Code Green: A Building Enclosure Energy Code Panel Discussion

Code Green: A Building Enclosure Energy Code Panel Discussion

As we strive to improve the demand that buildings place on our energy infrastructure, the building design and construction community is faced with constantly adapting to evolving energy performance requirements. Designers are faced with increasingly stringent model building codes and must understand the nuances of local amendments within multiple jurisdictions. Owner-driven, high-performance design standards and a multitude of performance certifications place further demands on the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry to develop buildings that exceed the minimum requirements of the code. In recent years, many of these efforts have focused specifically on building enclosure design and construction, including requirements related to air leakage, thermal bridging, energy code compliance pathways, and energy performance standards for new and existing buildings (e.g., passive house, operational performance requirements, and benchmarking).

AEC industry professionals are facing new and complex challenges when navigating this changing landscape. In this webinar, we have formed a panel of professionals with experience and insight into recent updates to energy performance requirements in various jurisdictions across the United States. Together, they will identify and discuss the challenges AEC industry professionals face and answer questions from participants.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify relevant requirements related to energy performance of building enclosures.
  • Understand how various building enclosure energy performance requirements may impact your project.
  • Recognize that each jurisdiction has independent, evolving building enclosure energy performance requirements.
  • Discuss challenges that AEC industry professionals are facing or have faced on current and recently completed projects.

Participants will earn 1.5 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

Michael Huhtala
Michael Huhtala | Senior Project Manager

Mike Huhtala specializes in building science and building enclosure performance, including evaluating and resolving water infiltration and condensation problems and conducting thermal and hygrothermal analysis. He has a wide range of experience involving building enclosure condition assessment, investigation, repair design, commissioning, design peer review, and construction administration services for a variety of building types. He has published papers and presented on topics, including computer thermal simulations, condensation, fenestration systems, and commissioning.

Sarah Rentfro
Sarah Rentfro | Senior Consulting Engineer

Sarah Rentfro specializes in heat, air, and water vapor transfer analysis and performance modeling of enclosure assemblies and their transitions as an active member of SGH’s Building Science practice group. She is experienced in designing and integrating complex building enclosure systems, including roofs, exterior walls, contemporary cladding assemblies, and fenestration, with an emphasis on performance efficiency and constructability.

Sophia Salah
Sophia Salah | Senior Project Manager

Sophia Salah has practical experience in both the West Coast and New England regions. She enjoys applying lessons learned from investigations and collaborating with contractors and designers to develop functioning air, water, thermal, and vapor control layers for building enclosure systems of commercial buildings, health care facilities, and residential-use buildings. Her expertise lies in building enclosure design and construction for below-grade foundations and plazas, exterior wall opaque systems, fenestration storefront, and windows), and roofing and waterproofing.

Cheryl  Saldanha
Cheryl Saldanha | Senior Project Manger

Cheryl Saldanha leads SGH’s Building Science and Passive House practices and specializes in designing and evaluating building enclosures for new construction projects and existing building enclosure renovations. Her experience includes rainscreen facade, curtain wall, roofing, and waterproofing systems on a range of building types. Cheryl is adept at using multiple computer software packages to simulate building systems and details for thermal, condensation, and whole-building energy and daylighting analysis. Cheryl co-chairs the New York City Chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association and is a member of the NYC Commercial Energy Code Technical Advisory Committee.