Facade Performance & the Rules 101

6 October 2021

On Tuesday 26 October, join Mecca Events and a panel of facade and building code experts to explore latest developments and some of the common misunderstandings around Facade Performance and Section J. ACA members can access a 20% discount. Book now!

Facade performance is directly connected to the impact of our buildings on the planet both in carbon omitted from heating and cooling equipment, lighting etc and also in carbon omitted in the making of the facade in the first place. While statistics vary, the facade, or building envelope, typically accounts for upwards of 15% of the total embodied carbon.

Section J of the Building Code of Australia has been a key influence on architectural responses for well over a decade and the primary performance standard that is used. Section J has continued to change over time as performance targets increase. Very arguably though, Section J should only represent the base level of our ambitions, our minimum standard, although we often treat it as the “gold standard” bar to cross.

If we are honest as architects and building professionals, we have a lot going on and being across the latest thinking across all parts of the job is a constant challenge. To alleviate some of the misunderstandings and confusion around Facade Performance and Section J, Mecca has brought together a group of facade and building code experts for this CPD webinar. Speakers include:

  • Paul Reidy, Partner at Fitzpatrick+Partners;
  • Sophie Beard, Senior Sustainability Consultant within WSP’s Melbourne specialists’ team;
  • David Ritter, Associate Director at Atelier Ten and Leader of the Melbourne studio; and
  • Nick Taylor, Facade Engineer from Prism Facades.

For more information on the speakers’ credentials and experience, see the booking page.

The speakers will explain the context of the facade performance by defining the role of facades, explore the opposing Performance Factors v Human factors, define the key terminologies and how they interrelate, explain the importance of window/wall ratios, and discuss what we need to know about the performance of certain materials, build ups and systems and compare their performance.

The panel of experts will break down the concepts below by carefully explaining the:

  • Meaning of heat transfer & how it affects energy consumption
  • Meaning of U-value, R-value, SHGC
  • Comparison of typical facade materials (aluminium vs glass, double-glazing vs triple glazing etc.)
  • Comparison of typical facade systems (curtain wall vs window wall, vision area vs spandrel build-up, thermally improved vs thermally broken etc.)
  • What is required? (NCC, Section J, Basix etc.) and what does this mean for facades? (Window to wall ratio etc.)
  • Introduction of an integrative approach to facade design (as opposed to reactive compliance-checking)
  • Overview of Section J facade performance modelling pathways
  • Parametric modelling of high-performance facades
  • Facade performance and its influence on the carbon neutral pathway


5–8pm Tuesday
26 October 2021


$90 per person plus GST, 20% discount for ACA members applies (see discount code below)

Purchase includes live studio recorded webinar, course notes, MP4 recording of the session and CPD certificate.


For more information and to reserve your place, make your booking here.


2 formal CPD points

See the booking page for the Learning Outcomes.


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