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Weather Barriers, Continuous Insulation, and NFPA-285 from the Contractor’s Perspective  was presented at the A’17 MN Conference on November 15, 2017. Presenters were from Kraus-Anderson Construction and included Jon Porter, PE, Assoc. AIA, Quality Manager; and Mike Spence, FCSI, AIA, Vice President/Building Science. This program was recorded and is now being made available through AIA Minnesota as an on-demand webinar. 

Seminar description

There is considerable discussion, debate, and confusion within the design and construction community regarding how to specify the most appropriate weather/air barrier, how continuous insulation is defined or if it is even needed, how to make it all NFPA-285 compliant, and still adhere to project budgets. This panel of constructors will share their insight on how the architect and contractor can work together to design and construct high-performance, code compliant exterior wall assemblies that are constructible, cost effective, will comply with codes, and will predictably perform over time. 

Learning objectives

  1. Review the 2015 Minnesota Building Code requirements for air and weather barriers and continuous insulation, and examine how NFPA-285 impacts those requirements.
  2. Explain lessons learned and best practices to achieve better or more predictable envelope performance by controlling air flow and eliminating thermal bridging.
  3. Explain strategies and tools to ensure code compliance and building performance are achieved, while reducing the design team’s risk and work effort.
  4. Explain how to detail/specify to the NFPA-285 requirements allowing the contractor the flexibility to achieve the end results, without excessive costs and non-valued added requirements for the owner.


AIA members $50
Non-members $65

Continuing education credit

This program has been approved for 1.5 HSW LU Hours for AIA; and based on our review, should also qualify for Professional Development Hours for Minnesota licensing.


  • Complete registration and payment
  • The link to access the webinar will then be sent to you
  • View the 1.5 hour webinar and then complete the 10-question quiz (must score 80% or above for credit)
  • Within 48 business hours you will receive a certificate of completion and credits will be recorded to AIA member transcripts.


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director.