Session Details



October 18, 2023

Start Time

02:30 PM

End Time

03:30 PM

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Performance Requirements for High Performance Buildings
Performance Requirements for High Performance Buildings

Many countries are moving to reduce carbon production and reducing the energy used by buildings can provide a significant contribution to this goal.   Many times, the building envelope is overlooked for more highly visible options, but the building envelope may present the most viable option.  A high-performance building envelope provides additional benefits to the HVAC system, building durability and building resilience. Each construction industry has a role to play to meet the intended goal. All parts of the building must work together to achieve this goal. This presentation suggests we have to look at buildings in a different light and identify where and how an industry can support the overall goal of building performance for both new construction and retrofitting existing buildings.   Taking a different approach will help you look at the building envelope for opportunities for site carbon reduction which will contribute to the over-reaching goal.

Learning Objectives:

  • Show the impact of the building envelope on the global movement to high performance buildings
  • Explain why the building envelope needs to be tackled first before mechanical and electrical
  • Determine why small improvements are important today
  • Indicate the role and responsibility of industry associations
  • Gain insight in how creating high performance buildings addresses regional carbon reduction recommendations

This session is FREE to attend and will be located in the Architect’s Experience Pavilion inside the Expo Hall. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and space is limited.

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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.