January 2022: What Contractors wish that Architects knew about Aluminum Framed Fenestrations


Register for January 2022: What Contractors wish that Architects knew about Aluminum Framed Fenestrations.

Registration closes Monday, January 10th at 11:59 pm.

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When Aluminum Window, Storefront, or Curtain wall systems are applied to punched openings or to ribbon configurations, the success of the assembly is as much dependent upon the convergence of materials and components at the rough opening interface as it is on the selection of the actual fenestration product. The same holds true when large expanses of glazing interface with opaque wall areas or soffits.
Neglecting careful consideration of these interfaces will quite often lead to disappointment on the part of the Designer, the Constructor, and the End User of the built environment. This presentation will discuss common challenges to delivering a satisfactorily constructed opening that occurs as a result of under-consideration during planning, design, and construction, and technical aspects that design professionals must be mindful of when specifying and detailing openings on their projects.
Drawing on recurring issues encountered on the contractor’s side, and case studies illustrating best practices for Contract Documents and Shop Drawings, this presentation will highlight characteristics of aluminum-framed openings that design professionals can leverage to ensure that the built systems will perform as expected and provide a satisfactory and serviceable function to the occupants of the interior space.

Learning objectives
1. Participants will see the interrelated factors that combine to determine both the thermal performance and the condensation risk of Aluminum Windows, Storefront, or Curtainwall at the rough opening interface
2. Participants will learn how to critically assess the path of moisture travel as it relates to water management in and around openings
3. Participants will gain a better understanding of the physical constraints of extruded frame geometries and how that will influence their relationship to the larger wall assembly
4. Participants will learn the significance of how, when, and why movement should be accommodated at the joint between the frame and rough opening

Jon Porter is a licensed Professional Engineer with 25 years of experience in the design and construction industries. Jon’s roles have been from a variety of perspectives, including design consultant, owner’s representative, forensic investigator, and general contractor. As the Director of Building Science at Kraus-Anderson, Jon focuses on building performance, particularly the exterior enclosure and interior finishes. In his primary role, he serves as a resource to project teams in the areas of constructability, building materials technology, means and methods, work flow and sequencing, and condition assessment to ensure that KA delivers a customer experience that exceeds client’s expectations.

Paul Whitenack is a licensed Architect and LEED Accredited Professional with 29 years of experience in the design and construction industries. After starting his career in traditional architectural design firms in Milwaukee and Minneapolis, Paul has increasingly specialized in building science and enclosure technology, with an emphasis on field investigation, forensics, and quality assurance. As the Manager of Building Science at Kraus-Anderson, Paul’s provides subject matter expertise as a project resource in the areas of historic restoration, constructability, testing and acceptance protocols, proper installation techniques, and building materials technology to ensure that project solutions are optimized to the needs of the client.

This presentation will be an In-Person Event along with a Virtual Meeting for those who cannot attend in person. Virtual Meeting details will be sent out with meeting registration via separate email from Zoom.

Tuesday, January 11, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

11:30 AM Present Starts

In-Person and Virtual/Online Meeting


In-Person Members – $10

In-Person Non-Members – $25   

Virtual Only Participant – FREE

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