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High Performance Air Barrier in Existing Buildings

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High Performance Air Barrier in Existing Buildings

July 20, 2023 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

This presentation is for architects, engineers, and other design professionals interested in increasing their knowledge of the application and use of air barriers in existing building envelopes of commercial and multi-family residential buildings. Researchers, architects and code writers have shown that attention to specific details in both new and retrofitted envelopes results in better performing buildings with better comfort and long durability as well as lower energy consumption.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How better building envelope can reduce energy demand on heating and cooling and reduce energy.
  2. The significance of each part of the building envelope (the top, bottom, vertical shafts and the walls) relative to the efficient operation.
  3.  What problems can occur with the lack of compartmentalization and/or decoupling between floors in buildings over 3 stories?
  4. Discover the materials and methodology used in air sealing commercial and low to high rise multi-family buildings.

Steven Tratt

Steven Tratt, National Sales Manager, Lead Assessor-Steve has over 30 years of experience in the building envelope air barrier industry as well as the insulation and thermal barrier industry, including expertise in air leakage testing and weatherization materials. He has worked extensively in the custom design of building science solutions for the education, healthcare, commercial, Multi-family, and government markets. He was on the taskforce that wrote the US Army Corps of Engineers Air Leakage Test Protocol for Building Envelopes. He has trained building envelope retrofit contractors in Canada, USA, Ireland, England, and Australia and has made numerous presentations to a wide variety of trade associations. Currently he has been involved in organizing and presenting air barrier seminars for architects, engineers, building owners and facility managers throughout Canada and the United States.
His certifications and qualifications include, Construction Management (NAIT), BPI Certified Building Analyst Professional and Building Envelope Professional, A/D Fire barrier Certified, CMHC Mold Remediation Certified, Six Sigma Certified, Member of CUFCA (Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association), Member of ABAA (Air Barrier Association of America).


July 20, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
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