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Jingle Mingle

The DC chapters of the Building Enclosure Council (BEC) and Construction Specification Institute (CSI) are hosting their annual jointly-sponsored holiday party! Come join us for food and drinks! The party will feature fun interactive activities, including trivia, a building competition, and a short technical presentation on the risks of snow and ice hazards on building facades.

Falling snow and ice from buildings pose serious safety risks for the public, and can place architects, owners, and engineers in a vulnerable position for litigation claims. Complicating matters, there is little consensus in the industry on the best design strategies for mitigating the buildup and shedding of these winter hazards. This presentation will evaluate several mechanisms that enable snow and ice to accumulate on and fall from buildings.

Using traditional snow retention designs for roofs as an introduction, this presentation will focus on how snow and ice interact with projecting facade elements, and discuss how contemporary design trends and changes in climate patterns contribute to the problem. Strategies for mitigating snow and ice issues on building facades will be discussed.


Presented by: Brian Rose

Brian Rose is a senior member of the Building Technology group at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) and is experienced with new design enclosure consulting, rehabilitation, and investigation projects for a variety of owners, architects, and general contractors. He received his Bachelor and Masters of Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Sponsored by: 

AIA|DC Building Enclosure Council and Construction Specification Institute