Magnificent Metal Monday – The Importance of Rainscreens

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The rainscreen is the first line of defense against the effects of moisture on the wall detail. According to the Rainscreen Association in North American (RAiNA), “A rainscreen is defined as an assembly applied to an exterior wall which consists of, at minimum, an outer layer, an inner layer, and a cavity between them sufficient for the passive removal of liquid water and water vapor.” Given their importance and their relationship with cladding, fire safety, codes, energy efficiency, and more, METALCON has partnered with RAiNA to not only feature an exclusive installer training workshop at METALCON 2023 but also have its co-founder, Steve Gaynor, present the next METALCON Live! on June 7.

ONLY at METALCON 2023 will you have access to RAiNA’s Rainscreen Assemblies Installer Training featuring a comprehensive all-day session comprised of both a knowledge component and a hands-on component. And on June 7, join Steve during METALCON Live! for “NFPA 285 & Other Fire Considerations,” when he shares information about the exterior wall assembly fire performance code.

Rainscreens are effective at managing moisture and provide exceptional opportunities for energy-efficient performance via continuous insulation and reducing thermal bridging. Since its founding in 2020, RAiNA has become the leading authority on rainscreen design and construction. Their values include integration of expertise, building science-based performance criteria, sustainable long-lasting building enclosures, and design aesthetics.

During the Installer Training Workshop at METALCON 2023 in Las Vegas in October, participants will gain a complete understanding of how a rainscreen assembly comes together and how to troubleshoot problems that may occur on a job site. This informative workshop will take place on October 19 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and requires pre-registration. Learn more about our NEW METALCON Value Pass options for the BEST DEAL for adding workshops to your agenda. LEARN MORE.

In two weeks during the next METALCON Live!, RAiNA co-founder and Principal of Pivoth Corp, Steve Gaynor, will present “NFPA 285 & Other Fire Considerations” — a look into the exterior wall assembly fire performance code. The webinar will discuss a variety of fire related topics as it pertains to facades, combustibility testing, classification, resistance ratings, and fire propagation testing. REGISTER TODAY for this useful webinar.



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