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Air Barrier Systems: Silicone Solutions to Reduce Building Air Infiltration

This webinar is archived and recorded from a live presentation on Thursday, December 8, 2016.
Cost: FREE

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Dow Corning

Dow Corning (, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands.

Dow Corning is collaborating with industry professionals around the world to develop solutions to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, reduce the eco-footprint of construction materials, and improve the health and safety of building occupants. Dow Corning brings together expertise from across the company to help customers find solutions to a wide range of high-performance building challenges. Dow Corning high-performance building solutions include proven materials for structural and protective glazing, weatherproofing, insulating glass, window and door fabrication, building materials protection, and innovations for high-efficiency insulation.

Air barrier systems for building envelopes are no longer an option; they are a requirement by most cities and states. There are many different products and several methods available to create an air barrier. Architects need to know what kind of air barrier material and method are the best for their project to ensure the best performance. In addition, contractors should be familiar with these materials and methods to optimize the construction schedule, and building owners should know about the role of an air barrier in promoting the well-being of the interior environment and energy efficiency of their buildings. Silicone air barriers can provide the solutions for many challenges. Participants are eligible for one AIA LU credit.

Learning Objectives:
• Define the basic requirements that air barriers must meet
• Describe the different types of air barriers on the market and their key differences
• Identify key areas within a wall system
where detailing is important to system success
• Describe the different solutions currently on the market for sealing penetrations and transitions to create a complete air barrier system


Jongmin Kim, Façade Design Specialist
Dow Corning

Jongmin Kim joined Dow Corning in 2014 to contribute his vast knowledge and experience in architecture and construction in high rise buildings. His passion for an energy efficient building design coupled with his deep understanding of building façade has helped the design community and manufacturer to collaborate on designing the advanced building envelop. Prior to joining Dow Corning, he brings 20 years of experience as the lead architect for several well-known architecture firms in New York City specializing in residential and commercial projects in New York and international. Under his management, he has completed a number of projects from historic preservation to super high rise mixed use towers. Jongmin graduated from the school of architecture at Cooper union. He is registered in the state of New York and New Jersey.

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