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March 9th CSI Meeting - Unifying Performance & Aesthetics with Commercial Glass & Shades

March 9th CSI Meeting - Unifying Performance & Aesthetics with Commercial Glass & Shades


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March 9th CSI Meeting - Unifying Performance & Aesthetics with Commercial Glass & Shades
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
DoubleTree Suites
320 N 44th St
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: 602-225-0500

Colin Blackford

Colin Blackford

Colin graduated from NC State with a degree in Architecture. After 8 years of working in residential and commercial architectural firms, he transitioned to a custom curtainwall manufacturer where he started their BIM design department. Colin later transitioned to Guardian Industries (architectural glass manufacturer) as a Regional Technical Advisor. In that role, he gave guidance to architects and designers on the thermal and optical effects from different glazing makeups in unique applications. Now Colin is working for Mermet as the Innovation Manager. There he is tasked with bringing new solar control fabrics to market that bring an innovative approach to building performance and aesthetics.

Colin currently lives in Greenville, SC with his wife and 5-year-old son.

About the Presentation:

This course will explain the evolution of fenestration specification strategies from performance, aesthetic, and occupant comfort angles. The presentation will focus on the importance of specifying shades from a project’s initial planning in order to exceed code, save costs and maintain building design intent.  New research, ratings and standards from Lawerence Berkeley National Labs and the Department of Energy’s, Attachment Energy Rating Council, will be explained, and most specifically, how it will change the complete fenestration specification process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the historical trends and performance improvements in fenestration specification and how this has influenced complex glazing today.
  • Understand the current methodologies available to quantify the performance impacts of different fenestration systems and describe new research being conducted that will enhance and simply fenestration performance calculations.
  • Explain how shade variables such as color and weave density can affect building aesthetics, performance and the occupant comfort of building inhabitants.
  • Learn how to evaluate glass and shade together, both visually and quantitatively, in order to create building designs that maximize energy efficiency and occupant comfort through smarter fenestration specification.

11:30 AM Introductions / Chapter Business
11:45 AM Lunch Served
12:00 PM Presentation
12:50 PM Closing Remarks

Members: Free
Non-Members: $25

DoubleTree Suite
320 N. 44th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Contact Bobbi Jo Huskey at 602-390-3599 or for additional information.

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