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Synopsis:  This full day session covered the latest in building enclosure technology for building in the Pacific Northwest.  Presented by one of North America's leading building science research engineers, Graham Finch of ROH Building Sciences will provide an overview of emerging wall and roof assemblies that provide durable, cost effective and energy efficient performance.


Recent energy code changes will be reviewed including an opportunity to discuss solutions to meet these more stringent requirements.  Recent building science research and field monitoring information will be presented, demonstrating how insulation materials perform under different climatic conditions and how R-values change with time and season.


Strategies to construct highly insulated wall and roof assemblies and avoid thermal bridging will be presented, along with several case studies to illustrate how these emerging technologies have been utilized in new and existing buildings.

Graham Finch
Principal, Building Science Research Specialist, ROH
Graham has a passion for technology and for making better and more efficient buildings.  He leads ROH's building science research group and is actively involved in a wide range of projects from building research studies to forensic investigations, building monitoring, hygrothermal modeling, and new construction across North America.  Graham has authored several publications and practical industry guideline documents related to durable and energy efficient building enclosures.  In addition to ROH, Graham is a part-time instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he teaches building science courses at the Diploma and Master levels.


Building Enclosures for the Future - Building Tomorrow's Buildings Today

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Building Enclosure Design, Maintenance and Renewal Workshop

May 1, 2014

Hosted at: South Seattle Community College

Sponsored by: Modern Envelope and Roxul


The Workshop enabled over 40 attendees to learn about:

  • Changes to Washington State and Seattle Energy Codes that impact design strategies and whole building energy efficiency.
  • Design and selection requirements for wall and roof assemblies to ensure reliable long-term performance
  • Emerging design strategies for wall and roof insulation and how to apply these technologies to projects whole understanding the impact to energy use and life cycle costs of a building.

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