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ABAA & BEC St. Louis Half Day Symposium

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ABAA & BEC St. Louis Half Day Symposium

February 24, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST

10:00 am – 10:15 am EDT

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10:15 am – 11:15 am EDT

Presentation: Air Barrier Material Evaluations and Testing: Why Peanut Butter is Good for a Sandwich, but NOT for your Air Barrier
by Laverne Dalgleish, Executive Director, Air Barrier Association of America

1.0 LU/HSW

Air barrier technology has been around for decades, but the use of air and water resistive barrier material in buildings is fairly new. Some air and water resistive barrier materials have been used in other applications for years and now are being used for the air and water control layer. Now that the application has changed, does the material still perform in the new application?
As the air and water resistive barrier industry has grown over the past decade, new materials have come on the market. These materials have a short track record, but should you shy away from using them? This presentation shows how you can sort out the different materials and how you can get help in choosing the right one for your project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe why material properties matter for green buildings, specific to air barriers and other building enclosure components
  • Explain the key requirements for air barrier materials to function and reduce energy use in buildings over the long term
  • Determine key material properties and material testing that is needed for air barriers to ensure long term energy performance and protection of embodied energy of other building enclosure components
  • Explain process of material testing and requirements to meet language and requirements in ASHRAE 90.1, IECC and state energy codes

11:15 am – 11:30 am EDT


11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT

Presentation: Please Proceed with Caution: Ensure Your Building Enclosure is Sustainable and Performs
by Brian Stroik, Chair of ABAA, Performance Excellence & Quality Consultant, American Contractors Insurance Group

1.0 LU/HSW

Using sound building science principles, understand some of the important construction details for continuity of the air barrier and how this understanding can help drive design decisions to properly choose the building enclosure components and systems.

Once the details are done and the construction starts, a number of critical steps need to be taken in regards to site quality control, construction sequencing and a deliberate and well executed site quality control program inclusive of pre-construction meetings, field testing and observation. Learning from real life examples of both good and bad, the top issues are addressed to provide realistic and actionable strategies to improve long term building performance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Acquire knowledge in the requirements of green construction codes such as ASHRAE 189.1-2013 and the code compliance method of either whole building airtightness testing or building enclosure commissioning.
  • Acquire knowledge of how design and installation can impact the overall effectiveness of the insulation layer that can lead to loss of energy efficiency of the overall building enclosure and impact to building’s sustainability.
  • Describe the proper installation and site quality assurance/control for the building’s air tightness layer to ensure maximum energy efficiency, along with the sustainability of the building enclosure components to protect the embodied energy of these components.
  • Explain the various test methods for commissioning the building enclosure to meet state energy codes or green construction codes that can confirm air leakage results of air barriers that were originally modeled during the integrated design process.

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Laverne Dalgleish
ABAA Executive Director

Mr. Laverne Dalgleish is the Executive Director of the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA). As such, he works to champion energy conservation in buildings while educating the building owners and designers about the benefits of energy conservation such as durability, comfort, reduced maintenance, reduced HVAC equipment costs and the positive impact on the environment.

Mr. Dalgleish travels North America to educate building owners and designers on the benefits of effective and working air barrier systems in buildings. This education mission includes working with standards development organizations, training and education groups, government policy departments, and quality assurance program developers for the construction industry. Mr. Dalgleish is the Secretariat of two ISO Committees, ISO TC61 SC10 Cellular Plastics and ISO TC163 SC3 Thermal Insulation Products. He is also Chair of the ULC Thermal Performance in the Building Environment Standards Committee.

Mr. Dalgleish was the key developer of the ABAA Quality Assurance Program for the installation of air barrier systems in buildings. This program is based on ISO 9000 and ISO 12576-2 but brings the ISO requirements together with practical applications for the air barrier industry.

Chair of the ABAA
ABAA Executive Committee Vice-Chair
American Contractors Insurance Group, Performance Excellence & Quality Consultant
Building Enclosure Council Past Chair

Brian Stroik is a recognized industry leader in the construction of energy efficient, sustainable and durable buildings.

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 (BETEC), and ASTM E06 – on research and education regarding building enclosures, energy efficiency, retrofitting and upgrading existing building enclosures.

Brian is a frequent speaker on the subjects of: Commissioning the building enclosure (BECx), Quality in construction, and mock ups / first run studies. Brian has also chaired numerous speaker sessions at national conferences and hosted roundtable discussions. He holds the following industry positions and affiliations:

  • Past Chair, National Building Enclosure Council (NBEC)
  • Vice Chair and a Director, Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA): Past Chair Research Committee
  • Advisory Board Member, Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council (BETEC a Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences – NIBS), Washington, DC
  • Founder and Chair, Building Enclosure Council of Wisconsin (BEC-WI)
  • Voting member of ASTM E06 – Building Performance
  • Senior Member, American Society of Quality (ASQ)
  • Certified, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)

White papers by Mr. Stroik on the subjects of building energy efficiency and building enclosure design, among others, have been published in The Journal of Energy Efficiency & Reliability, The Journal of Building Enclosure Design and SprayFoam Magazine.


February 24, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST
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