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Air Barrier Material Testing: Why Peanut Butter is Good for a Sandwich, but NOT for your Air Barrier

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Air Barrier Material Testing: Why Peanut Butter is Good for a Sandwich, but NOT for your Air Barrier

May 7, 2020 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Live webinar sponsored by the Air Barrier Association of America

1 AIA HSW Credit, 1 GBCI credit

Air Barrier Material Testing: Why Peanut Butter is Good for a Sandwich, but NOT for your Air Barrier

Presented by Laverne Dalgleish

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:

  1. Describe why material properties matter for green buildings, specific to air barriers and other building enclosure components.
  2. Explain the key requirements for air barrier materials to function and reduce energy use in buildings over the long term.
  3. 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.
  4. Explain the process of material testing and requirements to meet language and requirements in ASHRAE 90.1, IECC and state energy codes.

Live webinar airing on May 7, 2020 – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

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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 on a weekly basis 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 ISO9000 and ISO 12576-2 but brings the ISO requirements together with practical applications for the air barrier industry.


May 7, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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