Ventilated Facade Systems

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When:  Dec 7, 2021 from 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM (CT)
Associated with  Minneapolis-St. Paul

Porcelain tile ventilated façade systems that incorporate the open joint rain screen system are fast emerging as the system of choice for buildings across a variety of commercial and/or residential sectors today.  Ventilated façade systems are playing a key role for sustainable building envelopes especially since reduction in consumption is now driving sustainability.

A system with a naturally ventilated wall cavity has an 80-year plus-life expectancy and helps to eliminate potential for “sick-building syndrome,” a common to closed cavity walls. When a VFS is installed, moisture is removed from the areas with structural steel studs which eliminate corrosion in the structural wall.


  • Understand the ventilated facade system as a sustainable building product and why installing a VFS will make the building a more energy efficient thermal regulator.
  • Understand the aluminum curtain wall sub-frame system, as it relates to:
  • The differences between GHV exposed mechanical anchor system – vs – GHS concealed undercut mechanical anchoring systems. and, understand how the two anchoring systems transfer the load of the tiles onto the aluminum sub-frame.
  • Porcelain slab integrated window integrated wall system.
  • MTech High Impact Laminated Porcelain Façade System.
  • Appreciate the ease of installation and the benefits of its low maintenance

This course has been submitted to AIA CES for 1.0 HSW credits, pending final approval.

John Penta, John Penta Consulting
John is a former High School teacher and master ceramic tile and stone mechanic/fabricator with 56-years of experience. He is known throughout the tile industry.  John was responsible for developing and implementing the successful business plans and sales and marketing plans for porcelain tile manufacturers from Italy, England, Argentina, and Brazil.

John co-wrote the first porcelain tile ventilated façade system (VFS) ICC-Evaluation Formalized Test Plan. John successfully directed and supervised the first USA IBC ESR Certification for a European ceramic tile factory that offers a porcelain tile ventilated façade system.

Toys for Tots!
We will join BEC in supporting Toys for Tots at the December 7, 2021 program.

Below are some guidelines for those who would like to donate a toy:

  • Toys must be new, unopened, and unwrapped in their original packaging.
  • No Clothing.
  • No Electronic Games or Disks.
  • Ages 0 to 2 years are gender neutral.
  • Ages 3 to 15 can be gender specific.
  • Older age group enjoys board games.

We will collect the toys at the event and then deliver them to the U.S. Marines warehouse the following day



Free House Brewery
701 N Washington Ave #101
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Pricing Information

Registration Price
Member FREE
Non-member $45.00