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The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a nation-wide nonprofit technical organization dedicated to the advancement of construction technology through communication, education, research, and service. Founded in 1948, CSI provides a forum for architects, engineers, specification writers, contractors, suppliers, and others in the industry.


Central Pennsylvania Chapter CSI Virtual Meeting

6:00-6:30 p.m. Meet-and-Greet Networking with All Attendees

6:30-7:30 p.m. Live Technical Education Program

Top 10 Construction Cautions

with Building Enclosures

Presented by Brian M. Stroik

National Strategic Accounts Sales Director for

Tremco Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing

Building enclosures and air barriers require care and attention to detail from design to execution. With the myriad of wall configurations and choices in air barriers, insulation, and exterior cladding, not to mention the different manufacturers of these products, it can become daunting where to start or how to ensure a high-performance enclosure. A number of key items need to be addressed during both the design stage and the construction process in a logical manner and a specific critical path. This presentation will review the Top 10 construction cautions with the building enclosure specific to design, pre-construction, mock-up’s, field installation issues and sub-trade execution and final testing for compliance.

Learning Objectives for Program Participants:

  • Acquire knowledge in critical aspects of building envelope design, based on building science principles, by using sample details for continuity, redundancy and certain code requirements of the air barrier system.
  • Describe the process for preconstruction meetings and key criteria and agenda items to ensure performance expectations are met, sequencing is done properly, details are well understood, and transition from one trade to another is accomplished.
  • Explain the various test methods for installation verification for both air and water performance by reviewing ASTM and AAMA test standards and how and when they should be conducted through examples and photographs.
  • Plan a successful mockup and testing program to verify continuity, compatibility, and sequence of construction by reviewing sample mock-ups and test methods that can be applied to quantify performance and provide a learning tool for the construction team.

Brian Stroik is a recognized industry leader in the construction of energy efficient, sustainable and durable buildings. Brian leads Tremco’s National Strategic Accounts (NSA) Team with the focus of providing Owners, Designers and Contractors the best opportunities, product selections, and quality assurance practices based upon their needs and the performance requirements of their buildings.  Prior to leading the NSA Team, Brian developed Tremco’s Construction Manager’s Program, an enclosure quality assurance program based upon NIBS Guideline 3 (2012 ed) and the current ASTM Commissioning Standards.   Before coming to Tremco, Brian was the Senior Corporate Quality Manager for over thirteen years at a billion-dollar Construction Management / General Contractor company.

Brian continues to enhance his building enclosure knowledge by working closely with key industry organizations on research and education regarding building science, constructability of building enclosures, energy efficiency, and retrofitting existing building enclosures.  Brian currently holds the following industry positions and affiliations:

Chair, Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA)

Advisory Board Member, Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council – NIBS, Washington DC

Co-Chair, Building Enclosure Council of Wisconsin (BEC-WI)

Voting member of ASTM E06 – Building Performance

Member, Off Site Construction Council - NIBS, Washington DC

Senior Member, American Society of Quality (ASQ)

Certified, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)

In the past, Brian was also Chair, National Building Enclosure Council (NBEC) and member of the NIBS Board of Direction (2008-17).

This program has been submitted to the AIA CES for 1 LU/HSW continuing education.  Certificates will be available to all attendees, issued by email following the meeting.

CPC-CSI members attending this program will receive a $20 Panera Gift Card by electronic delivery, following the meeting, as a thank you for being chapter members.

TO REGISTER for this FREE program and receive the Zoom URL link, email our host, Ken Robinson at kbrpe@kbraengineering.com no later than 4:00 p.m. on January 12.

The chapter meeting will be preceded by the CPC CSI Board meeting from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.  All CPC CSI members are welcome to attend (if so, please note when you register for the program).

Our Program Committee continues to seek ideas for diverse, unbiased, educational presentations pertinent to the AEC industry.  If you would like to be part of our Program Committee, or just have some program ideas to share, please contact Chris Atwood (catwood@gfnet.com) or Jeff Turicik (JeffTurick@ykkap.com)