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Continuity of Control Layers in Building Systems
September 16, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Live webinar sponsored by the Air Barrier Association of America
This course defines and explains building science behind the code for the four control layers of the building envelope: water, air, thermal, and vapor. Special discussion will be had on air leakage, why it matters and why air barrier continuity is critical to building performance. Participants will then explore typical design principles as well as alternative system assembly approaches to exterior wall design. In addition, presentation covers common attachment strategies for various types of insulation, claddings, including masonry, rainscreen veneers, and applied/adhered veneers as well as how system testing can ensure air and water testing in the completed assembly.
- Learn the definition, code requirements and building science of control layers.
- Outline typical design of control layers in exterior walls.
- Understand critical interfaces for control layers within the building envelope – and common approaches to detailing.
- Understand ways to evaluate systems to obtain durable interface performance.
Andrea Wagner Watts is the Commercial Wall Application Technology Leader for DuPont Performance Building Solutions. Andrea started her career at Dow Corning as a sales engineer and then continued for 7 years as an Application Engineer within High Performance Building focusing on preventing air and water infiltration through the building envelope. She has successfully helped to develop products including sealants and air/water barrier system solutions. In her current role, she is focused on improving the overall air/water/thermal performance of the building envelope through application innovation and new product development. Andrea has authored articles, papers and conference presentations relating to building air/water tightness, interface details, building science, durability and resiliency and she has 2 patents. She is a LEED® Green Associate and is active in a number of industry organizations including ASTM and is the Co-Chair of the Technical Committee at ABAA. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cornell University.