AIA+2030: Skins - The Importance of the Thermal Envelope

Session 4

Presented by AIA Dallas COTE | Developed by AIA Seattle in partnership with Architecture 2030
May 12, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Credit: 40 LU / HSW (4 each / session)
Dallas Center for Architecture Map It
1909 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75201

Brought to you by: AIA+2030

This class is part of AIA+2030, a ten-session Professional Series to help design professionals create buildings that meet the energy efficiency goals of the 2030 Challenge. Learn more and Register for the series.

Session Overview:

A building’s skin is a critical interface between occupant comfort and the variations of season and climate. A high performance building requires a high performance envelope, tuned to the site conditions that can control for unwanted heat gain and loss. This session explores the design and technology approaches to wall and window assemblies, from low cost methods to minimize thermal bridging to advanced double skinned wall approaches, as well as addressing the need to address moisture issues in concert with insulation approaches.

Learning Objectives:
State the critical elements of thermal envelope responsible for building energy expenditure.
Specify strategies for minimizing thermal bridging.
Defend the use of added design, materials, and construction investment related to a high performance thermal envelope in order to reap building operational savings. 

Speakers Include:

Jeff LaRue serves as director of construction services quality management. He directs HKS’s project delivery methodology, in-house technical education, specification development and construction detail development analysis. Jeff is responsible for monitoring industry trends relating to new construction products and methods. He has been involved in design, research, code analysis, environmental study, production and architectural detailing for more than 35 years. This broad range of experience enables him to approach architectural problems of any scale with knowledge of the interaction of all aspects of the profession.

Richard Ellison is a professional engineer and LEED accredited professional in building design and construction through the US Green Building Council. Through ASHRAE, he is certified in distributed generation, building energy modeling, and high-performance building design.  His accreditations from the AEE include being a certified energy manager, building energy simulation analyst, business energy professional, demand side manager, and energy auditor, as well as measurement and verification professional in conjunction with the Efficiency Valuation Organization. Richard has presented on energy modeling for both the ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference in Atlanta and the AEE World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, DC.  In 2002, he was awarded the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management for his work on the Fort Detrick project which also won the 2002 Federal Energy and Water Management Award from the Federal Energy Management Program.  Currently, Richard helps lead energy efforts at Southland Industries for new construction project development teams in a variety of building types, such as hospitals, offices, data centers, aircraft hangars, educational faculties, and data centers.  He serves as a companywide resource for energy designs and projects from coast to coast. 

Chris Skoug, PE, CEM is a professional engineer with expertise in HVAC system, central heating and cooling plant, and building automation system design. As an associate principal engineer at Southland Industries, Chris is responsible for planning and designing mechanical systems for facilities in a variety of markets and industries, including commercial, healthcare, federal, biopharmaceutical, and industrial. His vast knowledge of efficient design encompasses capabilities such as energy modeling and evaluating energy conservation measures, building heating and cooling load analyses, and proper equipment selection, automatic temperature control system design and preparation of complete drawings and specifications for all mechanical work. Each of the mechanical system designs Chris creates results in a balance between energy efficiency and cost. Specializing in design-build delivery, he has worked on noteworthy projects such as Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas.  Through the Association of Energy Engineers, Chris is a certified energy manager and remains an active member of the organization. As an industry expert, he has also helped author articles related to his work and is involved in ASHRAE.

Mickey Parker joined Pie Consulting and Engineering in 2012 as the Texas Regional Manager, Senior Structural Engineer, and Building Science Consultant.  Mickey provides consulting services related to building enclosure systems for a variety of clients in both the private and government sectors.  He is responsible for design development assistance, plan/specification peer review, and quality assurance field observations related to water management systems, as well as air and vapor barriers.  Mickey is also involved in field performance testing and diagnostic evaluations of fenestrations, curtain walls, claddings and whole building air barrier testing.  Mickey regularly provides educational seminars to improve the understanding of building enclosure commissioning within the design and construction industry.