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NWW: New Building Envelope Solutions

Join us for this webinar exploring pertinent topics curated by the NWW architect committee. Learn about new solutions for building envelopes, including: 

  • Designing Rough Openings for Proper Drainage and Drying: describes failures, correct installation and testing of rough opening flashing materials as well as current research on vapor open rough opening systems. 
  • Understanding High-Performance Building Envelopes: delves into modern high-performance fenestration products, providing a high-level overview of what makes a product ‘high-performance’, plus benefits in the world of emerging BEPS, strategies for limiting thermal bridging in exterior wall assemblies. 
  • Fiberglass Window Installation Systems for Commercial Buildings: investigates the design considerations for the safe use of sustainable fiberglass windows and doors in different opening types in commercial and institutional buildings. Designing and specifying fiberglass windows yields broad design choices, excellent energy efficiency, resistance to rain and wind, and lasting durability. 
  • Understanding Advancing Wall System Design around Continuous Insulation: will cover the latest in building enclosure technology for energy efficient buildings including an in-depth discussion of emerging wall that provide durable, cost effective and thermally efficient performance. Recent building and energy code changes will be reviewed including an opportunity to discuss solutions to meet these more stringent requirements. 

4 LU | HSW
Price: $60 members / $90 non-members / $35 Associate
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021
Time: 8:30am – 1pm
Intended Audience: Architects and Building Officials, Contractors
Course Level: Intermediate 

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will understand how to properly design fenestrations to minimize heat, air, and water leakage while taking into account construction sequencing.

  • Attendees will understand the impacts of high-performance fenestration and exterior wall assemblies on a building’s overall energy efficiency and energy consumption, and how to remain cost neutral while incorporating high-performance fenestration.

  • Attendees will learn to identify the sustainable attributes of current fiberglass window technology and recognize the opportunity to create window design patterns that contribute to daylight, views, and occupant comfort.

  • Attendees will understand recent changes to local building and energy codes that impact building enclosure design strategies and whole building energy efficiency.

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This live, virtual program is presented with full closed captioning by AIA Northwest Washington Section. Please note in your registration if you would like to be contacted about specific accommodations to fully participate in this program. Contact AIA Seattle Member Engagement Manager, Connor Descheemaker, with any questions about registration. Contact AIA NWW Section Program Manager, Karen Bacon, with questions about the program or its content.


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Scott Wood
President SWA Consulting and for VaproShield LLC. – Senior Building Scientist

As president of SWA Consulting, Mr. Wood provides investigations, consulting, presentations and training in Building Science Thermography and Building Science. Scott Wood is an ITC certified Level III Thermographer, as well as having many special certifications such as: Building Science Thermography, Applications of Infrared Thermography in the Inspection and Diagnosis of Low Slope Commercial Roofing Systems.


Mr. Wood is also the Senior Building Scientist at VaproShield, providing product QA/QC on manufactured materials and investigation/laboratory testing of properties for new product development.  He provides technical support for the company’s representatives, client inquiries and assists in the development and updating product literature.

Mr. Wood has many publications and provided numerous presentations.  He is a founding member, Director of Building Sciences, and treasurer of the International Association of Certified Thermographers (IACT), active voting member for ASTM International C16 and C6 committees, additional membership in: ABAA, National Institute of Building Sciences and local SeaBEC.

Nathan Sikes – MCM, BLArch.
Technical Sales Representative, Cascadia Windows & Doors

A member of Cascadia Windows & Doors technical sales team, Nathan Sikes holds a Master’s Degree in Construction Management from the University of Washington, with nearly 20-years’ experience in the building science industry with companies such as Allana Buick & Bers, Intracorp Development and RDH Building Sciences. Sikes regularly works with Cascadia clients to optimize their product configurations and specs to maximize their project’s fenestration performance. Sikes lives in the Greater Seattle Area with his wife and family.


Micah Robinson
Architectural Consultant, Pella Windows and Doors

Micah Robison has nearly 30 years’ experience in the building materials industry, with the last 7 at Pella Windows and Doors. In his role as architectural consultant, he provides details and specifications for commercial projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. He lives at a riverside retreat in North Bend with his wife of 20 years and children ages 7 and 10. In his spare time, Micah enjoys the great outdoors and home improvement projects.




Pamela Sadler, CSI, AIA, PHCA, BOMA
Architectural Manager, California-Nevada, USA Rockwool

Pamela Sadler is a Senior Representative specializing in building envelope science. She is dedicated to consulting the architectural community on technical systems application, code compliance for acoustics, fire, thermal, sustainability, retrofitting and moisture.


November 18, 2021
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Event Price
Class Credit


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