1HSW
Modern hydronic radiator systems are an energy efficient, healthy, and hygienic solution for residential and commercial applications. This course will discuss radiant heating, panel radiators, and how to size panel radiators for residential applications. Runtal North America

Presenter:
Jon Wiberg

Augusta Architectural Insulated Metal Panels – What’s Next?
1LU
The course “Architectural Insulated Metal Panels – What’s Next?” provides past, present and future information Architectural IMPs and why they are an excellent exterior aesthetic and performance wall solution. The presentation covers the design basics of IMP’s, comparisons to other metal wall solutions, aesthetic possibilities, trends and case study examples. This program will be an interactive session that encourages feedback and questions. Centria

Presenter:
TBD

Providence Sustainable Design Uses for Large Opening Wall Systems
1HSW
This presentation will inform you on how to confidently design innovative projects using operable glass walls. You will learn the differences between folding and single track sliding wall systems and how and where they are used. Learn how stringent product testing supports design freedom, and view imaginative new applications in an ever-increasing market place. Challenge yourself to blur the lines between landscape and living space. Nanawall System

Presenters:
Guy and Christine Gere and Bill and Beverly Gere

Montpelier How to get the Benefits of the Design-Build HVAC Process while Minimizing its Risks
1HSW
This session will briefly discuss how the design-build Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) process can save the home/building owner, architect, and builder a significant amount of time and money when it is executed well.  The presentation will also include advice on the best questions to ask HVAC Contractors and the information to look for when requesting and reviewing design-build HVAC proposals. ENCON

Presenters:
Stillman Jordan, P.E. & Jeff Ramadanovic

Hartford Most Common Mistakes in Residential Roofing
1LU
Understand shingle systems and identify the top 10 mistakes installers make – and how to avoid them! GAF

Presenter:
Ben Harrison

Concord Moisture Management for Multi-Family, Mix-Use, and Light Commercial
1HSW
With moisture being a leading cause of construction call backs, this course is designed to give a better understanding of details that hinder, and wall assemblies designed for greater moisture management performance. Tamlyn

Presenter:
Tom Feret

 

Board Bog Oak for Architectural Design Community
1HSW
Bog Oak, is one of the world’s most sought-after species of bog wood comparable to the world’s most expensive tropical hardwoods. This session will cover the the origin and history of Bog Oak, the exploration and extraction of Bog Oak – Sustainability & Organic in Nature, the Characteristics of Bog Oak , and what Bog Oak is Used For including Millwork, Fabrication, & Finishing. Bog Oak

Presenter:
Brooks Adams

Afternoon Program: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Room
Title
Description
Company
Providence  SESSION FILLED Floodplain Design, Construction, and Impacts on Flood Insurance-1HSW

This session describes floodplains and the potential hazards to buildings. Unless there are flood openings that allow floodwaters to flow into and out of enclosures below the Base Flood Elevation, hydrostatic pressure builds up on the foundation walls and can cause major damage. The course also defines the differences in engineered and non-engineered flood openings and their ability to ensure resilient structures, and the differences between wet floodproofing and dry floodproofing techniques, and when they are applicable. We will clarify the regulations, codes, and standards as they relate to sustaining foundations in flood hazard areas and analyze the role of building compliance in lowering flood insurance rates and what mitigation solutions are available to existing structures.

Smart Vent 

Presenter:
Peter Allen

Augusta SESSION FILLED Pitfalls and Pratfalls of Using Dollars Per Square Foot for Estimating- 1HSW 
Learn why using dollar-per-square foot estimating is dangerous; why using comparables from other geographic areas can lead to problems; how to transfer comparables from a part year to current costs. Participants will gain an awareness of the differences in codes and construction requirements for different geographic areas.
Lew Finkel

Presenter:
Lew Finkel, FCPE

Boston Benefits of Temperature Control in Every Room
1HSW
Through a deep dive case study into a commercial and a residential property, this program will explore the unique benefits of installing an HVAC system that allows for temperature control in every room. Heating and cooling problems will be examined pertaining to a hotel and a high-end home and how those problems were solved. EMME

Presenter:
Jon Brodeur

Montpelier High Performance Coatings for Commercial Spaces
1HSW
 Commercial and light industrial projects typically require high-performance coating solutions to provide optimal performance against abrasion, chemicals, moisture and other harsh conditions common to these types of buildings. Technological advancements have created high-performance coatings that not only provide the aesthetics and durability your owners demand – there are also a variety of formulations that can help contribute towards green building certifications. Sherwin Williams

Presenter:
Mark Weiner

Hartford Cable Railings:
A Guide for the Perplexed
1HSW
The session will go over the history of railings, and then move on to focus on the popular category of cable railings. We will discuss the details of many of the commonly used components that make up cable railings and go over some of the functional aspects of using them. Then we will tackle some practical subjects related to designing a proper assembly and project layout. All Time Manufacturing

Presenter:
Robert Brodie

Concord Showcase Quality Exposed Fireproof Columns
1HSW
Structural fire protection guards essential structural components from the devastating effects of fire. This course examines the various active and passive fireproof methods that are available with a focus on the features, types, and design considerations of prefabricated fireproof structural columns designed for exposed exterior and interior loadbearing columns. Black Rock Fire Proof Columns

Presenter:
Kyle Corneau

Board VRF Concept
1LU
Intro to Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems:
VRF Concepts,  VRF Markets and Product Attributes, VRF Considerations for Piping, Wiring and Condensate,  VRF Design and SelectionThis is a great way to understand VRF products including all of the above and how VRF is growing in the market place. Rooftop unit and big chiller are on the way out and being replaced in the market by VRF. Variable Refrigerant Flow systems with Variable Evap temps. Low and high loads and heating rated down to super low temps. Heat pump and heat recovery type systems.
Bender

Presenter:
Michael McFarland Daikin North America LLC


Afternoon Program: 2:40PM – 3:40PM
Room
Title
Description
Company
Boston Understanding Mortarless Stone Veneer and Other Stone Veneer Products
1HSW
An examination of the new Mortarless Stone Veneer category of cladding products as it relates to other types of stone veneer, specifically around the areas of installation and applications. Boral

Presenter:
Addie Atkins

Augusta Design Solutions: Smoke Protection
1HSW
The session will provide a better understanding of how smoke actually travels in multi-story building fires. To accomplish this, we will illustrate the physic of vertical smoke migration in mid- and high-rise building fires, and the hazards this presents for building occupants. We’ll then discuss how the building codes have evolved to address this hazard. Finally, we’ll review the various applications that have been developed in the market to meet these code requirements and protect building occupants from the hazards of smoke migration. Smoke Guard Smoke Containment Systems

Presenter:
John Collins, MBA

Providence Managing Condensation and Thermal Performance with Continuous Insulation
1HSW
Building codes and green building standards are continuing to raise the bar on energy efficiency and high performance in buildings. In wood-framed buildings, designing for thermal and moisture management in wall cavities, as well as the air tightness of the building enclosure, are all core components to creating advanced building enclosures. This presentation will discuss the need for exterior insulation to manage heat transfer and reduce condensation in exterior walls by providing step-by-step examples of how to determine the amount of continuous insulation required to meet prescriptive code requirements depending on climate zone. Rings End/Huber

Presenter:
Will Contento

Montpelier Getting Both the WOW Factor and the Efficiency: Energy Modeling to Improve Building Design
1HSW
Pursuing low energy usage does not need to cramp the designer’s style as some suggest in building design. A means to compensate for less than desirable energy performance characteristics of special architectural features and elements is required. What methods and tools are available to help optimize other elements that will mitigate elements that have poorer energy performance? A demo/case study will be presented to show ways how simple, early design, energy modeling can provide important feedback on cost effectiveness that will provide freedom to explore more creative architectural solutions and stay in budget for construction and operating costs. Additionally, Eversource CT’s incentive offerings for energy efficiency will be covered. Eversource

Presenters:
Vamshi Gooje, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, CEM, Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti

Hartford Your Exterior Envelope
1HSW
This session will help you design an exterior envelope that is durable and healthy for the home. Learn how biological agents affect wood; the effects physical deterioration has on wood products; proper installation practices and mistakes to avoid; and how to evaluate different methods for increasing the durability of your wood product. Windsor One

Presenter:
Antoinette Birknes

Concord Universal Design in a New Normal
1HSW
Universal Design is not a new concept; however, it is time for a paradigm shift. This course prompts the question – should I be offering Universal Design solutions to all of my clients regardless of age or ability? This material provides compelling reasons for recommending Universal Design beyond the status quo. No longer limited to ADA product and an institutional look, you are empowered to exceed expectations with this new worldview. Kohler

Presenter:
Heidi Petruccelli

Board Single-Ply Roofing Technology
1HSW
This one-hour session will included topics ranging from industry issues, such as enhanced roofing system design options to trends within the market including ANSI/SPRI ES-1 for metal edging, ASCE 7, and the International Building Code, as well as roof system warranties. This presentation will focus on the role single-ply membrane plays in today’s roofing market and its impact on tomorrow’s roof system performance. Beacon Sales

Presenter:
Gary Thompson

Afternoon Program: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Room
Title
Description
Company
Montpelier Understanding Polished Concrete
1HSW
A program on polished concrete floors, covering its basics, benefits, and installation and maintenance issues. Heavy Duty Floors

Presenter:
TBD

Augusta CANCELLED Course has been cancelled due to presenter unavailability. Garland Company

 

Providence Whole House Ventilation: Healthy, Comfortable, and Energy Efficient Indoor Solutions
1HSW
This program will facilitate participants understanding of the advantages and weaknesses of supply-only, exhaust-only, and balanced ventilation systems. Participants will learn how heat recovery ventilation enables a comfortable and healthy environment, understand HRV/ERV’s role in building an energy efficient home, and learn how to evaluate and choose the most effective HRV/ERV system. Zehnder America

Presenter:
John Rockwell

Boston Natural Stone 101: Everything You Need to Know About Designing with the Oldest Building Material
1HSW
This session is designed for construction industry professionals desiring to gain a full understanding of natural stone as a building material. Learn more about the various natural stones (limestone, travertine, onyx, marble, serpentine, sandstone, slate, quartzite, and granite). Obtain information
about common quarrying techniques, fabrication, and finishing methods. With this understanding, you’ll enhance your ability to select the right stone, fabrication technique, and finish for your project.
CT Stone

Presenter:
Tyra Dellacroce

Hartford The Next Generation Bathroom
1HSW
Leaks and mold continue to pose serious problems for the construction industry. This seminar will compare traditional waterproofing systems with modern waterproofing technology to show how tiled showers have evolved. The fundamentals of both approaches, including proper design, execution, and function will be presented, with close attention paid to common errors. The benefits of bonded waterproofing technology and how it has improved tiled showers will be stressed. Schluter Systems

Presenter:
Joe McGovern

Board Architectural Verticle Opening Solutions
1HSW
This program goes beyond the basics of operable partitions addressing layout, operating clearances, panel construction, and acoustical elements. The intent of this program is to address how these elements work together and impact the environment in terms of health, safety, and welfare. Modernfold

Presenter:
Bob Goulet

Concord Hitting the Target: Creating Better Buildings Through Whole Building Energy Performance Modeling
1HSW
The session will cover the fundamental concepts of whole building energy simulation and the various applications of energy modeling including design optimization, demonstrating compliance with the energy code, LEED, Enterprise Green Communities, EPA Energy Star for Multifamily Highrise and incentive program participation. The session will also discuss how to properly interpret the energy modeling results and highlight the differences between various modeling protocols including ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and passive house. In conclusion, the session will summarize the financial incentives and financing for high-performance buildings that can be unlocked by completing a model and hitting a performance target. CT Green Bank

Presenter:
Maria Karpman CEM, BEMP, LEED AP