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Constructability of Air Barriers, a WebReach with ABAA

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About This Program

With the many different air barrier systems to choose from, ensuring that the entire wall section works as a system is paramount to proper wall construction. Modern buildings utilize many building envelope materials and many backup construction types, such as masonry, CFMF & sheathing, concrete, and metal panel, each with its own detailing and concerns. The air barrier installation must be coordinated with the building envelope materials and the backup construction. The review for the constructability of air barriers starts at the building design phase and goes through the construction observation phase. This presentation will identify the many different substrate conditions and critical transitions on a complex building and will give you the tools to better understand the sequencing needed to complete the installation to prevent constructability issues and potential rework in the field.

Session Takeaways

  • Discuss the systems and how they will be integrated into the project-specific details with other building products.
  • Identify typical areas of concern with regard to installation constructability and coordination between all the trades and adjacent building components in the design through construction phases.
  • Create an action plan for transition detailing and materials.
  • Learn how to prevent constructability/compatibility issues before construction.

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 credit.

Relevant Practices

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


  • Corey Zussman

    As a forensic architect registered in several states, Corey Zussman has practiced in the construction industry for more than 30 years. He specializes in building envelope, restoration, preservation, life safety, and interior finishes. While working on an average of 50-75 projects a year, Corey conducts constructability reviews, pre-installation meetings, comprehensive envelope meetings, and construction observations. He has also become known for providing educational opportunities throughout the industry and has produced more than 150 “lessons learned” papers. Topics include building envelope and life safety concerns and enable Corey to proactively address issues during design review, pre-construction, and construction. In addition, he has several industry articles about building envelope and life safety topics and is also a frequent presenter at local and national conferences and associations. Visit homepage to access all of Corey’s lessons learned papers and a list of over 45 AIA CES Presentations

April 3, 2024
Wed 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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