Pushing the Envelope

Over the past several years, the building envelope concept has been well promoted and established as a means for energy efficiency and building performance. With the vast array of products available today comes confusion and misinformation. Building designers are often left guessing about product compatibility and proper design, leading to the potential of costly failures. The focus of this presentation is to dive deeper, beyond the concept, and into proper building envelope design. The presentation aims to educate attendees on proper product selection and performance characteristics, codes and testing, and proper tie-in detailing to ensure a continuous air seal.


Learning Objectives:
  1. Recognize what is at stake with improper building envelope design and discuss the building types that benefit the most from building envelope systems. In addition, we will discuss the codes requiring proper building envelope design and what is being required.
  2. Learn how to select and properly install functional air and vapor barriers for roof, wall, and below-grade applications.
  3. How to use a holistic approach for examining and selecting exterior continuous insulation options for rainscreen wall assemblies. We will analyze popular exterior continuous insulation options with an emphasis on selecting a material that functions well during all weather conditions.
  4. Identify several common material and system tests required to meet building energy and safety codes.
Education Content: Intermediate
Course Accreditation:
American Institute of Architects (AIA) | 1 AIA LU/HSW | Course Number: VERe-BE301-23
International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) | 1 IIBEC CEH