Lab Live: Masonry – Applied Science in Action to Evaluate Older Buildings
About the Lab Live Series
To understand material performance in the field or determine the causes of underlying building conditions, engineers and material scientists often look to applied science and research methods to improve design and construction processes and probe known issues or problems. By combining technical knowledge with expertise in testing and materials science, these teams can help solve their clients’ most challenging problems by understanding why they occurred in the first place. In Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s (SGH) virtual “Lab Live” series, we will demonstrate these testing and discovery methods in real time in our Applied Science & Research Center to focus on common and challenging material problems. In these dynamic sessions, we hope to spark discussions that lead to creative ideas and improved collaboration.
In this Session
In the next session of this series, our technical experts and laboratory specialists will focus on older and historic masonry buildings, exploring how SGH’s Applied Science & Research Center uses advanced laboratory testing approaches to evaluate current and future performance issues. Through a series of discussions and demonstrations, we will review common questions that arise when renovating or repurposing masonry structures, including discussions of energy efficiency and insulation. We will also show research, testing, and modeling efforts to understand several key aspects of masonry performance, including freeze-thaw behavior.
- Understand traditional masonry design and construction approaches for existing and historic brick buildings.
- Discuss energy performance of these structures and approaches to insulating masonry during renovation and reuse projects.
- Identify common testing methods to understand masonry performance issues.
- Recognize how modeling and laboratory analysis can help inform masonry projects.
Participants will earn 1.5 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.