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Masonry Fireplace Industries Inc. (Mason-Lite) strives to bring knowledge and understanding to the safe and successful installation of our products whenever possible.

One way we achieve this is through our AIA Courses. We currently offer two AIA Courses and have a third in the works. These courses help Architects to understand the best applications of our products and how they will best fit into their future projects. Below we have separated out the two courses and the learning objectives covered in each. Please contact us to set up a lunch and learn with your firm either remotely or in-person depending on availability. 

Course Number – HSW
Provider Number – T258

A course concerning the Health, Safety, and Welfare that must be taken into account when specifying and installing a Modular Masonry Fireplace. This course discusses the advantages of Pre-fabricated Masonry fireplaces and their uses. When installing fireplaces, it is necessary to understand that safety codes/clearances and restrictions are for the well-being of the installer as well as the homeowner. We cover the specifications of these codes & regulations in this course.

Material components:
Pumice is formed when gas-rich, frothy magma rapidly cools, creating air pockets resulting in light-weight attributes that are second to none. 

Modular versus Site-built:
Ease of Assembly Durable Construction Flexibility in Design Conforms to ICC ES Codes of construction 

Health and Safety Qualifications:
Tested and listed with these entities… Radco ICC Evaluation Service National Fireplace Institute PFS Venting United Laboratories: 127 & 103 NFPA211

Construction Specifications:
Clearances to combustibles – Wood and gas burning, as well as clearances for proper venting. Framing specifications.

Design Options:
Custom modular systems (NFPA211 code), and brick designs

Course Number – MMF101
Provider Number – T258

An introductory course in Modular Masonry Fireplaces
Discuss advantages of Pre-Fabricated Modular Masonry Fireplaces. Safe and Successful Installation of Modular Masonry Fireplaces. Introduce uses for Pre-Fabricated Modular Masonry Fireplaces including Specifying and Designing practices. Discuss advantages of local manufacturing. 

Advantages of Pre-Fabricated Modular Masonry Fireplaces
Light Weight Modular Masonry Fireplaces can be installed on multi-story floors. Ability to install a wood-burning fireplace on a wood floor with the use of a metal base. The modular design lends itself to easy installations cutting down on labor time and effort, without the need for an additional footing. Advantages over Metal Box Fireplaces

Safe and Successful Installation of Pre-Fabricated Modular Masonry Fireplaces
Discuss preparation for installation of Modular Masonry Fireplaces. Discuss general installation practices of Masonry Fireplaces. Examine Venting options when using Modular Masonry Fireplaces. 

Specifying and Designing Pre-Fabricated Modular Masonry Fireplaces
Introduce the multiple platforms and programs that can be used to specify Modular Masonry Fireplaces (Ex. Cad, Revit, SketchUp, etc.) Discuss the large variety of finishing materials able to be used with Modular Masonry Fireplaces. Discuss Custom Fireplace design options and applications.  

Discuss advantages of local manufacturing
Use of green building materials with local natural pumice aggregates and fines.  Manufactured in the US, save on energy used in transit from overseas.