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Interior Thermal Mass: Designing a High Performance Interior Environment

May 11, 2015 12:52:28 PM

Why do we need interior thermal mass if we’ve already insulated a building? 

This commonly asked question is best answered by explaining that insulation works to prevent thermal loss through the enclosure but insulation does not work to recover excess heat that results from people, lighting, and equipment that occupy the interior of the building. Thermal mass, on the other hands, works in conjunction with insulation and reduces thermal transfer through conduction and heat absorption characteristics that most benefits the interior.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Interior Environments

Internal Bracing of Masonry Walls

Apr 24, 2015 11:30:00 AM

"Options, options, options!" is one of the best phrases to describe structural masonry. Internal bracing of masonry walls while they are being constructed is a perfect example of an option available to contractors and engineers.

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Topics: Structural Masonry, Walls

BIM for Masonry (BIM-M) Symposium

Apr 21, 2015 1:07:09 PM

Over 100 industry leaders gathered in St. Louis, Missouri, earlier this month to learn about Building Information Modeling (BIM) progress by the coordinated efforts of the masonry industry.

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Topics: Expos and Events

Large Format Tile: Dealing with Lippage

Apr 8, 2015 12:52:28 PM

Large format ceramic and porcelain tile can provide a floor finish that is contemporary, beautiful, and easily maintained.  In order to achieve a successful installation, it is important for a designer to understand the limitations as well as the capabilities of these materials.  Today’s design trends favor larger tile sizes and narrower grout joints, but what about the bonding pattern of the tile? 

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Topics: Tile

IMI's Historic Preservation Certificate Program

Apr 2, 2015 1:14:00 PM

The American Architectural Foundation awarded its inaugural Oculus Award for Leadership in Design & Cultural Heritage to both the International Masonry Institute and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers in December 2014.

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Topics: IMI Blog - Masonry

Engineering Masonry Partition Walls Just Got Easier – Again!

Mar 24, 2015 12:25:00 PM

Introduced last year, the Masonry Partition Wall Software was a huge hit; now additional features are available in the new Version 2.

The program is designed to make engineering masonry partition walls easy, fast and code compliant while doing a rigorous engineering analysis using Allowable Stress Design.  Options can be changed and compared quickly, and easily, permitting the designer to optimize the wall system in minutes.

The software is accessed through the IMI website and is available for use at no charge.

The new Version 2 opens with a redesigned input sheet including a scroll bar and pull downs. An interactive ‘calculate-as-you-go’ feature illustrates data input on a structural line drawing making input checking simple and visual.  It calculates the status of the wall as entries are made on the input sheet showing if the wall is ‘Good’ or Not Good’ – again a quick and visual way to check the design in seconds.

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Topics: Continuing Education

Scott Conwell of IMI Elected to AIA College of Fellows

Mar 10, 2015 3:03:33 PM

The 2015 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elected Scott Conwell to its College of Fellows.  He will receive this distinction at the Investiture Ceremony this May during the 2015 National AIA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  As Director of Industry Development with International Masonry Institute (IMI), Conwell has equipped thousands of architects with the knowledge and tools to design high performing buildings in brick, tile, and stone.  His work has significantly elevated the quality in masonry buildings nationwide. 

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Building with Masonry for Fire Safety

Jan 29, 2015 2:01:00 PM

Last week’s dramatic fire in Edgewater, New Jersey, which resulted in the destruction of a large apartment complex, inevitably leads us to reflect again on the core principles of building for fire safety. What’s the best approach to protect both lives and property?

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Topics: Masonry Education

IMI, National Geographic and the Great Cathedral Mystery

Feb 5, 2014 12:45:00 PM


IMI National Training Director Robert Arnold along with other IMI staff were sponsored by National Geographic to help construct a scaled down version of Brunelleschi's Dome in Florence, Italy for a program on the engineering of the world's largest brick dome. "NOVA's Great Cathedral Mystery" produced by National Geographic Television in association with Camera One Productions premieres on PBS February 12, 2014.

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Topics: IMI Blog - Masonry

Masonry Partition Wall Design

Oct 24, 2013 1:44:57 PM

Engineering Masonry Partition Walls Just Got Easier!

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Topics: IMI Blog - Masonry

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