New Standards and Tools to Update Your Air Barrier Specifications

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Live webinar airing on October 5, 2022 at 2:00 PM EDT
Sponsored by the Air Barrier Association of America (ABBA)
Presented by Ryan Dalgleish

Learning Objectives:

  1. Through a review of the air barrier calculator, determine the energy and financial savings obtained by higher level of airtightness and how it impacts the project specifications.
  2. Define new test standards for whole building airtightness testing, adhesion testing and other performance test methods for air barrier materials.
  3. Define requirements for quality assurance and control and typical downfalls of specification language, along with steps that can be taken to improve installation of the air/water resistive barrier.
  4. Outline new tools that can be used to benchmark construction details and specifications.

Credits:

HSW
1 AIA LU/HSW
IIBEC
1 IIBEC CEH
IACET
0.1 IACET CEU*

The presentation will review some of the tools available in regards to specifying different levels of building airtightness above code-mandated minimums. These tools help assess the energy reduction from base levels of building airtightness and the corresponding financial savings, along with quantification of the impacts airtightness has on moisture movement transported by air leakage.

A look into changes to building codes and whole building airtightness test methods, with new test methods and standards to update your specifications, along with information on the ABAA quality assurance program, how to specify the program properly and exactly what the program entails.

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Photo courtesy of the Air Barrier Association of America


Ryan

Ryan Dalgleish, has been involved in the building enclosure and building performance areas of construction in both the commercial and residential sectors for over 20 years. He acts in the position of Chief Operating Officer for the Air Barrier Association of America. Ryan is a certified Net Zero building instructor, teaches master builder courses to builders across the country and is a frequent speaker at various technical presentations dealing with the building enclosure to various building official associations, city departments, building enclosure councils and chapters of the American Institute of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute and a number of local home builder associations.

 

Air Barrier Association of America The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) is a national, not-for-profit trade association that consists of a wide cross-section of stakeholders in the building enclosure industry. Their membership, which is over 630 member companies, includes manufacturers, architects, engineers, trade contractors, researchers, testing & audit agencies, consultants and building owners. ABAA is the national voice of the air barrier industry and the number one resource for anything to do with air and moisture barriers. The ABAA website is a great resource for specifiers when designing a building and ABAA can assist you in reviewing your specifications and providing language to include requirements for the ABAA quality assurance program.

 

Originally published in October 2022

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