Webinar - Lunchtime Learning: High Performance Precast Concrete Enclosure Systems

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    Friday, April 10 2020

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A structure’s envelope has considerable impact on its overall performance. The envelope not only serves as a barrier between the outside environment and conditioned space, but also as a part of the aesthetic expression for the structure. It must also serve as a protective shield against environmental forces. High-performance building envelopes can help reduce the overall energy consumption of a structure throughout the structure’s life, and maintain and protect its interior environment and occupants.

This presentation addresses what high performance building envelopes are, as well as key elements to their performance. It will discuss how to use precast concrete wall systems to meet the latest code requirements such as continuous insulation and air barriers, and include topics such as moisture management, thermal mass effect and how to calculate effective R-values, integration with other building systems, and more. This session will also touch on the idea of resilience. A structure must be able to resist environmental forces, such as high winds and earthquakes in order to protect life and fulfill its intended purpose. Case studies are used to highlight information presented. 

Presented by: Gary Reed, Executive Director, PCI Mid-Atlantic Chapter


Sponsored by: PCI Mid-Atlantic

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the three basic types of precast concrete envelope systems;

  • Describe new envelope code requirements;

  • Explain thermal mass and how to use it to create more energy efficient buildings; and

  • Discuss moisture management methodologies.