Lunchtime Learning: Going Curbless

This Live Event happened on August 23, 2019 (12:00pm - 1:00pm EST)

Curbless showers are in high demand, sometimes solely for their streamlined look, other times because of ADA compliance efforts or similar aging-in-place design measures. This course will provide a brief overview of the growing demand for curbless showers, the difference between curbless and barrier-free, the installation methods in the TCNA Handbook, and a host of design and installation considerations for a successful project. We will talk about what is required for a curbless shower to comply with ADA guidelines and how to be sure to meet applicable plumbing codes and wet-area coefficient of friction for flooring. We will briefly review the various kits and systems for constructing curbless showers with emphasis on their benefits, nuances, and important best practices to be aware of when designing and installing.

Presented by: Dean Moilanen, Director of Architectural Services – Noble Company

Presenter Bio: Dean Moilanen is a Division 9 waterproofing, crack isolation, and permeation specialist who advises on some of the most demanding and prestigious projects in the USA. As a 30-year veteran of the tile industry, Dean’s relationships with architects, builders, and owners allow him access to some of the most challenging and compelling design issues in the industry. Dean’s extensive career on job sites gives him a real-world perspective as he has seen first-hand success and failure relating to product selection, installation issues, and sequencing challenges.

Organized by: Noble Company

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss new trends in shower design and installation systems that provide an environment supporting an individual’s ability to accomplish day-to-day activities without assistance or with minimal assistance
  2. Describe current industry standards and their impact on shower systems from a safe entry to shower and exit from shower, while being able to clean to a healthy standard
  3. Explain design and barrier-free shower installation techniques to accommodate various construction obstacles, while complying with building standards and social sustainability
  4. Explore new installation methodology and systems which offer site flexibility as well as provide for a durable, watertight installation




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Founded in 1887, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects serves the Nation's Capital, functioning as both the "local" and "state" component of the AIA for the District of Columbia. The Chapter was intimately involved in the design and planning of Washington, and continues to play an active role in city development today.