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Ground Hog Day: Recurring Air Barrier Installation Issues

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About This Program

How do we give air barriers a chance of success? One of the risk management strategies is to require a robust quality assurance program in the specifications that require certified contractors, trained and certified installers, evaluated materials, and on-site 3rd party audits. 

This presentation will discuss the role of the quality assurance audits, point out what to look for when doing site observation/quality control, and provide real life examples that can help you identify installation issues on your project, what caused them, and what corrective action can be taken.

Session Takeaways

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

Learning Units

CSI: 1.0 LU
*May be submitted for domain specific learning units to CDT recertification, and/or general learning units for CCCA, CCS, and CCPR.

Relevant Practices

General Project Delivery
Specifying/Information Management
Product Selection/Specification
Construction Management/Construction
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Ownership/Property Management


  • Ryan Dalgleish, CSI

    Chief Operating Officer, Air Barrier Association of America
    Ryan has been involved in the building enclosure and building performance areas of construction for over 23 years. He is an educator and developer of building enclosure education and credentialing programs for building sub-trades and is part of the Quality Assurance management team for field air barrier installation across North America.

    Ryan is a certified Net Zero building instructor and is a frequent speaker at various technical events and conferences. Ryan obtained credentials in Adult Education, Leadership from the University of Manitoba and has been mentored and trained by some of the best building scientist's in the world.

May 25, 2022
Wed 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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