Resources for Architects

HIGH-PERFORMANCE MORTARS

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

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

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

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