Craft training is performed through the International Masonry Training and Education Foundation (IMTEF).

Rainscreen Upgrade

Rainscreen walls and rain screen systems have grown to become some of the most popular building enclosure choices today. This program investigates the building science and evolution of the masonry wall beginning with mass walls, drainage, and cavity walls and concluding with pressurized and non-pressurized rain screen systems.  Attendees to this program will learn specific details of common terra cotta, porcelain and composite panel systems operating as a rain screen. The use of terracotta and porcelain in architecture and its application to screen walls will also be discussed. Participants will learn systems and techniques for a successful installation using screen wall technology and constructible details.

The hands-on component will demonstrate the prep work that is required before the rain screen system is applied.  This will included air and vapor barriers and insulation.  There will be a written test.  All attendees will receive a binder of information and successful attendees will receive a certificate.

Key Elements Include:
  • Building code requirements
  • Responsibility of designer and installer, with focus on the life cycle of the building
  • Awareness and advantages of the available systems and materials
  • Reinforcement of the fact that the components are not just pieces, but perform functions to keep the wall “healthy”
  • Specific function of flashings, weeps/vents, drainage planes, air spaces, and masonry units as related to the performance of the wall
  • Understanding of interface of materials
  • Review of new materials and technologies
  • Stress the importance of high quality BAC training and craftsmanship

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) is a strategic alliance between the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and the contractors who employ those members. Through education, technical support, research and training the IMI works to provide a more efficient construction delivery system.