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Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA)

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Courses Available from ABAA for Design Professionals

AB-011 Building Science 1 LU|HSW
  Learning Objectives:
  Explain what building enclosure is.
  Identify basic design considerations for commercial buildings.
  Explain the forces of moisture, air and heat flow.
  Understand code implications in regards to material requirements and key functions to identify during design process.
 
AB-005 Air Barriers 102: Introduction to Air Barriers 1 LU|HSW
  Learning Objectives:
  Identify basic design considerations for commercial buildings.
  Explain the forces of moisture, air and heat flow.
  Understand code implications in regards to material requirements.
  Understand code implications in regards to key functions to identify during design process.
 
AB-201 Air Barriers 201 - Air Barrier Materials 1 LU|HSW|SD
  Learning Objectives:
  Principal Requirements of a Wall Assembly - Key Properties
  Consider the combination of elements when designing a building Water Resistive Barriers Air Barriers Water Vapor Barriers
  Keep Liquid Water out of Buildings Keep air from infiltrating or exfiltrating through the building enclosure Install an Air Barrier system Keep high levels of water vapor out of the building enclosure
  What is an Air Barrier Types of Materials Air Barrier Requirements
 
AB-202 Air Barriers 202 - Basic Air Barrier Material Requirements 1 LU|HSW|SD
  Learning Objectives:
  Building Code requirements: Air Leakage Rate Continuity Durability Structural Strength
  Review of Material Assemblies that meet code Self-Adhered Membranes Liquid Membranes Sprayed Urethane Foam Board Stock Commercial Building wrap
  Where do I go from here: Look at assemblies, not individual materials As questions, does material and/or assembly meet the 4 key functions in bldg. code
  What is the performance requirement of the building What is the sequence of construction How do I specify an assembly properly ABAA Specifications ABAA Approved materials ABAA approved assemblies
 
AB-008 Air Barriers 301: Design Considerations 1 LU|HSW
  Learning Objectives:
  Identify criteria for system selection of air barriers.
  Identify location of placement of system.
  Identify component materials to be used and compatibility issues.
  Develop an understanding of proper detailing at critical junctions for system continuity.
 
AB-10 Air Barrier Fundamentals and Design Considerations 1.5 LU|HSW|SD
  Learning Objectives:
  What happens to building when we do not effectively control air leakage
  List performance requirements of Air Barrier materials, assemblies and systems
  Identify common Design and Installation issues
  Understand Code requirements and gain knowledge in market forces driving energy efficient buildings
  Resources for Design Professionals
 
AB-20 General Field Installation Requirements 1 LU|HSW|SD
  Learning Objectives:
  Sub-Trade Qualifications
  Review of Common Air Barrier Materials and Specific material related installation issues
  On-Site Quality Control Methods for various materials
  Pre-installation Coordination Common Field-related issues
 
AB-50 ABAA Quality Assurance Program 1 LU|HSW|SD
  Learning Objectives:
  Conduct Proper research on materials and installation methods. Make the manufacturer responsible to produce a material that meets the manufacturer's declaration Develop National standards and industry specifications to outline requirements for both material and installation
  Testing application of materials summary of the program Make the contractor responsible for the complete installation process from selecting materials to completing the installation Train the installer to properly install the materials and verify this through a certification process
  Summary of the Program Have the installer and the contractor document the installation Verify proper installation and confirm installer's knowledge through site audits Track the manufacturer, the contractor and the installer through a database
  Key Components: Manufacturer Licensing Contractor Accreditation Installer Certification Site Audits Documentation Conflict Resolution
  Key Components: Manufacturer Licensing Contractor Accreditation Installer Certification Site Audits Documentation Conflict Resolution
 
AB-60 Effective Use of Water-Resistive Barriers (Housewraps) and Air Barrier Building Wraps 1 LU|HSW|SD
  Learning Objectives:
  What is a WRB and why are they used; common WRB materials and typical performance attributes.
  Air Barrier Building Wraps: a dual function product.
  Differences between air barrier building wraps and a common WRB.
  Industry and code compliance requirements, performance requirements and installation.
 
AB0015 Avoiding Pitfalls with Air Barriers 1 LU|HSW|SD
  Learning Objectives:
  Identify and prioritize the design considerations when incorporating an air barrier system into the building enclosure.
  Determine the functions of various air barrier materials in regards to air flow, moisture flow, heat flow and vapor flow.
  Explore building enclosure assemblies that incorporate vapor permeable air barriers and where these materials work in regards to climate region and building type.
  Integrate non-vapor permeable air barriers in cold and warm climates for a variety of wall assemblies.
 
AB-009 Air Barrier Technology - A Solid Foundation to Building Upon - 3hrs (AB008+011+015) 3 LU|HSW
  Learning Objectives:
  Learn how to make building more energy efficient.
  Identify code issues as they relate to material selection and design considerations.
  Learn how to make building durable and safe.
  Learn how to design air barrier technology into local construction projects
 
AB-70 Benefits of an Air Barrier in a Building 1.5 LU|HSW
  Learning Objectives:
  Show how an air barrier helps the building performance and resiliency
  Explain the difference between a material, a ancillary material, a component, a assembly and a system
  Understand the process for confirming proper installation
  List the support available for design professionals on air barriers