The More You Know
MIM's downloadable continuing education
Are You Overengineering Your Walls?
1. Learn about the IBC and ASCE 7 requirements for minimum wind and seismic loads applied to CMU walls.
2. Learn about the TMS 402 Strength Design procedure for design of CMU walls for flexure and deflection.
3. Become familiar with proprietary spreadsheets, such as that developed bythe Masonry Institute of Michigan, for designing CMU walls.
1. Review the requirements of the Michigan Building Code and the International Building Code as they relate to masonry flashing and weepholes. Requirements included in Chapter 12 (Veneers) of the Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures (TMS 402/602) will also be reviewed.
2. Review wall details developed by the Generic Wall Design Committee of MIM for flashing multi-wythe and single wythe wall systems.
3. Learn the effects and sources of water and the history of masonry flashing.
4. Review flashing and weephole materials, as well as industry
recommendations for installation and spacing.
Mastering Your Masonry Spec
1. Review generic masonry specification documents to develop an
understanding of different options available. Examples of masonry materials
including mortar, grout, and masonry units will be presented.
2. Attendees will understand different options for managing movement within
masonry assemblies. Special emphasis will be placed on how horizontal joint
reinforcement can impact the final product and aesthetics of the masonry
3. Review of different mortar types, including: masonry cement, Portland
cement/lime, and mortar cement. Attendees will develop an understanding of
when various mortar types should be specified depending on project
4. Review acceptance criteria for masonry assemblies. Attendees will become
familiar with ASTM requirements regarding defective units, sample panels, and
TMS 402/602 code requirements.
Meeting the Energy Code with Single Wythe CMU
1. Learn about the various concrete masonry units that can be used to design
single wythe walls including conventional units, open end units and double open
end units, and specialty units.
2. Learn about the prescriptive requirements in the current energy code
(ASHRAE 90.1) for masonry walls in Climate Zones 5, 6, and 7 for semi-heated
and heated buildings.
3. Learn about the industry tools available to assist designers in determining R-
values and U-factors for various masonry walls including the NCMA Thermal
Calculator and the NCMA Thermal Catalog.
1. Learn about the recommendations from BIA and NCMA as they relate to
types and spacing of movement joints in masonry wall assemblies.
2. Learn how Masonry iQ and Autodesk Revit can be used to place control joints
in concrete masonry walls and concrete masonry veneers.
3. Learn how tools, such at the Control Joint Location Guide developed by the
Masonry Institute of Michigan can be used to locate movement joints on