Wednesday, June 20, 2018

11:30 am – 11:55 pm Check-in & Seating
11:55 am – 1:00 pm Seminar & Lunch


BAC Training Center
5420 International Parkway
New Hope, MN 55428


While the seminar and lunch are free, registration (on the right) is required. 
Space is limited, please register by Friday, June 15, 2018.


Backing System Options for Brick Veneer

The presentation will cover very important issues regarding exterior wall backing systems of masonry, steel studs, and wood studs.  These backing systems used behind brick veneer do not all perform the same.  Location of horizontal expansion joints, shelf angles, has been well understood and using industry recommendations can result in brick veneer structures that perform fine.  However, newer types of construction, particularly taller light frame wood construction, has created some issues that are beyond the typical recommendations for brick veneer.  This presentation outlines the basics of movement of building materials.  It considers the differential movement of the brick veneer compared to the backing systems.  Backings of concrete masonry, steel studs and wood stud are covered.  Besides the calculation of movement, details and techniques are described that allow brick veneer to be used on structures over 30’ tall.

Learning Objectives:
• Attendees will learn the code requirements for brick veneer including flashing, anchors (ties) and air spaces, weeps, and height limitations.
• Attendees will be able to design for the increased differential movement issues for tall brick veneer over various backings.
• Attendees will understand the design implications of choosing one backing systems vs another.
• Attendees will be able to detail shelf angles, windows and other penetrations in a brick veneer wall.

  • Speaker

    Brian E. Trimble, P.E., CDT, LEED AP
    Director of Industry Development and Technical Services
    International Masonry Institute 

    Brian Trimble has over 30 years’ experience in the masonry industry, assisting design professionals in the design of masonry structures.  He is a frequent lecturer to local, regional, and national construction industry groups.  He has authored many articles and papers on various masonry subjects.  Brian started his career with a brick manufacturer and worked at the Brick Industry Association for over 20 years serving in various positions.  For the International Masonry Institute he coordinates activities in the Western PA area promoting masonry to a wide variety of audiences including owners, contractors, architects, engineers and craftworkers.


While this seminar will be geared towards engineers, anyone interested in masonry is also welcome to join.

Thank You

For more information contact Mark Swanson at (612) 332-2214 or

Continuing Education

Continuing_EducationThis program meets AIA/CES criteria for 1 LU/HSW learning units, which will be reported directly to AIA. 1 PDH Hour.