RESCHEDULED: Expanding Our Understanding of Building Movement and Facade Joint Design

This event has been rescheduled for April 23, 2018.


Joints within the building enclosure play a critical role in a facade’s overall performance and durability. Just like mechanical or electrical components, facade joints are vital parts of a building system – the enclosure system – and require thoughtful design. The design of facade joints must account for various construction tolerances and in-service building movements caused by temperature changes, occupancy loads, wind and seismic forces, and other phenomena to maintain the building enclosure’s air, water, and vapor continuity. Underestimating the importance of facade joint design can allow air and water infiltration and lead to premature failure. In this presentation, we will explore the building movements and tolerances that affect facade joints and discuss how to appropriately design joints to accommodate them.

4:00 - 4:30PM Registration & Refreshments
4:30 - 6:00PM Presentation & Discussion
6:00 - 7:00PM Cocktail Reception

Speakers: Emily Appelbaum  John Jackson

Presented by: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Please note: Attendance is free, though registration is required.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the various movements and tolerances that affect facade joints.
  • Understand how to combine movements and tolerances to design facade joints.
  • Describe the various types of facade joints.
  • Understand the process for sizing joints for various facade systems.