The American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention, held this year in Washington, D.C., May 17-19, offers a number of programs for those interested in building science, including:We104 | High Performance Building Enclosures: Connecting Design, Building Science and Validated Delivery for Optimal Energy Savings and Durability
, May 16 | 8:00am – 12:00pm Cost: $155
The quest for heightened energy savings is the single biggest driving trend in the building design and construction industry. Expectations from owners and society, as well as from the building industry, for delivering buildings that consume the least energy possible (or that even generate more energy than they consume) are continually rising. The building enclosure is the single largest determinant of building energy consumption; and, therefore drives total building performance. This workshop will address how to follow a rigorous procedure to establish criteria; develop a design that addresses those criteria based on scientific analysis; produce documents that deliver the desired design; and then validate the performance of the building enclosure during construction through the use of advanced quality assurance and control tools. This process provides opportunities for architects as leaders of integrated design teams and as providers of added services such as commissioning.Th100 | Making the Enclosure Match the Rhetoric: The Client's View of Value (BEC Breakfast)
Thursday, May 17 | 6:30am – 8:00am Cost: $25 – Hot Breakfast Included
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) manages approximately 8,600 buildings, totaling over 400 million square feet. In the early 1990s, GSA initiated the Design Excellence Program, and now, more than ever, the agency is encouraging innovation and expecting excellence in building performance. Energy efficiency, innovation and expedited delivery time frames are challenging GSA and the design/construction community to step up the game, and the building enclosure plays a key role in the successful accomplishment of these goals. The architects, engineers, builders and construction managers that GSA retains to construct facilities will be challenged to truly maximize value and efficiency. Enclosure commissioning therefore becomes much more than a quality assurance practice to confirm the client gets what they pay for; rather, it is a value-added process to maximize results while looking to reduce investment.Th402 | Connecting Building Science to the Practice of Architecture
Thursday, May 17 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
The practice of architecture is not done in isolation. The design and construction of buildings requires the integration of numerous parts and pieces specified by many different disciplines. Understanding how these pieces come together to produce a building that meets the needs of owners and occupants is crucial for the production of a high-performance building. The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) serves as the nation's authoritative source for building science-related information and works across disciplines to improve how buildings are designed, constructed and maintained. This session will feature presentations on how the AIA and NIBS work together to improve the built environment and how AIA members can access NIBS’s tools, information and expertise.Fr318 | The AIA Practice Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling In the Design Process
Friday, May, 18 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Energy modeling should be so easy, accurate and trustworthy that you do it both early and often during the design process. However, that is simply not how it works in standard practice today— even though, under the forthcoming high-performance building codes, all permitted buildings will be required to achieve some level of high-performance design and construction. This session will present the AIA’s new Practice Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process; how it was developed; its content; and how architects can use this practice guide to understand how an energy model works, the variety of tools available today, and what new tools are coming soon to help architects and their project teams better understand how to use energy modeling in the early stages of the design process.Sa213 | Tools for Achieving 50% Energy Savings by Design: The Advanced Energy Design Guide and an Integrated Design Process
Saturday, May, 19 | 8:30am – 10:00am
Through panel discussion and debate, this session will focus on how to use the new Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) series to achieve 50% energy savings toward net-zero-energy buildings. AEDG steering committee members representing the AIA; ASHRAE; and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) will describe how each group’s respective members can use the newest AEDG series as tools on their next projects. The latest AEDG series shows you how to provide high-performance design guidance for buildings that are intended to use 50 percent less energy than those built to the requirements of the ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004 commercial code. The presenters will also discuss how the AEDG development process has improved communication and working relationships between all parties involved.
For more information, visit the AIA convention website. And be sure to visit the National Institute of Building Sciences Booth, #4249, on the expo floor to learn more about the Institute in action and to speak with Building Enclosure Council representatives.