Air Barriers/Vapor Barriers/Weather Barriers

Polyethylene sheeting installed as a vapor barrier on this steel roof deck.

DuPont's Tyvek is one of the most familiar brands of weather barrier in the world.

Useful Links:

1. General: A great introductory article on the function of air barrier systems is available on this page at the Whole Building Design Guide site, which is maintained by the National Institute of Building Sciences.

2. General: "All About Water-Resistive Barriers" is an excellent introduction to weather barriers. Available on the Green Building Advisor website.

3. GeneralThe website of the Air Barrier Association of America is an excellent source of technical information and up-to-date code requirements for air barrier systems. All sorts of information is available; the site is well-put-together. 

4. Technical: A short article on the function of air barriers and vapor retarders, "Roof Leaks and Air Infiltration" by roof expert Dick Fricklas, is archived on the website. The article is from 2009.