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Buffalo Air Barrier Symposium

  • University at Buffalo South Campus 3435 Main Street, 301 Crosby Hall Buffalo, NY, 14214 United States (map)

Join us on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. ABAA is the National voice of the air barrier industry, come join us for industry leading education and discussions on topics such as:

  • Achieving High Performance
  • Design Considerations
  • Quality Assurance
  • Flashings and Transitions
  • Building Science

9:00 – 10:00    Building Science - Laverne Dalgleish (1.0 CEU)
10:00 – 10:15  Break
10:15 – 11:15 Construction Cautions with Building Enclosures Sustainability and Performance -Brian Stroik (1.0 CEU)
11:20 – 11:50  ABAA – Who We Are?  What We’re Doing? - Todd Parrott (0.5 CEU)
11:50 – 12:30  Lunch
12:45 – 2:00    “By Others”: The Elusive Subcontractor Responsible for Transitions -Andrew Dunlap (1.25 CEU)
2:00 – 2:15      Break 
2:15 – 3:15      Through Wall Flashings Compatibility Sustainability & Performance -Craig Wetmore (1.0 CEU)
3:15 – 3:30      Break
3:30 – 4:45      How to Specify an Air Barrier and Build Quality Assurance into your Project -Laverne Dalgleish (1.25 CEU)                                                                                       

Total: 6 AIA LU's available.

$20 for members
$30 for non-members
$10 for AIAS

Registration is required to attend. Register here.

About the Presenters

Laverne Dalgliesh 
Principal - Building Professionals Inc

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.

Andrew Dunlap 
Director of the Air Barrier Association of America
Co-Chairman of the ABAA Research Committee

Andrew Dunlap’s primary work experience is in the analysis and development of exterior building enclosures, including historic buildings. Exterior enclosure expertise is comprised of roofing, skylights, windows, curtain walls, rainscreen/cavity walls and waterproofing, and includes development of remediation options and construction documents for corrective work. Andrew’s work focuses on providing energy efficient designs as he regularly participates in validating designs for energy code compliance or to exceed code requirements. Project responsibilities include the collection of detailed building information, investigation and analysis of existing conditions, computerized thermal analysis of building systems (WUFI 5.2, THERM 7, WINDOW 7, and other software packages), formulation of remediation plans, preparation of construction documents for remediation, and construction contract administration including field observation and systems testing. This work often includes performing diagnostic field water tests as part of the forensic investigations or used to validate installed conditions.


Brian Stroik 
Vice Chair – Air Barrier Association of America
Manager – Building Envelope Solutions Team at Tremco Sealants and Waterproofing
Immediate Past National Chair – BEC Building Enclosure Council

Brian Stroik is a recognized industry leader in the construction of energy efficient, sustainable and durable buildings. Brian works with key industry organizations – including the Air Barrier Association of America, the National Building Enclosure Council, and the Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council (BETEC) – on research and education regarding building enclosures, energy efficiency, and retrofitting and upgrading existing building enclosures. 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.

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


Craig Wetmore 
Director of the Air Barrier Association of America
Chair of the ABAA Voice Committee
York Manufacturing

Craig Wetmore has over 20 years of experience in the building industry. Craig has been the President of York Manufacturing since 2009. He has a concentrated knowledge in through-wall flashings, moisture management and wall components. Craig is active in building community where he is a member of CSI, RCI, USGBC, ASTM and the ABAA. He serves as 1st Vice President for the Maine CSI Chapter, he is the chairperson of ABAA’s Voice Committee (education and outreach), is a member of ABAA’s Flashings and Terminations Committee, and serves as a Director on the Board of Directors of the ABAA.

Craig has given presentations to architectural firms, engineering firms, AIA chapters, Building Enclosure Councils, and CSI chapters. His presentation centers on through-wall flashings compatibility with air barriers and insulation products, lifecycle costs and installation advice on all different types of through-wall flashings. Craig and the York team have developed many new products to solve the issues that are encountered in the drainage of water from the building envelope.


Program Descriptions + Learning Objectives

"By Others" The Elusive Subcontractor Responsible for Transitions:

This course will take you through a multitude of details with a review of assembly environmental separators that will show common enclosure assembly discontinuities and provide an education on common system transition methods.

Learning Objectives:

  • How transitions impact building enclosure performance.
  • Why poor transitions can result in reduced energy efficiency.
  • Learn how poor transitions can increase the risk of condensation.
  • Discover how various compatibility and logistical issues can impact the options available to achieve proper transition details.


    Building Science – 1.0 CEU/HSW Credit

    Review the “Building as a System” concept and what makes up the building enclosure. Explain moisture flow, air flow and heat flow and the various mechanisms in which they move through the building enclosure.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify basic design considerations for commercial buildings
    • Explain the forces of moisture, air and heat flow
    • Understand code implications in regards to material requirements and key functions to identify during design process

    Construction Cautions with Building Enclosures – 1.5 CEU/HSW Credit

    Building Enclosures and air barriers require care and attention to detail from the design to execution stage. With the myriad of wall configurations and choices in air barriers, insulation, and exterior cladding, not to mention the different manufacturers of these products, it can become daunting of where to start or how to ensure a high-performance enclosure. A number of key items need to be addressed both during design and the management of the construction process. These items need to be dealt with in a logical manner in a specific critical path. This presentation will review the Top 10 construction cautions with the building enclosure specific to design, pre-construction, mock-up’s, field installation issues and sub-trade execution and final testing for compliance.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Acquire knowledge in critical aspects of design, based on building science principles, by using sample details for continuity, redundancy and certain code requirements of the air barrier system.
    • Describe the process for pre-construction meetings and key criteria and agenda items to ensure performance expectations are met, sequencing is done properly, details are well understood and transition from one trade to another is accomplished using sample plans.
    • Explain the various test methods for installation verification for both air and water performance by reviewing ASTM and AAMA test standards and how they conducted and when they should be conducted through examples and photo’s
    • Plan successful mock up and testing program to verify continuity, compatibility and sequence of construction by review of sample mock-up’s and test methods that can be applied to both quantify performance and provide a learning tool for the construction team.

    How to specify Air Barriers 1.0 CEU/HSW Credit

    This program provides an in depth look at the testing and codes relating to Air Barrier Systems. The presenter will discuss performance testing, new code requirements’ and proper specification of an Air Barrier System. Participants will understand what an Air Barrier Association of America evaluated air barrier assembly must go through to become an ABAA Evaluated System.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the benefits of air barrier systems to the environment, building owner, and occupants and what components make up an air barrier assembly through photos and examples.
    • Acquire knowledge in the various performance test standards relating to air barrier systems, including the NFPA 285 fire test by reviewing standard test methods and code related performance requirements.
    • Describe code requirements and compliance options to meet code reference documents such as ASHRAE 90.1-2010 or IECC 2012 by review of code language and examples of code compliance.
    • Demonstrate specific language to incorporate into an air barrier performance specification by reviewing sample specifications and language for materials, test standards and execution.

    Through-Wall Flashing Compatibility Sustainability and Performance – 1.0 CEU/HSW Credit

    Understanding the performance characteristics, the recycled/recyclable content, ability to survive installation, and life cycle costs of the different through-wall flashing materials.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Composition of each type of flashing and their effects on sustainability and life cycle costs
    • Have a better understanding of how to specify through-wall flashings and avoid compatibility issues.
    • Understand the performance characteristics different types of commonly used cavity wall materials and how to create a resilient flashing system.
    • Recognize some of the challenges of installation

    Achieving a High-Performance Air Barrier System – 1.5 CEU/HSW Credit

    Air Barriers are an extremely important component of a high-performance building enclosure system. For the most part, these systems are non-maintainable components and repairs can typically only be made with the removal of the exterior cladding system. To ensure a performing system, proper design, detailing and ultimately the proper installation of these systems is extremely important. You have one chance to get it right. Come learn about important design considerations, how to properly detail critical interfaces, key items to include in your specifications and the proper installation techniques, quality control and testing parameters for a variety of air barrier systems in use today.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss how air barriers are part of a high-performance building and how they control air movement, moisture movement, improve insulation performance and reduce energy needs of buildings.
    • Review key design considerations, critical interfaces for continuity, material performance requirements and specification language for the proper design and selection of the air barrier assembly.
    • Identify the typical installation requirements of a variety of air barrier materials and assemblies and common installation issues observed in the field.
    • Discuss the importance of proper construction sequencing, coordination of sub-trades, testing and inspection criteria and how to identify installation defects and remedial action required during the construction phase.