Resources for Architects

HIGH-PERFORMANCE MORTARS (TCC-001)

CEU Credits:  1 LU │ HSW

Overview:  The recent OSHA-mandated regulations regarding silica dust exposure have raised red flags on jobsites where cementitious materials are present.  In this course, learn about alternative options like low-dust mortars and grouts that mitigate exposure to the public and to workers, as well as an overview on property vs. proportion, integral water repellants, and the benefits of other high-performing mortars.

Topics covered:

  • Understanding and selecting the right mortar for your project
  • Standards & specifications of property vs. proportion mixes
  • What to watch for to reduce or eliminate issues during construction
  • The benefits of high-performing stone veneer mortar technologies
  • Reduce water penetration issues with IWR mortars
  • How to reduce silica dust exposure on jobsites

CURING COMPOUNDS & PENETRATING SEALERS (TCC-002)

CEU Credits:  1 LU │ HSW

Overview:  Proper curing & sealing of concrete masonry construction is one of the most important, yet overlooked, step in the construction process that affects overall quality.  In this presentation, learn how to mitigate issues in concrete and masonry construction by proper curing & sealing products and methods to ensure the longevity of your projects.

Topics covered:

  • Understanding and selecting the right curing and sealing methods
  • The impact of environmental conditions on curing concrete
  • Overview of the types & classes of ASTM C309 & ASTM C1315
  • Questions to consider when deciding between solvent-based or waterborne products
  • The differences between penetrating sealers and membrane sealers
  • Critical steps in how and when to cure and seal concrete that shouldn’t be ignored

PRE-INSULATED MASONRY (CPG-004)

CEU Credits:  1 LU │ HSW

Overview:  This course addresses the energy efficiency of pre-insulated masonry wall systems and Energy Code compliance of using such systems. The course also covers thermal performance measures and how to obtain Code-Compliant values for these measures, how to detail pre-insulated walls, and current topics in materials transparency and sustainability.

Topics covered:

  • Understanding features of pre-insulated concrete masonry wall systems
  • Code compliance and thermal mass concepts
  • R-values vs. marketing terms such as “Effective” R-values in the specification process
  • Detailing for the performance of Single Wythe pre-insulated walls
  • Current topics in sustainability and material transparency

MASONRY SPECIFICATIONS AND DETAILING FOR PROBLEM-FREE PROJECTS (CPG-012)

CEU Credits:  1 LU │ HSW

Overview:  This course is packed with important information tailored to concrete masonry construction specification to help ensure a problem-free project.  Course subject matter will focus on how to use and apply specification language and proper construction details to create successful projects that meet the designer and owner’s expectations for color, general appearance, and moisture penetration resistance.

Topics covered:

  • How to select and specify masonry colors so that the final results meet the designer & owner’s expectations
  • How to specify masonry sample panels on projects to serve both as a communication tool and as a standard to ensure the project is built in compliance with the designer’s aesthetic and quality requirements
  • How masonry coatings can be specified as an effective means to resist moisture penetration and enhance aesthetic appearance of masonry wall assemblies
  • How to specify and detail various flashing and weep systems in masonry wall assemblies for moisture resistance

CONCRETE MASONRY CODES, STANDARDS, & SPECIFICATIONS (NCMA-201)

CEU Credits:  1 LU │ HSW

Overview:  This presentation introduces the various codes, standards, and specifications that govern concrete masonry units, materials, design, and construction. Specific topics include ASTM standards for materials, Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures (TMS 402 and 602), and the relationship between these documents and the International Building Code (IBC). Typical specification formats and resources are also discussed.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the various reference standards used for concrete masonry materials and structures
  • Understand the requirements for products and materials used in concrete masonry construction.
  • Review and understand the basic code requirements for design and construction of concrete masonry.
  • Understand the commonly used guide specifications for concrete masonry construction and resources available for preparing specifications for concrete masonry.

FIRE SAFETY WITH CONCRETE MASONRY PRODUCTS (NCMA-202)

CEU Credits:  1 LU │ HSW

Overview:  This course addresses the statistics associated with fires, discusses the balanced design of fire resistance for buildings, suppression and detection systems, as well as fire testing procedures and methods for determination of fire resistance ratings for concrete masonry assemblies including code approval calculation methods.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand fire statistics and trends
  • Apply the concepts of balanced design for fire safety
  • Distinguish the methods of evaluating fire ratings for concrete masonry
  • Utilize the code approved calculated method for determining fire resistance rating of concrete masonry assemblies

SOUND ABATEMENT AND NOISE CONTROL (NCMA-203)

CEU Credits:  1 LU │ HSW

Overview:  This presentation introduces the concepts of mitigating unwanted noise using concrete masonry assemblies and systems. Topics covered include a basic review of sound and noise, what requirements are mandated by building codes to address sound control, how to determine the sound transmission class and inside-outside transmission classification of building assemblies, noise reduction coefficients, and proper methods of detailing concrete masonry systems to maximize its effectiveness as a sound barrier.

Learning objectives:

  • Common sources of internally- and externally-generated sounds and code minimum requirements for mitigating unwanted noise.
  • Standardized means of calculating the sound transmission class (STC) and outside-inside transmission classification (OITC) of concrete masonry assemblies.
  • Reflected versus absorbed sound and the role of the noise reduction coefficient in concrete masonry design.
  • Appropriate layout and detailing options for maximizing sound reduction within buildings for optimum user comfort.

GROUTING CONCRETE MASONRY ASSEMBLIES (NCMA-204)

CEU Credits:  1 LU │ HSW

Overview:  This presentation addresses the requirements and procedures of grouting concrete masonry wall systems per the I-Codes and The Masonry Society Standards TMS 402 and 602. It includes material, inspection, testing, and placement requirements.

Learning objectives:

  • ASTM and Code requirements for masonry grout materials.
  • The difference between self-consolidating grout and conventional grout per code.
  • The inspection and testing requirements for grout for concrete masonry as required by the building code
  • Placement requirements for grout for concrete masonry per code.

CRACK CONTROL IN CONCRETE MASONRY WALLS (NCMA-205)

CEU Credits:  1 LU │ HSW

Overview:  This presentation addresses the proper application of empirical crack control measures into concrete masonry wall systems as presented in NCMA TEK 10-2D. It includes causes of cracking, use of control joints and horizontal reinforcement to minimize cracking, details and banding (mixing courses of clay and concrete masonry).

Learning objectives:

  • Causes of cracking in concrete masonry
  • How to minimize cracking potential
  • How to control cracking through the use of reinforcement and control joints
  • How to maintain the fire resistance rating of a concrete masonry wall at a control joint