Building Enclosure: Dynamic Interfaces of Water-Resistive Barriers

When:  Feb 25, 2020 from 11:15 AM to 03:30 PM (CT)
Associated with  Chicago

Dynamic Interfaces of Water-Resistive Barriers

Building Enclosure Event

Presented by: M. Steven Doggett, PH.D., LEED AP, Principal Building Scientist of Built Environments, Inc.

Water-Resistive Barriers (WRBs) have evolved to serve compound forms and functions.  Despite these advances, performance expectations still reflect over-simplistic assumptions and problematic testing methods.  Interfaces with modern wall components also remain ill-defined with respect to the WRB’s primary function of liquid water resistance.  Industry trends toward component integration have further strained the WRB’s intended role.

This two hour presentation will review new findings from experimental research and computational modeling to demonstrate performance attributes of recognized WRB systems.  Moisture transport and storage will be reviewed for three dynamic interfaces: A) the exterior insulation interface; B) the substrate interface; and C) the fastener interface.  Directives for industry research, testing standards, and product innovation will be discussed. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the role of WRBs in context with key interfaces in modern wall design. 
  2. Apply basic building science principles to identify new challenges in WRB performance.
  3. Recognize common failure mechanisms associated with exterior insulation. 
  4. Assign directives for improving WRB systems, testing standards, and installation practices. 

Continuing Education: 2.0 AIA CES HSW|LU; 2.0 CPHC CEUs

$50 Members & Industry Partners (see below list )
$60 Nonmembers


11:15am registration begins and sponsor tables open
11:45am lunch
12:30pm presentation begins (2 hour lecture + Q&A + breaks)
3:30pm event concludes

Registration: Required by Tuesday, February 18, 2020. 
Parking: Valet parking (Cash Only) is available at Maggiano's; Street Parking upon Availability; and Grand Plaza Garage (29. E Ohio Street)

Attendees can stop by sponsor tabletops to be eligible to win one of three $100 Mastercard gift cards that will be raffled at the event!

About The Presenter:

Stephen_Dogget.jpgSteven Doggett, Ph.D., LEED AP is the Principal Scientist and founder of Built Environments, Inc. an architectural & building science consulting firm specializing in building enclosure design and research.  His background includes extensive field experience with complex building enclosure failures, particularly those involving air, heat, and moisture transport.  He merges this experience with innovative design practices to assist multi-stakeholders achieve more resilient, higher-performing buildings.  Dr. Doggett is actively engaged in enclosure design, assembly and material research, and building simulations involving computational fluid dynamics, 3-D thermal modeling, and hygrothermal modeling. Dr. Doggett is the former chair of the Minnesota Building Enclosure Council.


Event Sponsors


Industry Partners*

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*members of our industry partner organizations can register at the member rate.

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CSI is a AIA CES Registered Provider (Provider Number S001).


Maggiano's Little Italy
516 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654


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