Joe Zulovich


Joe Zulovich      PhD PE, Professor, University of Missouri

Vapor Retarders and Air Barriers: What, When, Where, and Why?

Thursday, February 15th from 8:00-9:00 AM


Learn about the what, when, where and why of vapor retarders and air barriers in building envelope assemblies. Vapor retarders and air barriers help protect building envelope assemblies from moisture degradation and other problems. Sound designs will vary, depending upon the climate of the building location. We will identify relevant building code requirements and discuss the product types that can function as vapor retarders, air barriers, or both. A presentation of design examples will demonstrate proper installation of vapor retarders and air barriers in building envelope assemblies in different climatic zones.

About Joe Zulovich

Joe Zulovich work as an Extension Agricultural Engineer at University of Missouri with over 25 years of experience.  Joe earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Penn State in Agricultural Engineering and his Ph.D. degree from University of Nebraska in Agricultural Engineering.   Part of his technical extension responsibilities at University of Missouri include addressing post frame structural design issues, building ventilation and moisture control problems.  The MO-Flex Swine Building Plans is an example of Joe’s work at University of Missouri.  The plans used a continuous concrete foundation with a post frame structure on top.  This concept was discussed in the January 1995 issue of Frame Building News.  Joe serves on the Editorial Review Committee and the Technical and Research Committee for NFBA.  Over the last several years, Joe has authored several articles covering post frame topics and has been a regular presenter at the NFBA Expo and NFBA Heartland Chapter Conferences.  In March 2017, Joe was inducted into the Rural Builder Hall of Fame.