Monday, July 9, 2012

Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association – 1 – July 24, 2009
750 National Press Building, 529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20045
Water Penetration Testing of an
Adhered Masonry Veneer Wall Assembly Installed Over
Rainscreen Systems
This investigation explored the effect of simulated winddriven
rain conditions on several wall assemblies related
to adhered masonry veneer cladding installed over a
rainscreen system. For the purposes of this study a
rainscreen is defined as: a construction technique or
rainscreen product that creates a capillary break/air
space between the cladding and the primary water
resistive barrier. The assemblies tested the “field of the
wall”. The parameters investigated were water-resistive
barrier (WRB) of #15 felt combined with commercially
available rainscreen systems.
The testing protocol was to evaluate wall assembly
performance with WRB, five different rainscreen systems,
lath, and a mortar scratch coat layer. The intent was to
show that the addition of a rainscreen system does not
negatively affect test results, and compare the results to
similar testing by MVMA without the rainscreen systems
incorporated into the wall assembly. The testing
ultimately demonstrated the combination of WRB,
rainscreen, lath, & scratch coat was effective at
preventing water penetration.
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2013 Masonry Veneer Design Awards Contest Opens for Submissions

For Immediate Release Dan Fernandez 212-297-2121 2013 Masonry Veneer Design Awards Contest Opens for Submissions
June 12, 2012 (New York, NY) – The Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association (MVMA) is now accepting submissions into their annual Masonry Veneer Design Awards contest. The judges are looking for entries that highlight innovative use and design, proper installation, and creative looks in Masonry Veneer, also known as manufactured stone veneer. In all, there are 10 award categories, ranging from New Construction – Residential – Exterior through Remodel – Commercial - Interior. A new “Innovation” category has been added this year which will award innovation in masonry veneer. “The 2013 Masonry Veneer Design Awards will be recognizing the year’s best Masonry Veneer projects for their innovation and beauty,” said Mike Fischer, MVMA general manager. “We had a close and exciting contest in 2012, with more than 250 entries submitted from around the country. We hope to outpace that this year and showcase some amazing projects.” Winners will be announced at the MVMA Winter Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada during the 2013 International Builders Show. Each winner will receive a Certificate and national recognition for their work. MVMA
Design Awards Facts
 All entries must be submitted online at by November 11, 2012;
 An independent judging panel, made up of members of the American Institute of Building Design, will score the entries;
 There is no entry fee;
 Submissions require high-resolution images of the completed project;
 More information, including rules and entry requirements can be found at;
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 About the Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association
Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association (MVMA) was organized and officially began operation in April 2006 to represent the Manufactured Stone Veneer industry’s manufacturing companies and their suppliers. MVMA is the only incorporated trade association organized specifically for the masonry veneer products industry. The mission of the organization is to advance the growth of the manufactured masonry veneer industry through proactive technical, advocacy and awareness efforts.