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March Meeting – Below-Slab Moisture Protection Engineering Theory & Design – Mike McCarthy

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Below-Slab Moisture Protection Engineering Theory & Design

By Mike McCarthy

A technical, educational, in-depth look at below slab moisture protection and its effect on floor covering failures, alkaline efflorescence, alkali-silica reaction and mold & mildew.  The seminar examines capillary breaks, vapor retarders, sand/blotter layers, water-cement ratios, moisture testing, and floor coverings.  The seminar examines the mechanism by which water-vapor, not liquid water, is causing problems in all climates.  Current recommendations from ACI, PCA, and ASTM will also be discussed.

After attending the session Engineers will know how to design an overall system to help prevent moisture related problems such as: floor covering failures, mold and mildew issues, concrete drying concerns, and much more.  Attendees will learn about the most recent standards and industry-expert recommendations in the Vapor Barrier industry.  In addition, attendees will know and be able to explain the difference between a Vapor Retarder and a Vapor Barrier and know how to specify/recommend each.

Mike McCarthy recently accepted a position as Stego Industries’ Houston and S. Louisiana Regional Manager, and recently relocated to Houston with his wife and 1-year-old daughter. For 10 years, Mike has been working with Stego Industries in a variety of positions, including the successful management of the following territories – Southern California, Northern California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii, and New Zealand.  Mike is a long time member of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI), a Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR), and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Gonzaga University. He has given hundreds of accredited seminars to architects, engineers, inspectors, homebuilders, and contractors throughout the country.  Additionally, Mike has extensive field experience working with a variety of trades and professionals on jobsites.


This week’s meeting will be on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Pappa’s BBQ @ Hwy 59 South & Bellaire. (7007 HWY. 59 South)

Register HERE for the meeting.

The schedule is as follows:
11:30 – 1:00pm (Presentation starts at noon)