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Skins: The Importance of The Thermal Envelope


25 February 2016
Location: Toronto
Provider: Ontario Association of Architects

Session IV: Skins: The Importance of the Thermal Envelope

Time: 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Toronto: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Old Mill Toronto, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, ON, M8C 1G5 


  • Paul Dowsett, OAA, MRAIC, LEED® AP
  • Bob Marshall, P.Eng., BDS, LEED® AP
  • Vera Straka, P.Eng., M.Eng. (Tor), M.Istruct.E., B.Sc.(Lon), F.C.S.C.E., LEED ®, Associate Professor
  • Jonathan Waltr, LEED® AP, PMP, EP-Sustainability 

The building skin is the critical interface between occupant comfort and outdoor climatic conditions. A high performance building requires a high performance envelope, one that responds to exterior environmental impacts at various times of the year. This session will explore design, material and technology approaches to wall and window assemblies, from straightforward low cost methods to advanced double skinned wall applications. We will also address moisture issues associated with various wall insulation approaches.

 OAA+2030 Learning Objectives:

  • Identify critical elements of the thermal envelope responsible for building energy consumption.
  • Specify strategies for minimizing thermal bridging.
  • Understand the architectural elements, materials, and construction opportunities for designing a high performance thermal envelope.


Individual Sessions

OAA members - $125 + HST
Non-members - $150 + HST

10-Session Package

OAA members - $985 + HST
Non-members - $1185 + HST


To register for this individual session or the full OAA+2030 Professional Series, please click here.

For more information please contact: 
416.449.6989 ext. 232

*This session is part of the OAA+2030 Professional Education Series. OAA+2030 gives design professionals the knowledge to create next-generation, super-efficient buildings -- and provbides firms with the skills that will set them apart in the marketplace. For more information on the series, and to view other sessions, please visit the series website.