CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS INSTITUTE

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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.


Dinner Meeting Notice


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

at the Radisson, Camp Hill, PA


ABAAQuality Assurance Program

Presented by John Arcidiacono,

Vice President and Senior Building Envelope Specialist/Investigator

for TMI Air Barrier Testing, Willow Grove, PA


If you have ever had anything to do with an air barrier system based on MasterSpec, SpecLink, or any number of manufacturers’ guide specs in recent years, you are probably aware of the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) of the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) and may have wanted to know more. The QAP ties the manufacturer, the contractor and the installer together to ensure that the products are installed properly. It is based on ISO 9000 and ISO 12576‐2 standards. This presentation will define exactly what quality assurance is, how it is different from quality control, the impact of poor quality on building systems, and a review of the key components of the quality assurance program for air barriers. Here’s your chance to discover more about the QAP, as its application become more critical to the performance of our buildings and Pennsylvania moves into using the 2015 ICC Codes.


Learning Objectives include:

-  Identifying the features and benefits of the ABAA Quality Assurance Program.

-  Understanding how an air barrier quality assurance program manages risks for manufacturers, design professionals, contractors, installers, and building owners.
-  Understanding ABAA-approved air barrier materials and what’s involved in Installer Training and Contractor Accreditation under the QAP.
-  Exploring how the QAP is specified and implemented on a building project.

This continuing education course is registered with AIA CES for 1.0CEU/HSW, and CE certificates will be available for all attendees.


John Arcidiacono is a longstanding member of ABAA, a committee member of both ABAA’s QAP and Whole Building Air Tightness Committees, and a licensed ABAA Field Auditor, and holder of many other certifications. He performs air barrier design reviews, whole building air leakage tests and diagnostics, and field water and air leakage tests on fenestrations, assemblies and mockups. Mr. Arcidiacono, and TMI Air Barrier Testing, have been involved in many federal projects, providing recommendations to bring construction drawings into compliance with the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Air Leakage Test Protocol and Executive Construction Bulletins (ECB) pertaining to air barrier continuity.  For a comprehensive bio on Mr. Arcidiacono, please see the September2018 edition of CHOICE.


Our dinner meeting will be held at the

RADISSON HOTEL, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA

Board Meeting at 5:00 p.m., Attitude Adjustment at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Program at 7:15 p.m.

Dinner Cost: Free to Central Pennsylvania Chapter CSI Members & First-Time Guests/Visitors,

$10.00 for Students, $25.00/person for all others (pay at door w/ check orcash)


Dinner: Chef's Choice Buffet

Dinner reservations, including special dietary menu requirements, must be made

no later than FRIDAY, NOON, September 7, 2018by contacting Logan Myers by email at loganmyers@hotmail.com or by telephone at (570) 850-6330.


NOTICE: Board Members and Committee Chairs have a standing reservation.

Please RSVP if you cannot attend!



Our Program Committee is seeking ideas for diverse, unbiased, educational presentations for the coming year (and beyond). 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)