Member Spotlight: Craig Wetmore
The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) dives inside the career of Craig Wetmore, President of York Flashings in Sanford, ME. In this feature interview, learn what made him become an ABAA member, what led him on his career path, and get his perspective on the future of the air barrier industry.
Craig Wetmore, the President of York Manufacturing, has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. He has a concentrated knowledge in through-wall flashings, moisture management, transitions, and wall components. Craig is active in building community where he is a member of CSI, RCI, USGBC, ASTM and the ABAA. He serves as President of the Maine CSI Chapter, he is the chairperson of the ABAA’s Marketing Committee (education and outreach), and serves as a Director on the executive board of the ABAA.
Craig works with architectural firms, engineering firms, installers, general contractors, AIA chapters, Building Enclosure Councils, and CSI chapters in the discussions of flashing and building science. His efforts center on wall flashings compatibility with air barriers and insulation products, lifecycle costs, transition materials, and installation advice on all different types of flashings.
Craig and the York team have developed many new products to solve the issues that are encountered in the drainage of water from the building enclosure.
Name: Craig Wetmore
Firm: York Flashings
City: Sanford, ME
ABAA member for 11 years
What was the path to your career — how and why did you pursue a profession as a Building Envelope Consultant?
A: My grandfather was a builder, my father owned a lumberyard, which my brother now owns, and my brother-in-law is a builder. I thought I would get away from all of that and become a manufacturer of building products. The first half of my career was in building material distribution to lumberyards. Then I met the folks of York Flashings, which is where I have been for the second half of my career. I have been fortunate to work with such a great team and am proud of their dedication to making the best products possible.
Is there anything that you believe everyone in this industry should be working towards?
A: I believe that the three things buildings have to do are to not: fall down, burn, or leak. Since we are doing well on the first two, I believe that keeping buildings from leaking is something we should all strive to accomplish. I believe that the ABAA is a champion in that effort, since sealing the buildings from bulk water and moisture in the air are at the core of ABAA’s mission.
What role have peers, mentors, or advisors played in your career?
A: They have played a considerable role in my career. When I joined the Flashings and Terminations committee, I was fortunate to work with Bill Nash. He helped me understand the issues that consultants and building owners face. He was a great coach, mentor, and friend.
What led you to become an ABAA member?
A: Roy Schauffele made me join. To this day, I do not think that I had a choice, but Roy was the Chairman of the ABAA, and his strong encouragement led me to participate in the ABAA. I am very thankful that Roy did this since it has been a terrific experience for me and York Flashings.
Are you involved in any ABAA committees? Do you have any ABAA certifications?
A: I am the ABAA Secretary, and I am on the:
- Executive Committee
- Board of Directors
- Chair of the Marketing Committee
- Conference Committee
- Flashings & Terminations Committee
- And sit in on other committees as needed.
I do not have any ABAA certifications, but I do plan on taking the CABS (Certified Air Barrier Specialist) certification later this year.
How long have you been in the industry?
A: 30+ years.
What major changes have you seen?
A: The efforts towards energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and the speed of construction have forced the industry to change/improve the products that we use.
What traits or skills do you think are necessary to be able to succeed in your industry?
A: Honesty, a strong work ethic, and a good sense of humor.
Do you have any advice for anyone starting out in your field?
A: Absolutely. If you are willing to work hard, and always work on improving your skills and knowledge, the construction industry will allow you a lifetime of success and accomplishment.
How much demand do you think there is for people in your profession?
A: As long as people need structures to live or work in and want quality buildings, the demand will be high. We have generations of people who want to live in beautiful structures, but there are fewer people in the trades.
What do you think the industry will look like in five or ten year’s time?
A: There is always change, but I think that there will be a more significant focus on making existing buildings healthier and more energy-efficient. I hope that we will concentrate on using materials that will reduce life cycle costs and perform for the life of the building. I believe that organizations like the ABAA who concentrate on training installers and inspectors to allow for the best installation possible will be better understood and accepted. Value engineering out quality installation has proven to be a costly idea.