The first sustainability certification program for masonry contractors was launched this summer by the International Masonry Institute (IMI). IMI developed the Sustainable Masonry Certification Program to educate union masonry contractors on the “nuts and bolts” of sustainability practices and their role in the LEED certification process.

The course addresses the different responsibilities of a subcontractor, ranging from estimating and project scope, to project management and documentation. It covers all the LEED credits that every masonry contractor should know, plus green-specific strategies such as site use, material storage and construction waste management.

IMI launched the program at a June session in Pittsburgh, PA, which is a national leader in LEED-certified buildings.

“The people most responsible for construction need to understand the requirements for LEED buildings,” said IMI Director of Sustainability and Program Development Maria Viteri, AIA, LEED AP. “Jobsite practices can make or break a project. Having masonry contractors certified in sustainable practices makes them a valuable part of the team.”

IMI is a joint labor-management cooperative program of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) and the contractors who employ its members. Its core programs are quality craft training and technical assistance to the design and building communities. IMI is a U.S. Green Building Council member and education provider.