Thursday / November 02, 2017 / 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Insulated Rainscreens: The Need to Rethink Conventional Design (BECC Chairperson’s Event)

Gensler, 11 East Madison Street, Suite 300, Chicago

M. Steven Doggett, Ph.D., LEED AP, principal scientist at Built Environments, Inc. (Stillwater, MN), will evaluates trends in wall design that are intended to meet or exceed energy mandates for continuous insulation in ventilated rainscreens. Potential pitfalls in current practices will be demonstrated with advanced simulations of rainscreen airflows and convective heat loss. Prevailing assumptions regarding moisture performance will be challenged with emphasis on the combined effects of thermal bridging and wind‐washing. Strategies for risk avoidance will be discussed in context with material selection, design, and construction quality control.

  • 5:30 pm              Reception & Socializing
  • 6:00                    Presentation
  • 7:30 to 8:00        Q&A

Speaker: Dr. Doggett is the principal scientist and founder of Built Environments, Inc., an architectural & building science consulting firm specializing in building enclosure design. His background includes extensive field experience in analyzing complex building enclosure failures, particularly those involving air, heat, and moisture transport. He combines this experience set with innovative design practices to assist multi-stakeholders achieve more resilient, higher-performing buildings. Dr. Doggett is actively engaged in enclosure design, assembly and material research, and performance simulations such as computational fluid dynamics, 3-D thermal modeling, and hygrothermal modeling. He has served as the principal scientist on hundreds of projects involving all markets and all building types. He also serves as a technical consultant for intellectual property development and manufacturing R&D. Dr. Doggett currently chairs the Minnesota chapter of the Building Enclosure Council, a multidisciplinary educational initiative by the National Institute of Building Sciences.


Questions? Contact Jeff Diqui at Do not contact Gensler regarding program specifics!

Sponsored By

Building Enclosure Council-Chicago and AIA Chicago

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

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