January 2021: Buildings Move, Buildings Leak

Tuesday January 12, 2020

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Virtual/Online Meeting


Members – FREE!

Non-Members – FREE!    

Come join us while Jonathan Porter, PE, Assoc. AIA presents on Buildings Move, Buildings Leak: Revisiting the Critical Link Between Engineering Mechanics and Enclosure Performance.

An enclosure that is appropriately responsive to its environmental loading conditions is one of the most fundamental measures of satisfactory performance for the built environment.  Some loads are directly experienced by enclosure components and materials themselves, while other loads are experienced because material deformations or deflections influence those components and materials.

While the relationship between structural movement and a structure’s usefulness to its intended purpose has been well understood throughout the history of design and construction, that understanding has not always translated well into satisfactory enclosure performance.

Drawing on experiences in post-construction forensic investigations, troubleshooting during construction, and efforts to influence design detailing, this presentation will discuss key factors in applying engineering mechanics for the benefit (or detriment) of enclosure performance.  Specific aspects to be shared will include the cross-party dynamics in design and construction that give rise to current challenges, case studies of failures as a result of insufficient consideration, and areas for improvement across the design and construction industry.

This presentation will be a Virtual Meeting. Meeting details will be sent out at a later date to all attendees who have registered for Event.

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