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Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA)

The Center of Excellence for the Air Barrier Industry

ABAA Conference & Trade Show

Building Code alert!

Did you know the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) now requires air barriers in many buildings? Are you ready for this change and what it means for you? Do you want to capitalize on this change?

The Air Barrier Association of America is hosting its first conference and trade show in Chicago, IL on April 10-12! Some of the top minds in Building Science and Air Barriers will educate you on the essentials needed to both comply with the new code requirements and assure the successful incorporation of air barriers in your building enclosure assemblies. A 3 day comprehensive learning track of presentations will be offered for design professionals, consultants, general contractors, subcontractors and others interested in the air barrier industry.

April 10-12, 2012
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-1234

Click to reserve your room at the hotel for the conference

Click to register as an Exhibitor

Click for the Exhibitor's Information Kit

Click to register as an Attendee

Click to view the Conference Schedule

Click for Workshop Descriptions & Speaker Bios

* Mention ABAA to get the discounted conference rate of $169/night plus taxes

Conference Tracks

Track 1: ABAA Installer and Auditor Certification Training

  • Self-Adhering Sheet and Fluid Applied Installer Certification (3 day)
  • Spray Polyurethane Foam Installer Certification (3 day)
  • QAP Administrator Training (1/2 day)
  • ABAA Auditor Training (2 day)

Click for the eligibility requirements for Auditor Training


Conference Track Members Cost Non-Members Cost
Self-Adhered and Fluid Applied Training $995 $1495
SPF Training $995 $1495
QAP Administrator Training $195 $295
Auditor Training $795

Track 2: Contractor, Sub-Contractor & General Information

  • Self-Adhering Sheet Membrane Air Barrier
  • Fluid Applied Air Barriers
  • Spray Polyurethane Foam Air Barriers
  • Mechanically Fastened Sheet Membrane Air Barriers
  • Mechanically Fastened Board Stock Air Barriers
  • Mechanically Fastened Engineered Membrane Air Barriers
  • EIFS & Air Barriers
  • Fluid Applied Air Barrier Spray Equipment
  • Spray Polyurethane Foam Air Barrier Spray Equipment
  • General Principles and the General Contractor's Role In Successful Air Barriers
  • About ABAA, ABAA Installer Certification, and the ABAA QAP
  • Give ABAA Your Feedback
  • *** These presentations will be offered daily on all three days.


  • 1 Day - $100
  • 2 Days - $200
  • 3 Days - $300

Track 3: Design & Industry Professional Training

  • Day 1: Introduction to air barriers: Three 90 minute presentations (Beginner)
  • Day 2: Incorporating air barriers into your project: Three 90 minute presentations (Intermediate)
  • Day 3: Advanced considerations for air barrier: Three 90 minute presentations (Advanced)


  • 1 Day - $100
  • 2 Days - $200
  • 3 Days - $300

Track 4: Testing, Analysis & Commissioning

  • Blower Door Technician Certification
  • WUFI Training - Click for details & registration form
  • ASTM E 2178 & ASTM E 2357 Explained
  • The DOE, ORNL & ABAA Research Project
  • NFPA 285 and what it means for Air Barriers
  • Building Enclosure Commissioning


  • 1 Day - $100
  • 2 Days - $200
  • 3 Days - $300
  • Blower Door Technician - $250
  • WUFI Training - $945

In addition, exhibitors will include manufacturers of air barrier materials and application equipment who will be showcasing their products and equipment, as well as demonstrating installations. You will not find a better collection of resources and knowledge on air barriers at any other conference.


  • 3M
  • ABAA
  • Air-Ins Inc.
  • BASF Wall Systems
  • Canam Building Envelope Specialists
  • Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing
  • Commercial Innovations Inc
  • Com-Ten Industries
  • Cosella-Dorken Products, Inc.
  • Dryvit Sytems Inc
  • DuPont Building Innovations
  • Exova
  • Firestone Specialty Products
  • Henry
  • IBTS
  • Icynene Corp.
  • Intertek
  • Laticrete
  • Momentive
  • Pactiv Building Products
  • Parex  USA
  • Polyguard Products, Inc.
  • Retrotec Inc.
  • Sika Corporation
  • Sto Corp
  • STS Coatings Inc.
  • The Energy Conservatory
  • Thermo-Scan Inspections
  • Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing
  • W.R. Grace
  • W.R. Meadows, Inc

BCRA Design - Air Barrier Solutions 2012

May 16th - 17th, 2012
Seattle, WA

In this informative 1.5 day seminar, participants will learn about the new air barrier system requirements and how new standards in energy codes and contract requirements reflect a greater understanding of the importance of a continuous air barrier system for commercial building performance. Speakers will also cover critical points of development, testing, and sustainability.

Click here for more information

Large Building Testing Workshop & Training - Seattle, May 18th

May 16th - 17th, 2012
Seattle, WA

Large Building Training Seattle
The Air Barrier Solutions 2012 Seminar (hosted by BCRA) is taking place in Seattle, May 16th & 17th, 2012. Retrotec is excited to attend this informative event that covers air barrier system requirements, development, testing, and sustainability - register here!

Following the show, join us on May 18th for a 1 day hands-on workshop on Large Building Air Leakage Testing, which includes:
  • Retrotec's Levels 1-3 Air Leakage and Large Building online training, which can be completed before or after the workshop. Certification is given with completion of this training.
  • 2 industry experts, providing the most up-to-date procedures and answers to your questions
  • Introduction to FanTestic testing software
  • Hands-on time with equipment and live demonstrations
  • Catered lunch included
All this for only $995!

Seattle code now requires all commercial buildings be tested for air tightness.

Spaces are limited! Register now to get all your large building testing questions answered!

Large Building Testing

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Reach this audience by exhibiting at this high quality, focused event where you talk to decision makers. Complete the on-line inquiry form to receive more details.

The National High Performance Building Conference at Ecobuild America includes executive level meetings, roundtable discussions, seminars, a vendor product exhibit and a short course theater to highlight HPB products and services covering the following subjects:

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  • Safety and Security

The National High Performance Building Conference at Ecobuild America is positioned as one of the top events for high performance, green building, sustainability and information technology for the building and construction industry.

Ecobuild America is the only tradeshow that delivers the federal government and policy makers charged with improving building performance in all federal buildings.

Reach this audience by exhibiting at this high quality, focused event where you talk to decision makers. Complete the on-line inquiry form to reserve your booth or sponsorship.

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