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Design professionals have been faced with not only including air barriers in building enclosures, but understanding more about building science to avoid potential building failures. A good base of understanding barrier terminology as defined in building code and by Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) assists greatly with understanding the barrier basics and communicating these barriers clearly on drawings and specifications. Plus, the design game rules have changed with the 2015 MN Building and Energy Codes now in place.

Best practices in today’s building enclosure go well beyond understanding the code, air barriers and building science; they extend into the specifications and detail drawings. Breaking down detail drawings into the four basic barriers promotes best practices to prevent air leakage, condensation, corrosion, and many other hidden failures that impact basic sustainable building practices. During this presentation, attendees will work on actual construction details using the colored pen method to identify the four basic barriers and the continuity of each barrier.

Reflecting upon a forensic case study of previous design and construction practices shows the devastating effects of improper detailing and poor barrier construction. In addition to the case study, several examples of air barrier details in the field will display correct and incorrect installations. There is no need to make your own mistakes; learn from the experiences of others.

The additional bonus in attending this seminar is that the requirements for all four of these barriers are the same in the IRC and IBC with the exception of the performance metric for air barriers. You will be able to apply your new knowledge to all of your projects.

Date, Time, Location

Tuesday, August 8
7:30 am to 9:00 am
International Market Square, Suite 185
275 Market Street, Minneapolis 55405


Includes handout and continental breakfast

AIA Members $40
NonMembers $60

Continuing education

1.5 HSW LU Hours

Learning objectives

Attendees will be able to:
  1. Learn the correct terminology and definitions of water-resistive barrier, vapor retarder, air barrier, and weather barrier. Identify key characteristics of an air barrier. Understand the 2015 MN Building and Energy Codes as they apply to air barriers and exterior walls.
  2. Learn what vital elements are necessary to include in the specifications, drawings, and construction process to assure successful building enclosure and air barrier installation. Clear-cut application of CSI MasterFormat and SectionFormat is identified.
  3. Learn how to properly review drawings for the best practices in detailing of heat, air and moisture barriers. Use the colored pen method to see the continuity of each of the four building envelope barriers: water, air, heat, and vapor.
  4. Learn how building enclosure and air barrier details interface in the field and the role of third party observation in assuring that this interface occurs as designed. See actual field photos of air barrier installation in construction projects.


Pam Jergenson, CCS, CCCA, BECxP, CxA+BE is a Senior Building Enclosure Consultant at Inspec, where she has been employed since 1991. Ms. Jergenson is a Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) and Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA). More recently, she became certified as a Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP) and a Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure (CxA+BE) from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Ms. Jergenson also performs duties as a certified Field Auditor for Air Barriers and an Approved Speaker through Air Barrier Association of America. Ms. Jergenson undertakes the entire range of building enclosure services including surveys, investigation, design, contract administration, and construction observation of building enclosures restoration and repairs. Additionally, she performs consulting for exterior walls, air barriers, and through-wall flashings on new construction, including conducting hygrothermal analysis, and forensic investigations. Ms. Jergenson is a member of ASTM, The Masonry Society (TMS), Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), and Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director