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Brampton Brick - Lunch & Learns Various Topics


Location: Ontario
Provider: Brampton Brick

*Earn up to 6 learning hours*
6 Lunch and Learn Topics to choose from:

1) Masonry Design Review & Winter Construction Code Update

We will review the physical properties and best practices for specifying both clay and concrete masonry products.  Design details of individual wall components and the current rain screen wall assembly will also be reviewed. Recently there were a few (minor) changes to the building code for masonry walls in winter conditions.   We will review the new limits and discuss best practices for installing masonry in cold climates.

2) Clay and Concrete Masonry Plant Tour – “How it’s Made”

This presentation will take you through a plant tour for both a clay and concrete manufacturing facility.  We will start by reviewing the raw material selection and refining process.  Then we follow both materials as they make their way through both production lines.  At each critical point in the process we will discuss the standard procedures for manufacturing as well as inspection testing for both clay and concrete products (some will be illustrated by short video clips - like a technical version of a “how it’s made” program).

3) Designing for Moisture Protection in Concrete Masonry Walls 

This session will be an overview of the means and effect of moisture ingress, and includes a discussion of design detail options and practical construction techniques for water repellent masonry structures that can be employed by architects and engineers. Part of the discussion will include: the effects of water ingress on masonry structures, how to design a water repellent masonry wall system, and how to use the Spray Bar Test Method  to confirm water repellency performance in CMU (Concrete Masonry Units).

4) Architectural Initiatives to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Concrete

This session addresses the complexity and scale of greenhouse gas emissions produced by the concrete industry and the role architects can play to reduce these emissions. It explores the actions that have been employed by the cement and concrete industries to lower their environmental impact. Market drivers that address materials’ environmental footprint such as LEED and the Living Building Challenge will be addressed. Impact measurement tools such as Environmental Product Declarations will be discussed. The course will conclude by exploring emerging innovations to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.  

5) Masonry Wall Construction

Construction of standard and lightweight concrete block walls will be reviewed.  Individual concrete block components are explained in detail as well as how they fit together to complete a wall assembly.  We will also cover how concrete block is connected to precast concrete during construction. We will review the typical cross sectional details for clay and concrete masonry veneer walls.  Rain screen design and continuous insulation details will be discussed. The final portion will cover the installation of thin veneer products on exterior surfaces.  Step by step illustrations as well as their limitations and tolerances are discussed.

6) Thin Brick In Todays Construction Environment

The course will focus on the use of thin brick fired from clay or shale and how it is used to build masonry structures using systems that include thin veneer modular panel component systems, field applied thin and thick set adhesion techniques and precast concrete panel systems.  The course will present the use of various types of form liners to be used in these systems and how to choose and detail the appropriate product.  Discussions will also focus on ASTM and PCI specifications and how to apply them.   

*Certificates for OAA Continuing Education hours will be issued after the session, upon request.

Mike Kriesel CET, CTR, Architectural Sales - Masonry, Brampton Brick Ltd.
O: 905 840 1011  |   M: 905 691 2034