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Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA)

The Center of Excellence for the Air Barrier Industry

Licensed Contractor Benefits

ABAA promotes our accredited contractors to design professionals across America. We encourage the professional community to adopt the ABAA Quality Assurance Program and specify ABAA accredited contractors in all air barrier projects.

What are the benefits of becoming a Licensed Air Barrier Contractor? A good question that many contractors have asked themselves. In today's competitive environment, any advantage a Contractor has can make the difference between success and failure.

So why become a ABAA Accredited Contractor? It is going to cost money, and now I have someone watching the quality of my work.

The air barrier industry is no different than other construction related industries. We see the number of buildings failures across Canada due to poor workmanship. Contractors now have increased liability and are responsible for the installation. You can no longer walk away when you are done. Unfortunately, many construction industries compete on an unlevel playing field that makes it difficult for Contractors interested in doing a professional job compete. If you are a Contractor that is quality oriented and strives for perfection, it can be an uphill battle at times.

Click here to see our brochure on benefits of being a ABAA Air Barrier Contractor - Contractor Accreditation: Why and How?

Benefits of Being a ABAA-Accredited Air Barrier Contractor

There are many benefits for you to become a ABAA-Accredited Contractor, these include:

  • Compete on a level playing field amongst other Contractors who complete quality work, separating yourselves from those who don't
  • Reduce your call-backs, liability and subsequent related costs
  • Be promoted as the premier Air Barrier Contractor to building owners and the professional design community
  • Network with the leading professionals from across Canada
  • Bid and work on projects specified to utilize ABAA Accredited Contractors and the ABAA Quality Assurance Program
  • Receive technical assistance and support on your projects
  • Have a comprehensive written record of the installation

ABAA promotes our Accredited Contractors to design professionals across the United States. We encourage the professional community to specify the ABAA Quality Assurance Program and specify ABAA Accredited Contractors in all air barrier projects.

The ABAA QAP program is being embraced by the design professional community and building owners for ensuring their building envelope is one of superior quality.

What Will You Know Once You're ABAA-Certified?

Once an installer completes the ABAA training program, he/she will have the ability to:

  • Read and understand plans and specifications
  • Ensure the compatibility of air barrier materials and accessories
  • Evaluate substrate conditions for application of material
  • Proper application of the material as per manufacturer's instructions
  • Ensure continuity over the entire building envelope
  • Undertake the required quantitative quality assurance testing
  • Complete the installation in a safe manner

What ABAA-Accredited Contractors Receive as Members

As a ABAA-Accredited Contractor, you'll receive:

  • Your company listed on ABAA's nationally promoted website as a contractor with your contact information listed
  • Education and outreach tools to educate General Contractors, Design Professionals and Building Officials
  • Technical assistance on design, installation and quality control issues
  • New technical information based on new research, publications, industry initiatives and other resources to keep you current
  • Sponsorship and advertising opportunities at workshops, seminars and promotional functions.

ABAA's training and certification programs provide a means to ensure applicators possess the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to produce quality air barrier installations. Certification sets you apart from the competition and identifies you as a professional.

What do I need to do to be a Certified Installer and Accredited Contractor?

Download the Accreditation Flow Chart here

Contractor Application Form Contractor Licensing Agreement Level 2 and 3 Certified Installer Application Form Installer Licensing Agreement Installer Affidavit

In order to be an Accredited Contractor, you need to employ a Level 3 Certified Installer and one individual trained in the Quality Assurance Program.

All of the above noted requirements must be completed before you are an ABAA Accredited Contractor and before you can be awarded ABAA specified jobs.

Why do I Need to Submit Job Bid Notifications and Awarded Job Notifications?

To ensure our and your continued success, we need your help. First, make sure you always send us your job bid notification when preparing to bid on an ABAA-specified project. Second, communicate with us about awarded jobs, even if you are not the successful Air Barrier Contractor. When we know the project was awarded, we can follow up with the Architect and/or General Contractor to confirm the project was awarded to an ABAA-Accredited contractor. The earlier we receive this information, the sooner we can begin the communication with the Architect and General Contractor.

What Happens when I Lose a Bid to a Non-ABAA Contractor

We will contact the Architect and explaining our concern. Likely they will then provided us with the name of the General Contractor and give us permission to contact them to inquire about the situation further. Our QAP administration staff proceeded to contact the General Contractor to ensure the job was awarded to an ABAA-Accredited Air Barrier Contractor. Upon receipt of the successful contractor's name, we confirmed they were not ABAA-Accredited.

At this point, the Architect had two options, one is to remove the requirement for the project to follow the ABAA QAP, two is to contact the General Contractor and insist the contract be awarded to an ABAA-Accredited contractor, as per the project specifications. We will always work with the interested parties to ensure the ABAA QAP program is not removed from the project master specification.

What are Costs for the ABAA QAP?

There are upfront one-time costs for a project that is specified with the ABAA QAP.

Since we have Auditors that inspect every job, those costs of the inspections are added into the Air Barrier Contractors bid price. The cost of each audit is $2000 and the number of audits is dependent on how many the design professional specifies. The scale on the number of audits that ABAA recommends can be found in Section 3 of all of our master specifications or on this document.

We also charge $0.085 per square foot of ABAA-QAP specified projects which assists in funding the association's day-to-day management and marketing of its QAP and members to the design community.

The General Contractor needs to ensure that the awarded contract is awarded to a ABAA-Accredited Contractor because if it isn't, the costs factored into the bid may not be comparable from a ABAA-Accredited Contractor and a non ABAA-Accredited Contractor.

Membership Requirements

Membership with the Air Barrier Association of America is the first step towards becoming an ABAA accredited contractor.

Interested in joining ABAA? Click here for more information about ABAA Air Barrier Contractor membership requirements.

To give you an idea of the work that is ABAA-specified, in 2012 we had 814 ABAA-specified projects with over 7 million of applied air barrier material in the United States.


As a requirement to become and ABAA-Accredited Air Barrier Contractor, you must employ at least one ABAA Level 3 certified installer. Click here for more information on the pre-requisites for Air Barrier Installer training and certification.

Air Barrier Construction Design Details

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ABAA Air Barrier Master Specifications

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