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New Tools to Help Drive Decisions in your Air Barrier Specifications

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New Tools to Help Drive Decisions in your Air Barrier Specifications

April 30, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM UTC+0

Live webinar sponsored by the Air Barrier Association of America

1 AIA HSW Credit, 1 GBCI credit

New Tools to Help Drive Decisions in your Air Barrier Specifications

Presented by Ryan Dalgleish

The presentation will review some of the new tools available in regards to specifying different levels of building airtightness above code mandated minimums. These tools help assess the energy reduction from base levels of building airtightness and the corresponding financial savings, along with quantification of the impact’s airtightness has on moisture movement transported by air leakage.

A look into research conducted on adhesion values for various air barrier materials will be reviewed to aid the specification writer (if providing a minimum adhesion value for materials that rely on adhesion)

Thirdly, information on the ABAA Quality Assurance Program: How to specify the program properly and exactly what the program entails. Included in this will be a review of the top field related issues that are found during the ABAA site audit process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Through a review of the air barrier calculator, determine the energy and financial savings obtained by higher level of airtightness and how it impacts the project specifications.
  2. Analyze the results of adhesion testing of various products on various substrates to assist in identifying potential minimum targets in specifications.
  3. Define requirements for quality assurance and control and typical downfalls of specification language.
  4. Determine key field installation issues for various air barrier products and how specifications can provide further clarity

Live webinar airing on April 30, 2020 – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

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Ryan has been involved in the building envelope and building performance areas of construction in both the commercial and residential sectors for over 20 years.

Ryan is a trainer, facilitator and performed a number of management roles for over 2 decades. He is also actively involved in research, training development and delivery, certification management and helping industries increase their professionalism.  Ryan acts in the position of Chief Operating Officer for the Air Barrier Association of America.

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, Coating Pro Magazine, Spray Foam Professional to name a few.


April 30, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM UTC+0
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