Designing Robust Details for Resilient Buildings

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During design of a building and its envelope, the interfaces between different building materials are often overlooked. What happens when they come together? Documents often do not contain sufficient information to ensure the building envelope remains air- and water-tight, such as in regard to material, adhesion, compatibility and installation sequencing. When these problems are not addressed until after a building is under construction — or worse, when occupied — they will result in air, water and mold issues and even construction-defect claims. This presentation will address the particularly important areas of window-wall transitions and the continuity of the air control layer at fenestration areas. Examples will identify what can go wrong, which will lead to five steps for developing details to improve the durability of both the façade and air barrier assembly. The presentation will cover UV durability, movement within a wall assembly, compatibility between building components, water resistance and durability at material interfaces. Participants are eligible for one AIA LU|HSW credit.

Learning Objectives

• Identify the 5 important elements of effective material interface details.
• Describe important attributes of detailing interfaces between building materials.
• Outline the process to develop and implement material interface details that meet predicted performance criteria in real life.
• Explain how compatibility and water resistance can impact a building façade assembly.
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Andrea Wagner Watts, Application Engineer
Dow Corning High Performance Building

Andrea Wagner Watts is an application engineer for Dow Corning High Performance Building, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company. Andrea joined Dow Corning in 2006 as a sales engineer before moving into her current roll in 8 years ago. She has been involved with the development of numerous new products and her work focuses on preventing air and water infiltration through the building envelope. She is a LEED® Green Associate and is active in a number of industry organizations including ASTM and the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA).


Dow Corning

Dow Corning (, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands.

Dow Corning is collaborating with industry professionals around the world to develop solutions to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, reduce the eco-footprint of construction materials, and improve the health and safety of building occupants. Dow Corning brings together expertise from across the company to help customers find solutions to a wide range of high-performance building challenges. Dow Corning high-performance building solutions include proven materials for structural and protective glazing, weatherproofing, insulating glass, window and door fabrication, building materials protection, and innovations for high-efficiency insulation.

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Tagged categories: Air leakage; Building design; Building enclosure system; Building Envelope; Building envelope; Building pressure; D+D; Design; Dow Corning; Good Technical Practice; Moisture management; North America; Office Buildings; Quality Control

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