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ABAA/BEC St. Louis – Half Day Symposium

February 24, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Location: Virtual (a GoToMeeting Link will be sent upon registration)
Free for BEC Members and Non-Members
Presenters: Laverne Dalgleish and Brian Stroik

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9:00-9:15 Log In & Welcome
9:15-10:15 Presentation: Air Barrier Material Evaluations & Testing by Laverne Dalgleish
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Presentation: Please Proceed with Caution: Ensure Your Building Enclosure is Sustainable and Performs by Brian Stroik

Presentation: Air Barrier Material Evaluations & Testing by Laverne Dalgleish

Air barrier technology has been around for decades, but the use of air and water resistive barrier material in buildings is fairly new. Some air and water resistive barrier materials have been used in other applications for years and now are being used for the air and water control layer. Now that the application has changed, does the material still perform in the new application?

As the air and water resistive barrier industry has grown over the past decade, new materials have come on the market. These materials have a short track record, but should you shy away from using them? This presentation shows how you can sort out the different materials and how you can get help in choosing the right one for your project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe why material properties matter for green buildings, specific to air barriers and other building enclosure components
  • Explain the key requirements for air barrier materials to function and reduce energy use in buildings over the long term
  • Determine key material properties and material testing that is needed for air barriers to ensure long term energy performance and protection of embodied energy of other building enclosure components
  • Explain process of material testing and requirements to meet language and requirements in ASHRAE 90.1, IECC and state energy codes

About Laverne:

Laverne Dalgleish

Laverne Dalgleish

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 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 ISO 9000 and ISO 12576-2 but brings the ISO requirements together with practical applications for the air barrier industry.

Presentation: Please Proceed with Caution: Ensure Your Building Enclosure is Sustainable and Performs by Brian Stroik

Using sound building science principles, understand some of the important construction details for continuity of the air barrier and how this understanding can help drive design decisions to properly choose the building enclosure components and systems.

Once the details are done and the construction starts, a number of critical steps need to be taken in regards to site quality control, construction sequencing and a deliberate and well executed site quality control program inclusive of pre-construction meetings, field testing and observation. Learning from real life examples of both good and bad, the top issues are addressed to provide realistic and actionable strategies to improve long term building performance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Acquire knowledge in the requirements of green construction codes such as ASHRAE 189.1-2013 and the code compliance method of either whole building airtightness testing or building enclosure commissioning.
  • Acquire knowledge of how design and installation can impact the overall effectiveness of the insulation layer that can lead to loss of energy efficiency of the overall building enclosure and impact to building’s sustainability.
  • Describe the proper installation and site quality assurance/control for the building’s air tightness layer to ensure maximum energy efficiency, along with the sustainability of the building enclosure components to protect the embodied energy of these components.
  • Explain the various test methods for commissioning the building enclosure to meet state energy codes or green construction codes that can confirm air leakage results of air barriers that were originally modeled during the integrated design process.

About Brian:

Brian Stroik

Brian Stroik

Brian Stroik is a recognized industry leader in the construction of energy efficient, sustainable and durable buildings.

Brian is involved with key industry organizations – For three years, he has served as Chair of the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), he’s been voted for two years to the Board of Directors for the Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council (BETEC), has obtained certifications as a Certified Air Barrier Specialist (CABS) and Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) and is currently a Performance Excellence & Quality Consultant for American Contractors Insurance Group, a company that focuses on Quality in Construction for some of the largest construction companies in the United States.

Brian is a frequent speaker on the subjects of: Commissioning the building enclosure (BECx), Quality in construction, and mock-ups / first run studies. Brian has also chaired numerous speaker sessions at national conferences and hosted roundtable discussions. He holds the following industry positions and affiliations:

  • Chair, Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA): Past Chair Research Committee
  • ABAA Executive Committee Vice-Chair
  • Past Chair, National Building Enclosure Council (NBEC)
  • Advisory Board Member, Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council (BETEC a Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences – NIBS), Washington, DC
  • Founder and Chair, Building Enclosure Council of Wisconsin (BEC-WI)
  • Voting member of ASTM E06 – Building Performance
  • Senior Member, American Society of Quality (ASQ)
  • Certified, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)

White papers by Mr. Stroik on the subjects of building energy efficiency and building enclosure design, among others, have been published in The Journal of Energy Efficiency & Reliability, The Journal of Building Enclosure Design and SprayFoam Magazine.

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February 24, 2022
9:00 am - 11:30 am
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