Design Of A Shelf Angle

Track 3: Design Professionals Training

Wednesday, April 19, 10:00 – 11:30

There are many different ways to design and install a shelf angle.  The design of the shelf angle should be integrated with the air barrier continuity in the early stages of the building design.  The team must collaborate with the structural engineer and design a system that will work with the exterior sheathing, CMU, or other substrates, and the air barrier installation.  Detailing the shelf angle with an understanding of the installation as a whole, making sure that the air barrier system has continuity, constructability, and good detailing practices will facilitate a successful installation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what is needed for proper detailing for an air barrier installation and shelf angle design.
  2. Review several different types of shelf angle designs and what the pitfalls are with each shelf angle type.
  3. Identify and understand how the shelf angle could be installed to accommodate the air barrier detailing and prevent constructability issues before construction.
  4. Learn how to review the shelf angle in preconstruction to make the installation of the air barrier constructible and continuous on the elevation.
Level of content:
Intermediate - Advanced
Design Professionals
Testing, Analysis and Quality Assurance Program


Director of Quality Management
Pepper Construction, Barrington, IL

I am a licensed Architect in three states, practicing for over 25 years, specializing in building envelope, restoration, preservation, life safety, & int finishes.  I practiced architecture for over 15 years before moving to a restoration/preservation and new construction mid sized construction company that did about 200 million/year where I was Vice President in charge of developing and implementing their Quality Program.  I am currently the Dir of Quality Assurance for a large construction company (750-850 mil/year) enhancing/promoting their Quality Program for the past three years. During my experience as a Construction Quality Assurance professional, I have worked on 50-75 projects a year, including site visits, verifying installation, comprehensive skin meetings, and providing education thought the industry.  I have worked on over 900 projects in various states of construction and restoration/preservation.