Brick: Designing for Durability - 1 LU/HSW

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST

Brick has been used as a building material for thousands of years and is known for its durability and resilience. Contemporary designers are using brick in new and unique ways – whether below grade or on nearly horizontal building features – that, if not properly specified, can create the potential for increased weathering. In this seminar, gain insight on how design decisions affect building performance through a review of masonry wall details and a discussion on how to improve performance. Learn how to properly detail elements like foundation walls and window sills to prevent moisture accumulation. Real-world case studies highlight how partnering with qualified contractors and highly-trained craftworkers positively impacts the successful construction of complicated details.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine what commonly-used details may be susceptible to moisture and degradation.

  • Learn how to properly detail specific elements like foundation walls and window sills to prevent moisture accumulation.

  • Determine the best design for parapet walls, which are long-lasting and require less maintenance.

  • Learn how to specify material choices and installation requirements for enduring masonry structures.

About the Speaker

Brian E. Trimble, P.E., CDT, LEED AP, FASTM

Director of Industry Development and Technical Services, IMI


Brian has an Architectural Engineering degree from Penn State University and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

He has over 25 years’ experience in the masonry industry assisting design professionals with masonry structures and is a frequent lecturer and author on masonry subjects. Brian worked for the Brick Industry Association for many years. In 2005, he was named a Fellow of ASTM International.




View all Upcoming IMI Webinars