Steve Easley Session


Conference Schedule

"Exterior Insulation and Designing/Building High Performance Walls"
2:30-3:30 PM CDT, Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Speaker: Steve Easley, Principal, Steve Easley & Associates

Poorly designed building enclosures can trap moisture that leads to mold and rot which impact building longevity and indoor air quality. This course gives architects the information necessary to design enclosures that enhance building durability, energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

All the new energy codes are requiring or moving towards exterior insulation for exterior walls to increase energy efficiency and reduce the energy losses due to thermal bridging.
This class examines how to design and build high performance wall assemblies that deliver significant increases in energy efficiency and do not lead to trapping water and moisture related failures. The class will also show practical approaches to advanced framing as well as specific installation protocols to prevent insulation installation related degradation which is 30% for typical installations.

Steve Easley will use pictures from real world installations to illustrate the do’s and don’ts to building high performance wall assemblies that are affordable and cost effective. This interactive class is designed to sort through the myriad of insulation system options in order to match the best insulation system to the type of structure.

This class also will show latest FMA/AAMA/WDMA 500-16 installation standards for integrating exterior insulation with weather barriers and window flashing. Additional content will provide information on water, air and vapor barrier code requirements in order to develop appropriate specifications to meet these new codes and create buildings that perform with better real-world results.

This class will help you:

  • Understand how correctly incorporate exterior wall insulation over wood sheathing with regards to proper water/air barrier and flashing integration.
  • Select the best insulation system for a given application and write better specifications regarding insulation and installation.
  • Explain how insulation works and sort fact from fiction regarding manufacturer claims.
  • Understand the relationships between air barriers, moisture vapor transmission, condensation, material permeability, and how these terms relate to selecting the best insulation system for achieving energy efficiency and caused moisture related failures.

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