Resilient Enclosure Design Considerations for Texas and the Gulf Coast

Date: October 26, 2017 5:30pm
Location: Magnolia Hotel, Houston
Speaker(s): Amrish Patel

Thursday, October 26, 2017

5:30 - 6:00PM Registration & Refreshments
6:00 - 7:00PM Presentation & Discussion
7:00 - 7:30PM Cocktail Reception

Magnolia Hotel Houston
1100 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77002

Valet parking is available at $15 per car at the hotel. If you wish to self park, there are several garages in the area within a block, as well as street parking.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance.
Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited to the first 100 guests to register.


“Resiliency” is the latest buzzword in building design and construction, much like “green” has been in recent years. This focus is especially important in light of recent weather events that have impacted our built environment and communities. A key question is: what does a resilient building design entail and how does this affect our building enclosure designs? This presentation explores the definition and importance of resilience, with a specific focus on building enclosures. We will review past and present trends in construction codes, standards, and design guidelines that focus on resilience. The session will also review lessons learned from failure investigations and recovery assistance during previous natural disasters (including high wind, precipitation, flood, and hail) to explore design considerations for resilience in roof and facade systems. 

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the definition and importance of resilience in building design.
  • Recognize trends in code changes, with specific focus on wind, precipitation, flooding, and hail.
  • Distinguish between design for resilience and conventional code-based design.
  • Discuss strategies for resilience in roof and facade design.


Amrish K. Patel, P.E. | Senior Project Manager
Amrish Patel has more than ten years of experience in the investigation, rehabilitation, and design of building enclosure systems, specializing in roofing and waterproofing. He has designed and reviewed new building enclosure systems and has investigated failures and monitored new construction and repairs in the field. His project work includes structures in both the public and private sectors, including residential and commercial buildings, parking structures, plazas, schools, higher education, hospitals, and many others.




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