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Weather Resistant Barriers in Vertical Exterior - Construction (BSP721)

Course Description:

This one-hour course provides an overview of the importance of weather resistant barriers in protecting the building envelope and as a component of green building design and sustainability. Lessons include a comparison of various barriers based on specific performance criteria.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how the use of a weather resistant barrier improves the exterior wall by: acting as a thermal barrier to enhance the reduction of energy consumption, and reducing bulk water and solar driven moisture from entering the wall cavity while allowing the wall to breathe
  • Discuss how weather resistant barriers protect the wall cavity when using today‚Äôs cladding materials and provide a sustainable interior finish
  • Identify the correct procedures for installing weather resistant barriers to protect the exterior wall and provide a sustainable wall cavity
  • Be able to specify weather resistant barriers based on performance criteria
  • Compare Spun-bonded poly-propylene with micro-porous coating to other weather resistant barriers and identify the four categories that promote sustainable design
Credits: AIA 1 AIA (HSW HSW) GBCI 1 GBCI RCI 1 RCI

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