125+ Attendees Make 16th Annual Building Enclosure Event A Success

By Beth Winkler posted 02-28-2019 14:53


125+ Attendees Make 16th Annual
Building Enclosure Event A Success


Our 16th Annual Building Enclosure event was held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Maggiano’s in Chicago.  There were over 125 attendees between the two sessions (Breakfast & Lunch) to listen to Manfred Kehrer and Andi Mele present Modern Hygrothermal Performance Assessment by Simulation – Motivation, Basics & Examples. The presentation described the motivations for hygrothermal engineering, outlined the basic principles and showed multiple tools and examples.  The learning objectives covered in the presentation were as follows:
  1. Learn the importance of hygrothermal performance assessment in today’s world of high performance building enclosures.
  2. Understand the transport phenomena for heat and moisture.
  3. Recognize the limitations of hygrothermal performance assessment by simulation.
  4. Learn the remaining challenges for hygrothermal performance assessment by simulation


Today’s building enclosures are more energy efficient than decades ago, mainly due to a higher level of insulation and air tightness. The downside is a higher risk of moisture accumulation with potential structural failure, decay, and unhealthy conditions as a consequence. Modern hygrothermal engineering has already made its way from science to engineering and is an important tool today for modern building enclosure design and analysis.


Manfred and Andi did a great job presenting and it was all made possible thanks to our sponsors Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Dupont Tyvek/Parksite, Hilti, & Rockwool.  We would also like to give a huge shout out to all our Industry Partners -  AIA Chicago, AIA Northeastern Illinois, BEC Chicago, CAC RCI, CRCA, CSI Nothern Illinois, Illinois Green, Passive House Alliance,  and SEAOI.

See photos from our event.