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Building Innovation 2019: Specifying Cladding Attachment Systems

January 8, 2019 at 10:45 am - 11:15 am UTC-5

We’re excited to be presenting at Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, with the theme Optimizing for Tomorrow. The Conference will be held January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

Neil Norris, Building Science Engineer, will present Specifying Cladding Attachment Systems: The Holistic Approach, on Tuesday, January 8 at 10:45 a.m.

More information can be found here.

Presentation Overview:

With increasing requirements for the building enclosure in energy codes, many building projects are moving towards using exterior insulated building assemblies. Exterior insulated systems allow for increased thermal performance but much of that depends on the design of the exterior cladding attachment system. There are a wide variety of secondary structural attachment systems in the North American market competing to provide better thermal performance, which can be overwhelming for designers to compare for use on their projects. While direct comparisons of components (“clip to clip”) may show two systems to be equivalent, it is not until additional project requirements are brought into the comparison that significant differences in performance can arise. These additional requirements include structural considerations, like wind and dead loads which dictate the spacing of components, combustibility restrictions on components and installation flexibility. The perceived advantages in performance from one system over another may not actually turn into tangible benefits in reality once these other design requirements on the project are also satisfied. The intent of the presentation will be to provide the necessary background information, calculations, methodologies and available resources to guide designers in making informed decisions for selecting the right cladding attachment systems for their projects.

About our Presenter:

Neil Norris, Building Science Engineer


January 8, 2019
10:45 am - 11:15 am UTC-5
Event Category:


National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
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Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C.
1330 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC United States
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