Energy Improvements to Existing Buildings Using Air Barriers and Insulation Upgrades

Track 3: Design Professionals Training

Thursday, April 20, 10:00 – 11:00

Many existing buildings were constructed before current energy and building codes required a continuous air and vapor barrier, and exterior insulation. In an effort to improve the thermal performance and interior air quality of these facilities, many building owners are looking to upgrade their existing infrastructure. The presenter recently completed evaluations of several existing higher education facilities with a focus on improving the exterior building enclosures. The presentation will provide an in-depth examination of design considerations with a focus on addressing ongoing air and moisture infiltration caused by the lack of continuous air barriers and thermal insulation. The presentation will discuss unique solutions to improve the overall building performances and aesthetics, and coordinate construction in an occupied facility.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss current energy and building codes required for a continous air and vapor barrier, and exterior insulation
  2. Focus on addressing ongoing air and moisture caused by a lack of continous air barriers and thermal insulation
  3. Discuss how to improve overall building performances and aesthetics
  4. Describe how to coordinate construction in an occupied facility
Level of content:
Intermediate - Advanced
Design Professionals
Testing, Analysis and Quality Assurance Program

Brian Neely, 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 enclosure 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 the past President of the Boston CSI chapter. Mr. Neely is a seasoned presenter and has given educational seminars to several facility groups.