PHRC Webinars

Getting Sticky with It: Understanding Tapes and Sealants [Archive]

12/12/2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Instructor: Brian Wolfgang (Associate Director, PHRC)


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The building enclosure must address a variety of functions throughout the design and installation process. With modern airtightness goals requiring a more robust system, builders and design professionals must utilize a variety of material options for addressing joints between dissimilar materials. This session will dive into the world of modern enclosure tapes and sealants, including providing an overview of the general types of materials currently on the market. This overview will guide building professionals when considering alternative materials to meet performance expectations.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the need for modern and robust building materials that directly address airtightness and moisture control.
  2. Understand the overall types of tapes available to the residential industry with a focus on material compatibility, installation procedures, and general cost implications.
  3. Examine the common types of sealants typically deployed in residential construction including considerations related to long-term exposure, lifespan, and installation needs.
  4. Identify strategies for building professionals to weigh building material options with a goal to improve the resiliency and durability of the structure.


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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