Building practitioners are constantly trying to develop more energy efficient buildings while maintaining and/or improving the human comfort.  The roof area has a significant role and great potential to be utilized for both energy savings (Energy Efficiency) and energy generation (Renewable Energy). Energy savings could be realized by innovative daylighting roof design, which potentially results in electric lighting energy consumption reductions. Also, renewable energy generation, such as through solar PV installation, is a very typical implementation on the roof area. Therefore, there is no question on the importance of better utilizing roofs in buildings. Currently, however, the roof design is often not an integrated effort between architects, engineers, contractors, and consultants.

Join us to explore the importance of 1) selecting the appropriate roof type and size, 2) maximizing and optimizing the use of the roof in a commercial building and 3) adopting a systematic approach to design and develop roofs as a key platform to achieve net zero energy buildings by 2025 and carbon-neutral buildings by 2030.


Understanding Roof Structures - Caleb Duncan, James Kleineck and Matt Comer, L.A.Fuess Engineering
Planning and understanding structural aspects of roofs

Solar PV Design and Budgeting - Andrew Whitehead, Axium Solar
Overview of how solar works and fundamentals of design and budgeting

Usable Roof Space: Who Does What? - Wade Peterson, Pacheco Koch
A method and timeline for collaboration of the different professionals involved in creating roof amenities, and some of the pitfalls to avoid

Accessible Routes - Marcela Abadi Roads, FAIA, Abadi Access

Heavy Timber/Mass Timber Roof Structures - Roland Hernandez, Bell Structural Solutions
Discussion of heavy timber components and systems, including review of applicable IBC 2015 Code provisions and case studies

Polymeric Liquid Applied Membranes - Chris Jolliff, Soprema

Designing with Metal - Luke Legrand, Conner-Legrand for Berridge Manufacturing
Understanding benefits of using metal over alternate materials



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