Fenestration Replacement: Identifying Clear Design Solutions for Existing Buildings
Owners of existing buildings may often need to revitalize their building enclosures to improve performance, particularly to address air and water leaks at fenestrations. Although there are always challenges when designing within the constraints of an existing building, different types of buildings encounter their own unique challenges to consider. They can include limiting disruption to ongoing operations inside the building, meeting more stringent interior environmental conditions, or changing the functionality of the fenestration system itself. Identifying these obstacles and anticipating difficult construction conditions during design can reduce delays later in the project schedule. In this webinar, we will review several fenestration replacement case studies to discuss their distinctive conditions and the proposed solutions developed by the design team. In particular, we will share best practices for detailing watertight enclosures—especially regarding air and water leakage—including how to maintain continuity at interfaces between adjacent enclosure assemblies. Additionally, we will review key measures that can be taken early in design to better prepare project teams for varying existing perimeter conditions encountered during construction.
After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Recognize building enclosure design best practices for detailing watertight enclosures, especially regarding air and water leakage.
- Understand when and how to use non-destructive testing procedures, such as air leakage and water penetration testing, to better inform the overall design, including the need for window replacement.
- Develop an investigative opening plan to help inform the design and better prepare for varying existing perimeter conditions encountered during construction.
- Identify possible obstacles during construction and how to design strategic solutions in advance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register.