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SPECtacular Updates to Your Air and Vapor Barrier Sections, a WebReach with ABBA

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About This Program

There are not enough hours in the day to keep up with all the changes related to the building enclosure. Changes to codes, materials, strategies, green building programs can make you dizzy and ready to just give up! Well, do not fear, the Air Barrier Association is here! Learn the most up-do-date test methods, standards, key items to update in your specifications and understand the impacts of moving to Net Zero buildings and how building airtightness plays a key role. We have to go from OK building enclosures to super high performance to not rely solely on renewables to meet Net Zero goals. It's not just about air..... we need to talk about moisture and we will review important aspects to consider from a moisture management strategy. Who cares if we feel a draft or pay more for energy? We care more about keeping water out of our walls!

Session Takeaways

  • Define performance requirements that are critical in achieving Net Zero by increasing a buildings airtightness.
  • Identify the top 5 updates to your specifications for Division 1 and Division 7 items related to airtightness and moisture management.
  • Articulate a series of steps to achieve a Net Zero building by maximizing the building enclosure functionality and performance.
  • Quantify and model moisture management strategies by effective building enclosure tools to convey benefits to an owner.

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.
AIA: 1.0 LU/HSW*
*Approved for AIA-HSW Learning Units.

Relevant Practices

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


  • 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.

February 14, 2024
Wed 2:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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