Durability, Termites and Moisture Control: Building Enclosure Design for the South
June 24, 2020 –
Join us at 8:00 PDT, 9:00 MDT, 10:00 CDT, 11:00 EDT
Building enclosures are responsible for controlling heat flow, air flow, vapor flow and a number of other elements. In the southern US, they are also essential for termite prevention. This presentation will explore design considerations associated with wood-frame building enclosures and the role of control layers in addressing items such as durability, termite prevention and control, and thermal continuity. Beginning with a review of building enclosure design fundamentals and considerations, it will then cover best practices for a variety of wood-frame building enclosure assemblies and details. Next, a brief overview of termites encountered in the South will be presented, with a focus on prevention and control strategies for multi-family and commercial wood buildings. A combination of initial design strategies to prevent termites from entering structures and proper maintenance programs for surveillance will be reviewed. Finally, critical details of building enclosure assemblies (walls, ground plane intersection, windows, roofs) will be reviewed with an emphasis on continuity of critical barriers against moisture and termites. The program will conclude with an interactive discussion and opportunity for attendees to engage.
David T. Ford, PE, RRC, RWC, LEED AP, Walter P Moore
A Principal and Managing Director in the Diagnostics Group, David has more than 20 years of experience in building enclosure consulting, forensic engineering, and project management. He has worked on new and existing buildings across North America, undertaking projects that include building enclosure commissioning and third-party review, building enclosure barrier system detailing, building enclosure sustainable design, exterior wall and roofing system condition assessment and rehabilitation, and moisture infiltration evaluation and remediation. With this expertise, David skillfully integrates control layer tightness, energy efficiency, and structural integrity to ensure each client’s satisfaction in building performance and maintenance.
Faith M. Oi, PhD
Dr. Oi is the Director of Pest Management University and Florida’s statewide school Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. She also directs graduate students and works closely with industry on research designed to solve pest problems important to Florida. Dr. Oi earned her PhD from the University of Florida (Gainesville), Entomology and Nematology Department, where she studied termite-foraging dynamics. She received her MS from the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, Department of Entomology, where she worked in agriculture.
Here is a link to a recent whitepaper you may want to download in advance: Effective Termite Protection for Multi-Family and Commercial Wood Buildings.