Event BEC: AUSTIN - Façade Access: Designing Buildings so the Windows Can Be Washed

September 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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AIA Austin
801 W 12th St
78701 Austin , TX


Façade Access: Designing Buildings so the Windows Can Be Washed

In this month's BEC meeting, Mr. David Nicastro, P.E., will explain the regulations that apply to owners and architects regarding access for window washing and maintenance; the safety and logistical challenges faced by maintenance personnel; and how to design buildings so that they can be cleaned and maintained safely during their service life.

As a result of this course, attendees will:
1) Understand the regulations that apply to owners and architects regarding building maintenance access.
2) Learn best practices for the design of roof anchors and other permanent building components used during maintenance.
3) Recognize the limitations of contractors rigging buildings that were not designed with maintenance in mind.
4) Be aware of the potential liability issues for architects.

About the presenter:
Mr. Nicastro founded Engineering Diagnostics, Inc. (EDI) in 1994, which grew to be an Inc. 500 firm by 2000. He founded Building Diagnostics, Inc. (BDI) in 2008. Currently, BDI and its affiliates have offices in Austin, Texas; Houston, Texas; and Kansas City, Missouri.
Mr. Nicastro is an expert in causation theory, with an emphasis on failure mechanisms of building materials and systems. He analyzes existing buildings and designs remedies.
To pursue original research, Mr. Nicastro created The Durability Lab, a testing center housed at The University of Texas at Austin. With faculty, students, and colleagues from BDI, he studies the durability of building components, identifying factors causing premature failure.


Please purchase tickets for CEU credit below
Members: $10
NonMembers: $20

RSVP without CEU credit

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.
2017 BEC: Austin Committee Chairs:
Kristof Irwin, PE
Amy Gelsone, AIA

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