High Performance Detailing

Apr 13, 2015

Details are one of the most important, but sometimes overlooked portions of design. A detail that is good or poorly put together can derive success or failure for a project. Many of the details we utilize are repetitive such as a window flashing which occurs many times on a project. Thus, one or two details may have large consequences for the project as a whole if not well put together. High performance detailing is a method to not only more carefully review constructability issues, but also to take more care in defining sequence on a project. Carefully planned details will also allow design teams to review long-term maintenance considerations for the eventual end-user.

(This entry contains a conference paper and presentation in PDF. For optimal viewing, open in Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Paul E. Totten, PE, LEED AP, Vice President, WSP, Washington, DC
Michael J. Heule, Principal, Helix Architecture + Design, Kansas City,
Proceedings of the BEST4 Conference
Presented at: 
BEST4 Conference
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
BEST4 Technical Committee, National Institute of Building Sciences

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