The Building Enclosure Moisture Management Institute was recently formed and officially began operation this year. BEMMI is organized to represent manufacturers and suppliers of drainage space materials used in exterior walls in the residential and commercial building construction markets.
The Building Enclosure Moisture Management Institute
was recently formed and officially began operation this year. BEMMI is
organized to represent manufacturers and suppliers of drainage space materials
used in exterior walls in the residential and commercial building construction
markets. The mission of the organization is to promote the growth of the
engineered rainscreen products industry to improve moisture management in
building enclosures through technical advocacy.
The BEMMI members have already formed a Technical
Committee which is working on several industry issues, and have identified
several national and state code issues as top priorities for the Institute. John
Woestman, a member of the BEMMI staff with extensive experience in the codes
and standards and building products arena, will serve as BEMMI’s Technical
“The formation of the BEMMI in January will assist
manufacturers with representation in the major code and standards
organizations,” said Executive Director Michael D. Fischer. “As an industry,
rainscreen producers will be able to speak with one voice to the regulators,
code officials and in the standards bodies to promote this rapidly growing
building product used to provide both drainage and ventilation in
high-performance building enclosure systems.”
The BEMMI membership recently elected Michael
Coulton, the director of marketing and product development for Benjamin Obdyke
as President of the Board. Others named to officer positions include
Vice-President Marcus Jablonka of Cosella-Dörken and Steve Samec of Masonry
Technology, who was tabbed to serve as Secretary/Treasurer.
Richard Lolley, CEO of Advanced Building Products,
applauded efforts by industry members to collaborate on technical issues,
saying “working together in a consensus process will allow the industry to
succeed at a level we could never do by going it alone.” Lolley added that this
collaboration will accelerate acceptance of rainscreen science into mainstream
BEMMI is the North American trade association that
represents the rainscreen industry’s manufacturing and marketing companies and
their material suppliers. BEMMI is headquartered in New York, NY.
The founding member companies of BEMMI include: Benjamin Obdyke, Cosella-Dörken
Products, Masonry Technology, and Advanced Building Products.
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