A key part of IMI’s R&D Program is searching out manufacturers of new products and systems, and preparing BAC contractors to bid the work. These include:
- Adhered Veneers
- Flowable Terrazzo
- Green Retrofit
- Insulated Concrete Forms
- New World Stone
- Rain Screen Walls
- Seal Tech Block
- Stone on Aluminum Backup
- Stone Patching
- Thin Brick
More stringent seismic code requirements in recent years have negatively impacted masonry’s market share, and IMI is sponsoring research to correct that. IMI partnered with the University of Louisville to investigate the behavior of masonry under seismic loading.
At Drexel University, IMI is part of a jointly funded project designed to demonstrate the “seismic robustness” of bearing-wall masonry structures, and justify fewer restrictions on lightly reinforced masonry systems. The project will build and test a two-story wing of a typical middle school.
Certain masonry details or procedures work, but why? Constructability research backs up years of experience with quantifiable, replicable scientific information.
The end result is more efficient and affordable masonry.