Raths, Raths & Johnson Principals Appointed to Leadership Roles of ABAA and IGCC
CHICAGO, IL – Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. (RRJ), a national engineering, architecture, and forensics consulting firm, headquartered in Willowbrook, Illinois, is pleased to announce that Principal Sarah K. Flock has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), and Principal Dennis K. Johnson has been elected President of the Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC).
In May 2019, Sarah Flock was appointed to the Executive Committee of ABAA, a national trade organization serving the diverse members of the air barrier industry. She will serve as Second Vice Chair of the committee for a three-year term. She is member of the ABAA Board of Directors and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Research Committee.
At its 2019 Annual Meeting in May, Dennis Johnson was elected President of the Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC) where he has served on the Board of Directors and provided dedicated service to the organization for almost 20 years. IGCC is an independent and impartial organization that assesses the conformance of sealed insulating glass units to the requirements of ASTM E2190 and by maintaining a balance of material suppliers, IG manufacturers, and public interest members focus on the means for obtaining quality performance in the fabrication of commercial and residential IGs. Under Dennis’ leadership, the IGCC Board and technical committees are well-positioned to move forward with its many technical and diverse initiatives.
Sarah K. Flock, NCARB, BECxP, CxA+BE
Sarah is a Principal of Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. with 17 years of architectural experience and recognized expertise in exterior wall systems’ water leakage and condensation investigation and resolution, with a specialization in thermal performance and computational analysis of building enclosure systems and components. She consults in the areas of exterior wall investigations, thermal modeling, building enclosure consulting and commissioning, and litigation support and expert witness testimony of related moisture intrusion problems.
Sarah is active in several professional organizations and speaks and writes on building enclosure thermal performance and condensation issues across the industry. She serves on multiple ASTM International committees and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Building Enclosures CouncilChicago (BEC-Chicago), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Exterior Design Institute (EDI), and
American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). A licensed architect in several states, she is certified as a Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP) and a Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure (CxA+BE).
About ABAA www.abaa.org
ABAA is a national trade association and the voice of the air barrier industry’s wide cross section of members that consists of manufacturers, architects, engineers, trade contractors, researchers, testing and audit agencies, consultants, and building owners in the building enclosure industry. ABAA has raised the level of quality in the industry through a Quality Assurance Program and offers premier training, certification, product evaluations, contractor accreditation and site quality control audits. ABAA is active in the areas of research, education, standards development, building codes and technical resources for the air barrier industry.
Dennis K. Johnson
Dennis is an industry expert with a 45-year career as a technical leader in the investigation, repair design, and performance testing of exterior walls, fenestration systems, and glazing materials. His technical knowledge of facade systems and extensive background with the forensic analysis of building enclosures has contributed to his ability to develop practical approaches and solutions for the resolution of problems associated with non-performing systems and materials in order to achieve superior results for clients. A Principal at RRJ, he consults on significant facade projects regarding the performance of exterior wall designs and develops solutions to manage and control air, water, and vapor migration. He also reviews exterior wall designs for air infiltration, water penetration, and condensation performance issues and conducts on-site field testing and construction quality assurance measures for new buildings, as well as remediation and restoration of existing structures. He is a long-time member of the ASTM International.
About IGCC www.igcc.org
The Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC) was founded in 1977 in response to the growing demand from insulating glass unit manufacturers, consumers, specifiers, and others who were concerned with upgrading the quality and performance of IG products purchased for use in commercial and residential construction nationwide. This concerned group recognized the need for a sound product testing and performance certification program, with equal representation of business community interests and the public interest, managed by a highly professional and efficient, independent third-party administrator. To safeguard against industry problems, the IGCC certification program is predicated on the concept of independent and impartial administration of periodic accelerated laboratory testing and plant inspections to assure continuing quality product performance.
About Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. www.rrj.com
Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. is a national engineering, architecture, and forensics consulting firm that provides investigative, design, repair, and testing services for building structures, enclosures, and materials. Since its inception 53 years ago, RRJ’s staff of architects, engineers, and field/laboratory specialists has offered a collaborative, integrated approach to investigative services that combines intellectual knowledge of construction materials with proven methods to analyze structures and building system behavior and performance. RRJ attributes its success in delivering clients practical solutions and technical excellence to its long-term commitment of Principal leadership and involvement on every project. RRJ serves clients from its headquarters and testing laboratory at 500 Joliet Road, Suite 200 in Willowbrook, Illinois and its downtown Chicago office at 33 North Dearborn, Suite 1110.