Shelf Angle Detailing: Design & Construction Considerations -

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 | 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Buildings of a certain height may require one or more shelf angles for the purpose of creating a horizontal movement joint within the masonry veneer. The primary function is to accommodate movement that occurs within the veneer and between the structure and the masonry veneer. The shelf angle also becomes a point where water can exit the wall assembly and support flashing. In this session, we’ll review various design and construction considerations when detailing a shelf angle consisting of movement control, moisture management, thermal performance, strategies for optimizing shelf angle location, constructability with interfacing components, and accommodating construction tolerances.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the masonry code’s prescriptive requirements for shelf angle location along with optimization strategies through case studies.

  • Discuss thermal performance of shelf angles along with various design solutions.

  • Understand considerations for constructible shelf angle solutions including accommodating construction tolerances and integration with heat, air, and moisture controls.

  • Learn shelf angle detail considerations when accommodating both differential movement and aesthetics.

About the Speaker

Jeff Diqui

Director of Industry Development and Technical Services, IMI

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Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering with a major in structural engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering.

He has more than 25 years of experience focused on the building enclosure, including: forensic investigations related to moisture intrusion and structural-related problems, structural design, building condition assessments, repair/rehabilitation designs, and construction observations. For over a decade, Jeff has been a frequent lecturer nationally to architects, engineers, specifiers, building envelope consultants, contractors, and code officials on subject matter pertaining to the importance of maintaining continuity of air, water, vapor, and thermal controls of the enclosure and the ever-important interface detail.

Jeff is Program Director for the Building Enclosure Council (Chicago Chapter) and on the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) Terminations and Flashings Committee. He is also a member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Institute of Roofing, Waterproofing, and Building Envelope Professionals (RCI), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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