Your windows are nice, but how’s your install? Windows are often big, heavy, fragile, and in high performance buildings, windows are the most expensive components. When you pay for all that performance, you also want to make sure windows are properly installed. It’s about your building enclosure: one wrong move and your exterior walls can also suffer expensive damage. Optimal window installs take into account vapor drive at different times of year, and take steps to super-insulate the window frames for the best thermal performance. In this workshop we look at window installations that are airtight and correctly flashed – and as a result will last the life of the building. A proper window install will bump up your building’s comfort and efficiency, while ensuring that your walls stay dry. With both presentation and hands-on mock-ups, the workshop aims to provide tools for simple and effective high-performance window installations.
Ben Leer is 475’s High Performance Daylighting Specialist. Ben has a varied background combining knowledge from construction, design, earth science, sustainability, and hospitality. He graduated from City College with a Master’s in Sustainability in the Urban Environment with a focus on architecture. He has a passion for creating environmentally friendly building and is deeply committed to the Passive House movement. Ben is excited to provide his knowledge and unique set of skills to help clients achieve meaningful impact within their projects. He advocates for personalized customer service, on-site training, and hands-on assistance.
Lucas Johnson is 475’s Western Regional Manager. Lucas has been on the leading edge of high performance buildings since starting his career at 15 years old. He has worked as a builder, utility program manager, consultant, and venture capitalist to deliver Zero Net Energy, Passive House, Living Future, and even two of his own standards: SUN Buildings and Positive Energy Buildings. Lucas also holds a degree in Physicochemical Biology as well as a Master of Environmental Science and EcoEntrepreneurship.
The uniting theme of his career is a passion for turning BS into building science. His position at 475 is his dream job since he gets to share his experience free of charge by collaborating with awesome architects, engineers, and builders to make their projects cost-effective, healthy, deep green, and enjoyable.