Newly Formed RAiNA Offers Many Benefits to Construction Industry
Just over a year ago, the Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA), an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to serving the rainscreen market in North America, was founded, and is now the leading authority on rainscreen assemblies.
RAiNA provides a forum for designers, trades, test agencies, and material suppliers to gather to determine best practices, interpret and inform codes, as well as educate and address technical concerns in the industry.
BuildingEnclosureOnline says the North American construction industry will benefit from the newly formed Rainscreen Association. “Today, high performance building envelopes are required to provide a durable, energy efficient, safe, and comfortable environment for the occupants. As manufacturers continue to innovate with material performance, and building designs continue to evolve, applicable building knowledge is more important than it has ever been. Mr. Todd Kimmel, Chair of the newly formed association stated, ‘It is critical in these times to have a cohesive rainscreen association working together to present solutions to today’s high-performance building requirements.'”
- RAiNA’s values include integration of expertise, building science-based performance criteria, sustainable long-lasting building enclosures and eesign aesthetics. In order to achieve optimum performance of a rainscreen wall assembly, the input of many parties is required. This includes design professionals, enclosure consultants, testing agencies, manufacturers of various wall materials, contractors, etc. RAiNA values expertise across the board and will work to connect experts to drive the most effective outcomes.A measurable understanding of material and assembly performance gives designers the tools to make the right choices for their product needs. RAiNA values beautiful buildings that are able to last for generations. High-performance building envelopes are capable of displaying virtually any designer’s vision for a beautiful facade. A rainscreen wall assembly supports designs using a wide variety of different materials, colors, and textures with almost limitless configurations for linear reveals, cavity depths, façade off-sets, and curvatures; all without compromising performance.
What is a Rain Screen?
A rainscreen is defined as an assembly applied to an exterior wall which consists of, at minimum, an outer layer, an inner layer, and a cavity between them sufficient for the passive removal of liquid water and water vapor. Rainscreens are effective at managing moisture and provide exceptional opportunities for energy-efficient performance via continuous insulation and reducing thermal bridging.