PCI's webinars offer a free, convenient way for architects and engineers to obtain continuing education credit from the comfort of their own computers. Our webinars are one-hour long and are designed to fit into your day during your lunch hour. 

PCI webinars are presented live each month by industry experts on a variety of topics from design and construction to sustainability and more. Each webinar is presented twice during the webinar week, at noon Pacific (3:00 p.m. Eastern) and noon Eastern. This allows most U.S. time zones to view the presentations during lunch hours.

September 2016 PCI Webinar: September 20 and September 22

"Designing Enclosure Systems for Energy Efficiency”

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Presenters: Brian Miller from GCP Applied Technologies and Mike Ryan from Clark Pacific

1 Learning Unit/Hour

Course Description

A structure’s enclosure has considerable impact on its overall performance, as highlighted by recent code changes. The enclosure serves as a barrier between the outside environment and conditioned space, and is directly linked to the energy efficiency of a building. High-performance building enclosures can help reduce the overall energy consumption of a structure throughout the structure’s life, and maintain and protect its interior environment and occupants.

This presentation will address what high performance building enclosures are, as well as key elements to their performance. It will discuss how to use precast concrete wall systems to meet the latest code requirements such as continuous insulation and air barriers, and will also discuss topics such as thermal mass effect, effective R-values, and more. Case studies will be used to highlight information presented.

Learning Objectives
  • Define what high performance structures are. 
  • Describe the three basic types of precast concrete enclosure systems. 
  • Explain thermal mass and how to use it to create more energy efficient buildings.
  • Describe the difference between effective and material R-values. 

Presenter Information: Brian D. Miller, P.E., MBA, LEED AP has more than 28 years of experience in the precast concrete and concrete materials industries. He holds degrees in civil engineering and construction technologies and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Miller is the Global Marketing Director for Precast Concrete for GCP Applied Technologies (formerly Grace Construction Products). Prior to joining Grace, he was the managing director of business development of for the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, where he was responsible for the institutes marketing, sales, events, and membership services departments. He also served as a member of the technical team and started with PCI as the director of engineering and technology.

Miller has also held several other positions within the precast concrete and construction industries including: president of a design/build construction company, project engineer, and was a field and project manager for an architectural precast concrete producer and has built offices, parking structures, schools, retail, multi-family, and manufacturing structures. His technical expertise includes concrete materials and mix design, durability, corrosion and service-life prediction, architectural precast, and enclosure systems.

He has published several technical papers and is the past Chairman of the American Concrete Institute’s Committee 533, Precast Panels, as well as a member of the PCI, NPCA, ASTM International, and an allied member of the American Institute of Architects.

Mike Ryan, PE, LEED AP BD&C, Director of Architectural Systems, Clark Pacific
Mike Ryan has over 30 years’ industry experience. As Director of Architectural Systems, Mike’s responsibilities include engagement with all of Clark Pacific’s architectural systems and projects, design-assist and preconstruction services, development of conceptual and final budgets, value engineering analysis, and contract development and negotiations. Additionally, Mike is a leader in advancing architectural systems research and development, and holds a US patent for the innovative “Secondary Drainage System”.