ASTM Announces Abstract Submission Deadline for Upcoming Building Envelope Symposium

ASTM has announced it is seeking abstract submissions for its symposium titled "Up Against the Wall: An Examination of Building Envelope Interface." The symposium is sponsored by ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings and E06.51.11 on Fenestration Installation and is scheduled to take place November 1, 2007, in Tampa, Fla., at the Tampa Marriott Waterside. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to December 15, 2006.

According to organizers, the objectives of this symposium are: to present and publish peer-reviewed data in all areas related to window and door installation and materials related to integration to the building envelope; and to achieve a matrix of information based on test data that can be verified, and that will enable the user to compare and select installation methods and materials for performance under different conditions.

Some possible paper topics include:

  • Installation methods that work, but are not in ASTM practice E 2112;

  • When does self-adhered flashing stick? To what? Under what conditions?

  • Where should you place the window in the wall for thermal efficiency and to match drainage planes of the window with the wall?

  • Regional installation methods requiring new standards;

  • New technology - materials;

  • Forgotten basic principles of water management;

  • Code changes regarding installation;

  • Most surprising changes in installation in the past decade; and

  • Most urgent need to be addressed by installation standards.

The call for papers and abstract are available at

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