Tuesday, October 14, 2014 · 8 am–noon
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West, Madison, WI
Cost: FREE

As a result of this course you will be able to:

  • Select components of air, water and thermal barrier systems that work together.
  • Describe how to connect all the elements of air, water and thermal barriers in one or more plane of the building enclosure, especially around penetrations like windows.
  • Use the vapor profile analysis method to design, specify and build walls that dry.
  • Evaluate products and techniques for real world building assemblies.

Prior to attending this session, please watch this building science online video resource series.

Who should attend?
Builders; remodelers; students, educators and apprentices in construction trades; building performance consultants; code officials; architects and anyone interested in residential wall assemblies.

Pop quiz
Test your knowledge of wall assemblies

There are so many ways to insulate, air seal and weather protect the core of exterior walls it’s maddening. However, there are ways to fit them all together without breaking the bank, your back or your brain. Dive into the real work of effectively designing, speccing and building high performance walls during this half-day session.

We’ll explain the principles to use when selecting all working elements of building assemblies: framing and sheathing, insulation, water resistive barriers and air sealing. Real world examples and demonstrations will be shared to support these principles and 3D drawings will be used to illustrate the impacts of material and system selections. Sheet and fluid applied house wraps versus building paper; spray foam versus cavity insulations versus continuous foam sheathing; pressure sensitive adhesive tapes versus liquid sealants…all will be explored.

In addition, each attendee will receive a free 3-month GreenBuildingAdvisor.com pro membership and an extensive resource document. Small group activities, participant discussions and live demonstrations will take place during this session.

7:30 am: Registration and continental breakfast
8 am–noon: Program

This half-day course is free to attend and includes continental breakfast. There is limited availability, so you are encouraged to register early.

General information
Site information will be sent with your enrollment confirmation. If you have any special needs (e.g. dietary, physical), please let us know at the time of registration. All requests will be kept confidential.

Photo and video rights
We reserve the right to use photographs taken during the event for promotional purposes. Also, this program may be video taped for future publication.

Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire course; partial credit cannot be given.

AIA Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 3.5 LU.

BPI This course is BPI recognized for 2 CEU credits.

GBCI The Energy Center of Wisconsin is a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. This is a GBCI approved course and offers 3.5 CE hours. The Energy Center of Wisconsin is also a USGBC Education Partner.

IACET The Energy Center of Wisconsin has been accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. As an IACET Authorized Provider, the Energy Center of Wisconsin offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET standard. The Energy Center of Wisconsin is authorized by IACET to offer 0.4 CEUs for this program.

NAHB This course is eligible for 3.5 hours of continuing education credit toward the following NAHB professional designations: GMB, GMR, Master CGP, CGB, CGR, CGP, CGA, CAPS.

NARI This course is eligible for 4 CEUs toward NARI certification.

WI-DSPS Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has approved this course for 3.5 CEUs for the following credentials: Dwelling Contractor Qualifier and UDC-Construction Inspector.

This course is currently being reviewed by additional continuing education accreditation organizations. Please check back for up-to-date information.

Introduction and review

Continuous water barrier and capillary breaks

  • Cap breaks—free draining space and nonporous breaks
  • Water resistive barriers
    • Sheet goods
    • Fluid-applied
    • Taping seams of rigid insulation
    • Benchtop testing of sheet goods (demonstration)

Air barrier systems

  • Exterior air barriers
  • Interior air barriers
  • Cavity air barriers
  • Testing pressure sensitive adhesive tapes (demonstration)


  • Cavity types
  • Sealant and cavity systems
    • Knauf
    • Owens Corning
  • Exterior rigid
  • Quality

Vapor profile analysis (demonstration and activity)

Walls that work (classroom discussion)

  • Walls
    • “Standard” wall
    • Exterior rigid insulation
    • “Hybrid” (“flash-n-batt” or “flash-n-fill”)
    • Double stud wall
  • Attributes
    • Durability
    • Ease of installation
    • Effectiveness,
    • Energy efficiency


Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West
1109 Fourier Drive
Madison , WI

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