Session Details



October 19, 2023

Start Time

04:00 PM

End Time

05:00 PM

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What Makes Rainscreen Walls Work
What Makes Rainscreen Walls Work

Curious or confused about what “rainscreen” means or how it relates to wall performance? This seminar provides an overview of rainscreen wall designs, including all the visible and hidden components and important factors in performance. Claddings and attachments, the air cavity and why width matters, water control, structural considerations, fire and combustibility, exterior insulation … all this and more will be touched on.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the components of a rainscreen wall and their functions
  • Integrate the science and practical aspects of rainscreen wall performance
  • Discuss specific considerations for heat, air, and moisture control as well as structure and fire
  • Design and detail higher-performance rainscreen walls
  • Discover long term benefits of integrating rainscreens in exterior walls

This session is FREE to attend and will be located in The Architect’s Experience Pavilion. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and space is limited.

Continuing Education Credit:
Earn 1.0 AIA Health, Safety and Welfare Learning Unit

Todd Kimmel, CPD, CDHT
US Senior Manager of Sustainable Solutions, ROCKWOOL

Todd is the US Senior Manager of Sustainable Solutions with ROCKWOOL. He has over 20 years of technical experience working on building enclosures and façade systems. This includes the construction management and oversight of large-scale commercial building enclosures, working as the product and technical manager at Trespa North America, and serving as a technical consultant for Dörken Systems. Todd was part of the working group to develop the AAMA 509 testing standard for drained and back-ventilated rainscreen. He is a Construction Documents Technician (CDT), a Certified Passive House Designer (Passive House Institute), and currently sits on the board for NYPH (New York Passive House). He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University, focusing on sustainability in the built environment