About This Series

These hour-long webinars are intended for designers, facility managers, construction managers, BAC signatory contractors and BAC members.

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

Upcoming Programs   

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.

Sustainability of Clay Brick and Ceramic Tile
Brian E. Trimble, PE, LEED AP
International Masonry Institute

Tuesday, September 6 | 1 LU/HSW

With the move toward LEED v4, where is the brick and tile industry going? Will material transparency change how these materials are made? What are the environmental advantages of using brick and tile? Learn where these materials fit within the LEED rating system and in sustainable construction in general. This presentation includes discussions about brick manufacturing (including embodied energy), life cycle assessment and performance aspects of brick masonry. The new Environmental Product Declaration from the ceramic tile industry will be discussed as well as new initiatives within the brick industry. Also included are discussions on what LEED is missing and other features brick and ceramic tile can provide to sustainable buildings if not working on a LEED project.

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.

Structural Masonry Case Studies  
Scott W. Walkowicz, P.E., N.C.E.E.S.
Walkowicz Consulting Engineers

Tuesday, October 4 | 1 LU/HSW

Sometimes the best way to learn is by example. This session will highlight 6 projects
that use a variety of structural masonry solutions from the traditional loadbearing wall to
specialty applications.
Presented in a case study format, the session focuses on how masonry can be applied
structurally to solve a variety of situations that face engineers on real-world projects.
The case studies follow the projects from design through construction. The variety and
flexibility in design showcased by these structural masonry should open the eyes of the
design and construction community to the opportunities possible with masonry.


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.