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Exterior Cladding Innovation: Rainscreen Design with Ultracompact Surfacing
Earn 1 AIA HSW LU.

Modern construction has come to understand that a façade, as part of an overall building envelope, is not only a visual statement, but also an important influencer in the protection of a wall’s structural components, the energy efficiency of the building, and the health of its occupants. This course explores a unique surfacing material known as ultracompact surfacing (UCS) and evaluates its mechanical properties, technical characteristics, and aesthetics to illustrate its endless design potential in exterior cladding, façade, and rainscreen applications.

Learning Objectives:

- Define ultracompact surfacing and discuss the innovative production process that creates stone-like properties which contribute to project longevity and lower maintenance.
- Discuss designing with ultracompact surfaces in terms of color, texture, format, general design flexibility, and various applications for both interior and exterior.
- Identify the traits and advantages of ultracompact surfaces in terms of strength, durability, UV resistance, absorption rates, abrasion resistance, and ASTM testing.
- Discuss proper rainscreen design and installation using ultracompact surfacing material.

Nov 12, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Brendan Mercier
National Façade Manager @Cosentino North America – Coral Gables
Brendan Mercier is the National Facades Manager for Cosentino North America. He started with Cosentino in 2015 as a sales manager, working with the architect & design community throughout New England. Prior to that, he was a kitchen and bath designer for 10 years, working with high-end builders and residential remodelers. He, along with Cosentino, are members of the Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA).
Samuel Medina
Executive Editor/Moderator @The Architect's Newspaper