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The Effective Thermal Performance of the Building Enclosure: Exterior Walls

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Today, many new buildings must meet the ASHRAE 90.1 requirements for thermal performance. This is a tough objective, since documented proof is required. Effective R-values must be met, not just nominal values, which means that high conductivity materials that cause thermal bridges must be considered in the modelling and calculations.

Often, meeting ASHRAE’s challenging prescriptive compliance is not even enough; some designers look to walls to make up for thermal performance shortfalls from other parts of the building enclosure – such as high glazing area percentages. Many of today’s conventional wall assemblies fall short of even basic compliance, causing larger, thicker, and more costly assemblies than ever before.

Learn what current wall assemblies are getting closest to the target performance levels, what the code–prescribed targets are for your region, and what some innovative companies and designers are doing to solve this issue, both with conventional and proprietary approaches, while saving cost at the same time.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what building types are subject to the ASHRAE 90.1 Thermal Performance standard.
  • Understand the compliance paths available for the ASHRAE 90.1 standard.
  • Understand the non-linear effect that highly conductive wall components have on the total effective wall R-value.
  • Understand how current conventional wall assemblies compare from a thermal point of view.
  • Identify aspects of exterior wall detailing to target for thermal improvements.
  • Become aware of several conventional and state-of-the-art proprietary approaches that have been used in the past year to solve these issues and reduce costs.

Facilitator Qualifications:

Method of Delivery:

  • The CES facilitator utilizes a PowerPoint presentation to provide an in-depth overview of the physics, details, and effective thermal performance of insulated building assemblies. Also covered: latest changes to related building code requirements, and various solutions (conventional and proprietary).

Audio/Visual required:

The CES facilitator supplies the laptop. A projector or large display is requested, unless other arrangements have been made in advance of the presentation. The present can provide the projector if requested in advance.

Cost to participants:

There is no cost to bring this program to your firm or chapter meeting.

Target Audience:

  • Architects and specifiers, engineers, owners, contractors and other design professionals. Audience size: 1 to 100+.
  • The program is suitable for all levels of experience and has time allocated within it in for questions and answers.

Quinlan & Associates is an independent sales agency representing manufacturers in the Northeastern United States. Our office is centrally located in Cranford, New Jersey.

Our manufacturer's products are of the highest quality, nationally recognized and are primarily utilized in the commercial sector of the built environment.  Highly diversified, we offer the architect and builder, a single source for varied building disciplines including but not limited to rain screen facades, architectural openings, and interior finishes.

Quinlan & Associates was founded in 2001 as M.R. Quinlan Sales Company, and changed its name in late 2006 to reflect its growth as a corporation. The company serves as a consultant to owners, architects, distributors and professionals and is well known as a multi-disciplined information resource with regards to building products and life safety.

With the motto, "no problems, only solutions," our mission is to be leaders in our industry, a resource to our customers, and a marketing and sales arm for our factories.

July 2018 —

Quinlan & Associates is pleased to welcome Larry Young as Sales Associate - Representative, Division 8.

Larry was most recently with The Hillman Group (Cincinnati, Ohio), where he worked with Home Depot and 84 Lumber among other accounts.

Please feel free to reach out to Larry:

Office: 908-931-1152, ext. 204   
Cellular: 973-600-6786
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Archived News

Wayne R. Meyer JOINS Q & A

June 2013 — Wayne R. Meyer has joined Quinlan & Associates as a Hager Architectural Hardware Representative.

Wayne can be reached at 908-931-1152 Ext:202 (Office); 908-499-3637 (Cell) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hager - Electric Product Launch

We are pleased to announce that Hager Companies will be officially launching the addition of electric products including electric strikes, electromagnetic locks, delayed egress devices, push buttons, keypads, key switches, and many other products.  Customers will each be receiving inserts for the price book and the catalog along with new tabs. Until all packets are delivered, PDF files of the catalog pages and the price book pages will be forwarded electronically. The Hager website will be updated with these new products on Monday, April 02 2012. 

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November 2011

— Tyler Maccubbin has joined Quinlan & Associates as a Hager Architectural Hardware Representative.

 Tyler can be reached at 908-931-1152 Ext:202 (Office); 908-499-3637 (Cell) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 




August 2011, Quinlan & Associates celebrates our 10th anniversary in business. A heartfelt thank you to all of our business partners and associates.

Hager Companies Your Partner For Success


Hager provides architectural hinges; continuous geared hinges, stainless steel continuous hinges, trim & auxiliary hardware, threshold & weatherstripping, signage, sliding & bi-fold door hardware. Hager now offers locks, closers, and exit devices with LIFETIME WARRANTY. Specify Hager for unequaled quality and workmanship for your architectural door hardware product requirements.

Hager Companies are now seeking architectural firms who would like their specification written for them. This offer is free of charge and will allow you and your company to spend your time and effort elsewhere. As part of our added services, we are now also offering Hardware AIA Lunch & Learns at no cost to you.

If you are interested in these great offers or would like any other information regarding Hager Companies, please feel free to call or E-mail Quinlan at your convenience.

Advantages of the Rainscreen Wall Assembly

Rainscreen cladding is not a new concept--it has long been in use around the world. In Norway, the use of timber claddings with open joints first became known as the "open-jointed barn" technique.

In recent decades, traditional building design in North America has utilized barrier systems that rely on the water tightness of all joints. With barrier systems, deteriorating sealants and incomplete seals can allow water to flow unabated into exterior wall cavities. In contrast, rainscreen assemblies rely on pressure equalization and back-ventilation, not watertight joints, to prevent the intrusion of water. Common problems of traditional exterior wall envelopes include cracking, blistering, warping, mold and mildew.

Rainscreen Principles - Properly drained and back-ventilated rain screens control moisture and rain penetration through ventilation and proper joint design. The separation between the cladding and other layers of the exterior wall assembly also helps minimize thermal stress on the load-bearing structure. Research has proven that rainscreen assemblies exposed to 15 minutes of driving rain are highly effective at minimizing rain penetration.

Advantages of Rainscreen Approach:

  • Less Maintenance - The rainscreen assembly does depend upon gaskets or sealants, which usually require periodic inspection and maintenance to avoid performance problems.
  • Flexibility - The problems of tolerance and fit and cyclic thermal movements in the cladding assembly are less critical than with fully-sealed systems.
  • Energy Efficiency - With a rainscreen cavity, insulation can be located outside of the air barrier and inside the cavity space, which can greatly improve a wall's R Value and significantly reduces energy consumption and lower running costs.
  • Natural Ventilation - The natural ventilation of the ventilated rainscreen wall eliminates the occurrence of mold and mildew by design and creates a healthy wall design that improves building longevity as well as the health of occupants.
  • Year Round Installation of Systems - Unlike traditional closed cavity wall construction, rainscreen walls can be installed all year round, allowing for greater flexibility in project schedules and ultimately installation times.
  • New or Refurbish Construction - Ventilated rainscreen walls can be applied to new or existing construction. Rainscreen walls offer the designer limitless options that at once empower the re-cladding of existing structures with a new aesthetic. This has benefits from both a design and sustainability perspective.

Effect of Weather and Time

POWAY, CA—Trespa's manufacturing process and quality control are designed to produce cladding panels which will provide the very best performance and durability, in virtually any climate and in any humidity. This exceptional performance is achieved when the decorative top layer is cured by an electronic beam which gives the panel a smooth, impermeable and impact resistant surface. This means that the surface, together with its color and texture, will retain its original appearance.

In addition, the panels are virtually self-cleaning because they reject dirt and organic growth. All this makes the cladding ideal for prolonged exposure. In order to provide evidence of the exceptional long life performance of their panels, Trespa has undertaken detailed examination of three projects. Two of these are healthcare buildings in the Netherlands and the other is a large commercial center in Turkey. Over many years, these buildings and their cladding have been exposed to extremes of weather, temperature and humidity.

Old Buildings Still In Perfect Health

Croonen Architects designed two healthcare buildings in Nijmegen - the E-building (a nursery building), completed nearly 20 years ago, and the Institute of Dermatology (a research and treatment facility), completed 15 years ago.

The E-Building is a large cube, comprising 6125sqm over four floors. This is clad with liverbrown and blackbrown Trespa Meteon panels, 1200mm square and 8mm thick. The panels are interspersed with dark brown aluminum windows with gold colored frames. At one end is the emergency staircase, designed to be a dramatic and contrasting standalone feature and clad in green and blue Meteon.

The Institute of Dermatology is a quite different two storey building on a narrow site which runs beside a major road. This comprises a 75m long facade, with large central entrance and contrasting solid masonry curved ends. A vertical emphasis has been created by using green and black Trespa Meteon cladding panels alternating with narrow windows.

Reasons given by the architects for specifying Trespa Meteon panels were that the buildings should be aesthetically interesting, dramatic and colorful. In addition, they had to be cost effective to construct and maintain. It was therefore important to choose cladding which would perform well, be highly durable and retain a pristine appearance throughout its life.

Architect Fred Meerdink says, 'Over the years we have monitored the performance of these buildings. On both, the colors of the Trespa panels are as fresh and new as the day they were installed. The cladding has weathered the climate of Northern Europe extremely well and it has never been necessary to clean the facades'.

The Effect of Cold and Heat

In complete contrast, the third project is a large commercial centre for the Turkish textile industry situated in Bursa, just south of Istanbul near the coast. This building, completed nearly 15 years ago, has been exposed to a Mediterranean climate which is quite different to that of Northern Europe. Here the temperature can range from 44degC in high summer to minus 12degC in winter. This 56 degree variation is a severe test for the performance of any product. For Trespa it is particularly significant because, when it was built, this was the company's largest project with over 20,000sqm of panels and 3500m of corner profiles.

The wine red colour of the cladding is one of the most critical in terms of colourfastness. However, detailed examination shows that there is no fading in the colour or any difference between the panels; neither is there any change in the surface texture. Unlike the Trespa Meteon panels, which have required no maintenance, some parts of the building and the red concrete have been refurbished or repainted at least three times since 1992. The general conclusion is that there is no deterioration in the performance or appearance of the façades and that the Meteon panels are physically and aesthetically as good as new.

April 2007

Tom O'Connor Joins Q&A

CRANFORD, NJ— Thomas E. O'Connor has joined Quinlan & Associates as their new outside Sales Representative. Tom comes to Quinlan & Associates with 10 years in estimating and project management at a New York Metropolitan Area door hardware distributor.

Prior to his hardware experience, Tom worked for nearly 10 years in various estimating and management roles for a floor covering subcontractor in New Jersey and two industrial general contractors in Austin, Texas.

Tom can be reached at 908.931.1152 ext. no. 202 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.













The principles of ventilated rain screen cladding and their contribution to energy conservation and a comfortable, ambient climate are explained. By design guidelines, the differences between a drained and back-ventilated system and a pressure-equalized system are illustrated.

Learning Objectives:  Understand the principles of drained and back-ventilated rain screen cladding and their design opportunities. Identify topics of special attention in design and construction, relate them to building codes and learn how to resolve them.

How Taught:  The CES facilitator utilizes a PowerPoint or slide presentation to provide an in-depth overview or typical design topics like history, control of water leakage, proper joint design, weather and air barriers, energy conservation and structural design.  The program concludes with photos of completed US projects.

A/V Needed:  Electrical power and screen for PowerPoint.  The CES facilitator supplies the projectors.

Target Audience:  Architects, specifiers, owners and other design professionals in the commercial market.  The ideal audience size can be one on one or over 50.  This program meets every experience level with time designed into the program for question sand answers.  

Cost to participant: There is no cost to bring this program into your firm or chapter meeting.


To schedule an AIA Continuing Education Seminar, please call Quinlan at 908.931.1152 or contact us