May 5, 2021 - 12:00pm

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It is not uncommon to find cultural or educational institutions faced with the challenge of housing valuable collections in legacy buildings that were not designed to maintain the environmental conditions that are critical for long-term collection conservation. This presentation will provide an overview of typical challenges, analytical tools that can be utilized by an integrated design team to identify optimal solutions, and case studies to illustrate how these challenges were met on significant buildings and collections.
Teresa Rainey, PE, LEED Fellow – Director of Engineering, EYP
Matthew Chalifoux, FAIA – Senior Historic Preservation Architect, EYP

  1. Participants will learn about how the design of building envelopes have changed and the challenges of working with existing buildings of different ages.
  2. Participants will explore the environmental requirements of collection conservation and how specific requirements can impact the design of building systems.
  3. Participants will learn about various analytical tools that can be utilized in understanding the performance characteristics of building envelopes and systems and how this knowledge can influence design.
  4. Through a series of case studies, the participants will learn how the unique requirements of buildings and program can be successfully addressed.


While we are still practicing social distancing due to the pandemic, all meetings will be virtual, conducted via Zoom. To receive reminders, please sign up for the BEC Committee mailings in the footer of our website.

BEC: Austin is an interdisciplinary organization that promotes the exchange of information on building enclosures and related science specific to the climate of Central Texas.

Interdisciplinary:  architects, engineers, contractors, building owners, consultants, facility managers, code officials, educators, manufacturers, and those with a stake in building enclosure performance

Exchange of information:  discussion, training, education, outreach, and awareness

Building enclosures and related science:  energy-efficiency, moisture control, indoor air quality, longevity, and durability

BEC: Austin typically meets the first Wednesday of each month from 12-1pm.
2021 BEC: Austin Committee
Chair: Andrea Hellerman, AIA
Chair-Elect: George Wilcox, AIA
AIA Austin staff liaison: Julia Brown