The Sealant, Waterproofing & Restoration Institute (SWRInstitute) released the latest addition to its Technical Bulletin Series about air barriers.

Like the other bulletins in the Technical Series, this issue outlines basic principles to help the end-user understand each component involved in various sealant, waterproofing and restoration systems. Specifically, Technical Bulletin #16: Air Barriers describes:

  • How drainage water can move between a building’s exterior and interior components.
  • Components of an air barrier system and how they impact a building’s health.
  • Types of air barriers and how they work.
  • Vapor retarders and the impact/role of vapor diffusion.
  • Water-resistive barriers and their critical placement.
  • Proper placement of air barriers, vapor retarders and water-resistive barriers.
  • Construction considerations.

Each bulletin uses easy-to-understand language and incorporates tables and photos to explain details. To purchase copies of Technical Bulletin #16: Air Barriers (or any others in the SWRInstitute’s Technical Bulletin series), contact the Institute at or call 816.472.7974.

About the Series:
Technical Bulletin #16: Air Barriers is one in a series of bulletins covering a variety of topics that non-industry individuals are typically not familiar. The additional 15 bulletins cover topics such as elastomeric wall coatings, mortar-joint removal, clear water repellents for masonry and flashings. Bulletins can be purchased individually or as a set to provide building owners and managers the necessary information to make informed decisions regarding their building’s health.