CACX’21 CE Sessions


October 18th Agenda:
Registration Opens                      7:30 AM
CACX'21 Welcome & Breakfast   8:15 AM
Connect with Exhibitors                9:00 AM
CE Sessions                                 9:30 AM
CE Sessions                                 10:45 AM
Connect with Exhibitors                11:45 AM
Annual Luncheon Meeting            12:30 PM
Connect with Exhibitors
& Exhibitor Sessions                     1:45 PM
CE Sessions                                 3:00 PM
CE Sessions                                 4:15PM
Casino 101 &
Networking Reception                   5:15 PM

October 19th Agenda
Registration Opens          7:30 AM
Keynote Breakfast           8:00 AM
Connect with Exhibitors
& Exhibitor Sessions        9:30 AM
CE Sessions                    10:30 AM

October 18th

9:30am - 10:30am Sessions

Digital Twins … the What’s, Why’s and How’s of Documenting The Built Environment with
Purpose and a Plan!

Presenter: Brendan Malloy

The “greenest building is…..the one that is already built.”   And building sector statistics are compelling.  Since World War II, the United States has accumulated so may buildings that economic projections estimate that over the next 30-years, more than twice as many buildings will be renovated, remodeled or repurposed than newly constructed.  In other words, in the near future, most architects will spend substantially more time re-imagining existing buildings than designing new ones.  Therefore, existing buildings present both tremendous opportunities and enormous challenges for today's architects.  And in this session, we hope to lend our knowledge and experience to make one of those challenges, documenting the built environment [or existing conditions documentation], a bit less challenging.

Successful Daylighting for Wellness and Sustainable Design

Presenters: Robert Goulet; Scott Gineo

Expand your awareness of the advantages of daylighting using tubular daylighting devices (TDDs) that contribute to wellness and
sustainable design. Through this course you will learn the importance of natural light to humans, the role TDDs can play, and resources available
for achieving sustainable design goals. The first component of this presentation takes you through the benefits of introducing natural light into building design. This leads into an overview of design goals toward energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.  You’ll be introduced to the ratings/standards for LEED, WELL Building Standard, and the Living Building Challenge. Case studies are also provided as examples of the utilization of TDDs and their direct benefits.

Peeling Back the Layers of a Residential Wall:  Introducing High-Performance Products into Traditionally Framed Wall Assemblies

Presenter: Bryant Coogan

This program will help you understand today's building requirements of residential wall assemblies while being mindful of desired performance and budget.

Projects for Change: Case Studies on Equity, Healing, and Community Design

Presenters: Marissa Mead, AIA; Paolo Campos, AIA; Patrick McKenna

This session focuses on the impacts of community-focused designs for a more equitable and resilient future.  The program will highlight recently completed projects from across Connecticut - the New Haven Botanical Garden of Healing, Slate School, and the Swift Factory.

The Top 10 Ways to Reduce Concrete’s Carbon Footprint

Presenter: Douglas O'Neill

Concrete is the building block of modern society and the most widely used building material. Nearly every structure built today, including buildings, bridges, homes, and infrastructure uses concrete in some way. It provides us with shelter along with places to work, learn and play. It connects us through roads and rapid transit and airports. Water is delivered and treated in concrete structures. Concrete is economical, available everywhere, durable, and versatile. As demand for building construction continues to increase, it is likely the demand for concrete will also increase. Like all building products, however, concrete has a carbon footprint. This course will analyze the top ten strategies to take advantage of concrete’s benefits while ensuring the lowest possible carbon footprint.  1 LU/HSW 

Achieving Green Building Standards with Sustainable Metal Coating Systems

Presenter: Susan Borne

The program will provide an overview of coil and extrusion coating types and application methods. Specific topics addressed include: how to achieve green building standards through design and the implementation of the LBC, LEED and Independent Design Declaration programs; a review of factory-applied coil and extrusion coating types and coating application methods; how solar-reflective metal coatings improve energy efficiency and help mitigate the urban heat island effect; and the differences between LBC, LEED v4.1 and Independent Design Declaration programs with regard to metal coatings.

10:45am - 11:45am Sessions

Engineering a Better Technology and Cybersecurity Future for Your Business

Presenters: Sean Williams; Kevin Ricci

Join Citrin Cooperman’s Sean Williams and Kevin Ricci, as they share their cybersecurity expertise to help you make appropriate and effective cybersecurity and technology decisions for your organization. This discussion will provide an intuitive overview of the risks to your business when strategic technology and cybersecurity plans are not proactively established and correctly implemented. By sharing their best practices, Sean and Kevin will help streamline the planning process to help minimize your technology missteps and cyber risk pitfalls so that your business can continue to run smoothly and securely.

A Utility New Construction Energy Efficiency Program that Targets Zero Energy

Presenter: Jillian Winterkorn

There is a salient need for utility new construction energy efficiency programs to help advance commercial zero-energy building design. To meet the goals set in the Paris Agreement, the building sector needs to improve the average building energy intensity by 30% by 2030, meaning near zero-energy buildings need to become the standard over the next decade. The global building sector currently accounts for 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and in the next 40 years this stock will double. Northeast utility programs are demonstrating innovative approaches that can help new construction programs promote zero-energy designs. Eversource, along with other major energy efficiency providers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire  are working with their commercial and industrial (C&I) customers to integrate zero energy and low energy use intensity (EUI) targets into new construction projects. Their Zero Net Energy (ZNE) & EUI Reduction program (Program) focuses on building energy use outcomes rather than on predicted savings. The Program offers the services of zero energy experts to help project teams build strategies that will lead to zero net energy and low EUI outcomes,  as well as assists with target setting, supports whole-building energy modeling (BEM) at the feasibility phase and offers incentives for customers to incorporate energy reduction strategies through post occupancy so targets are achieved. This presentation will discuss the Program’s mechanisms in support of creating a deep energy savings and ZNE focused platform that promotes zero-energy concepts and market transformation with post occupancy data feedback loops.

Hew 301 Code Recognized Magnesium Oxide (MgO) Panels Applications for Acoustic and Fire Systems

Presenter: Scott Johnson

Acoustical control and fire resistance are two primary code requirements for commercial buildings.  An emerging product solution that is proving successful is Magnesium Oxide (MgO) panels for wall and floor/ceiling assemblies.  This course investigates specifically MgO wall and floor/ceiling applications in Type III and V construction.  In this course, you will investigate the design and construction process for MgO panels in code recognized assemblies.  The course begins with a description of the material and its properties, and its code compliance characteristics related to acoustical performance and fire resistance.  Installation procedures discussed and comparisons made to alternative systems such as wet-laid gypsum underlayment.

Architectural Photography: Mindsets and Strategies

Presenter: George Fellner, AIA

This program covers the essentials of architectural photography with regard to concepts, goals, mindsets and strategies. Architectural form, elements, scale, building/site contextual relationships, and human aspects are explored for both exterior and interior images. Many of the case studies/examples illustrate the architecture of Connecticut and the New England region. Regarding technical aspects, there is a review of camera types, exposure criteria and settings, lighting, composition, and perspective. George Fellner provides his unique insights, inspiring architects who are interested in photographing their projects for presentation and marketing purposes, or for generally photographing architectural themes. Architectural photography is a means for celebrating the rich diversity inherent in the built environment.

The Coming Evolution of Design: Creativity Hangs in the Balance

Presenters: Angela Cahill, AIA; Olga Fernandez

What we see in our minds can then be manifested in reality. Architects traditionally use paper construction documents to depict and model to their clients and builders what they envision in their creative mind’s eye. Ever evolving AI, big tech, and robotics will continually contribute to and influence that process. Change is certain, but to what degree is unclear, exciting, and at the same time, unsettling. Will technology learn and begin to flaunt traits of critical problem solving? If so, how might it reconfigure the creative process, and shift its hierarchy and roles and contributions of those involved? In whose hands might the domain of creative control exist? Let’s explore what’s at stake for architects and their profession, and consider what will be required to evolve, remain relevant, and ensure we will not be replaced. Join AIACT’s current President Angela Cahill, alongside chief strategist Olga Fernandez as they open the door to a unique view of the origin of design as the ultimate creation, and the one fundamental element on which the future profession of architecture, and perhaps creativity itself, may rely.

Material Health in Practice

Presenter: Anthony Stark, AIA

Architects consider aesthetics, cost, and durability when selecting materials and should also consider the materials impact on human health.  We know lead, asbestos, mercury and other materials are now banned from building materials, but what other toxins still lurk in our building stock.   Making healthy material selection a part of the design process ensures a safer and better performing building for your clients.  Incorporating Material health selection into your firm culture leads to a healthier society for all.

3:00pm - 5:15pm Session (2-hour)

Listen Your Way to More Meaningful and Profitable Work

Presenter: Brent Robertson

Listening plays a dominant, though under-explored role in the AEC industry. Strategic partnerships, visionary projects, and reputation-changing work take more than carefully-worded contracts and specs. When things don’t go according to pre-conceived plans, and challenges inevitably enter the gray-zone beyond automatic action, listening is the discipline that points towards hidden opportunity. Listening is also the leverage point for engaging with clients and partners earlier in the cycle, and at a higher level—where the promises are made that are later reflected in strategies, projects and specs. Listening skills are consistently stated as one of the most important things a leader can have mastery of. However, most curriculum or training available on the topic deal with techniques that just scratch the surface of the incredible power of creative, generous, deep listening. What if you could listen something into existence? What if you could listen someone higher? What if you could change the condition of your organization or a relationship through just the act of listening? In this workshop, we will explore each of these possibilities, and help attendees realize the full potential of their leadership, by leveraging their listening in ways that encourage bold and visionary response to the day-to-day experience of work and life in the AEC industry, with the ability to apply these insights the minute they leave the workshop.

3:00pm - 4:00pm Sessions

42 Broad Street: High Rise Multi Family Passive Design

Presenters: Peter Elliott, AIA; Anthony Stark, AIA

Passive house certification can be difficult to achieve on single family homes, but we applied all our knowledge and research to a high-rise multifamily project. Completed in 2019 and PHIUS certified in 2020 52 North Broad St is passively design for energy efficiency at the center of a transit oriented community in Mt. Vernon, NY. We will share various design details regarding building envelope transitions at glazing parapets and foundations. These details were further impacted by construction issues and we will discuss the ultimate resolutions that led to PHIUS certification.

Battery Energy Storage Systems – Understanding the Code

Presenter: Steven Venditti, AIA

Battery energy storage systems are becoming more prominent as a way to harness the benefits of solar and wind renewable energy. These battery energy storage systems can be used for buildings as peak shaving and emergency power, for utilities to supply the power grid during high demand times, and for many other purposes. There are a number of battery technologies that exist, with Lithium-Ion being one of the most popular for these applications. While battery energy storage systems have many benefits, they do not come without risk. When not designed or implemented in compliance with the codes, there can be catastrophic consequences in the way of fire or explosions. As Connecticut adopts the 2022 Building and Fire Safety Codes based on the 2021 Editions of the International Code Council Documents, an entire chapter of the International Fire Code has been dedicated to “Energy Systems.” This presentation will review the requirements for energy storage systems and as well as discuss their basis. We will review the different types of containers, available battery technologies, required listings and testing for these systems (UL9540 and UL9540a), and many other requirements that are pertinent to your project and the implementation of an energy storage system.

Architecture Workshops: Engaging Students Interested in Exploring Careers in the AEC Industry

Presenters: Alex Hidalgo; Rebecca Spangler

Architecture Workshops is a free program that introduces high school students to the fields of architecture, design, and construction and strives to make the industry more accessible to a younger and more diverse population. The AEC industries create transformative experiences where people live, work, learn, and play and the Architecture Workshops program seeks to empower students to gain knowledge and experience in the AEC industries. The program also fosters connections between students and professional mentors to create a lasting support system.

Architects and construction managers host a series of construction site tours to expose diverse students to architecture, design, and construction in motion, and respond to questions in the field. Workshops also feature virtual classes where students learn what do architects do, graphic design in architecture, and practical skills of the trade such as tutorials in various industry software.The Workshops offer a compelling connection between industry professionals and students by delivering real world experience, opportunity, exposure, and interest in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.

This program will explore the Architecture Workshops and its impact on the community, its students, future goals, and how this model can be successfully implemented in other local communities.

What Every Architect Needs to Know about Proposal Coordination

Presenters: Cathy DeFrances-Vittorio; Marta Dabrowski

Responding to requests for proposal or qualifications takes time, coordination, and a close working relationship with the marketing coordinator assigned to complete a thorough submission. This session will uncover tips and tricks for a more cohesive working relationship between architect and coordinator and take a look at best practices to increase hit rates and decrease frustration.

4:15pm - 5:15pm Sessions

The Right Tools for the Job: Building a Toolbox for Integrated, Iterative Sustainable Design

Presenters: Misha Semenov, Mark Herter

The AIA’s 2030 Challenge deadline for achieving net-zero buildings is coming up fast. Is your firm equipped with the right tools for achieving high-performance buildings? Too often, environmental analysis takes a back seat in the design process because it is seen as disruptive, difficult, time consuming, and costly. In this session, Mark Herter and Misha Semenov of Centerbrook Architects and Planners will share how sustainable performance and cost evaluations can be easily and cost-effectively integrated into every step of the design process through the targeted use of analytical tools. Through a set of project-specific design case studies, Misha and Mark will demonstrate the ease of use of these tools, and the data and images they produce, as part of a BIM-based workflow. Finally, they will also introduce Centerbrook’s unique approach to sustainability, emphasizing connections to place and the creation of enduring, emotionally resonant buildings. Tools covered will include Cove Tool, Ladybug, Revit, Therm, Enscape, and 3M VAS.

The Business Human Case for DEI

Presenter: Yvonne Alston

We've all heard about the business case for DEI and the myriad benefits from the efforts. But advancing authentic, sustainable DEI must move beyond that. In this session Indelible Impressions will help participants better understand how they can design the workplace and employee experience of the future - one which centers and supports employees as humans first, and employees second. Moving beyond the transactional nature of employment to compassion, empathy and relationships which offer rich benefits and two ROIs.

Green Operations & Certifications: Leading the Post-COVID Response

Presenter: Blake Jackson

The built environment has the potential to impact student learning progress by an astonishing 25% - and the HVAC system is a key contributor. In this session, participants will travel through time to understand the evolution of school mechanical systems and their important role in fostering successful 21st Century learning environments. Sharing lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and innovative approaches drawn from the medical industry, we will reveal an exciting sneak peek into what’s next for school building systems, their technology, and the environments they support.

What if Your School's Mechanical Systems Could Improve Academic Achievement?

Presenters: Eric Gebrian; Derek Bride; Antonia Ciaverella

Third-party rating systems exist to promote efficiency and evidence-based approaches, and at no time in history has this been more necessary that today. With both a climate crisis unfolding and our civilization bouncing back from a global pandemic, health, safety, and welfare has never been more front and center on the public stage, and the built environment has never been more at a point at which it needed to, and was able to, confront these issues head on. In response to COVID-19, leading organizations like the USGBC, IWBI, and the Center for Active Design, leveraged their program offerings (LEED, WELL, and Fitwel) to promote strategies that building projects/facilities managers could leverage to respond to current and future pandemic crisis. This presentation will look at/compare each of these programs and discuss the implications for the built environment moving into the the future, as we emerge from this crisis and return to cities and civic life.

October 19th

King's Block Retrofit - A Zero Energy Ready, Resilient Renovation of a Historic Masonry Building

Presenter: Karin Patriquin

Owned and occupied by Patriquin Architects, the 1816 “King’s Block” building is the oldest remaining Federal-style commercial building in our southern Connecticut area and has great historic significance to its neighborhood. In order to extend the lifespan of the 200-year-old masonry building, minimize our energy impact, and improve our own interior environmental quality, we are pursuing a PHIUS-certified deep energy retrofit that will make the building “Zero Energy Ready”. The building is situated on the banks of the Quinnipiac River and as such, its foundations are within the flood plain. Key to adding overall resiliency to the building is to protect the structure from flooding. Photos to include design drawings, construction photos and finish phototography.

Sustainability Trends in Zoning

Presenter: Elizabeth Esposito

This talk provides an overview of how zoning codes incorporate sustainability and which trends to look out for in CT, providing local examples. The presentation also discusses ways developments can not only mitigate their impacts but also improve the area around the project

Green Heating

Presenter: John Ruhnke

A look at Renewable Energy, Solar, Heat Pumps, Combined Heat & Power, Geothermal and Energy Efficiency.

Special attention on huge fuel savings from replacing boiler room equipment in existing buildings. Savings documented of 33-76%. Average savings 49% replacing a atmospheric boiler with a mod/con and control strategy. Average savings of 68% when doing the same except converting from steam.

Surprising Resemblances: Fitting Architecture to Nature

Presenter: Randall Anway, AIA

In nature, form follows environment. To a degree, this happens for human constructions but for the last several centuries, architectural form has been mediated by technological invention - especially in WEIRD (Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic: see societies. This need not determine the destiny nor fate for the human species and our kin. In this session, we will explore our deep connections with nature and emerging pathways for architecture as a discipline to reclaim and reconnect with our terrestrial and evolutionary heritage.

Using Drones in Architecture - Safely, Legally and Effectively

Presenter: Carl Vernlund

Sixty minute live presentation covering the following topics, with still and video examples to illustrate and entertain. 1) Overview of FAA (UAV-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Drone regulations governing legal use for commercial work, certification testing and best drone education websites. 2) Use of drones as a data gathering tool to assist architects and landscape architects with site mapping, monitoring or documenting project progress. 3) Still images/videos for virtual tours and flyovers, emergency response, site documentation, beautiful, informative imagery for marketing, social media and award applications. See also learning objectives below. I plan to spend the required 75% of time on Health, Safety, Welfare, Legal, Building systems, Design.