Decades of refinement in energy-efficient glazing, structural sealants, composite building materials, high-strength concrete, and photovoltaics have created expectations for even standard curtain walls to act as high-performance machines capable of interacting with all building systems at optimal levels.


Even as high performance facades become the standard, next-generation building technologies pioneered by research collaborations such as CASE, the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology, promise to dramatically enhance a building's performance by harnessing environmental energy streams and drawing them into the building in a controlled manner.


This workshop will take a practical and an aspirational look at high performance facades, considering both the current state and usage of high-performance systems and what is in store for the next 10-20 years.

Nicholas Holt, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, Technical Director, directing the technical architecture team in SOM's New York office, Mr. Holt oversees the detailed development and documentation for all of the New York office's projects. Since joining SOM in 1995, he has developed extensive experience working on high-rise and supertall commercial/mixed use towers, financial trading facilities, health science projects and multi-family residential/hotel towers. With experience on numerous overseas projects, he has developed an acute understanding of working collaboratively with local owners, fabricators, and stakeholders to leverage regional conditions to meet international quality and performance standards

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban-planning firms in the world, with a 75-year reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its inception, SOM has been a leader in the research and development of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas, many of which have had a palpable and lasting impact on the design profession and the physical environment.


The firm's longstanding leadership in design and building technology has been honored with more than 1,700 awards for quality, innovation, and management.

The American Institute of Architects has recognized SOM twice with its highest honor, the Architecture Firm Award-in 1962 and again in 1996. The firm maintains offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Abu Dhabi.

Date: Tuesday 08 October 2013
Location:     14 Wall Street New York, NY 10005, USA
Topic: High Performance Facades
Time: 09.00 - 12.30
Lunch: 12.45

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