Fluid Applied Air Barrier Research


12:00 to 12:30 Panera Box Luncheon and Social, water, soda and coffee will be provided.
12:30 to 1:30 Key Note Presentation by Laura Bashaw – Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.
1:30 to 2:00 Networking Session.


Laura Bashaw will present on SGH’s experience to-date with fluid applied air barrier membranes. This presentation will focus on SGH’s self-funded research. Fluid applied air-barrier/water-resistive barrier membranes for use in exterior wall systems are relatively new products and are increasingly being specified by designers. Because these products are relatively new, their long-term performance is not well established. SGH has also observed failure of the membrane in the field during construction. She will discuss the status of industry standards, results of internal testing, and identification of important performance characteristics.

Laura Bashaw joined Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) in 2008 as part of the Building Technology group. She is experienced in building envelope investigations, construction litigation support, building envelope repair designs, and subsequent construction administration. She has been involved in investigations and design of repairs for low slope roofing, windows, curtain walls, EIFS cladding, brick veneer, mass masonry walls, steep slope roofing, and plaza waterproofing.

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