Craft training is performed through the International Masonry Training and Education Foundation (IMTEF).

Flashing Upgrade

The overall concept is to convey a greater understanding of masonry cavity wall drainage systems, with the goal of creating a better masonry environment, and reinforce the design community’s confidence in BAC craftworkers’ abilities.  It is not intended to teach how to install the assemblies, but to update the entire construction industry on best practices.

Key Elements Include:
  • Building code requirements
  • Responsibility of designer and installer, with focus on the life cycle of the building
  • Awareness and advantages of the available systems and materials
  • Reinforcement of the fact that the components are not just pieces, but perform functions to keep the wall “healthy”
  • Specific function of flashings, weeps/vents, drainage planes, air spaces, and masonry units as related to the performance of the wall
  • Understanding of interface of materials
  • Review of new materials and technologies
  • Stress the importance of high quality BAC training and craftsmanship
SAMPLE SPECIFICATION LANGUAGE FOR MASONRY FLASHING TRAINING

Option 1:
“All masonry flashing assemblies shall be installed by masonry craftworkers who have completed the International Masonry Institute (1-800-IMI-0988) upgrade training course for Masonry Flashing, or equal.”

Option 2:
“All masonry flashing assemblies shall be installed by masonry craftworkers who have completed the International Masonry Institute (1-800-IMI-0988) upgrade training course for Masonry Flashing, or equal. Instructor conducting the training shall assist and review flashing at the project sample panel/mockup.”

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) is a strategic alliance between the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and the contractors who employ those members. Through education, technical support, research and training the IMI works to provide a more efficient construction delivery system.