• 25 minutes

Key Requirements for High Performance Air Barrier System Materials


When it comes to an air barrier, the basic requirements are pretty simple.

The bottom line is that you want a material that doesn’t allow air to pass through it. There are thousands of different building materials that are used constantly, day-to-day, that meet this requirement. The more critical situation is with continuous air barriers. The air barrier shall be joined in an air-tight and flexible manner to the air barrier material of adjacent systems, allowing for the relative movement of systems due to thermal and moisture variations and creep. This video provides details on air leakage performance requirements and other test criteria established by ABAA.

Runtime: 24 minutes



Laverne Dalgleish

Laverne Dalgleish

Building Professionals

  • Executive director of the Air Barrier Association of America
  • Actively involved in the construction industry for more than three decades; and has specialized in building enclosures, energy efficiency and building performance
  • Frequent speaker on topics as they relate to building enclosures, energy efficiency, green building practices, and standards and quality of construction; and has published a number of articles for leading construction and building related trade magazines
  • Heavily involved in the standards development process and has been involved with International Organization of Standardization (ISO) for more than three decades
  • Actively participates in developing ASTM, ASHRAE, ULC, BPI and other related standards
  • Been involved in a number of utility demand side management programs and worked with various government departments across North America

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