Masonry Veneer Anchors And Air Barriers

Thursday, April 20, 13:00 – 14:00

This presentation focuses on the one building envelope system component that has the potential to be the most detrimental to the air barrier system. The installation of masonry veneer anchors creates, by far, the most penetrations in the air barrier system. Leaks that can occur due to improper anchor selection, installation and sequencing have the most potential to render the air barrier system ineffective. Requirements for masonry veneer anchors used with air barrier systems are reviewed. The various anchor systems currently available on the market are exhibited and critiqued. Finally, testing and inspections methods and protocols are offered to insure an effective air barrier system.

Len Anastasi, FABAA, CSI, CDT

ABAA Conference Committee

Air Barrier Association of America

EXO-TEC Group of Companies

Len Anastasi worked in the construction industry for twenty years in masonry, waterproofing and restoration work. He currently owns EXO-TEC Manufacturing, Inc. which manufactures specialty construction products, EXO-TEC Solutions, Inc. which performs marketing work for various quality and innovative manufacturers of construction products and EXO-TEC Consulting, Inc. which performs consulting services on building enclosure issues for building owners, managers, design professionals and lawyers. In his construction and consulting work, he has performed inspections and/or repairs on over 300 buildings as well as giving expert testimony in trials and reviews on dozens of legal cases.

He is a member of ASTM’s E 06 Committee on Building Performance where he has authored both proposed standards as well as proposed changes to existing standards. He is a member of the Boston Society of Architects’ Building Enclosure Council where he has presented on several topics and has been sponsored to speak at the Build Boston Exposition, AIA National Convention and CSI National Convention. He has authored several articles and papers on building enclosure performance and has spoken on these topics at several conventions, seminars and meeting.

He is the current President of the Air Barrier Association of America as well as a member of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI), the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) and the U. S. Government’s Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC). He is also a guest lecturer at the Boston Architectural Center.