Session Details



October 18, 2023

Start Time

11:30 PM

End Time

12:30 PM

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Installation Requirements for Air and Water Resistive Barriers in Buildings
Installation Requirements for Air and Water Resistive Barriers in Buildings

Air and water-restive barriers are critical control layers in all buildings and their importance is growing as we move to high performance buildings. Buildings contain many materials that meet the criteria of a air barrier materials but unless those materials have been designed and installed properly, you do not have an air barrier system.

The number of air and water-restive barrier materials have grown exponentially over the last two decades. People ask what is the best air barrier material to use and there is no single answer to that question. Installation of any air barrier material will not perform as intended if they are not installed correctly.

This presentation covers the requirements for installing the different types of barriers and lists the common problems seen on the jobsites.

Learning Objectives:

  • Show why a proper installation starts with a good design
  • List the four requirements for a substrate
  • Determine proper installation by material type
  • Identify a means of ensuring a quality installation
  • Discover components that make up the air and water resistive barriers

Continuing Education Credit:

Earn 1.0 AIA Health, Safety and Welfare Learning Unit

This session is FREE to attend and will be located in The Architect’s Experience Learning Center inside the exhibit hall. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and space is limited.

Laverne Dalgleish
Executive Director, Air Barrier Association in America (ABAA)

Mr. Laverne Dalgleish is the Executive Director of the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA). As such, he works to champion energy conservation in buildings while educating the building owners and designers about the benefits of energy conservation such as durability, comfort, reduced maintenance, reduced HVAC equipment costs and the positive impact on the environment. Mr. Dalgleish travels North America on a weekly basis to educate building owners and designers on the benefits of effective and working air barrier systems in buildings. This education mission includes working with standards development organizations, training and education groups, government policy departments, and quality assurance program developers for the construction industry. Mr. Dalgleish is the Secretariat of two ISO Committees, ISO TC61 SC10 Cellular Plastics and ISO TC163 SC3 Thermal Insulation Products. He is also Chair of the ULC Thermal Performance in the Building Environment Standards Committee. Mr. Dalgleish was the key developer of the ABAA Quality Assurance Program for the installation of air barrier systems in buildings. This program is based on ISO9000 and ISO 12576-2 but brings the ISO requirements together with practical applications for the air barrier industry.