7th ABAA Show will Offer 2 Tracks


The Air Barrier Association of America is gearing up for its seventh annual conference and trade show, scheduled for May 8-9 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

Touted as the only conference that focuses solely on air barriers and building airtightness, the ABAA says that the conference will provide two full days of “comprehensive learning tracks specific to design professionals, consultants, general contractors, subcontractors and others interested in the air barrier industry.”


Tuesday, May 8, consists of several presentations by industry professionals including talks such as “Insurance Claims: Why Quality Control in ‘Design AND Construction’ of Building Enclosures Matters” and “The Addition of Moisture Transport to the Air Leakage Energy Calculator.”

Opening day also includes the ABAA Awards ceremony and the keynote presentation, “Why Buildings Matter,” by R. Christopher Mathis, of Mathis Consulting Company.

Wednesday gets technical, with two professional tracks—Design and Construction & Testing—offering a full day of presentations. The ABAA notes that attendees are not bound by any specific track.

Some of the design track presentations include:

  • Energy And Air Barriers—Navigating The New Codes;
  • Understanding Difficult Critical Transitions Of Air, Vapor And Moisture Barriers;
  • The Proper Way To Specify An Air Barrier; and
  • Design, Materials and Installation: Three Facets Of An Integrated Weather Barrier System.

Some of the construction and testing presentations include:

  • Air Tightness Requirements Of The Passive House Standard;
  • Quality Management Best Practices For Installing Self-Adhering Sheet Air Barriers;
  • Building Enclosure Pre-Construction Meeting; and
  • Interaction Between The Building Envelope And Fenestration Products.

Other Offerings

Another option offered in association with the conference is a two-day, hands-on WUFI software workshop, led by Achilles Karagiozis and André Desjarlais, which will demonstrate strategies on building envelope design with an emphasis on heat and moisture transfer through building components and assemblies.

And while the conference officially ends May 9, Thursday will host committee meetings as well as offsite, hands-on installer and auditor training.

For info on registration and hotels, visit the conference website here.


Tagged categories: Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA); Air barriers; Building envelope; Building Envelope; Conferences; Education; North America

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