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This webinar will provide a basic description of how a building enclosure protects its occupants, with attention to controlling heat, air and moisture. Discussion of building air leakage sources and their impact on building performance will be provided. Formal definitions of air barriers including: materials, accessories, assemblies and systems will be discussed, as well as recent changes to both residential and commercial energy codes that require air barriers. Finally, the performance of SPF and other foam plastic insulations as an air barrier material will be presented.

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  • November 7, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:30pm ET


  • Members of CPI - $199.00
  • Non-members - $249.00

Who Should Attend?

  • Persons involved in the development, marketing and sales of spray polyurethane foam and other foam plastics insulation materials.

How to Register:

Benefits of the Course:

  • Attendees will benefit from an improved understanding of the importance of air barriers for both residential and commercial buildings. Air barriers improve energy efficiency, indoor air quality and overall durability of buildings.


  • The goal is to impart knowledge of several important topics including: the basic functional requirements of the building enclosure, the importance of air leakage, air barrier definitions, air tightness requirements in the model building codes, and how SPF meets these air tightness requirements.


  • The course is a 90 minute webinar.
    • This webinar will be available for download and purchase On-Demand following the presentation date.


  • The course will cover five main topical areas:
    • Basic Building Enclosure Functions
    • Air Leakage in Buildings
    • Air Barrier Definitions
    • Building Code Requirements
    • Spray Polyurethane Foam as an Air Barrier


  • Richard S. Duncan, Ph.D., P.E
    Technical Director, Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA)
    Technical Consultant, ACC Center for the Polyurethanes Industry, Spray Foam Coalition
    • Rick brings more than 20 years of experience in technical marketing, building science, and product development and product management to deliver new materials and applications to the construction market. Drawing from experience as an engineering professor, Rick simplifies complex building envelope issues and clearly describes solutions for construction and design professionals. As technical director for SPFA, he oversees several technical committees that develop technical documents for the SPF industry. As technical consultant for the Spray Foam Coalition, Rick serves as an adviser for SFC’s Research and Codes and Standards workgroups. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics Penn State University, MSME from Bucknell University and a BSME from the University of Maryland. Rick is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and is a certified BPI Building Analyst.

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