Bigger, Lighter, Stronger: 2021 IBC Update for Exterior Adhered Porcelain Facades

When:  Sep 28, 2021 from 04:30 PM to 08:00 PM (CT)
Associated with  Chicago

Event Guidelines: Attendees must agree to a COVID-19 waiver and wear a mask at the event in accordance with local guidance and adhere to IDPH, City of Chicago, and East Bank Club guidelines.

Bigger, Lighter, Stronger: 2021 IBC Update for Exterior Adhered Porcelain Facades

Presented by:

  • Scott Conwell, FCSI, CDT, FAIA, LEED AP | International Masonry Institute (IMI)
  • John Malizzio | Ready Tile Co., LLC
  • Kathleen McGinley, CSI | MAPEI

When porcelain tile was first introduced into the International Building Code (IBC) as an adhered masonry veneer in 2009, designers embraced the opportunity to use it despite the code’s conservative size and weight restrictions. In the decade that followed, innovations in tile, setting materials, and labor development resulted in larger and lighter tiles, stronger mortar, and specialty-skilled tile installers, effecting a need to revisit the IBC requirements.


This program will examine the latest innovations in exterior tile assemblies, and the initiatives taken by industry organizations to advocate for appropriate code updates to the International Code Council. Differences between old and new code language will be discussed, and benefits and design guidelines for the use of ultra-large format tiles will be reviewed. Finally, the project team of a recently completed Chicago-area restaurant will present a case study on the design and installation of large adhered exterior tile panels.


Learning Objectives:

  • Compare the newly updated building code language requirements governing the use of exterior adhered porcelain tile to the original code requirements and examine the differences and factors leading to the code changes.
  • Analyze the latest manufacturing and installation techniques for thin, ultra-large-format gauged porcelain tile (GPT) panels, and how these GPT panels satisfy the new code requirements.
  • Explore advancements in thinset bonding mortars including the introduction of a new mortar standard, “Improved Modified Dry-Set Cement Mortar - ANSI A118.15,” and how these improved mortars contribute to the performance of exterior tile assemblies.
  • Illustrate the process of designing with large tiles and how the material performs in place from the perspectives of a local project designer, material supplier, and installer.

Continuing Education: 1.0 AIA CES HSW/LU


Event Timeline:

  • 4:30pm Networking with tabletops and credit card bar (weather permitting, outdoor patio will be open)
  • 5:45pm Dinner and chapter announcements
  • 6:30pm (approx.) Presentation


Attendee Cost (Includes dinner):

CSI Chicago Chapter Members: FREE
Non-Member Professionals: $100
(3 or more years of experience in construction)
Non-Member Emerging Professionals: $75
(Fewer than 3 years of experience in construction)
Non-Member Student: $50
(Full-time student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program)

Event Guidelines: Attendees must agree to a COVID-19 waiver and wear a mask at the event in accordance with local guidance and adhere to IDPH, City of Chicago, and East Bank Club guidelines.

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About Our Presenters:

Conwell__Scott.pngScott Conwell, FCSI, CDT, FAIA, LEED AP

Director of Industry Development and Technical Service

International Masonry Institute (IMI)


In his 25 years as Director of Industry Development with International Masonry Institute (IMI), Scott Conwell has dedicated his career to advancing good design using tile, stone, and masonry materials. He is a delegate to the ANSI A108 Standards Committee for Ceramic Tile, a voting member of the Tile Council of North America Handbook Committee, and a member of the Tile, Marble & Terrazzo labor/management craft committee of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. He has delivered over 1,000 seminars to architects, designers, and contractors all over the world.


Malizzio__John.pngJohn Malizzio

Operations Manager

Ready Tile Co., LLC


John Malizzio is the Operations Manager for Ready Tile LLC and focusses on business development. Before tackling Operations John worked up through Ready Tile starting in the warehouse and moving through logistics management, procurement, scheduling and estimating over his 17 years. Spending 10 years in operations John has successful managed projects from estimating to completion in Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Kentucky ranging from tenant buildout to multi-unit high-rise construction. John works very closely with Ready Tile’s union installers ensuring the proper means and methods are followed to deliver the correct product on all projects. He is the proud father of two young boys he raises with his wife in the suburbs of Chicago.


McGinley__Kathleen.pngKathleen McGinley, CSI

Architectural Representative



Kathleen McGinley has been an Architectural Representative with MAPEI for the past 7 years and has worked in the tile and stone industry for more than 25 years. She is a CSI member and covers the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota. Kathleen works hands-on with the spec writers in each of her territories, ensuring that recommendations for each project are specified correctly as well as educating the market on Mapei’s new innovative products.

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