Performance Building Solutions CEU Mini-series

A free CEU mini-series to close out the year

Catch up on CEUs for AIA HSW, GBCI or LACES with a lively, interactive “CEU Mini-Series” Dec. 15-16. Connect with experts from Chicago, New York, Dallas, Buffalo to Canada. It’s a great chance fill up on professional education credits and “travel safely” across the climate zones with building science. Join us and it’s free!

Schedule of Events

December 15, 2020

1:00 p.m. ET

Assembly Test of Exterior Walls with Combustible Components (1 HSW, GBCI) - Dan Tempas

This seminar will discuss the impact of the NFPA 285 Test on buildings using IBC-2018, the parameters and history of NFPA 285, which building envelope components are combustible and require NFPA 285 testing per IBC, and the paths to NFPA 285 code compliance that a designer can take. These elements all combine to integrate NFPA 285 compliant assemblies into building envelope systems.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the Basic 2018 International Building Code Regulation of Exterior Walls
  • Recognize the Importance of the NFPA 285 Assembly Fire Testing of Exterior Walls Containing Combustible Components
  • Identify Combustible Components in an Exterior Wall Assembly that Trigger NFPA 285 Evaluation
  • Distinguish Code Compliance Paths for Exterior Walls that Require NFPA 285 Assembly Fire Evaluation

Dan Tempas
Registered Exterior Wall Consultant, DuPont

Dan Tempas is a graduate of The University of Illinois with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Nuclear Engineering. He is a Registered Exterior Wall Consultant with IIBEC and a LEED Green Associate. He has worked in the STYROFOAM and THERMAX insulation businesses in the various research, product development, and service capacities in the Professional Building Solutions for more than 37 years and is currently a senior building science engineer. Dan has also worked in the area of 3D computer graphics, digital video and computer-based training. Dan is one of the inventors and patent holders for the THERMAX Wall system.

2:00 p.m. ET

Don’t Lose Your R Over Z (1 HSW) – Andrea Wagner Watts

This course defines and explains building science behind the code for the four control layers of the building envelope: water, air, thermal, and vapor. Participants will then explore typical design principles as well as alternative system assembly approaches to exterior wall design. In addition, presentation covers common attachment strategies for various types of claddings, including masonry, rainscreen veneers, and applied/adhered veneers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn definition, code, and building science of Control Layers
  • Explore typical design of control layers in exterior walls
  • Explore system design approach to exterior wall design
  • Understand attachment strategies and considerations for combining control layers into an assembly. masonry veneers, rainscreen veneers, and applied/adhered veneers

Andrea Wagner Watts
Commercial Wall Application Technology Leader, Dupont

Andrea Wagner Watts is the Commercial Wall Application Technology Leader for DuPont Performance Building Solutions. Andrea started her career at Dow Corning as a sales engineer and then continued for 7 years as an Application Engineer within High Performance Building focusing on preventing air and water infiltration through the building envelope. She has successfully helped to develop products including sealants and air/water barrier system solutions. In her current role, she is focused on improving the overall air/water/thermal performance of the building envelope through application innovation and new product development. Andrea has authored articles, papers and conference presentations relating to building air/water tightness, interface details, building science, durability and resiliency and she has 2 patents. She is a LEED® Green Associate and is active in a number of industry organizations including ASTM and is the Co-Chair of the Technical Committee at ABAA. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cornell University.

3:00 p.m. ET

Feature Solutions: DuPont Commercial Wall2 System

Craig Holmes
Day 1 Moderator, Architectural Building Envelope Specialist, DuPont

Craig Holmes has over 25 years’ experience in the commercial construction space. As a trusted advisor, Craig has work with design and construction professionals assisting with wall designs, technical reviews, building materials product selections and thermal analysis for commercial projects. His past experience includes working as a Senior Certified DuPont Tyvek® Specialists and building material demand creator. In that role he was responsible for targeting commercial construction influences including developers, architects & specification writers, general contractors, material suppliers, installers & subs and code officials in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and South Central Regions of the United States
• Currently serves as a Board Member for AIA Dallas Chapter, Building Envelop Council
• Contributor to the Texas area Building Envelope Council
• Contributor and presenter for several CSI Texas Chapters
• Completed ABAA Air Barrier Certification

December 16, 2020

1:00 p.m. ET

Designing for Long Term Below Grade Thermal Performance (1 HSW) – Guy Titley and Valentina Woodcraft

This course explores design choices to meet energy code and thermal insulation selection strategies to maximize long term building performance. Factors influencing the performance of an insulation in its application include production, R-values, moisture, temperature, aging, and quality of installation will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize benefits of insulating foundation walls and slabs
  • Familiarize audience with current energy code requirements
  • Compare and contrast Exterior and Interior Below Grade Wall insulation methods
  • Review typical wall and floor slab assemblies
  • Examine below grade insulation options, with particular emphasis on insulation production methods, property differences, and long-term performance differences

Guy Titley, P. Eng.
Senior Research Engineer, DuPont

Guy Titley serves as Senior Research Engineer for DuPont’s Safety and Construction business. With a focus on building science, his expertise includes thermal and moisture protection, extruded polystyrene insulation, commercial and residential applications and residential home inspection. Guy’s career has included progressive roles in research and technical consulting. Guy holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Ottawa

Dr. Valentina Woodcraft
Research and Development Scientist, DuPont

Dr. Valentina Woodcraft is an accomplished Research and Development Scientist with the DuPont Performance Building Solutions. Throughout her career, Dr. Woodcraft has been responsible for leading development, and implementation of innovative experimental methods and techniques in field of thermal management building envelope materials, from fundamental research to field performance analysis. Her recent work focuses on hygrothermal behavior modeling of closed cell foams. She has been a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Microscopy & Microanalysis Society, and the American Physics Society. Outside DuPont, she had contributed her expertise to ANSI technical committee TC-163 as well as to ASTM. Valentina holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physics from the University of Tennessee. Her hobbies include home improvement remodeling, educational outreach to local community, learning new skills, and empowering people to reach for their dreams.

2:00 p.m. ET

Adding Resiliency on the Roof: Vegetated Roofs and Blue Roofs (1 HSW, GBCI, LACES) – Richard Hayden

This program introduces audiences to the many benefits provided by vegetated roofs and blue roofs. The course will review how both vegetated and blue roofs can be incorporated into stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) on projects along with the technical advantages of employing either individually or combined. 
In addition, recent technological developments will be shown on how to implement blue roofs as a cost savings opportunity on a project. The course also covers typical components, design considerations and installation methods.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand waterproofing basics on vegetated roofs
  • Summarize the economic and environmental benefits of vegetated roofs
  • Describe important design and installation considerations for vegetated roofs
  • Analyze how vegetated roofing and blue roofs can work as part of a site’s storm water management plan
  • Explain the mechanics behind blue/green roofs

Richard Hayden
Garden Roof & Blue Roof Dept. Manager, American Hydrotech

Richard Hayden is the national Garden Roof Department Manager for American Hydrotech, Inc., where he manages staff that provide engineered LiteTop® soils, drainage materials, plants, edgings, and other supplies to contractors across the United States. Richard is also responsible for the Garden Roof QA/QC program, development of new product lines, and expansion of the use of Garden Roof Assembly nationwide. He has been a practicing landscape architect and infrastructure/streetscape/urban designer for more than 30 years, with a broad range of project experiences. Richard is especially skilled with challenging infrastructure projects and is often called on to help merge aesthetics with engineering needs. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, having served as President of the Illinois Chapter. Richard is also a member of Lambda Alpha International, the international land economics society. He is a licensed Landscape Architect and holds a Certificate from the Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Boards (CLARB). He is involved in many civic activities in his hometown of Park Ridge, including service as former Commissioner on the City of Park Ridge Appearance Commission and a past position on the Park Ridge Uptown Redevelopment Advisory Commission.

3:00 p.m. ET

Feature Solutions: American Hydrotech & DuPont


Chip Bisignaro
Day 2 Moderator, Building Envelope Specialist, DuPont

Chip Bisignaro has been assisting architects with building envelope designs for more than 20 years, the last 5 at DuPont. Throughout this time frame, he has built consultative experience in optimizing the design of commercial walls with various materials for aesthetics as well as thermal, moisture, air, vapor and building code compliance. Residing in the Philadelphia area, Chip is an active member of local industry groups and member of various CSI Chapters.