Event Virtual CRAN Tour

May 7, 2020 - 11:30am

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photo courtesy of Risinger Build

About the Tour
Join the CRAN Committee on this virtual tour as Matt Risinger of Risinger Build and architect Kit Johnson, AIA give you a behind the scenes tour and insight into the design and build of Matt’s family home!
What started out as a remodel has ended up being a new build for which Matt is pursuing a Passive House rating. Lots of good Building Science to learn here! It’s framed with all engineered lumber, has a beautiful open attic, and has tons of great exterior foam details following the Perfect Wall method.
After a tour via video through the home and presentation, Matt and Kit will conduct 30 minutes of Q&A. We hope you will join us!  

About the Presenters
Matt Risinger with Risinger Build has been building in Austin for 15 years, has built 13 homes featured on the AIA Austin Homes Tour, and has over 600k subscribers to his Build Show on YouTube.
Christopher “Kit” Johnson, AIA has been practicing architecture for 30 years, served for five years as City Architect for the City of Austin, and two years as Associate Vice President of Master Planning & Construction at St.Edward's University before forming his own firm in early 2019.

About the Presentation
Perfect Wall Construction - A field study
The founder of Building Science Corp, Joe Lstiburek, introduced us to the concept of the "perfect wall." It is a system where the majority of the thermal insulation lives outboard of the wall sheathing, emphasizing continuity of air, water, vapor, and thermal control layers from foundation to ridge. This project examines these principles in a single family residence, looking to merge high performance construction with passive house standards. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the Perfect Wall concept, with walls as an environmental separator controlling rain, air, vapor and heat, and the impact of these characteristics on building sustainability and occupant comfort and safety.
  2. Recognize continuity of control layer detailing: a rain control layer, an air control layer, a vapor control layer, and a thermal control layer and their impact on the occupant experience.
  3. Explain the relationship between indoor air quality and building envelope performance.
  4. Specify the impact of Exterior Insulation Detailing on expansion, contraction, corrosion, decay, ultra violet radiation, and other negative consequences of temperature and its impact on building resilience.

1 LU/HSW credit


This month's CRAN tour will take place virtually via Zoom so you can still enjoy a specialized tour of fantastic residential architecture from a safe distance!
If you're new to Zoom, please visit this page to learn how to get started.

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) is a resource for those that practice residential architecture. Montly meetings usually consist of a project tour, continuing education, and lunch. Our meetings and events are open to everyone, and we invite you to become more involved with CRAN.

2020 Chair: Maggie Wylie, AIA
2020 Chair-Elect: Mari Russ

Meeting: 1st Thursday of each month at 11:30am