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Building professionals learn latest techniques at ATI symposium

Post Time:Jun 09,2010Classify:Industry NewsView:97

A two-day building envelope educational symposium and design challenge, hosted by Architectural Testing Inc., York,Pa., at its New England Regional Laboratory in Chelmsford, Mass., received capacity attendance by 50 area architects, engineers and representatives of product manufacturers specializing in the design and construction of the all-important building envelope air barrier, according to a June 8 release.

Held May 21-22, and co-sponsored by the Building Enclosure Council of the Boston Society of Architects, the event began with an educational symposium on current building envelope code changes, testing protocols and the advantages of Building Envelope Commissioning. The symposium headliner was Kevin Knight, ATI associate director of Building Envelope Commissioning – an internationally recognized building enclosure authority – who spoke on the importance of BECx from the inception of a project through occupancy in order to fully realize the promise of green construction and Leadership inEnergy and Environmental Design credentials.

On the second day, 10 teams of practicing design and construction professionals participating in the BEC/BSA 2010 Air Barrier Design Challenge observed the performance testing of 4-foot-by-8-foot building envelope mock-up panels at the IAS and AAMA-accredited ATI facility. The panels were designed and built by each team to minimize energy-robbing air infiltration and potentially damaging water penetration.

"The design challenge afforded a unique learning opportunity and technology exchange for air barrier construction and testing," said J.P. McDonald, director, ATI Regional Operations, Chelmsford, in the release. "There was healthy competition among the teams as to methods and materials that constitute effective building envelope design.

"We were also glad to hear from virtually everyone that our new Boston area facility is a welcome addition to the New England fenestration industry that will eliminate most of the logistical problems in shipping products for laboratory testing, as well as for the staging of field testing of installed components," McDonald continued.

ATI’s 11,000-square-foot Chelmsford laboratory is fully equipped to conduct testing of the basic window and door performance attributes of resistance to wind loading, water leakage, air infiltration and forced entry. A test report enables certification and compliance labeling of products per the omnibus AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/IS2/A440 North American Fenestration Standard, mandated by the International Building and Residential codes. Additional tests can be conducted for resistance to impact from wind-borne debris (critical for products intended for use in hurricane-susceptible zones, as required by Miami-Dade TAS test protocols), negative pressures and for the performance of mulled assemblies, according to the release.

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