Before you can be a Building Envelope Risk Manager (BERM – yes, there is such a thing), you must understand the basic Commissioning Process and how it relates to the exterior building envelope.
This program is offered by NABCTA, presented by Zero/Six Consulting. All classes will be at the Chamberlin Office in Houston.
Module One: BUILDING ENVELOPE COMMISSIONING IN CONSTRUCTION
Dates Offered: April 14, 2023 & June 9, 2023
In Module One we will:
- Review the Cx process (the process is the same whether you are commissioning the MEP systems of the envelope).
- Receive “hands on” experience with each of the functional tests that are commonly included in the BECx proess (window testing, roof uplift, blower door, and more).
- Receive a sample BECx plan.
- Share the ever popular “lessons learned” from projects that did not successfully manage risk (names changed to protect the guilty).
Module Two: VERTICAL ENVELOPE ASSEMBLIES
Dates Offered: April 28, 2023 & June 30, 2023
In Module Two we will:
- Understand the basic types of vertical Wall Systems, how performance standards are determined, and when delegated design may be required.
- Understand the various Components of the wall systems that comprise the vertical building envelope.
- Understand what it means to achieve Environmental Separation and the roles that Air Barriers/Water Resistive Barriers play to in the process.
- Understand Testing related to commissioning the vertical portions of the building envelope.
Module Three & Five: HORIZONTAL ENVELOPE ASSEMBLIES & WIND LOADS
Dates Offered: May 5, 2023 & July 7, 2023
In Module Three we will:
- Understand the basic types of horizontal Roof/Plaza Systems and the performance requirements for each and when delegated design may be required.
- Understand the various Components of the horizontal building envelope.
- Understand how to achieve Environmental Separation; Roofing vs. Waterproofing.
- Understand Testing related to the horizontal building envelope.
In Module Five we will:
- Understand the Theory of how wind speed creates loads (pressures) on the building envelope, and how size and geometry affect those loads.
- Understand which portions of the building envelope are typically NOT engineered by the Engineer of record and will require Delegated Design.
- Understand the various structural Components of the building envelope.
- Understand Testing related to the structural requirements for cladding attached to the building envelope.
Module Four: DOOR & WINDOW OPENINGS
Dates Offered: May 26, 2023 & July 28, 2023
In Module Four we will:
- Understand the basic types of vertical Fenestration Systems, the performance requirements for each and when delegated design may be required.
- Understand the various Components of the fenestration systems related to the building envelope.
- Understand how to maximize Environmental Separation by product selection; low performing systems (i.e. storefront) vs. high performance systems (curtain walls).
- Understand Testing related to the fenestration located within the building envelope.
Successful completion of all 5 modules (along with testing) will earn the attendees the designation of BERM… and the building industry needs you! For those of you wanting to knock out all five modules at once, we will offer a full week course May 15, 2023 at the Rellis Campus of the Texas A&M university System.
Hope to see you at one of our classes soon.
Course Presented by
Bill Coltzer Jr., AIA
Contact LBikova@nabcta.org for more information and registration.