Preventing Rainwater Damage with Rain Screen Walls

On Demand

Learn what your choices are in terms of avoiding mold and moisture damage in your building while still working with the inevitable penetration of rain and snow.





Return to BUILDINGSVIP home pageIt makes sense to try to keep moisture out of a building – but sometimes it’s easier to work with nature instead of against it. Rain screen wall design helps to neutralize wind and rain forces that lead to water infiltration. Learn what your choices are to protect your building against the inevitable penetration of rain and moisture.


Learning Objectives

After viewing this webinar, attendees will:

  • Define how to make exterior walls work with the elements vs. against them.
  • Learn why a design that does not seal the outer wall of your building can be effective against the weather.
  • Identify good design and construction principles for rain screen walls.
  • Learn how to write effective specifications for a rain screen wall.



Jeffry Ceruti, P.E. 

Jeff is a senior principal in the Waltham, Massachusetts, office of national engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH). He has 22 years of experience designing, investigating, and rehabilitating building envelope assemblies. His experience includes all aspects of building enclosure technology such as steep and low-sloped roofing systems, plaza and below-grade waterproofing, exterior wall systems, windows and curtain walls, coatings, materials and corrosion, and building science issues. He has managed enclosure consultation services for new buildings, restored historic buildings, and investigated and rehabilitated high-humidity buildings. He has written and lectured on building envelope issues.


Eric Schroter, P.E.

Eric is a principal in the San Francisco, California, office of national engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH). He has more than 20 years of experience investigating and designing commercial and residential buildings for the integrity of building enclosures, including exterior walls, windows, curtain walls, and waterproofing systems. He routinely works with architects, contractors, and building owners to diagnose and resolve existing exterior wall problems or to design for problem avoidance in new construction. He also provides expert testimony in construction cases involving litigation and dispute resolution.


Mark Brown, P.E., LEED A.P.      

Mark is a senior project manager in the Waltham, Massachusetts, office of national engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH). He has more than 25 years of experience in building design, investigation, and construction. He has conducted major investigations and designed repairs for glass and metal curtain walls, windows, brick masonry, stucco and stone, as well as roofing and plaza waterproofing. He has written and lectured on such topics as roofing, steel windows and remediation of glass and metal curtain walls.





Trespa International
Interior and Exterior Composite Panel Solutions

Trespa International BV is a global leader in the development and production of high-performance composite panels for exterior rain screen cladding, decorative facades and interior surfaces. Trespa provides architects, designers, installers and users with innovative, aesthetically pleasing and durable solutions that can meet virtually any set of specifications for almost any application.