Building Enclosure Failures - Learning from the Past to Design for the Future

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger invites you to join us for a complimentary evening seminar and networking event that will enhance your understanding of why building envelopes fail and how to design them to avoid failure in the future.

24 October 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
19 W. 34th Street, Suite 1000
New York, NY 10001

Building enclosures are essentially an assembly of multiple barriers that, in combination, govern a building’s ability to control, among other elements, water penetration and condensation. Many building envelopes fail over time, resulting in a range of problems from visible, isolated water leaks to widespread, concealed deterioration, corrosion, and mold growth. In this session, Vince Cammalleri will share his experience with the moisture-induced degradation and remediation of building enclosures. He’ll examine the fundamental errors that cause failures and review design principles that generate effective barriers for combined water, air, vapor, and heat flow through the building enclosure. Vince will also illustrate the potential consequences of inadequate enclosure design and construction through case studies and provide guidelines for prevention.

Vince Cammalleri, AIA
Senior Principal

Vince Cammalleri is the head of SGH’s Building Technology group in the New York office.  He has extensive experience in the design, investigation, and repair of walls, roofs, glass curtain walls, and windows. He leads the Building Science Practice group at SGH, specializing in thermal and moisture drive analysis, with a focus on moisture issues in high-humidity buildings.

Participants will earn 1 AIA Continuing Education Hour (HSW) for their attendance.

The event is free, but please RSVP to Cory Wanzor at by 22 October.