PHRC Webinars

Building Enclosure Risk in the Codes [Archive]

9/12/2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Instructor: Brian Wolfgang (Associate Director, PHRC)


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The modern building enclosure is quite complex and must account for a combination of code compliance, best practices, constructability, and cost considerations. Often builders are focused on reducing risk of the enclosure not performing as expected and, in some cases, failing. This session will dive into some of the overall concepts related to the risk of building enclosures not meeting expectations. The discussion will identify challenges within the code compliance process and identify strategies to navigate the codes in a manner that mitigates risk to the building and the builder.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the type of risk that a builder or design professional may face related to the building enclosure such as moisture considerations, overall inefficiency, and long-term failures.
  2. Examine the role of the plan review and inspection process in mitigating building enclosure risk.
  3. Identify strategies to ensure proper performance of the building enclosure.
  4. Understand the implications of building enclosure failures to builders and design professionals.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credit in live webinar

Credit Hours

Live Webinar: 1.0 PA L&I Contact Hour, 1.0 PA PDH for engineers, 1.0 AIA LU|HSW, 1.0 ICC Contact Hour (0.1 CEU), 1.0 NARI hour/CEU

Tags: Residential Structures and Building Code Requirements



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