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CRAN: Wall Panel Rainscreen Design for the Contemporary Home

May 31, 2018
6:00 PM EDT - 8:00 PM EDT
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Home Tour
1528 Forest Villa Lane
McLean, VA 22101


Learn about high-performance commercial wall panel systems as applied to custom residential projects from a custom residential design-builder. Tour a custom house that is clad in this type of energy efficient panel system, which provides both an elegant, virtually maintenance-free façade and the functionality of a superior rainscreen system. Learn about how selecting the right materials and construction systems can support an elegant modern aesthetic while saving time and money through a streamlined construction process.

Presenter: Francisca Alonso, AV Architects + Builders Sponsors:

Jim Brooks, Quality Window and Doors Inc.
Mark Watson, Exterior Medics Inc.
Jim Curtin, Nichiha

Learning objectives
By attending this tour of a recently-completed custom modern house, attendees will:

• Understand the benefits of using a taped wall panel and roof system together with truss joist floors and roof to speed up the installation process and create a durable structure that will resist moisture-borne damage.
• Understand the role of open cell foam insulation and the benefits of using a Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) cool roof as part of this system.
• Understand the advantages of using rain screen technology in a residential project.
• Discuss the role of window choice and installation specifications to ensure that they are integrated properly into an energy-efficient structure.

1.5 HSW LU. $15 AIA Members and Students; $20 Non-members. 


Organized by AIA Northern Virginia for the Capital Area CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network, an AIA Knowledge Community), a tri-chapter committee founded jointly by AIA DC, AIA Northern Virginia and AIA Potomac Valley. For more information about the Capital Area CRAN, go to



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Finecraft Building Contractors, Inc.




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