Avoiding Poor Air Barrier Audits

Track 2: Contractor Sessions

Thursday, April 20, 10:00 – 11:00

This presentation will review the air barrier installation process, preparation of the substrate, and installation and inspections from the view of an air barrier auditor. The presenter will also review correct and incorrect installations and what steps should be taken to achieve a successful installation. The attendee will learn what the ABAA auditor is looking for during their site visits and what entails a successful audit and project.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the air barrier installation process from correct substrate preparation through installation and inspections.
  2. Examine correct and incorrect installations (using detailed photo documentation).
  3. Review the steps necessary to achieve a successful installation.
  4. Discuss what the ABAA auditor is looking for during their site visits.
Level of content:
Intermediate - Advanced
Design Professionals
Testing, Analysis and Quality Assurance Program

Robert Mimmo

Project Engineer
Gale Associates, Inc., Weymouth, MA

Paul E. Totten is a Vice President at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and leads the Building Enclosures Division. He has over 19 years of experience in the fields of structural engineering, building enclosure technology and commissioning, and building science. He has concentrated his expertise on the evaluation and analysis of heat, air, and moisture transfer, and the cumulative effect these elements have on building components and building operation. He is past co-chair of the Washington, DC AIA/NIBS Building Enclosure Council, a member of NIBS, ASHRAE, and USGBC and a committee member of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Guideline 3 – Exterior Enclosure Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process. He is a committee member of the NIBS Consultative Council Topical Committee for defining high performance building metrics as well as the past chair for NIBS Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Education committee. He is the lead instructor for the Building Science and Technology course taught in the Master of Science in Sustainable Design program at The Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture and Planning and a coordinator and lecturer for the AIA DC High Performance Building series.