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Failure is NOT an Option: Air Barrier Continuity Strategies for Storefront & Curtain Wall Systems

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Failure is NOT an Option: Air Barrier Continuity Strategies for Storefront & Curtain Wall Systems

January 25 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

Critical details that typically cause building performance related issues will be focused on one of the largest failures of building enclosures: wall to window connections specific to curtain wall systems and storefronts. A step-by-step look at each critical detail in regards to sequence of construction and the various connections to ensure airtight/watertight and thermally protected details. Real life photos and job conditions will highlight the realities of the construction process to show typical errors found and how those errors can be addressed correctly.

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Assess how site quality assurance audits, field observation and site quality control fit into an overall quality assurance and risk management strategy.
  2.  Determine responsibilities of all building enclosure stakeholders to coordinate and execute a plan for quality installation.
  3.  Identify typical issues found in the installation process and what caused these for a variety of air barrier systems by visual inspection.
  4. Through the use of jobsite photos, demonstrate the physical testing that can be done on a variety of air barrier systems.

Andrew Dunlap, AIA CDT, LEED AP, NCARB

Principal, SmithGroup, Inc.

Andrew Dunlap’s primary work experience is focused on the analysis and development of building enclosure systems including wall cladding assemblies, air barrier systems, roofing, skylights, fenestration systems and waterproofing. Specializing in the energy and hygrothermal evaluation and analysis of wall, fenestration, and roof systems, Andrew utilizes a number of advanced computerized analysis and simulation tools to perform his work. He received his B. Arch, B.S. in Mathematics, and M. Arch degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy. Andrew is also active participant in the design and construction community, providing presentations and publications to several industry organizations.


January 25
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
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