Historical Perspectives on Enclosures
Larry Speck, FAIA

This session will examine some time-honored principles and practices regarding the design of building enclosures as well as options that often seem to disappear and re-appear in the guise of advancement. What are we not learning? What can we learn from the past that will carry us forward?

We will examine several enduring truths regarding designing enclosure that have been pervasive through history and will examine how different eras have dealt with them to their benefit or disadvantage.

Larry Speck is well known equally for his diverse portfolio of award-winning architecture and his distinguished career as an inspiring educator. As a prolific author and influential critic, Larry also has contributed significantly to the development of ideas that have broadened the general public’s understanding of the impact that buildings have on their communities and the way they live, work and play.

His all-consuming passion for thoughtful design is best described by Larry himself: “Although it may sound clichéd, I live, eat and breathe architecture. I deeply love the process of design and have had opportunities to lead significant projects including the Austin Convention Center, the architecture of Discovery Green Park in Houston and the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. My teaching and writing are aimed at educating people on the importance of great architecture in contemporary American culture.”

Larry’s work has been profiled in popular publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Texas Monthly; in American architectural publications such as Architectural Record, Architecture, Architectural Digest, Architect, and Progressive Architecture; and in international architectural journals such as The Architectural Review (England), OFX (Italy), Design Community (China), Baumeister (Germany), Projeto (Brazil), Ottagano (Italy), Nikkei Construction (Japan) and Architectural Design (England).

From 1992 to 2001 Larry served as Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1975. More recently, he has been a potent agent for change within the larger University of Texas community, which includes helping the university design its future.

He also has served on advisory boards for architectural schools at M.I.T., the University of Michigan, Tulane University, LSU, Cranbrook and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

Larry has received most of the major teaching awards given university-wide at the University of Texas, including the President's Award, Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, Chancellor’s Council Teaching Award, the Friar’s Centennial Teaching Fellowship, the William Blunk Professorship, the Amoco Award and membership in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. In 2015, he was one of four professors in the entire university system to be inducted in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.  

In 2011 he was recognized with the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the highest honor given to an architectural educator from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). The medal honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to architectural education for a decade or more.

Concurrent with his career as an educator, Larry’s practice flourished as he completed complex urban projects, often in joint ventures with Page. In 1999 Larry joined Page, then known as PageSoutherlandPage, as a principal. He has had a significant influence on the architects at every Page office through his collaborative work with multiple teams on numerous projects. In fact, Larry’s design work has won more than 30 national awards, over 20 state or regional awards and nearly 70 local awards.

Larry is also the author or co-author of three books, Landmarks of Texas Architecture (1986) Technology, Sustainability and Cultural Identity (2007) and The University of Texas: A Campus Guide (2012). In addition, he has edited or co-edited four publications, has contributed chapters in eleven books by others and has written over 50 articles for professional journals, including Architecture, Urban Land, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, and Architecture Australia.

Larry is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects and served as chair of the jury to select AIA Fellows in 2005. He has also served on the Architectural Advisory Board for the U.S. State Department Overseas Building Operations, as a National Peer Reviewer for the U. S. General Services Administration Design Excellence Program and on the boards of national environmental groups such as Greenguard Environmental Institute and Air Quality Sciences.

After growing up in a small town on the Gulf Coast of Texas, Larry studied at M.I.T. and earned two undergraduate degrees, one in Art and Design from the School of Architecture and one in Management from the Sloan School, and a Master of Architecture.

A Building Scientist’s Perspective on the Building Enclosure
Dr. John Straube, Keynote

Project teams use their understanding of the enclosure to deliver good buildings to their clients. Key decisions need to be made on solid facts about the functioning of the enclosure and mechanical systems in relation to the climate, Codes, and physical laws relating to heat, air and moisture flows across the enclosure. With the increasing use of building automation and grid connected sensors monitored in real time, building performance outcomes are increasingly measured and known.  Conflicting with this reality is the fact that our mainstream understanding of building science is based on layers of simplifying assumptions. Given this, what widely held beliefs should we be challenging in this new era?

  • Should we trust reported R-values?
  • How can increasing ventilation rates decrease indoor air quality?
  • What common practices ruin the thermal performance of continuous insulation?
  • Is the thermostat the right tool to control indoor comfort?
  • Do pressure equalized assemblies make walls leak worse? 
  • Can high solar heat gain window make sense in hot climates?
  • Do air conditioners control humidity?

Learn these answers and more while you deepen your knowledge and enjoy the wit and wisdom from the man who literally wrote the book on High Performance Enclosures*. He will answer your questions, leave you smarter, and let you enjoy his funny Canadian accent!

* https://buildingscience.com/bookstore/books/high-performance-enclosures

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Straube is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo where he teaches courses in structural design, material science, and building science to both disciplines. Energy-efficient, healthy, durable and sustainable building designs are a general goal of his research that is often supported by advanced computer simulation and full-scale natural exposure performance monitoring.

He has broad experience in the building industry, having been involved in the design, construction, repair and restoration of buildings in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Considered an international expert in moisture- related building problems, his building science expertise has been applied to moldy roofs, failed masonry, leaky EIFS, insulating Mongolian yurts, wet basements, rotting crawlspaces and attics, historically sensitive retrofits, and litigation support for buildings as diverse as commercial office towers, manufactured housing, and sustainable straw bale homes.

Dr. Straube has provided consulting services to many major building product manufacturers, government agencies, and a range of design professionals and building owners. He is on the leading edge of understanding moisture and energy-related building performance as well as the measurement, modeling, and testing procedures of buildings and their components.

Dr. Straube is a Principal of RDH Building Science Inc. and has over 20 years’ experience as a building scientist and engineer.

Think About This
Two-Guys on Your Head
1 LU

We evaluate, design, and construct environments that consist of complex building materials and systems, but are our thought processes inhibiting or enhancing our ability to make wise decisions? Do we have sufficient knowledge in how the environments we create affect the occupants and users of those environments? Understanding how we process information may assist us in deciding whether we continue delivering buildings the way we have always done it or do we join the voices that advocate for change.  In this session, Dr. Bob Duke and Dr. Art Markman, along with Rebecca McInroy, will give us insights into understanding how our brains work so that we may better manage our daily decision making and better manage changes in our industry.

Speaker Bios:
Dr. Bob Duke
Robert Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director of the Center for Music Learning. He is also directs the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. The most recent recipient of UT's Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship, Dr. Duke has directed national research efforts under the sponsorship of such organizations as the National Piano Foundation and the International Suzuki Institute. His research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, including motor skill learning, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. His most recent work explores procedural memory consolidation, the cognitive processes engaged during musical improvisation, and the allocation of visual gaze in teaching and learning. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is the author of Scribe behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction and The Habits of Musicianship, which he co-authored with Jim Byo of Louisiana State University. He is a co-host, with Art Markman and Rebecca McInroy, of the public radio program Two Guys on Your Head, produced by KUT radio in Austin.

Dr. Art Markman
Art Markman, Ph.D., is Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. He got his Sc.B. in Cognitive Science from Brown and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois. He has published over 150 scholarly works on topics in higher-level thinking including the effects of motivation on learning and performance, analogical reasoning, categorization, decision making, and creativity. Art serves as the director of the program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations at the University of Texas.  He spent 9 years as executive editor of the journal Cognitive Science and currently serves as a member of the editorial board of Cognitive Psychology.  Art is also co-host of the NPR radio show Two Guys on Your Head produced by KUT Radio in Austin.

Moderated By Rebecca McInroy
Rebecca McInroy is a host, show creator, and senior producer, who produces a wide range of content for KUT, KUTX and KUT.ORG. Rebecca believes it is important that Public Radio directly connects with the community it serves. Many of her programs combine the talent, and knowledge of the Austin community, with the production arm of KUT/X Radio to produce content that bridges the gaps that lie between the world of news and entertainment.

Rebecca is the co-creator, host, and executive producer for Views and Brews, a discussion program taped live at the Cactus Cafe on the UT Campus.  With this show KUT invites the community in to explore a wide range of subjects and ideas. We’ve talked about Jazz and the Spiritual Journey through the music of John Coltrane, The History of Defiance, Time, Memory, Food Politics, and much more. Our goal is to engage with the community to share thoughts, inspire new perspectives, and develop compelling content all while involving Austin in the discussion.

She is the co-creator, and executive producer for: Two Guys on Your Head, with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke; Liner Notes, with Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe; and The Write Up with Owen Egerton.

She is also the co-creator, host, and executive producer for In Perspective, a round-table discussion program, produced in collaboration with The Humanities Media Project, that works to illuminate the importance of humanities research in a broader context.

Rebecca is currently in pre-production on The Secret Ingredient with Tom Philpott and Raj Patel that will focus on the history of food systems, and food politics. This show is set to launch in September of 2015.

Best Practices for Enclosure Design from the Perspective of Hygrothermal (heat &moisture) Analysis
Dr. Achilles Karagiozis
1.5 LU/HSW

Clients and owners are demanding building with enclosures that align with outcomes of high thermal comfort, reduced energy costs and increased durability. To achieve these goals, project teams must appreciate the importance of heat and moisture flow on the assemblies they design. With modern materials and increased expectations in the marketplace, avoiding thermal bridging and tightening air barriers is only part of the answer. This seminar will provide both an introduction to hygrothermal analysis and its application to real world assemblies.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Karagiozis is Director, Building Science at Owens Corning. He is responsible for leading, shaping, driving, educating and training others in energy efficiency and green building science at Owens Corning. His activities involve feeding Owens Corning’s innovation pipeline with customer-inspired and building science-informed solutions.

Previously, Dr. Karagiozis was a distinguished research and development engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He was in charge of research performed at ORNL in heat, air and moisture performance of buildings.

Dr. Karagiozis is one of the leading building scientists in North America. He has been performing building science research for the past 20 years, trained more than 1000 professionals in moisture design, and championed and assisted in the development of innovative material systems and concepts. Research activities have been concentrated in energy efficiency, healthy, durable and sustainable building designs, housing integration issues, wireless route sensing, whole building performance applications, heating, ventilating and air conditioning of buildings and hygrothermal performance of envelopes.

Dr. Karagiozis is still involved in the WUFI-ORNL development team, working closely with ORNL and Fraunhofer Institute. He was the U.S. representative for IEA Annex 55 on Retrofit Analysis in Buildings, and is involved in a number of ASTM E06 technical committees and ASHRAE TC 4.4, and SPC 160. He has also developed three or four of the world's most advanced hygrothermal models worldwide (WUFI, MOISTUREEXPERT, LATENITE family). As an expert in the area of Moisture Engineering, he has solved many hygrothermal designs and retrofit challenges, and has developed multiple design guidelines for various envelope systems. Dr. Karagiozis is the author of more than 120 technical papers and reports related to moisture.

Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) Panel

BECx has come on strong in recent years as a means to achieve a high performance building enclosure and even earn additional LEED points.  However, much confusion and debate exists within the industry regarding how BECx is defined, how it is achieved, and who is qualified to perform it.  This panel of BECx national leaders will provide an overview of key concerns, where BECx is heading in the future and answer audience questions.

Speaker Bios:

Michael Clippinger
Michael is the National Director of Quality at JE Dunn and has been in this role with the company since 2006.  As Director of Quality, he is involved in establishing policies and procedures to uphold JE Dunn's commitment to a specialized quality program. Michael was foundational in the development of JE Dunn's onsite quality/safety observation program that became a cultural shift in monitoring safety and quality metrics.  He also works as a liaison with Risk Management in support of claims investigations and resolution.

"One of the biggest changes we have been able to make is the message that quality begins much earlier than most people think. Continuously working toward a preventive culture provides the greatest rewards," said Michael.

Prior to JE Dunn, Michael spent 18 years with A/E firms in central Ohio and 7 years in the Navy Seabees.  He holds a Master of Science in Quality Assurance and is a senior member of the American Society of Quality (ASQ).  He and his wife, Christine, serve as marriage mentors for pre-marital couples through their church and is an avid wine-maker.

Rob Kistler, AIA
Rob is the founding Principal of The Facade Group, LLC and is responsible for the direction and operations of the firm.  He has over 30 years of experience as an architect and consultant with over 15 years as a contractor.  Rob’s unique combination of hands-on knowledge and architectural expertise allows him to assist clients in obtaining their design goals while ensuring a functional enclosure.

Rob has extensive experience with curtain wall systems.  His expertise includes glass, stone and terra-cotta applications.  His portfolio is diverse—ranging from commercial towers such as the Washington Mutual Center in Seattle and Plaza 66 in Shanghai to public buildings such as the Mark O. Hateld U.S. Courthouse, the Seattle Art Museum and the San Francisco Airport, Terminal 2 renovation.

Rob’s education includes a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon. Rob is an industry leader and is active in the building community.  Rob established the Portland BEC chapter—acting as chair from 2006-2010.  He helped to establish BEC National and served as co-chair from 2007-2010.  He served as Chair of BETEC (Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council) until 2013.  Rob chaired the NIBS Committee charged with updating Guideline 3, 2012, The Building Enclosure Commissioning Process.  He is the first and only enclosure consultant to be honored as a GSA Design Excellence Peer Reviewer.

Fiona Aldous
Ms. Aldous holds a post-graduate Master’s Degree in Architecture from Ball State University and professional Bachelor of Architecture from Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.  For the past fifteen years, Fiona has been employed by Wiss Janney Elstner and currently holds the title of Principal.  Fiona is an accredited Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP), and Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure (CxA+BE).

Fiona has an extensive, hands-on “know-how” of building enclosures and the commissioning (BECx) process, in addition to co-authoring the BECx industry’s founding Guideline, presenting, authoring papers and teaching on the subject. Fiona’s experience includes numerous technical/comprehensive commissioning projects.  As a complement to new construction projects, she frequently conducts forensic investigations and has performed repairs on many existing buildings.

Dr. John Straube
See above for bio.
moderated by Keith Simon, AIA and Kristof Irwin, PE