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Continuous Insulation: Code Requirements, Benefits, and Challenges

Continuous Insulation: Code Requirements, Benefits, and Challenges

Continuous Insulation: Code Requirements, Benefits, and Challenges


Thursday, January 26, 2023
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Educational Credits: This course has been approved for 1.5 IIBEC Continuing Education Hours. This course has been approved for 1.5 AIA LU HSW


Member: $65

Nonmember: $105


Continuous insulation is critical in achieving healthy, energy-efficient, and durable buildings. However, many construction installation challenges exist that prevent continuous insulation from matching its intended performance. This presentation will review what continuous insulation is, why it’s important, and how to achieve it in the field. It will discuss and review codes and standards that require continuous insulation. This presentation is meant to bridge the gap between the important concept of continuous insulation and strategies for achieving it by practical means in the field.

The intended audience is architects, building owners, contractors, and anyone with a stake in high-performance buildings.


1. Explain the basic modes of heat transfer in building assemblies.

2. Summarize how continuous insulation helps achieve energy-efficient, durable, and comfortable buildings.

3. Identify and discuss which codes and standards require continuous insulation.

4. Evaluate solutions to common design and construction challenges in achieving continuous insulation.


IBEC and IECC 2021, 2018, 2015, 2012, 2009

Phius CORE

NPFA 285

DOE Building Energy Codes Program


Keith Simon, FAIA

Keith Simon is an expert in building enclosure technology and addresses the critical and often unmet need for ensuring and improving building performance, resilience, and durability by guiding design teams, educating future architects, and facilitating interdisciplinary exchange. Simon joined Building Exterior Solutions LLC. (a division of Terracon) in 2014. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant, Legacy LEED AP, Building Enclosure Commissioning Provider, and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. His experience includes peer review, design assistance, durability analysis, construction administration, testing, and forensics of building envelope issues, and he is the building enclosures practice lead.

Jerry Abendroth, RBEC, RRO, CDT

Jerry Abendroth joined the IIBEC team as an education advisor in 2022. His responsibilities include review and revision of major course offerings from IIBEC and participation on educational committees. He also provides independent building enclosure consulting services on select projects.

Abendroth and several partners established Building Exterior Solutions LLC in September 2008. His experience includes the new design and forensic evaluation of building enclosure systems. He has performed design peer reviews of building envelopes, as well as, building enclosure commissioning for many commercial, medical, and industrial projects. In addition, he has performed evaluations of building enclosure system failures on projects throughout the United States and has provided associated repair recommendations and designs. Abendroth has also been able to utilize his extensive knowledge of building enclosure systems in a litigation support role. Finally, with Abendroth’s previous construction experience, he is able to provide insight into the cost, constructability, and sequencing of building enclosure systems.

Abendroth was formerly the owner of a firm specializing in federal government contracting. He completed roofing, waterproofing, and renovation projects, including roof designs and roof surveys, for the United States Air Force, the United States Coast Guard, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the United States Department of Labor. The firm’s projects included roof repair and replacement, mechanical upgrades, electrical upgrades, interior and exterior renovation, and building construction.


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Jan 26 2023


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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