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39CE - Integrating Curtain Wall Systems into Facades

08 May 2014 4:00 PM- 5:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Course Outline

The design of contemporary building facades is reliant on high performance glazing systems to achieve not only the user requirements (daylighting, clear views, etc.), but also increasingly the stringent energy and environmental separation targets. This seminar will review curtain wall facades with an emphasis on the driving factors necessitating higher performance systems and related benefits and challenges. From the many considerations that will be discussed, the seminar will focus on interconnections between early design decisions such as glazing ratios and geometry, as they relate to thermal performance and energy code compliance (SB10). The presentation will also discuss unique applications such as integrated PV and various daylight control strategies.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the basic parameters of a curtain wall system
  2. Understanding the implications of early design decisions on expected thermal performance / energy code compliance (SB10).
  3. Review curtain wall applications in high performance / sustainable design projects to achieve unique requirements such as integrated PV and specific daylight control strategies
  4. Review of practical solutions to achieve high performance glazing solutions and identification of pitfalls to avoid


Dave André, P.Eng., LEED Green Associate is a project manager / building science specialist at Morrison Hershfield. Morrison Hershfield is a multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm providing services across Canada and the United States.  Dave holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario.  Dave has almost ten years of experience in building science ranging from building envelope failure investigation and rehabilitation, to design assistance and field review for new construction projects. Dave provides leadership to Morrison Hershfield’s facade engineering practice in the Greater Toronto Area and is very knowledgeable in the application of building envelope solutions at early design stages for high performance buildings.