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Thermal Behavior and Moisture Transport in High-Performance Facades: Design Considerations


1 AIA LU/HSW Credit Presentation
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2022
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am PT

Guest Speaker: Ajla Aksamija


This 1-hour presentation will cover methods for designing high-performance facades, specifically focusing on thermal behavior and moisture transport in various exterior wall assemblies. The facade is one of the most significant contributors to the energy budget and the comfort parameters of any building. High-performance facades use the least possible amount of energy to maintain a comfortable interior environment, which promotes the health and well-being of the building’s occupants.

The session will introduce building science principles that govern facades’ thermal behavior and vapor diffusion, and it will discuss thermal comfort parameters and measurements for understanding occupants’ comfort. It will also introduce methods and simulation tools that can be used to analyze heat transfer and combined air and moisture resistance in facade assemblies.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how material characteristics affect facades’ thermal behavior
  • Learn about design strategies that can be used to improve facades’ thermal behavior, minimize thermal bridging, and improve occupants’ thermal comfort
  • Learn about air barriers and vapor barriers, and how to select appropriate types based on climate and building’s operation
  • Learn about simulation tools that can be used to analyze facades’ thermal behavior and moisture resistance



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Ajla Aksamija
Ajla Aksamija, PhD, LEED AP BD+C, CDT

Ajla Aksamija, is a Professor and Chair of the School of Architecture at the University of Utah. Her research expertise includes building science, high-performance buildings, facade systems, emerging building technologies, and innovations in architecture.

Dr. Aksamija directed Perkins&Will Building Technology Laboratory (“Tech Lab”), one of the first practice-driven research laboratories focusing on advanced building technologies, high-performance buildings, computational design, and building facades. She has taught architectural design studios, advanced environmental building design, comprehensive studios and seminars.

Her recent book, Research Methods for the Architectural Profession, was published by Routledge in 2021. She also authored two previously published books, Integrating Innovation in Architecture, Design, Methods and Technology for Progressive Practice (John Wiley & Sons, 2016) and Sustainable Facades: Design Methods for High-Performance Building Envelopes (John Wiley & Sons, 2013). Dr. Aksamija has contributed to several other books and has published over ninety research articles and invited papers. She currently serves as the President of the Facade Tectonics Institute.

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