BEC Houston & ABAA Educational Day

Online registration will close Wednesday, October 2nd, 10 am
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October 3, 2019
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
3400 Main Street, Box 2
Houston, TX 77002

Brought to you by the Building Enclosure Council

BEC Houston & ABAA Present: ABAA Educational Day

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Online registration will close Wednesday, October 2nd, 10 am

8 to 8:30 AM – Sign-in & Welcome
8:30 to 8:45 AM – Introductions: ABAA, AIA, Sponsors
8:45 AM to 9:45 AM – Presentation 1: Roy Schauffele; FCSI, CCPR, FABAA, LEED Green Assoc., President Division 7 Solutions
9:45 to 10:00 AM – Break
10 AM to 11:30 PM – Presentation 2: Andrew Dunlap; AIA, CDT, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal, SmithGroup
11:30 AM to 12:15 PM – Lunch
12:15 PM to 1:30 PM – Presentation 3: Craig Wetmore; CSI, CDT, President, York Flashings
1:30 PM to 1:45 PM - Break
1:45 to 3:00 PM – Presentation 4: Laverne Dalgleish; ABAA Executive Director

Location:  MATCH – 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002, Box 2

BEC Yearly Membership Registration will be $30 per year or $20.00 registration fee/per event for BEC non-members, free for students and interns.

Presentation 1: Oh No! What Did I Miss? How to Properly Specify an Air Barrier System – Design and Construction documents are one of the first steps towards achieving an effective layer of airtightness to manage moisture and air movement.  The importance of a proper specification cannot be understated and a well-articulated document will ensure that the owner is provided with materials, performance and quality.  The presentation will review some of the consideration and language that should be reviewed prior to developing a specification and will outline code requirements, performance requirements, what can be done for quality and ensuring material selection meets the intent of design and for crucial coordination with other components of the enclosure.

Presentation 2: “By Others” – The Elusive Sub-Contractor Responsible for Transitions – An in-depth look at the environmental separators for the roof, wall and below grade assemblies in regards to water control, air leakage control, thermal performance and vapor control. Critical details that typically cause building performance related issues will be focused on the two largest failures of building enclosures: roof to wall connections and wall to window connections specific to curtain wall systems. A step by step look at each critical detail in regards to sequence of construction and the various connections to ensure airtight/watertight and thermally protected details. Real life photos and job conditions will bring the realities of the construction process to show typical errors found and how they can be addressed correctly.

Presentation 3: Through-Wall Flashings Compatibility, Sustainability & Performance – With all the myriad of building enclosure components and materials, there is a significant risk to ensure that all materials are compatible and work together as a system. An important part of a water control strategy for your walls requires integration of the air barrier, water resistive barrier, insulation and other related components, including through-wall flashing. Not all assemblies work together and there are specific steps needed to ensure proper water drainage. This presentation will provide an overview of all flashing choices that can be selected and specified and provide information on how to make product selections and what materials are not compatible in a system. Real life examples of various systems and transitions will provide attendees with an understanding of the successful construction of these components.

Presentation 4: New Tools to Help Drive Decisions in Your Air Barrier Specifications - The presentation will review some of the new tools available in regards to specifying different levels of building airtightness above code mandated minimums. These tools help assess the energy reduction from base levels of building airtightness and the corresponding financial savings, along with quantification of the impact’s airtightness has on moisture movement transported by air leakage. A look into research conducted on adhesion values for various air barrier materials will be reviewed to aid the specification writer (if providing a minimum adhesion value for materials that rely on adhesion). Thirdly, information on the ABAA Quality Assurance Program: How to specify the program properly and exactly what the program entails. Included in this will be a review of the top field related issues that are found during the ABAA site audit process.



  • Morrison Hershfield
  • Simpson, Gumpertz, & Heger
  • Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing
  • Terracon Houston Facilities
  • Walter P Moore

Event Sponsor

  • Sika Corporation