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Exterior Air Barrier Systems

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Exterior Air Barrier Systems

August 10, 2023 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Air barrier systems are becoming a more important concern for modern, high performance commercial buildings. This presentation will help you understand changing codes and standards, why airtightness is important for commercial buildings, and how to detail exterior air barrier systems. You will also learn the performance characteristics of the various membrane types to aid you in choosing the right membrane for each structure. Because airtightness is a “whole building” characteristic that depends on the work of multiple trades, we will also look at commissioning and inspection during construction. You will come away with a stronger understanding of how air barrier systems work and how to solve common problems in design and construction.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the importance of air control for high-performance commercial buildings, including energy efficiency, durability, occupant health and comfort.
  2. Explain the fundamental building science behind air control and air barrier systems.
  3. Identify critical air barrier details during design and common solutions for high performance enclosures.
  4. Be able to inspect and test air barriers and air barrier components on construction mock-ups or during construction.

Michael Shell

Territory Sales Manager, Mid-Atlantic US Region, Dörken

 Mike Shell is a 20+ year veteran in the building materials industry with sales experience in the residential and commercial insulation and residential roofing markets. He joined Dorken Systems, Inc. in 2017 and now covers the Mid-Atlantic Region for the Above Grade and Below Grade product categories in both commercial and for residential construction.


August 10, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
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