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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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the various test methods for air barrier materials and assemblies as it relates to air, water, fire and other key requirements.
  2. Analyze the other control functions for a wall assembly and determine if the air barrier also provides vapor control or water resistance.
  3. Identify key language for 3-part specification to articulate performance standards, execution and quality requirements.
  4. Define requirements for quality assurance and control and typical downfalls of specification language.

Ryan Dalgleish has been involved in building enclosure design for over 20 years, and has served on the board of local building enclosure chapter for 15 years. Ryan presents all over North America at various conferences and events in the areas of building science, Net Zero, Passive House and building enclosures. He is a Net Zero Building Instructor and Certified Adult Education Specialist from the University of Manitoba. Ryan acts as the Chief Operating Officer of the Air Barrier Association of America.

As more states, jurisdictions and the design community require air barriers, the issue of connecting the wall air barrier assembly to other building assemblies, such as below-grade, window systems and roofs need to be completely understood in order to design and construct a functioning building enclosure.

One of the most often missed or poorly executed details is the connection between the wall air barrier and roof assembly. With a myriad of roof systems, wall configurations and the growing number of wall air barrier products, it can be difficult to navigate the process in regards to what systems work best with each other and the chemical compatibility of these systems.

This presentation will focus on things to consider from a design standpoint, along with practical approaches to ensuring a robust connection is constructed and executed.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe why the roof/wall air barrier intersection is critical to building performance in regards to moisture management and air leakage control and common design and field errors.
  2. Discuss compatibility issues related to wall and roof air barrier components for the myriad of air barrier and roofing assemblies that exist on the market today.
  3. Identify pre-construction coordination items to review and allocation of responsibilities to sub-trades for proper execution of connection.
  4. Review requirements for detailing the roof/wall interface and the sequence of construction for most common roof/wall air barrier connections.

Roy Schauffele is an internationally published author and speaker in the fields of energy conservation and sustainable building envelopes, all with an eye towards improving building science, performance and quality of life. He is the acknowledged inventor of “The Perfect Wall” which is now the nationwide building code standard for wall construction. Roy is President and founder of Division 7 Solutions, Inc., now entering its 32nd year of continuous operations. He was the first Technical Director of SPRI, and a Construction Specifications Institute Board Director. Roy currently serves as a Director and Executive Committee Member of the ABAA. He’s currently a Technical Advisor to Build San Antonio Green. This year, Roy was awarded the ABAA Wagdy Anis Dedication award for excellence in volunteerism, leadership and mentorship. Globally, he is the only person to be a Fellow of both CSI and ABAA and he continues to be a requested national speaker on energy conservation and sustainability.

A billion dollars is spent each year by construction managers, trade partners, manufacturers and insurance companies due to water and moisture issues in the building enclosure. We know this is an issue—it has been for decades—yet every year there is more litigation regarding building enclosure failures. Join us to learn how having an industry-recognized knowledgeable individual in air barriers and an enclosure quality program can mitigate your building enclosure risk and assist you in providing the owner with a durable, sustainable building facade. Industry organizations have training programs, credentialing programs and guidance resources to help you assemble the right team to build air barriers right!

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain why airtightness is essential for durable and sustainable building enclosures.
  2. Explain how to be recognized by building professionals as knowledgeable in air barriers.
  3. Provide a repeatable quality process using examples from the Air Barrier Association of America’s Quality Assurance Program.
  4. Provide examples of how a building using knowledgeable people and an enclosure quality process can help provide energy-efficient and sustainable buildings.
  5. Review industry expectations and educational resources.

Brian Stroik is a recognized industry leader in the construction of energy-efficient, sustainable and durable buildings. He is the National Strategic Accounts Sales Director at Tremco Sealants & Waterproofing. Brian works with key industry organizations—including the Air Barrier Association of America, the National Building Enclosure Council, the Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council and ASTM E06—on research and education regarding building enclosures, energy efficiency, retrofitting and upgrading existing building enclosures. He has also chaired numerous speaker sessions at national conferences and hosted roundtable discussions.

An in-depth look at the environmental separators for the roof, wall and below-grade assemblies in regards to water control, air leakage control, thermal performance and vapor control. Critical details that typically cause building performance related issues will be focused on the two largest failures of building enclosures: roof-to-wall connections and wall-to-window connections specific to curtain wall systems. A step-by-step look at each critical detail in regards to sequence of construction and the various connections to ensure airtight/watertight and thermally protected details. Real-life photos and job conditions will bring the realities of the construction process to show typical errors found and how they can be addressed correctly.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Articulate how transitions impact building enclosure performance through real-life experiences in regards to energy loss, building performance and the sustainability of the system.
  2. Identify and prioritize critical details during the construction document phase to ensure an integrated approach is taken to heat, air, water and vapor control.
  3. Assess each detail in regards to impacts of the four control layers and understand the various options for designing details for a variety of roof, wall and window assemblies.
  4. Through the use of real-life case studies and photos, plan out the proper sequence of construction and identify quality control methods in construction document review to provide corrective action.

Andrew Dunlap’s, Principal, SmithGroup, Inc., primary work experience is focused on the analysis and development of building enclosure systems including wall cladding assemblies, air/water barrier systems, roofing, skylights, fenestration systems and waterproofing. Specializing in the energy and hygrothermal analysis of wall, fenestration and roof systems; his work extends from evaluating existing buildings, investigating problem buildings, revitalizing historic structures, to the design and consultation of new and specialty facades. Andrew received his Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy. He provides presentations to several industry organizations on a regular basis and is published in numerous industry periodicals and journals.

The presentation will review some of the new 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 potential changes to building codes and new Whole Building Airtightness test methods, along with a high level review of research conducted and being conducted, on things such as adhesion values for various air barrier materials and fastener penetration testing.

Thirdly, information on the ABAA quality assurance program and how to specify the program properly and exactly what the program entails. Included in this will be a review of the top field related issues that are found during the ABAA site audit process.

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. Analyze the results of recent research projects such as adhesion and fastener penetrations, along with upcoming building code changes.
  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. Identify key field installation issues for various air barrier products and how specifications can provide further clarity.

Ryan Dalgleish has been involved in building enclosure design for over 20 years, and has served on the board of local building enclosure chapter for 15 years. Ryan presents all over North America at various conferences and events in the areas of building science, Net Zero, Passive House and building enclosures. He is a Net Zero Building Instructor and Certified Adult Education Specialist from the University of Manitoba. Ryan acts as the Chief Operating Officer of the Air Barrier Association of America.

Solving air barrier details or mishaps during construction is possible, but do we really have time for that? Construction schedules and sequencing are compressed. Change orders and rework are expensive and time consuming. Discover through actual air barrier specifications, drawings and field photographs the possible options to solve details or mishaps before construction starts. Join this interactive seminar with polls and real examples during construction that delve into ways to avoid those last-minute detail changes.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the top five air barrier issues in construction.
  • Analyze actual air barrier details and mishaps for possible solutions.
  • Formulate possible air barrier solutions in both design and construction phases.
  • Coordinate air barrier product data, specifications, drawings and construction to minimize problems and change orders.

Pamela Jergenson is a Principal Consultant in the Building and Structure Sciences Group at Braun Intertec. She is a Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) and Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) from Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP) and Accredited Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure (CxA+BE) from University of Wisconsin-Madison, ABAA Licensed Field Auditor and Certified Speaker with Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA). Pam has over 35 years in construction with nearly 30 years in investigation, survey, design, construction observation, and construction contract administration of new and existing building enclosure projects; with expertise in exterior walls and air barriers.

Critical details that typically cause building performance related issues will be focused on one of the largest failures of building enclosures: wall to window connections specific to curtain wall systems and storefronts. A step-by-step look at each critical detail in regards to sequence of construction and the various connections to ensure airtight/watertight and thermally protected details. Real life photos and job conditions will highlight the realities of the construction process to show typical errors found and how those errors can be addressed correctly.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Articulate how transitions impact building enclosure performance through real life experiences in regards to energy loss, building performance and the sustainability of the system.
  2. Correctly identify and prioritize critical details during the construction document phase to ensure an integrated approach is taken to heat, air, water and vapor control.
  3. Assess each detail for storefront and curtain wall in regards to impacts of the four control layers and understand the various options for designing details for a variety of roof, wall and window assemblies.
  4. Through the use of real life case studies and photos, plan out the proper sequence of construction and identify quality control methods in construction document review to provide corrective action.

Andrew Dunlap’s AIA, CDT, NCARB, LEED, primary work experience is focused on the analysis and development of building enclosure systems including wall cladding assemblies, air barrier systems, roofing, skylights, fenestration systems and waterproofing. Specializing in the energy and hygrothermal evaluation and analysis of wall, fenestration, and roof systems, Andrew utilizes a number of advanced computerized analysis and simulation tools to perform his work. He received his B. Arch, B.S. in Mathematics, and M. Arch degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy. Andrew is also active participant in the design and construction community, providing presentations and publications to several industry organizations.

The term Groundhog Day has a meaning of an unpleasant and a repetitive event or situation. In the building industry, we unfortunately either like or at least tolerate Groundhog Day. I guess we would not have much to talk or complain about if we learned from our past mistakes—that would just be boring, right?

Everyone knows that air barriers are important, they know what they do and that they need to be installed correctly. We have heard it for 20 years and no longer need a presentation to remind us of that. With that being said, how do we give them a chance of success?

One of the most common risk management strategies used is a robust quality assurance program in the specifications that requires certified contractors, trained and certified installers, evaluated materials and on-site third-party audits. This presentation will discuss the role of the quality assurance audits, and point out what to look for when doing site observation and quality control. It will also provide real life examples that can help you identify installation issues on your project, what caused them, and what corrective action can be taken.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Assess how site quality assurance audits, field observation and site quality control fit into an overall quality assurance and risk management strategy.
  2. Determine responsibilities of all building enclosure stakeholders to coordinate and execute a plan for quality installation.
  3. Identify typical issues found in the installation process and what caused these for a variety of air barrier systems by visual inspection.
  4. Through the use of jobsite photos, demonstrate the physical testing that can be done on a variety of air barrier systems.

Ryan Dalgleish has been involved in building enclosure design for over 20 years, and has served on the board of local building enclosure chapter for 15 years. Ryan presents all over North America at various conferences and events in the areas of building science, Net Zero, Passive House and building enclosures. He is a Net Zero Building Instructor and Certified Adult Education Specialist from the University of Manitoba. Ryan acts as the Chief Operating Officer of the Air Barrier Association of America.

There seems to be a lack of understanding of what quality assurance entails versus quality control, the fundamental differences between the two, and what each function brings to the table. This is not unique to the ABAA air barrier quality assurance program or the construction industry in general. These terms are used interchangeably and misunderstood in all industries.

In this presentation, a discussion of how to implement quality assurance and quality control will be explored specific to the building enclosure, and the steps you can take to ensure a high-performance building.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore how quality management systems can be applied to the construction process, and how quality assurance differentiates with quality control.
  2. Assess potential impacts to cost, scheduling, building performance, and durability by poor installation of air barriers.
  3. Describe language required in a specification that provides key criteria in regards to implementing an air barrier site quality assurance program.
  4. Define key components of an air barrier site quality assurance program, and assess the importance and relationship of each component.

"LaverneLaverne Dalgleish, CABS, Executive Director Air Barrier Association of America

Mr. Laverne Dalgleish was requested in 2000 to organize a trade association that would focus on the air barriers that were going to become a requirement in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts building code on July 1, 2001, specifically to deal with training the installers.
Laverne had managed trade associations and had developed a Site Quality Assurance Program based on his work in developing standards at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Over the years, Laverne has spearheaded the development of material specifications, test methods, training courses, installer certification and research projects, all to bring organization and technical documents that were used to grow the air barrier industry.
Over the years, Laverne has become a frequent presenter across North America and Internationally on a variety of topics as they relate to building envelopes, energy efficiency, green building practices, and standards and quality of construction.

Water damage is the number one cause resulting in lawsuits against builders. In the spring, the roof leaks, but it has not rained for months. Where is the water coming from?

I used high-permeable materials in the building construction, so why do I have moisture problems? I have been constructing buildings for decades; I never had a moisture problem in the past, so why am I getting them now?

This presentation shows the ways that moisture moves in the building and why moisture problems are showing up in today’s construction. The energy and moisture transport calculator is used to provide some of the answers to these questions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Determine the ways that moisture moves in building assemblies.
  2. Articulate why water vapor transmission properties of a single material are not important.
  3. Identify the top two ways why moisture will show up in a building assembly.
  4. Identify why moisture problems in buildings will continue to get worse in the future.

"LaverneLaverne Dalgleish, CABS, Executive Director Air Barrier Association of America

Mr. Laverne Dalgleish was requested in 2000 to organize a trade association that would focus on the air barriers that were going to become a requirement in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts building code on July 1, 2001, specifically to deal with training the installers.
Laverne had managed trade associations and had developed a Site Quality Assurance Program based on his work in developing standards at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Over the years, Laverne has spearheaded the development of material specifications, test methods, training courses, installer certification and research projects, all to bring organization and technical documents that were used to grow the air barrier industry.
Over the years, Laverne has become a frequent presenter across North America and Internationally on a variety of topics as they relate to building envelopes, energy efficiency, green building practices, and standards and quality of construction.

PRESENTATIONS

Who is ABAA? and Building Science

by Laverne Dalgleish

Top 10 Building Enclosure Concerns

by Brian Stroik

Quality Assurance Programs

by Brian Stroik

Through-Wall Flashings

by Craig Wetmore