Designing with Continuous Insulation for Thermal and Moisture Management

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Huber Engineered Woods LLC
Presented by Allen Sealock

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the concept of thermal bridging and how it impacts building energy usage.
  2. Define the commercial and residential wood-framed wall insulation requirements found in the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
  3. Discuss how condensation forms in wall cavities, and investigate strategies to mitigate risk of damage to construction, while promoting healthful indoor environments.
  4. Compare green or sustainable building characteristics of various continuous insulation alternatives as part of the exterior wall assembly.


1 GBCI CE Hour
As an IACET Accredited Provider, BNP Media offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.

Building codes and green building standards are continuing to raise the bar on energy efficiency and high performance in buildings. In wood-framed buildings, designing for thermal and moisture management in wall cavities, as well as for air tightness, are all core components to creating advanced building enclosures. ZIP System Products Director Allen Sealock will discuss the need for exterior insulation to manage heat transfer and reduce condensation in exterior walls by providing step-by-step examples of how to determine the amount of continuous insulation required to meet prescriptive code requirements depending on climate zone.

Photo of a house under construction with insulation visible.

Photo courtesy of Huber Engineered Woods, LLC © 2016

Daniel OverbeyZIP System® Products Director Allen Sealock has served in diverse leadership roles across Huber Engineered Woods in his 10 years with the specialty building products manufacturer. Allen has held cross-functional positions, from manufacturing and R&D, to product development, and marketing, and has maintained a subject-matter focus on building science and product performance. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees in Forest Resources, he has also completed HERS rating and Passive House training and is an active participant in a range of industry organizations promoting best design and construction practices.

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Originally published in December 2016