High-Performance Building Exterior Air-Barrier Systems – Part 1 of 2

Sponsored by Dörken Systems Inc.

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the importance of air control for high-performance commercial buildings, including energy efficiency, durability, occupant health, and comfort.
  2. Apply the fundamental building science behind air-control and air-barrier systems.
  3. Identify critical air-barrier details during design, and understand common solutions for high-performance enclosures.
  4. Inspect and test air barriers and air-barrier components on construction mockups or during construction.


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Air-barrier systems are becoming a more important concern for modern, high-performance commercial buildings. This presentation will help you understand changing codes and standards, why airtightness is important for commercial buildings, and how to detail exterior commercial air-barrier systems. Because airtightness is a “whole building” characteristic that depends on the work of multiple trades, we will also look at commissioning and inspection during construction. You will come away with a stronger understanding of how air-barrier systems work and how to solve common problems in design and construction.

Part 1


Dörken Systems Inc. Dörken Systems Inc. manufactures high-performance air and moisture barriers for above and below grade walls in residential and commercial applications. Our superior products protect structures from the foundation to the roof, for a continuous, high-performance enclosure. We use cutting-edge technology to provide innovative solutions to moisture management problems under the DELTA® brand. All our products integrate perfectly into LEED®, Net Zero, Passive House, and other green building programs.


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