Façades+, which describes itself as “The Premier Conference on High-Performance Building Enclosures,” is returning to Washington DC on Feb. 14, after a two-year COVID-19 break.
“The conference will bring a full-day program to the city for the first time; it will be co-chaired by Eric Feiss, a principal at GWWO Architects,” reports The Architects’ Newspaper (AN), which is presenting the event. “Spanning from federal government projects to Washington’s first mass timber construction, the program will cover the most innovative and high-performing projects the DMV has to offer.”
Topics include mass timber design, retrofits of mid-century structures, and there will be discussions about contextual facades and sustainable public spaces.
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“The program will finish with a presentation on two projects that highlight the climate-driven designs being pursued by architects in Washington,” AN reports. “Perkins&Will design director Carl Knutson and technical director Joshua Rubin will present their work on the Southwest D.C. Library, a mass timber building whose opaque envelope welcomes the public into a new civic building. The panel will be completed with a presentation from Nicholas Williams, a principal at Ashley McGraw Architects, who will focus on design strategies for net-zero envelopes.”