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Best of the Best: 2015 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest Preview

Sep 9, 2015 3:15:00 PM

Best of the Best: 2015 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest Preview  

Robert Arnold is the National Director of Apprenticeship and Training at the International Masonry Training and Education Foundation, which is funded by the International Masonry Institute. He has worked as a bricklayer and later as an instructor and training director since 1978. He agreed to share his insight on the 2015 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest that will be held September 11-12. Here's the conversation.

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Topics: Contest, Apprentice Contest

Lighting Sources and Masonry Effects

Sep 2, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Look closely at these two pictures. One photo appears to show a very smooth and well-built wall. The other photo shows a wall with a lot of unsightly imperfections. But the truth is that the photos are of the exact same wall. The difference in the two photos is merely lighting

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Topics: lighting, masonry

5 Ways That Masonry Improves Healthcare Facilities

Jul 17, 2015 10:06:00 AM

Healthcare buildings are considered some of the most complex to design and build. Stakeholders of hospitals are faced with strict regulation and the need to provide emergency care and 24-hour operation. Ambulatory care centers and clinics must balance the delivery of specialty services for walk-in/walk-out attention with patient follow-up and convenience. Medical office buildings might have a lower degree of code requirements yet may be faced with higher budgetary constraints. While each building faces specific concerns, common to all these healthcare building types are issues related to infection control, energy savings, operability, flexibility, and patient and staff health and wellbeing.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Interior Environments

Building the Future: Young Designers Get Hands-On Masonry Experience

Jul 16, 2015 3:17:00 PM



Since 1989, IMI has hosted the University of Notre Dame Masonry Day Design-Build Competition. Over the years, this annual event has evolved and today is a dynamic competition that allows students to design and build their own masonry structures.

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Topics: Training, Masonry Education

Opportunities through Building Code Changes

Jul 10, 2015 1:17:00 PM

The 2015 edition of the International Building Code® (IBC®) requires most schools and emergency facilities located in areas of high tornado risk to contain storm shelters that meet the requirements of International Code Council (ICC) 500, Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters. In the U.S., this new requirement will impact the majority of new school construction, all 911 call stations, emergency operation centers and fire, rescue, ambulance and police stations spanning as far north as central Minnesota, as far south as southern Mississippi, and stretching to western Pennsylvania in the east and Texas to the west. Many code experts believe that this growing emphasis on “high wind sheltering” will eventually spread to other states.

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Topics: Tornado risk, Building Code, storm shelter

Interior Thermal Mass: Designing a High Performance Interior Environment

May 11, 2015 12:52:00 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 1:07:00 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 12:52:00 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 format tile sizes and narrower grout joints, but what about the bonding pattern of the tile? 

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Topics: Tile, large format tile, lippage

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

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