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Designing Walls for Control of Air, Water, Thermal, and Vapor

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Designing Walls for Control of Air, Water, Thermal, and Vapor

February 16, 2023 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

This presentation will review the building science fundamentals of moisture management, energy efficiency, construction trade sequencing, and operational maintenance to help meet project performance requirements.
This presentation reviews a variety of building types to discuss the continuity of detailing required to manage moisture, air, vapor, and thermal performance, as well as wind resistance requirements at the critical wall-to-roof interface. This session will provide guidelines to successfully navigate these often competing interests and provide strategies for achievable performance through design and specification without compromising the aesthetics with distracting details for commercial building wall systems. This presentation discusses the impacts of whole building performance, design requirements, material & assembly requirements, and installation verification requirements during construction.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the requirements to manage moisture, air, vapor, and thermal continuity.
  2. Recognize the changing building and energy codes, and their interaction across building enclosure system interfaces.
  3. Apply specific examples and air barrier systems to current and future project designs.
  4. Outline design and specification requirements to set performance requirements for wall systems.

Benjamin Meyer, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Benjamin Meyer, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP is the Building Enclosure Business Director at Siplast. Previous experience includes: enclosure consultant principal, technical management for enclosure products, commercial design, real estate development and construction management on a range of projects that included residential, educational, offices, and DuPont industrial projects. Industry positions include: Voting Member of the ASHRAE 90.1 Envelope and Project Committees, LEED Technical Committee member, past Technical Advisor of the LEED Materials (MR) TAG, and Director of the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA). Mr. Meyer has MBA, B.S., and M.Arch degrees from the University of Cincinnati.


February 16, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
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