This course provides guidance for architects and builders on design and installation considerations relating to the use of Insulated Metal Panels and their suitability as the air barrier assembly of a building envelope. Topics covered include an introduction to air barriers and insulated metal panels, as well as an overview of code and regulatory requirements when designing for energy code compliance and common design and installation practices and techniques.

With the aid of this lesson, architects and builders will be armed with increased knowledge regarding enclosures and their component parts, the various options available, the relative advantages of insulated metal panels, particularly under certain circumstances, and key specifics and guidelines for specifying metal panels for code conformance.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize when a dedicated air barrier is appropriate and when assembly approaches are the preferred solution.
  • Learn which wall and roof assemblies work best in different climates and which can be used universally.
  • Review the best approaches to mitigating thermal bridges when using assembly approaches.
  • Learn when vapor barriers can double as air barriers and when they cannot.