Experts to Headline Coatings Conference


One of the U.S.'s foremost building scientists will kick off an array of technical sessions, roundtables and special events planned for the second annual Durability + Design Conference and Exhibition, set for June 8-10 in Miami Beach, FL.

Chris Mathis, of Mathis Consulting Company (MC2), will present the keynote address, “Why Buildings Matter and the Role of Durability in Sustainability,” during D+D 2015: Architectural Coatings & Building Substrates at the famed Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel.

The marquee speaker has spent decades focusing on how to improve buildings, building products and the codes and standards that govern them.

His hour-long presentation, to be held at 8:30 a.m. June 9, is one of the many highlights of this year’s interactive conference program geared toward architects, specifiers, contractors, facility owners and other building technology professionals.


An authority on building science and technology, keynoter Chris Mathis will present “Why Buildings Matter and the Role of Durability in Sustainability.”

All-new roundtable discussions, hands-on workshops and a mock trial are slated for the conference.

Full program details are available here. Click here to register.

At the Table

D+D 2015 will feature two afternoon Roundtable Discussions sponsored by the American Institute of Architects’ Miami chapter.

On June 8, Laverne Dalgleish, the executive director of the Air Barrier Association of America, will lead “Achieving and Managing Airtightness in Buildings.”

On June 9, the discussion turns to “Contribution of Coatings to Green Building—Myth or Reality,” moderated by the noted science writer, Dr. Cynthia Challener.

A panel of experts will contribute to the conversations.

Workshop Lineup

Three two-hour technical education workshops are planned for June 8.

Trimber and Berchenko

On June 8, Joe Berchenko (left), of ARCOM, will host a specification workshop; Ken Trimber (right), of KTA-Tator Inc., will instruct an inspection workshop.

Participants will learn basics in specifying coatings, quality assurance during paint installation, and designing coating systems for building assemblies.

The workshops and their instructors are:

  • "Quality Assurance During Paint Installation," led by Ken Trimber, KTA-Tator Inc.;
  • "Building Science, WUFI and Coatings," led by Kevin Knight, Retrospecs Consultants and Kevin Brown, KTA-Tator Inc.; and
  • "Design and Specification of Coating Systems for New Construction," led by Joe Berchenko, ARCOM and Rick Watson, Sherwin-Williams.

Attendees Act as Jury

The conference program will also include a Mock Trial on the afternoon of June 10.

Sponsored by FCA International, the trial will be led by Trimber, who chairs the SSPC Group Committee on Commercial Coatings.

The case will involve a major coating failure of an overcoat system applied to the exterior of a CMU building. Trial participants will represent the owner, contractor, specifier and coating supplier on the job.

The audience will act as the jury and assign responsibility for the failure.

Early-Bird Rates

Full registration includes admission to the exhibit hall, keynote session, educational program sessions for all three days.


The conference will be held at the Eden Roc Miami Beach.

A discounted early-bird rate of $149 for full registration will be available until March 13.

After that, the rate for full conference privileges will be $199.

Special hotel rates are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Host, Partners

D+D 2015 is hosted by Technology Publishing Co., which also publishes D+D News.

Several leading technical societies and industry groups have agreed to be association partners for the conference, including the Air Barrier Association of America; American Institute of Architects Miami Chapter; American Coatings Association; Building Enclosure Moisture Management Institute; Finishing Contractors Association; SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings; U.S. Green Building Council South Florida Chapter; and the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association.

In addition, Sherwin-Williams will serve as the show’s premier sponsor, and Bayer Science for a Better Life is the show’s official sponsor.


Tagged categories: Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA); Air barriers; American Institute of Architects (AIA); Architects; Building enclosure system; Building envelope; Building science; Coatings Technology; Conferences; Energy codes; Good Technical Practice; Green building; North America; Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA); SSPC; U.S. Green Building Council

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