Credits: 1 AIA/HSW; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 IIBEC CEH
The presentation will review some of the new tools available in regards to specifying different levels of building airtightness above code mandated minimums. These tools help assess the energy reduction from base levels of building airtightness and the corresponding financial savings, along with quantification of the impacts airtightness has on moisture movement transported by air leakage.
A look into potential changes to building codes and new Whole Building Airtighness test methods, along with a high level review of research conducted and being conducted, on things such as adhesion values for various air barrier materials and fastener penetration testing.
Thirdly, information on the ABAA quality assurance program and how to specify the program properly and exactly what the program entails. Included in this will be a review of the top field related issues that are found during the ABAA site audit process.
- Through a review of the air barrier calculator, determine the energy and financial savings obtained by higher level of airtightness and how it impacts the project specifications.
- Analyze the results of recent research projects such as adhesion and fastener penetrations, along with upcoming building code changes.
- Define requirements for quality assurance and control, and typical downfalls of specification language, along with steps that can be taken to improve installation of the air/water resistive barrier.
- Identify key field installation issues for various air barrier products and how specifications can provide further clarity.