Air Barriers: Purpose, Technologies and Challenges

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Sponsored by USG Tremco
Presented by Jean A. Wilcox

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of air barrier components and their principle purpose in the building enclosure.
  2. Identify the impact air barriers have on a building’s energy efficiency, operating costs, indoor air quality and the infiltration of moisture.
  3. Better compare current air barrier technologies, uses, benefits and challenges of each type.
  4. Recognize how an integrated air barrier panel can speed and simplify installation, resulting in a more cost-effective outcome with predictable performance.


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Together, USG Corporation and Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing will examine the importance of air barriers in construction. This will be an open discussion on the increasing requirements to control air, water, vapor and thermal to improve the overall performance of a building. This course will also discuss current air barrier technologies and installation practices that affect performance.

Jean A. Wilcox is a product manager at USG Corporation, and has over 25 years of product marketing experience. In her most recent role, Jean has focused on new product development and market strategy within USG’s Substrates Division. Past projects include redefining and launching a streamlined fulfillment system for customer marketing materials, as well as strategic development and deployment of online training tools and Digital Asset Management systems. She also has a diverse background in graphic and print communications, and has successfully lead teams in the global launch of new services for a Fortune 500 consulting firm. Based in Chicago, IL, Jean is active with ABAA functions and is a member of BMA and AMA.

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