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Are You (and Your Building) Covered? Scrutinizing Best Practices of Air Barrier Inspections
March 11, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
As a building owner, general contractor, or architect-of-record; how do you know if the air barrier installation is good? Since the installer showed up, did some work, left, and sent an invoice; we must be covered, right? Inspection of air barriers is key to verifying your building IS covered. More importantly, the air barrier inspection should include fundamental elements in preparing for the inspection, gathering specific information, observing actual installation, checking transitions, and testing basic workmanship. Walk through the air barrier inspection process for fluid-applied and self-adhered membranes with actual field photos, question polls, and “tricks of the trade” on crucial items that cannot be missed, so you confidently know your building IS covered.
- Breakdown the complete preparation process for an air barrier inspection, including evaluation of the similarities and differences between the project specifications and the manufacturer’s requirements.
- Describe the pertinent information to record on the materials and site conditions, understanding the relevance to the documented air barrier inspection.
- Comprehend the specific installation processes and preferred or best practice methods. Examine the level of repair or rework in common installation deficiencies.
- Devise testing strategies for air barrier installation workmanship.
Pam Jergenson, CCS, CCCA, BECxP, CxA+BE
Ms. Jergenson is a Principal Consultant in the Building and Structure Sciences Group at Braun Intertec. Pam 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 Assocation of America (ABAA), and Advanced Communicator Gold and Advanced Leader Bronze with Toastmasters International. She 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.