Conference Agenda

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019

Venue: JJ Pickle Research Campus

Conference Abstract:

Building energy Codes around the country have differing approaches and differing outcomes when it comes to air barrier leakage. This one-day Conference will dive into the interactions of Codes, enclosure details, products and measured performance outcomes. What is the best way to change the way buildings are designed and constructed? Do Codes drive performance outcomes, or do they create a ceiling to quality rather than a floor? The event will highlight the importance of air barriers for building performance outcomes that include energy efficiency, durability and IEQ. The focus will be on the importance of air barriers in humid climates, but the lessons learned are broadly applicable.


Welcome Addresses

8:00am – 8:30am

  • Michael Craig (BEC)

  • Eric Griffin (PHAUS)

  • Kendall Claus &Miguel Walker (COTE)

  • Michael Husted (Austin Energy)


Introductory Session

8:30am – 10:00am

  • Keith Simon– What is air leakage, why is it important, and does my building have to breathe

  • Miguel Walker – Air leakage and principles of healthy indoor air quality

  • John Posenecker – Air barriers and the ABAA

  • First cameo appearance of “Blower Door Man”

  • Trevor Brown – Realities of the construction site, installation challenges; introduction to mockup rodeo


Mid Morning Break & Mock Up Rodeo

10:00am – 10:30am

  • Mid-morning break and vendor display

  • Mockup Rodeo: a series of roof to wall transitions detail mockups will be built for this event and put on display



Keynote Address - Dr. Joe Lstiburek

10:30am – 12pm

  • History of air leakage metrics, code requirements, industry reactions. What are the solutions we should be focusing on?



Lunch Is Served

12:00pm - 1:15pm

  • Lunch Break – served on location

  • Special air leakage demonstration


Lightning Bolt Session: Attendee opportunities to speak for 2 minutes each 

1:15pm – 2:15pm

  • This is your chance to speak your piece!


2:15pm – 3:45pm

  • Top-down path to improving a community’s building performance culture: small, careful changes that can have dramatic effects


Keynote Address by Duane Jonlin, FAIA


Afternoon Break & Mock Up Rodeo

3:45pm – 4:00pm

  • Hang out with our vendors

  • Learn something about enclosures


4:00pm - 5:30pm

  • Micahel Husted, Shirley Ellis, Duane Jonlin, with a few surprises as well

Public Policy Panel with Q&A: “A Longhorn, An Aggie, and a Socialist walk into a bar…” 


5:30pm – 6:30pm

  • HAPPY HOUR! Band plays, drinks are served, raffle prizes


Happy Hour!