Commissioning the Air Barrier

Track 3: Design Professionals Training

Thursday, April 20, 15:00 – 16:00

The complexity of building enclosure designs, the use of new materials, and the high rate of moisture/air infiltration affecting overall energy performance/occupant comfort in new buildings indicates why air barrier commissioning is essential to ensure that the building enclosure assembly performs as intended. The presenter will detail the commissioning process as it relates to air barrier systems.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review of the commissioning process.
  2. Discuss how air barriers assist the design to control heat, air, and vapor flow; water penetration; and light and solar radiation.
  3. Review on-site inspection and testing procedures.
  4. Review design decisions that can improve or hinder the air barrier performance.
Level of content:
Intermediate - Advanced
Design Professionals
Testing, Analysis and Quality Assurance Program

Brian Neely, Associate, AIA, CDT, BECxPSM

Senior Project Manager/Project Architect
Gale Associates, Inc., Weymouth, MA

Brian Neely, AIA, CDT, BECxPSM is a Senior Project Manager/Project Architect for Gale Associates’ Building Enclosure Design and Consulting Group. He performs building envelope evaluations and provides recommendations for building repair and restoration. He has experience in developing low-maintenance renovations to public and private facilities while retaining the historic building elements. Mr. Neely has been actively involved with supplying peer review analysis of designs for new construction projects relating to the building envelope. Many of the projects relate to educational and research type facilities. He has been a CSI member for 12 years and served as past President of the Boston CSI chapter. Mr. Neely is a seasoned presenter and has given educational seminars to several facility groups.