At the Roof Edge: Intersection of Design and Performance

Track 1

Tuesday, May 2, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The roof to wall intersection is the junction where building aesthetics meets structural performance, air and moisture management, energy efficiency, construction trade sequencing, and operational maintenance. At such a critical interface, proper parapet detailing, installation coordination, and execution are paramount.

How do you achieve performance at the roof to wall interface without compromising the aesthetics over the edge of the roof? How can the design anticipate the construction phase coordination efforts and sequencing between masons, carpenters, and roof and wall subcontractors, and provide a constructible and integrated building solution? This session will provide guidelines to successfully navigate these often competing interests and provide strategies for achievable performance through design and specification without compromising the aesthetics with distracting details over the edge of the roof.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand requirements to manage condensation risk through air barrier continuity.
  2. Understand code requirements and how to achieve compliance.
  3. Outline design and specification requirements to set achievable performance.
  4. Develop critical details where the roof and wall intersects.
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Jennifer Keegan, AAIA

GAF, Parsippany, NJ

Jennifer Keegan is the Director of Building & Roofing Science for GAF, focusing on overall roof system design and performance. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience as a building enclosure consultant specializing in building forensics, assessment, design and remediation of building enclosure systems. Jennifer provides technical leadership within the industry as the Chair of the ASTM D08.22 Roofing and Waterproofing Subcommittee, and the education chair for IIBEC; and as an advocate for women within the industry as an executive board member of National Women in Roofing and a board member of Women in Construction.