About This Series

These webinars are intended for designers, facility managers, construction managers, owners and members in good standing of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, and their signatory contractors. 

All webinars will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST. 

Upcoming Programs   

Masonry Movement Joints
Pat Conway, AIA
International Masonry Institute

Tuesday, July 19 | 1 LU/HSW

This presentation addresses the movement characteristics of vertical masonry wall systems.  Focus is on best practice for design and construction of expansion and control joints to accommodate and/or restrict masonry material movement.  It does not address sealant or backer rod selection.

The Basics of Structural Masonry Design 
Sam Rubenzer
Forse Consulting

Tuesday, August 2 | 1 LU/HSW

In this session we will discuss the basics of Structural Masonry Design, including the fundamental principles behind the design equations for masonry. We will also discuss the essential code provisions for design. We will discuss: - block, block strength, and types of blocks - definition of mortar and types of mortar - definition of masonry grout - reinforcement in masonry - designing construction friendly masonry - brief discussion of software - new topics in structural masonry

Methods and Methodology of Cleaning Historic Masonry Structures
Roy J. Ingraffia, Jr., Assoc. AIA, MS, CSI, PA AIC
International Masonry Institute

Tuesday, August 23 | 1 LU/HSW

This session presents the rationale and methodology for cleaning both interior and exterior historic masonry surfaces.  Cleaning can be the first type of repair measure performed on a new masonry structure to remove any construction residue.  Cleaning can also be performed as part of a maintenance program or restoration project.  In each of these instances, the masonry can be susceptible to damage caused by an improper selection of materials or methods. Understanding how to approach and develop a proper testing program is the first step in determining which technique will clean the building while promoting long-term performance.  The program will introduce current cleaning systems and describe their general performance and applications.  Specific attention will be paid to chemical, micro-abrasive, laser and latex systems.

Update on the TCNA Handbook 
Scott Conwell, FAIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C
International Masonry Institute

Tuesday, September 20 | 1 LU/HSW

Attendees will gain insight into the history, purpose and application of the current TCNA handbook related to designing wall and floor tile assemblies. The 1 hour course will provide attendees with a thorough understanding of tile selection, field and installation requirements for natural stone, glass and ceramic tiles. Installation methods for ceramic and glass tile as well as natural stone tile will be covered in detail. Using the TCNA Handbook as a reference when preparing a project specification and recent changes to industry installation certifications will also be discussed.


While the webinars are free, registration (on right) is required.

Thank you

For more information, contact Dawn Lafey at (301) 291-2110 or email 

Continuing Education

Each webinar meets AIA/CES criteria for 1 learning unit, which will be reported directly to AIA. Contractor members will receive 1 Contractor College learning unit for each webinar.