Exposing Exposed Concrete: Considerations for Design, Construction, and Maintenance
Exposed concrete walls have become an increasingly popular architectural feature on buildings, functioning as the building structure and weather protection while also providing aesthetics. However, when concrete is left exposed to the elements, its performance, durability, and watertightness require careful consideration to prevent underperformance. Exposed concrete walls are susceptible to cracking and spalling, which result in leakage, aesthetic issues, and in some cases, structural failure. In this webinar, we will review design and installation considerations that professionals should consider when specifying exposed concrete walls, including crack mitigation, thermal performance, structural design, detailing at openings, long-term quality control, and repair methods. We will reinforce these topics with relevant industry standards and failure case studies to help designers understand the depth of design and maintenance plans required for long-term success when specifying exposed concrete walls.
After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate the differences between a “rainscreen” barrier system and exposed concrete as a barrier.
- Recognize risks associated with the use of exposed concrete.
- Understand design and construction basics for exposed concrete.
- Discuss long-term quality control, maintenance, and repair considerations.
Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email email@example.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register.