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E06 Performance of Buildings
Event Name: April 2013 Committee Week
Pre-registration requested to attend this meeting.


A Symposium on Problems and Solutions for Building Walls Exposed to Continued Water Accumulations: Lessons from the Past and Recommendations for the Future will to be held Sunday and Monday April 14-15, 2013. Sponsored by ASTM Committee E06.55 on Exterior Building Wall Systems, the symposium will be held at the JW Marriott Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN, in conjunction with the April standards development meetings of Committee.

Over the past two decades, significant strides have been accomplished with regard to the quality and reliability of many major consumer items purchased and used in our daily lives. These items include computers, electronics, appliances and automobiles. Most of these marked improvements can be attributed to an ever more sophisticated and informed consumer who is armed with unlimited access to product review, timely reporting of problems and access to comparative data including both performance and reliability.

The performance of building wall assemblies, including both new construction and repair/rehabilitation has not enjoyed the same level of improvement attained by these manufactured consumer products. While the design and construction of building envelopes varies significantly from the manufacturer of consumer products, we continue to fall behind because of the ill-considered focus on low initial price while too often ignoring long-term value and performance (total cost). In point of fact, the information regarding how to correct and avoid unintended water entry, infiltration, and accumulation in exterior wall assemblies is already known and available. The problem is one of recognition of the necessity, acceptance of the responsibility, and implementation of these tools and knowledge.

Twenty- two years ago, ASTM Sub-Committee E06.55 sponsored its first symposium pertaining to water in exterior building walls. Since that time, the proliferation of both new and previously repaired buildings that leak and/or continue to leak, and/or suffer from unintended moisture accumulation has increased. Through the continued efforts of many ASTM Committees, including E-06.55, numerous standards have been and continue to be developed to address the evaluation, design and repair of building walls. The objective of this symposium is to document both the industry's and ASTM's efforts in addressing these problems through standard development, and disseminate this information. Discussion of past, current, and future research, case studies, and recommendations for analysis, design approaches, construction tools and proactive maintenance intended to both maintain and extend the service life of our society's building inventory can assist in accomplishing this objective.

The language of the symposium will be English.


Online registration opens approximately 8 weeks before the symposium and closes April 10, 2013. The fees to attend this symposium are listed below. These fees include:

    - the Sunday evening reception (cash bar)
    - a copy of the resulting STP publication and
    - a copy of standard E2128-12

Students – A student's fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID. The waived fee provides admission into the technical sessions only.

All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the symposium. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at symposium.

A refund of the symposium fee will be honored only if requested at least 7 business days prior to the symposium. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Hannah Sparks at or 610-832-9678.

If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Hannah Sparks in Symposia Operations at, Tel: 610/832-9677, or ASTM Technical Support at or 1-800-262-1373 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).



On Site

ASTM Member Fee
Non-Member Fee
Presenter Fee
Student Fee


Symposium attendees interested in receiving 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should complete a CEU application form at the adjournment of the symposium, and then submit it to the ASTM staff member on site. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the symposium.


Additional information about the symposium is available from Symposium Co-Chairmen:
Jeff Erdly
Masonry Preservation Services
Bloomsburg, PA
tel: 570-752-3607

Paul Johnson
Smithgroup Inc
Detroit, MI
tel: 313-442-8183


All meetings will be held at the JW Marriott Indianapolis, 10 S. West St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Reservations may be made at the JW Marriott by using the online reservation system JW Marriott Indianapolis.

Select your dates and proceed as instructed. Reservations may also be made by telephoning the JW Marriott Hotel at 1-866-704-6162 (you must mention ASTM in order to receive the group rate).

Group rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full but no later than March 15, 2013. ASTM rates are $159 single/double plus 17% tax at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full.

U.S. GOVERNMENT RATES: You must contact the Marriott Courtyard Indianapolis, 601 West Washington St. for the Government per diem rate of $91 plus 17% tax. To obtain a government rate go online at Marriott Courtyard Indianapolis. Reservations may also be made by telephoning the hotel at 1-317-822-9029. You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in. The hotel is directly connected to the JW Marriott.

IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through a travel agent they must ask for a non-commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if commissions were paid to a travel agency.

ADVANCE DEPOSIT: JW Marriott Indianapolis and Marriott Courtyard Indianapolis require a credit card to guarantee your reservation.

CONFIRMATION NOTICES: A confirmation number is provided to you electronically once your reservation has been submitted.

CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the JW Marriott Indianapolis, notice of cancellation must be received by 6:00pm on the day of arrival.

Check the ASTM website for updates on overflow hotel room availability.


The hotels are located approximately 20 miles/20 minutes from the Indianapolis International Airport. The hotel's phone number is 317-860-5800 and the general fax number is 317-822-8464. The website for the hotel is JW Marriott Indianapolis Information.

For information on the city of Indianapolis, visit the Indianapolis convention and Visitors Bureau website at: Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE: Go Green is available at the baggage claim terminal. The phone number for the shuttle service is 800-589-6004. The shuttle runs every half hour from 8:00am to 11:00pm Monday through Sunday. The cost is $10 per person. Taxis cost approximately $35.

PARKING: Overnight parking is available at $32 for valet and $28 self-parking with in and out privileges.


Meeting schedules of Committee E06 are posted on the ASTM web site at or contact the ASTM staff manager, Steve Mawn at or tel: 610-832-8726.


Committee E06 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information, visit the web listed immediately above, and click "Future Meetings".