This course will explore different types of rainscreens. We will look at systems that are non-structural, structural, and proprietary. This course will cover an overview of these rainscreen examples and technical details for specific construction types such as wood framed, steel framed, and masonry walls. It will review the rationale behind good rainscreen design and some of the design requirements stipulated by codes, standards and best practice references.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how rainscreens are effective systems for preventing moisture penetration into buildings of all types.
  • Identify essential code provisions related to exterior wall assemblies in regard to water management and material protection.
  • Recognize the concept that rainscreens are custom designed for each project and gain insights into the different interchangeable parts of rainscreen systems.
  • Explain the design and construction of different types of successful rainscreen systems.