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Live Webcast: Predicting Wind Loads in Vented Cladding Systems

RDH Building Science Laboratories

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 from 5:45 PM to 7:15 PM (EDT)

Live Webcast: Predicting Wind Loads in Vented Cladding...

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Webcast - Individual Registration
For individual registrations. Attendance is tracked. Now includes a certificate and AIA credits!
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Webcast - Small Group Registration
This registration is for one login, for one small group (2-4 people) to view together from a single location. It does NOT include certificates or AIA credits (please register as an individual if these are required).
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Wind Damage - Image credit Dr. Greg Kopp, Western UniversityDo pressure equalization effects reduce effective wind loads on cladding? Some building codes and standards suggest that the answer is “yes”. This presentation will reconsider the evidence.

Randy Van Straaten will introduce key wind engineering concepts, review wind load reduction allowances for pressure equalization in various codes and standards, and share recent research on predicting pressure equalization effects in vented cladding systems. The research is focused on vinyl siding but the presentation is generally applicable to all vented claddings, screens, and solar panels

Presenter: Randy Van Straaten


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 AIA CES Approved!

This presentation is approved for 1.5 AIA CES credits (LU/HSW). Certificates may also be used for self-reported continuing education requirements for many other organizations. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand key concepts from wind engineering and fluid mechanics that are relevant to predicting wind loads across vented cladding systems.
  2. Understand the impact of under-predicting wind loads in terms of building performance and wind damage.
  3. Understand the concept of pressure equalization as it pertains to structural wind loads.
  4. Recognize how pressure equalization effects are used in some cladding design standards and building codes and the limitations of these approaches.

 Other Details:

  • Registration options have changed. To receive a certificate or have AIA credits submitted, please purchase an individual registration.
  • Live webcasts are time and date specific. If you miss the live event, there will be no refunds. However, a recording of the event will be made available to participants for a limited period. Please see the FAQs for more information.
  • You will receive email instructions to login to the webcast for this event; please ensure that you provide a current email address.
  • Live feed will start a little before the presentation start time of 5:45 and will end at approximately 7:15.

Note: This webcast is also taking place as an in-person event. If you want to register for the webcast, you are on the right page. If you are want to attend in person, please go to the local event page


What are LAB Events?

Learning About Building Science (LAB) Events are monthly training and networking opportunities hosted by Building Science Laboratories. They are interactive, informative, casual events for architects, engineers, and anyone interested in building science. 


More Information:

RDH Building Science Laboratories

167 Lexington Court, Unit 6
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2J 4R9
Phone: (519) 342.4731

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 from 5:45 PM to 7:15 PM (EDT)

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RDH Building Science Laboratories

Building Science Laboratories, a division of RDH Building Science Inc., is committed to expanding building science knowledge through research, education, and collaboration among building science professionals. By promoting sound principles established through research, while working with on-the-ground industry partners, we aim to have a lasting impact on the quality and energy efficiency of the built environment.

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