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Greg Wiatrek

Member Spotlight: Greg Wiatrek

Greg Wiatrek has been with Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing since 1998, serving as a superintendent, operations manager, sales and business development, and currently is the director of sales for the San Antonio branch. He has served as president of the American Subcontractors Association- San Antonio, and president of the UTSA Construction Industry Advisory Council. He is proud to be an ABAA recognized Certified Air Barrier Specialist. Greg also serves on ABAA’s Contractors Committee.

When did you earn your Certified Air Barrier Specialist (CABS) certification from the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA)? 

A: December, 2021

What inspired you to pursue the CABS program with ABAA? 

A: I wanted to further my education and knowledge regarding air barriers. Additionally, Roy Schauffele suggested I do this in order to provide credibility to suggestions and conversations we are involved in with the design process from a subcontractor standpoint. I also found it rewarding to be the first contractor to obtain the CABS designation.

Name: Greg Wiatrek
Director of Sales
Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing
San Antonio, TX

ABAA member for 13 years

How has the CABS certification impacted your career or professional development? 

A. It has provided credibility and clout to Alpha’s input when involved in air barrier discussions.

What are some of the challenges you’ve encountered in air barrier field and how as your certification helped you address them? 

A. The main one is the owner and design team looking to VE out the QAP on projects, using cost savings as their reasons. I am confident in my ability to explain the benefits of the program and being able to cost-justify the program.

What advice would you give to someone considering pursuing the CABS certification with ABAA? 

A. This is a very rewarding achievement, and it comes with a high degree of dedication to properly prepare for the exam. It was one of the hardest tests/certifications I have ever been involved in – study hard and be intentional.

In your opinion, what are the most crucial aspects of effective air barrier system design and installation? 

A. Using ABAA approved air barrier assemblies and requiring ABAA certified companies and installers. Personally, I believe the QAP provides the owner with a best of the best installation as the installers tend to pay more attention.

Any additional insights about your certification experience or working in the air barrier industry? 

A. I wish I would see the QAP promoted more and listed more in the specifications. As a CABS, I promote the program any time the opportunity presents itself.

June 26, 2024