Lunch & Learn Presentations

Registered with the AIA Continuing Education System (AIA/CES), MIM is committed to developing quality learning presentations in accordance with outlined criteria. Health Safety Welfare credits are indicated by HSW. Designated learning units/hours will be reported directly to the CES by MIM for AIA members.

To Schedule a Presentation: Presentations are by request. To schedule, please contact Michelle Corrigan at (248) 663-0415 or email.


AE Mortar presentation

Effective Mortar Specifications

Credit/Time: 1 hour

For a very long time, masonry has been a desirable building system that offers high performance. Designing it correctly requires an understanding of different materials. One component of masonry, mortar, serves many purposes and has requirements for both fresh and hardened properties. Appropriately specifying and testing mortars not only saves time, it can result in better masonry projects. This presentation offers an understanding of cement-based mortars to support efficient design and yield effective results.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Name the three most common ASTM C270 mortar designations and how to select the appropriate type for your project
  2. Understand the difference between proportion and property specifications
  3. Name the cement standards allowed to make C270 mortars and differences between them
  4. Describe the right way to assess mortar quality (and ways you should not)

new flashing

Generic Wall Details

Credit/Time: 1 hour
The Generic Wall Design Committee began meeting in 1995.   The GWDC’s original mission was to develop and publish “user-friendly” generic wall designs, with a focus on provisions to minimize and control rain penetration.  Recently, GWDC has updated its mission to offer the highest performing/ most economical “generic” masonry wall system details and specifications available. Standardizing the assembly for the design community has many layers of compounded value including quick and easy design, off-the-shelf local supply of components, accelerated schedules and clear and repetitive installation procedures for field personnel and inspectors. Deciding which flashing material to specify and install is not easy.  This presentation will review the following generic details; base, head, sill, jamb, parapet, movement joints, shelf angle and low roof to high masonry wall.

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Energy Code Compliance for Single Wythe Concrete Masonry Walls

Credit/Time: 1 hour

Meeting the current energy codes while using single wythe concrete masonry is becoming more challenging for designers.  This presentation will review the recent history and changes to the International Energy Conservation Code requirements and the effects of the newly updated ASTM C90 allowing CMUs to have thinner webs.  The three methods of compliance will be reviewed: prescriptive, system evaluation (COMcheck), and building performance evaluation (DOE2 & EnergyPlus).  A step-by-step example showing how one single wythe CMU building in northern Michigan can meet the current energy code requirements when using system evaluation (COMcheck).

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Fire Safe Construction Cost Comparison Study

Credit/Time: 1 hour

This program addresses the fundamentals and advantages of balanced design for fire safe construction and makes the attendees aware of the cost competitive nature of this type of design approach.

Attendees will:

  • Be educated in the differences between passive and active categories of fire protection systems.
  • Know how to use the concept of balanced design as a comprehensive approach to fire safety in building construction to protect life and property.
  • Gain knowledge regarding ASTM E119 Standard Test Methods used for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials.
  • Learn from the review of cost studies, estimated construction costs and the cost competitive nature of using the balanced design approach.

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Loadbearing Masonry Advantages

Credit/Time: 1 hour

The Load Bearing Masonry Advantages presentation will compare two masonry exterior wall systems.

The first system consists of a brick veneer backed up with metal studs in a load bearing structural steel frame.  The assembly will be insulated in three different locations 1) batt insulation between the studs, 2) batt insulation between the studs and rigid insulation in the cavity and 3) rigid insulation in the cavity.

The second system is comprised of a multi-wythe masonry wall with brick veneer backed up with loadbearing masonry.  The multi-masonry wall will be insulated within the cavity.

This presentation will discuss the effects of thermal mass and review hygrothermal evaluations for both wall systems.  Also, life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) and the method used will be explained along with initial construction costs and scheduling efficiencies.  Input data for monetary items will be discussed along with the non-monetary criteria for scoring wall systems.

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saving energy - presentation

Saving Energy with Masonry

Credit/Time: 1 hour

This presentation will discuss energy sources and consumption, the history and effects of thermal mass, and take a look at the effects that various glazing ratios have on the overall composite R-factor of a masonry wall. Also discussed will be minimum energy code requirements and a preview of new standards currently under development. A multi-wythe masonry cavity wall with three types of insulation, along with calculated R-values will be shown and explained. The presentation will also take a look at the new High R Masonry Wall Details, including a wall tie analysis that permits expanded cavity to accommodate more insulation.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to calculate R-value for a masonry cavity wall with various insulation types
  • The insulated masonry cavity wall has built in flexibility expandable to meet almost any design requirement
  • Options for going well above and beyond today's minimum energy code requirements for commercial buildings
  • Wall-tie analysis for expanded cavity width
  • About hygrothermal evaluation

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Flashing Multi-Wythe Masonry Walls

Credit/Time: 1 hour

Review of placing flashing and weepholes for multi-wythe masonry walls.  A brief history, current issues & concerns, building code requirements, actual flashing applications and design details are all discussed.  Focus is on the importance of flashing and weepholes for controlling moisture migration within the drainage cavity.

Attendees will:

  • Learn the effects of water and the history of masonry flashing.
  • Review the code requirements for masonry flashing and weepholes.
  • Review materials and industry recommendations for masonry flashing and weepholes.
  • Review flashing details for multi-wythe masonry wall systems.

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Movement Control

Credit/Time: 1 hour

Understanding differential movement with clay masonry and concrete masonry can be challenging for the placement of expansion (EJs) and/or control joints (CJs). There will be discussion on the different types of movement masonry can experience and the different types of joints that are used for controlling movement in both clay and concrete masonry.  Banding of different materials in the same wall will be addressed.   Participants will get a clear understanding of the usage of these movement joints as focus is placed on explaining a generic example of locating joints in a typical wall elevation.

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Bracing Masonry Walls Under Construction

Credit/Time: 1 hour

Reviews Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls Under Construction and the new Masonry Wallbracing Design Handbook both published by Mason Contractors Association of America. Learn how to improve life safety on the job site for masonry walls under construction.

understanding masonry - presentation

Masonry Construction Management

Credit/Time: 1 hour

This presentation was developed for Construction Managers.  The topics presented are 1) Quality Assurance, 2) Cost Effectiveness, 3) Scheduling Efficiencies and 4) Masonry Advantages.  Quality Assurance will focus on ways of constructing the project efficiently, ways of reducing over design and ways of making masonry more competitive.  Cost Effectiveness will explore masonry’s low initial construction cost and life cycle costs including maintenance and energy costs.  Scheduling Efficiencies will demonstrate how masonry is shovel-ready and how this can enhance the scheduling process.  Masonry Advantages will challenge all of us to ponder this question, how sustainable are buildings if they require frequent routine maintenance and repairs or must be replaced, reconstructed or renovated after disasters?

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