Exploring the Dos and Don’ts of Curtain Wall Transitions

Exploring the Dos and Don’ts of Curtain Wall Transitions

More and more, building designers will incorporate multiple facade enclosure systems to achieve desired aesthetics and create a unique facade. Although the design of a typical rainscreen system, brick masonry veneer wall, or curtain wall system may be individually simple, the detailing at the transitions of these systems becomes a key component in ultimately designing a high-performing building facade. In and of itself, a curtain wall system is a self-sufficient ecosystem that meets the enclosure performance requirements for long-term life expectancy. When a curtain wall system abuts other enclosure systems (rainscreen systems, roofing, plaza waterproofing, existing structures, etc.), coordination is required to maintain barrier continuity and deliver a watertight enclosure meeting the same standards.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Review building enclosure best practices for detailing watertight enclosures, especially regarding air and water leakage.
  • Understand how to maintain continuity at interfaces between adjacent enclosure assemblies.
  • Identify transitions to the curtain wall system that require careful coordination.
  • Recognize locations of the building enclosure that may require performance mockup testing and/or quality control field testing during construction.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Scott  Bondi
Scott Bondi | Senior Principal

Scott Bondi has extensive experience in building enclosure design, specializing in building science and numerical analysis. Scott consults on both new construction and historic renovation projects, from conceptual design through construction administration, applying his specific expertise in curtain wall and custom glazing systems. In addition, he is experienced in providing forensic engineering services and expert witness support for both building enclosure and mechanical systems. Scott uses a variety of advanced tools, including computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis, to support his design and investigative work. Scott is an adjunct professor at The Cooper Union, where he has lectured and developed courses in finite element techniques, computational fluid dynamics, and solid mechanics since 2007.

Leonidia Garbis
Leonidia Garbis | Senior Project Manager

Leonidia Garbis specializes in designing and evaluating new and existing building enclosures. She has extensive experience designing and detailing custom curtain wall assemblies from design through construction administration. Her new design experience includes commercial projects, multifamily residential high-rises, and infrastructure projects. In addition, she has experience in enclosure forensic engineering, including investigating curtain wall and custom glazing systems. Leonidia’s background is in building science, including computer simulations of buildings and building components. She has experience with a variety of facade, roofing, and waterproofing systems.