Protecting the 1st Side of the Building

Protecting the 1st Side of the Building

Seminar Details

AIA program #: STEGOTECH1

Length of program: 1 hour

Learning units: 1 LU/HSW


Provides an in-depth look at below-slab moisture, soil gases, brownfields & contaminated sites, and subterranean termites and how to effectively mitigate these concerns with barrier solutions on various project sites and differing foundation designs. The program will examine building material failures, property loss, negative health effects, and the liability associated with the intrusion and infestation of these concerns, along with the environmental factors that are impacted by each of the issues compared to that of the sustainable solutions selected to mitigate them. Moreover, the program is designed to update attendees on the current standards and recommendations from ASTM, ACI, EPA, and other organizations associated with each concern, as well as experts’ perspectives from each respective field.

Learning Objectives

After attending the session, participants will gain a better understanding of the different means and methods available for protection of vapor intrusion below the building, including, but not limited to, the differences between a chemical vapor barrier and a water vapor barrier. Participants will learn the science behind vapor migration below and through concrete slabs as well as into crawl spaces. Participants will gain a better understanding of subterranean termite migration and the differing means and methods available for control. In addition, participants will learn what sustainable design, construction, and installation considerations can be employed via various, cost-effective physical barriers that ensure success.