Building Envelope Symposium Draws Consultants and Specifiers

The New York Building Envelope Symposium sponsored by Kemper System America Inc. drew about 50 consultants and specifiers to a one-day educational forum at the 101 Club on Park Avenue in New York, Nov. 16.

Sponsored in partnership with ZinCo USA and KEIM Mineral Coatings of America, the symposium featured presentations on:

  • Green Roof technology
  • Performance standards for air barriers
  • Blue Roofs & stormwater management
  • Mineral silicate finishes for masonry and concrete
  • Inspections for liquid-applied roofing and waterproofing membranes

“The roots of our success are here in New York, so we wanted to give back with a co-sponsored event that would allow participants to network and learn from multiple perspectives,” says Richard Doornink, president and managing director, Kemper System America. “ZinCo, KEIM and Kemper are all complementary systems.”

Qualified attendees are also eligible for continuing education (CE) credits from the American Institute of Architects, U.S. Green Building Council, and RCI.

“CE credits are helpful, but the main reason I attend is to learn what’s new and to stay up-to-date on materials, systems and code requirements for the building envelope,” says Kevin Bone, principal of Bone Levine Architects. The New York City-based firm has experience in architectural and structural upgrades, building additions, exterior envelope design and maintenance, and historic preservation. The firm also has realized numerous award-winning designs for residential projects and is known for its research on the water infrastructure of the city.

Presenter Nicholas Smith, national account manager of ZinCo USA, comments, “We received a lot of feedback from attendees, including those at various stages of green roof design.” The consulting firm has been involved on several of the same green roof projects as Kemper System in New York and beyond. “High-rise urban environments are challenging for green roofs, so you have to design them properly if you expect long-term performance,” he says.

Presenting for Kemper System was National Design & Specification Manager Brian Kelly, CSI CDT, LEED Green Associate. Presenting for KEIM Mineral Coatings of America were Technical Sales Executive Anthony Truppi and Technical Field Specialist Perri Robinson.

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