2019 SeaBEC Symposium

Forensics: Turning Hindsight Into Foresight

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Seattle Art Museum

Please save the date for our next SeaBEC Symposium on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Our theme "Forensics: Turning Hindsight Into Foresight" will focus on forensic building envelope failures and lessons learned.  For questions, please contact the 2019 SeaBEC Symposium chair, Joel Thornburg at [email protected]  


We will begin accepting sponsorships at 8am on December 4, 2018. Sponsorships will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis via email.  Click here for available sponsorship levels. To reserve your sponsorship, please email David Bates at [email protected] beginning at 8am on December 4, 2018. 


NW Windstorms/Effects of Climate Change in the NW
Cliff Mass, University of Washington

Pros and Cons of Underside and Topside Insulation
Ray Wetherholt, Wetherholt & Associates

Design & Forensics: How the Former Informs the Latter
David Deress, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Grenfell Tower Fire
Michael Soper, State of Washington

Comprehensive Report of Forensic Projects
Lee Duhnam, OAC Services

Precoated Sheathing Systems
Steven Doggett, Built Environments


Online registration for the 2019 SeaBEC Symposium will begin on February 7, 2019. Stay tuned for details.

Early Bird (before March 29th)        SeaBEC Member $125, Non-Member $150
Regular (after March 30th)              SeaBEC Member $150, Non-Member $175


Registration & Breakfast                      7:00-7:45am
1st speaker                                          8:00-9:00am
2nd speaker                                         9:00-10:00am
Coffee Break:                                      10:00-10:30am
3rd speaker                                         10:30-11:30am
Lunch                                                  11:30-1:00pm
4th speaker                                         1:00-2:00pm
5th speaker                                         2:00-3:00pm
Coffee Break                                       3:00-3:30pm
6th speaker                                         3:30-4:30pm 
Closing & Raffle Prizes                       4:30-5:00pm
Happy Hour / Networking                    5:00-6:30pm


2017 SeaBEC Symposium

Advancing Building Enclosures: Beyond Code Conformance

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Seattle Art Museum

Thank You

Thank you to everyone that attended the 2017 SeaBEC Symposium. It was a day filled with fun, learning, and networking. Continuing education certificates for AIA, RCI, GBCI, and Passive House were emailed out. Copies of the speaker presentations are available for download using the links below. Please contact Rob Bechtel at [email protected] at with any questions.

Antarctica: Year on Ice
Anthony Powell, Filmmaker & Photographer
Click here to download Anthony's presentation

Building Beyond the Code: The Contractor's Role in the Development of High Performance Buildings
Martin Houston, Walsh Construction Co.
Click here to download Martin's presentation

Washington Residential Energy Code Current and Future Updates
Luke Howard and Gary Nordeen, Washington State University
Click here to download Luke and Gary's presentation

Passive House Standards and Recent Policy Development: Codes and Incentives
Katrin Klingenberg, Passive House Institute US
Click here to download Katrin's presentation

Passive House and Commercial Construction: The Evolution of Residential Passive House Building Standards and the Application to Commercial Construction
Medgar Marceau, Morrison Hershfield
Click here to download Medgar's presentation

Innovative Wall Assemblies and High-Performance Systems: Barriers and Breakthroughs
Chris Van Daalen, Northwest Eco-Building Guild
Click here to download Chris's presentation


Thank you to our 2017 symposium sponsors.

BASF Corporation
BEE Consulting, LLC
Capital Lumber
EMSEAL Joint Systems
Guardian Glass
Henry Company
Knight Wall Systems
Kryton International
Masonry Institute of Washington
Morrison Hershfield
Primex Manufacturing
SMT Research
TekTerior Systems
Western Specialty Contractors
Window Tech Inc.
WR Meadows

Planning Committee

Rob Bechtel, Co-Chair
Dan Scherber, Co-Chair
Sam Packard, Speakers
Sharon Libby, Speakers
Roxanne Navrides, Venue
Robin Kotulka, Registration
David K. Bates, Sponsorships
Jeff Herrmann, Sponsorships
Amy Hartwell, Marketing & Printed Program
Penny Short, Marketing & Printed Program
Nathan Seney, Venue & Printed Program
Hilary Roy, Marketing
Grace Wong, Meeting Minutes
Jeff Dideon, Budget, Gifts, and Raffle Prizes
Michael Arndt, Student Outreach


Russell Investment Center Garage
This garage is located directed below the Museum. Its entrance is on Union Street between First and Second Avenues.  For more information visit http://www.rpnw.com/lot/seattle/30-529 or call 206-264-8444. Space is limited as much of this garage is rented monthly parking.

2nd and Union Garage
This garage is located one block northeast of the Museum. Its entrance is on 2nd Avenue between Union and Pike Streets. For more information visit http://www.rpnw.com/lot/seattle/30-592

3rd and Stewart Garage
This garage is four blocks northeast of the Museum. Its entrance is on Stewart Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. For more information visit http://www.parkme.com/lot/79428/3rd-and-stewart-garage-seattle-wa