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CSI Webreach: What Did I Miss? How to Properly Specify an Air Barrier

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CSI Webreach: What Did I Miss? How to Properly Specify an Air Barrier

April 28, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

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:

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

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Ryan Dalgleish, CSI

Ryan has been involved in the building enclosure and building performance areas of construction in both the commercial and residential sectors for over 20 years. Ryan acts in the position of Chief Operating Officer for the Air Barrier Association of America. Ryan is actively involved in research, training development and delivery, certification management and helping industries increase their professionalism. Ryan obtained credentials in Adult Education, Leadership and Organizational Excellence from the University of Manitoba and has been mentored and trained by some of the best building scientist’s in the world. Ryan is a certified Net Zero building instructor, teaches master builder courses to builders across the country and is a frequent speaker at various technical presentations dealing with the building enclosure to various building official associations, city departments, building enclosure councils and chapters of the American Institute of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute and a number of local home builder associations. Ryan frequently publishes papers for design and construction magazines such as Journal of Building Enclosure and Design, Construct Canada, Interface, Western Exteriors, Coating Pro Magazine, Spray Foam Professional to name a few.