BETEC Plans Window Symposium

August 10, 2012
Meetings & Events

The National Institute of Building Sciences' Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council is planning a symposium, entitled Fenestration: A World of Change, scheduled for Monday, January 7, 2013. The event will be held in conjunction with Building Innovation 2013, the NIBS annual conference and expo, which is being held in Washington, D.C.

The BETEC Symposium, being chaired Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co., is targeted at architects, engineers, developers and others involved in critical decisions about buildings, organizers state. The following presenters and topics are currently scheduled:

  • Lisa Heschong of Heschong-Mahone Group, who will discuss the latest research on fenestration and daylighting integration, including impacts on student and worker performance.
  • Steve Selkowitz of the Windows and Daylighting Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who will talk about fenestration research going on at national labs, including where current fenestration technology is heading.
  • Jim Larsen of Cardinal Glass Industries, who will provide up-to-the-minute understandings on window and glazing energy performance and the impacts of fenestration on human comfort.
  • Rich Walker of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, who will highlight the latest in fenestration security and blast resistance ratings and certifications.
  • Herb Yudenfriend of Hy-light Corp., who will focus on recent innovations in security glazings.
  • Tom Schwartz of Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger, who will offer the newest understandings in delivered fenestration performance from a building forensics engineering perspective.
  • Wagdy Anis of Wiss, Janney, Elstner, who will address critical fenestration design and performance considerations in specialty applications, including natatoriums, hospitals and others.

Other topics planned include fenestration retrofits, fenestration impacts on utility planning, and advanced shading technologies. More information about the event is available from the NIBS website.