Introducing New Professionals to Building Envelope Science

By clicking "Register", you acknowledge that you have read BNP Media’s Privacy Policy, agree to its terms, and consent to allow BNP Media to use your information consistent with the Privacy Policy. You agree your information submitted will be shared with the sponsor(s) of the webinar. To read our Privacy Policy, please click here
Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by FiberTite Roofing Systems, MBCI, Rodenhouse Inc., SOPREMA, Inc., and TRUFAST
Presented by Elizabeth Grant

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify examples of built projects where architects and designers failed to consider building performance.
  2. Explain why intern architects should enter the profession with a basic understanding of thermal and visual comfort and building integrity.
  3. Demonstrate how designing and erecting experimental setups helps future design professionals understand how building components are assembled.
  4. Discuss research outcomes and how they can influence roof system design to achieve visual and thermal comfort.


This test is no longer available for credit

Traditional academic preparation of architects has often left them ill-informed about the challenges of the building envelope. While participating in industry-driven research, new architects learn important lessons about how both buildings and experimental setups go together. This webinar explores the process of engagement with research in the building sciences by sharing architects’ experiences of assisting with the organization, setup and data collection phases of an experimental study on reflective roofing, and shares the stories behind the experiment. Students, interns, emerging professionals, and all those who hire them and work with them will benefit from this insight into architectural education.

Christian Hartwig

Elizabeth Grant is an associate professor at the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech. She teaches architectural design, environmental design research and environmental building systems.