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Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA)

The Center of Excellence for the Air Barrier Industry

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March, 2013

GREETINGS FROM THE BOARD

Last year, ABAA adopted a Strategic Plan in order to grow the Association to maximum potential and to position ABAA as the voice of the air barrier industry. As one of our goals, we resolved to communicate more with our members, and as a result, we’re excited to give you an update on how the Strategic Plan is working.
Our top five strategic goals demonstrate how ABAA is fulfilling its mission, which is to work together with our membership, industry and trade to be the recognized voice for air barrier knowledge. Let’s take a look at each of those goals:
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2013 ABAA ANNUAL CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW

We are eager to see you all at this year’s Annual Conference & Trade Show in Chicago on March 26-28, 2013. While last year’s conference was widely considered a great success by the attendees, the conference committee has worked very hard to make this year’s event even better.
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UPCOMING TRAINING

March 26-28, 2013 – Self Adhered & Fluid Applied Materials Training – Chicago, IL

March 26 -28, 2013 – Spray Polyurethane Foam Training – Chicago, IL

March 26-28, 2013 – ABAA Field Auditor Training – Chicago, IL

April 16-18, 2013 – Self Adhered & Fluid Applied Materials Training – Sanford, ME

May 7-9, 2013 – Self Adhered & Fluid Applied Materials Training – Carlisle, PA

UPCOMING INDUSTRY EVENTS

New York State Green Building Conference
March 11-12, 2013
Syracuse, NY

RCI International Convention and Trade Show
March 14-19, 2013
Orlando, FL

ABAA Conference and Tradeshow 2013
March 26-28, 2013
Chicago, IL

AIVC Workshop
April 18-19, 2013
Washington, DC

ACI National Conference
April 30-May 3, 2013
Denver, CO

EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

ABAA offers a series of AIA accredited courses designed to offer continuing education to architects, engineers, building consultants and other industry members on air barrier considerations ranging from introductory seminars to advanced details.

Air Barriers 201 - Air Barrier Materials - 1 LU/HSW Credit

AB-005 Air Barriers - Intro to Air Barriers - AB 102 - 1 LU/HSW/SD Credit

WHAT'S EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT? THE BUZZ ABOUT THE CONFERENCE!

Check out what some of the industry leaders are saying about the upcoming 'Salute to Air Barrier Excellence' Conference!
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ABAA AND INDUSTRY UPDATES

As part of the Consensus Committee, ABAA helped revise the 2012 National Green Building Standard which was recently approved by ANSI.

Did you know? Besides listing various evaluated Air Barrier Materials and Air Barrier Assemblies, the ABAA website also includes links to individual manufacturer websites for their Air Barrier Design Details and their Air Barrier Master Specifications!

New Chair for ABAA’s QAP Committee

Seattle BEC Hosting an all-day Building Enclosure symposium – May 21, 2013.

Energy-Efficiency Tax Credits Reinstated

First EESCC Plenary Meeting Advances Discussion on Energy Efficiency within the Built Environment

Building Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure is Adopted by the City of Minneapolis – MEEA Unplugged, Feb 12, 2013

NY State Buildings Must Increase Energy Efficiency 20% New ABAA Fluid-Applied Material Listing

New ABAA Fluid-Applied Material Listing

YOUR QUESTIONS, OUR ANSWERS:

What are the two primary test methods of water vapor permeance in ASTM E96?

There are three primary terms used when talking about measuring water vapor through building materials that is important to our industry. These terms are defined.
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