International Masonry Institute, 2140 W Corporate Drive, Addison, IL 60101
WHO: Architects, Engineers, Facade Consultants and General Contractors.
If interested in receiving an invitation to register for this no cost expo, email Jeff Diqui, Director of Technical at the International Masonry Institute: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rainscreen walls are continually advancing to optimize building protection and performance. The latest generation of masonry rainscreen systems is sustainable, energy-efficient, and moisture-resistant with a contemporary design aesthetic. More than an attractive façade, masonry rainscreens offer control layers to manager thermal, vapor, and moisture protection in one wall system.
Learn best practices in designing and constructing these popular facades at the International Masonry Institute’s Rainscreen Expo. The program focuses on design theory, technical design concepts, and offers practical tips for creating cost and time efficiencies.
Hear from industry experts, speakers, and authors. Review large scale, back ventilated rainscreen mockup walls, consisting of various claddings and components including terra cotta, natural and engineered stone, porcelain, sub-framing and other ancillary materials such as thermal isolators, mineral wool insulation and air & water barriers.
The Back Story: Understanding the Science Behind Ventilated Rainscreens
Chris Schumacher, MASc, Principal, RDH Building Science
In this presentation, Chris Schumacher will dive into the building science of ventilated wall assemblies, using a whole-building approach that considers air, heat, moisture, and fire control. Learn how to think through the layers of an assembly so that they work together to meet code requirements and achieve better performance. Chris will draw on research and building science principles and will also address practical issues such as constructability.
Chris Schumacher, MASc, is a Principal at RDH Building Science Inc. and oversees ongoing research projects through RDH Building Science Laboratories.
Chris’ formal education in architecture and engineering is balanced by over two decades of experience in design, computer simulation, physical testing, and forensic investigation. He has a special interest in historical buildings and museums. Chris has consulted on many projects for universities and other large institutional and commercial facilities. As a researcher, he has extensive experience in product testing, including specialized testing of material properties and assembly performance.
Chris has published and presented across North America on various building science topics, including rainscreen assemblies, R-values and thermal performance, and ventilation drying in wall systems.
AIA/CES Continuing Education Credits: 5 LU/HSW