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The Architect’s Newspaper shifts to online programming with Facades+: Design a High-Performance Facade

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The Architect’s Newspaper shifts to online programming with Facades+: Design a High-Performance Facade

The first panel of the conference, “Achieving COTE: Facade Design and Energy Modeling at the Amherst Science Center” included Payette principal and building science director Andrea Love, Payette senior associate Jeffrey Abramson, and Integral Group managing principal Bungane Mehlomakulu. The group dived into their collaboration for the Amherst Science Center.

On June 25, The Architect’s Newspaper officially launched Facades+ Online, the first digital version of our decades-old national conference series. The full-day event was split between a morning of keynotes and panels and concluded with a series of manufacturer-led workshops diving into the application possibilities and production complexities of sealants, glazing, and sintered stone.

COOKFOX Architects partner Pam Campbell kicked off the conference with her keynote address “Restorative Environmental Design: Facades and the Human-Nature Relationship.” The presentation focused on the firm’s body of work incorporating greenscaping and other natural elements within their facade and structural systems. Two panels followed the keynote; the first “Achieving COTE: Facade Design and Energy Modeling at the Amherst Science Center” included Payette principal and building science director Andrea Love, Payette senior associate Jeffrey Abramson, and Integral Group managing principal Bungane Mehlomakulu. The second, “Thermal Bridging: Detailing Problems and Their Solutions,” brought together Studio NYL founding principal Chris O’Hara and facade design director Will Babbington, and Sasaki associate principal and director of technical resources Bradford J. Prestbo. Each panel, an hour in length, incorporated a comprehensive presentation on the subject matter, a moderated discussion, and a robust audience Q & A.

Image of the online panel at Facades+ Online
“Thermal Bridging: Detailing Problems and Their Solutions” focused on issues stemming from thermal bridging and how to solve them. Panelists included Studio NYL founding principal Chris O’Hara, facade design director Will Babbington, and Sasaki associate principal and director of technical resources Bradford J. Prestbo.

Representatives from Tremco, Agnora, Cosentino, and Vitro Architectural Glass led hour-long workshops during the afternoon; ranging from “Poking Holes in Your Air Barrier System,” to “Understanding Low-E Coatings.”

AN will announce further themed online Facades+ conference as the summer progresses. Currently scheduled for July 30 is Facades+ Online: Enclosure Innovations in the Midwest, which is co-chaired by Populous and will feature speakers from BNIM, Dake | Wells Architecture, Gensler, Hufft, The Matter Factory, and Walter P Moore.