Dispelling the Myths About Building Enclosure Warranties

Track 2

Tuesday, May 2, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Building Envelope System Warranties bring value to building owners by managing risk and obtaining peace of mind. What constitutes a building enclosure system warranty? Can such a warranty be attained under one umbrella of coverage? Our industry understands how critical it is to ensure protection from water, air, and thermal intrusion at every level and transition, but is our industry ready for a shift in practices to make this a reality for building owners? Join us to learn more about building enclosure system warranties – their value, how to specify, and what to look out for during the build process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How building enclosure failures are a billion-dollar annual industry and the reason why the industry needs performance specifications that define performance, functional, and technical requirements.
  2. Discuss and learn the terms of contract conditions and warranties and how they are used to designate the responsibilities of the parties involved in the agreement, and the contract fine print which dictates remedies in a case of a claim or breach of obligation on the part of the parties involved.
  3. Recognize the difference between full system warranties, component warranties, and workmanship warranties, and define how manufacturer full building envelope warranties comply with the Building Code and the performance of the building elements for components that are moderately difficult to access or replace.
  4. Distinguish between the coverage terms of different types of whole building envelope warranties and discuss how not all building envelope warranties are created equal, as well as how to incorporate warranty requirements into a project manual.
Level of content:

Melissa Payne, BECxP, CxA+BE, CDT

Tremco CPG, Inc., Beachwood, OH

Melissa Payne, BECxP, CxA+BE, CDT joined Tremco’s Building Envelope Solutions Team in November 2018. Prior to joining Tremco, Melissa provided building envelope commissioning and consulting services, and conducted forensic investigations at Miller, P.C. Prior to leading the building enclosure division at Miller, she served as owner’s representative on building enclosure projects for City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri.

Melissa possess a strong foundation in industry standards related to building envelope commissioning process, building science, performance testing, and building envelope construction. As a Level 2 Building Science Thermographer she actively uses thermography in the study of building enclosure failures. Her owner representative, consulting and commissioning experience, forensic work, and manufacturer internal consultant involvement gives her an encompassing perspective of the construction industry. Currently working with owners, architects, engineers, designers, construction manager/general contractors, and enclosure trades to promote the integrity and performance of building enclosures.


Amy Baker Architect, Royal Oak, MI

Amy Baker is a Registered Architect with over 20 years of experience on commercial projects located across the country and internationally. She specializes in the technical development of projects with a passion for exterior enclosure detailing, building science, building codes, and construction specifications. Amy serves on the Board of Directors for ABAA and is a member of the Technical Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Detroit chapter of CSI, the Building Enclosure Council of Greater Detroit (BEC-GD) and Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP). She holds Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from Lawrence Technological University.

In 2018, Amy formed her own architecture and specification consulting firm, Amy Baker Architect. She is primarily focused on working with design and construction professionals, offering consulting services including architectural specification writing, code reviews, third-party document reviews, and construction administration services. Amy’s experience as an architect and technical specialist offers a unique perspective to specification consulting and enables her to function as an extension of the architectural team.


Pepper Construction Company, Barrington, IL

Corey is a registered Architect in several states, practicing for more than 30 years. He specializes in building envelope, restoration, preservation, life safety, and interior finishes. Corey is currently the Director of Quality Assurance for Pepper Construction Company in Chicago, where he has promoted a formal quality program for more than seven years and works on 50-75 projects a year, conducting constructability reviews, pre-installation meetings, comprehensive envelope meetings, and construction observations, in addition to providing educational opportunities throughout the industry. Corey has produced more than 150 “lessons learned” papers about building envelope and life safety concerns to proactively address issues during design review, pre-construction, and construction. He maintains an extensive database of quality metrics gathered on more than 1,000 buildings and $3 billion worth of work and developed a quality app for mobile devices which houses the lessons learned papers and allows for easy access and construction verification in the field.

Brian Stroik, FABAA, CABS

American Contractors Insurance Group, Wauwatosa, WI

Brian Stroik is a recognized industry leader in the construction of energy efficient, sustainable and durable buildings.

Brian is involved with key industry organizations – For three years, he has served as Chair of the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), he’s been voted for two years to the Board of Directors for the Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council (BETEC), has obtained certifications as a Certified Air Barrier Specialist (CABS) and Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) and is currently a Performance Excellence & Quality Consultant for American Contractors Insurance Group, a company that focuses on Quality in Construction for some of the largest construction companies in the United States.

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. He holds the following industry positions and affiliations:

– Past Chair, National Building Enclosure Council (NBEC)
– Chair and a Director, Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA): Past Chair Research Committee
– Advisory Board Member, Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council (BETEC a Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences – NIBS), Washington, DC
– Founder and Chair, Building Enclosure Council of Wisconsin (BEC-WI)
– Voting member of ASTM E06 – Building Performance
– Senior Member, American Society of Quality (ASQ)
– Certified, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)

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