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Air Barrier Education Symposium (ABAA)

When:  Dec 3, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Charleston


8:00 - 8:30 Registration & Welcome

8:30 - 8:45 Introductions, ABAA & Sponsors

8:45 - 9:45:

Oh No! What did I miss? How to Properly Specify an Air Barrier System

Presented by: Laverne Dalgleish, ABAA Executive Director; Principal, Building Professionals, Executive Director of the National Air Barrier Association; Chair - ULC S700 Committee on Thermal Performance in the Built Environment; Chair - ISO TC 163 SC03 Thermal Insulation Materials, Products, and Systems; Chair - Building Envelope Task Group for Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency

Design and Construction documents are one of the first steps towards achieving an effective layer of airtightness to manage moisture and air movement. The importance of a proper specification cannot be understated and a well-articulated document will ensure that the owner is provided with materials, performance and quality.

The presentation will review some of the consideration and language that should be reviewed prior to developing a specification and will outline code requirements, performance requirements, what can be done for quality and ensuring material selection meets the intent of design and for crucial coordination with other components of the enclosure. (1 hour, 1.0 CEU/HSW)

9:45 - 10:00 Break

10:00 - 11:30:

Understanding Difficult Critical Transitions of Air, Vapor and Moisture Barriers

Presented by: Corey Zussman, Director of Quality Management, Pepper Construction, IL & WI; AIA, NCARB, ALA, RBEC, RRC, REWC, RWC, RRO, CDT, CQM, CxA+BE, BECxP, LEED AP, BD+C

This presentation will identify the many difficult critical transitions on complex building types and will give the tools to better understand the reasoning and sequencing needed to complete the installation in order to prevent constructability issues and potential rework in the field through drawing detailing and correlating construction photos of actual installations and explanations of each conditions. (1.5 hours, 1.5 CEU/HSW)

11:30 - 12:15 Lunch

12:15 - 1:15:

Why of Commissioning – A Look at the Process and How it can Mitigate Risk

Presented by: Melissa Payne, Building Enclosures - Construction Management Specialist, Level II Building Science Thermographer BECxP, CxA+BE, CDT

Let’s face it, buildings leak! Owners and contractors battle these leaks for months and even years after substantial completion. A properly implemented and executed Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) process mitigates risks resulting in sustainable efficient structures. The elements of the building enclosure have evolved and become complex systems. This has changed the design and construction of these “skins”. So why is commissioning a plausible solution to these challenges? Well, simply put it provides a proven and tried practice which offers guidance and structure to the complex industry of Building Enclosures.

This course will cover the BECx process intended to define the project expectations, focus on quality assurance, quality control, verification of system performance, owner training, and maintenance guidance. We will discuss building enclosure commissioning and how commissioning provides a successful trifecta scenario for the owner, design team and construction team. (1hour, 1.0 CEU/HSW)

1:15 - 1:30 Break

1:30 - 2:30:

Through-Wall Flashings Compatibility, Sustainability & Performance

Presented by: Craig Wetmore, ABAA Board Member; Chair of ABAA Marketing Committee; Executive Committee Secretary of ABAA; President of York Flashings

With all the myriad of building enclosure components and materials, there is a significant risk to ensure that all materials are compatible and work together as a system. An important part of a water control strategy for your walls requires integration of the air barrier, water resistive barrier, insulation and other related components, including through-wall flashing. Not all assemblies work together and there are specific steps needed to ensure proper water drainage. This presentation will provide an overview of all flashing choices that can be selected and specified and provide information on how to make product selections and what materials are not compatible in a system. Real life examples of various systems and transitions will provide attendees with an understanding of the successful construction of these components. (1 hour, 1.0 CEU/HSW)


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