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- Boosting Energy Performance in Brick Walls
Provides an overview of designing for energy efficiency in brick masonry construction, including discussions of best practices for insulating the building envelope, avoiding thermal bridges and condensation, and the use of passive heating/cooling strategies.
- Aluminum Composite Material (ACM): Sustainable Materials & Processes
Provides an overview of the versatility, sustainability, and functionality of aluminum composite material (ACM) and discusses why it is selected for architectural cladding, interiors, and signage applications in new and existing buildings around the world.
- Cement Composite Panels in a Rainscreen System
Provides an overview of high performance cement composite panels in terms of their manufacture, available options and benefits, as well as a discussion of rainscreen systems and the role of cement composite panels in such a system.
- Critical Elements in Specifying Underslab Moisture & Gas Barriers
Provides an overview of the critical properties that require consideration when specifying underslab vapor barriers and moisture/gas barriers, as well as discussions on the basic installation guidelines to help insure a successful installation.
- An Overview of Pest Bird Deterrent Systems
1 hour program
Provides an overview of bird deterrent products, along with a discussion of the characteristics of common pest birds, bird problem assessment, and the issues and concerns associated with the roosting and nesting of pest birds.
- Alternative Choices: Specialty Siding
What is Specialty Siding? This product category is unfamiliar to many design professionals and we will define and discuss how specialty siding is differentiated from traditional siding. You will learn how correct standards and test methods should be added into your specification. We will discuss how proper installation techniques can provide your clients with an exterior cladding that will stand the test of time. By the conclusion of this presentation you will have an independent methodology for differentiating between material composition and product quality of different specialty siding.
- Cool Roofing: A Solution to National Energy and Environmental Challenges
Provides an overview of the performance characteristics and benefits of cool roofing systems using reflective white vinyl roofing. Green roofing, energy saving programs, environmental challenges and solutions are also reviewed.
- Air Movement for Energy – Efficient Comfort in Conditioned Spaces
As we move increasingly towards market viable net-zero buildings with initiatives like ASHRAE vision 2020 and the 2030 challenge, we must reevaluate the role that typical building components play in a facility’s energy efficiency. When integrated into new building designs, air management allows a reduction of air conditioning capacity and ductwork. Project teams working on net-zero buildings have proven the effectiveness of incorporating air movement in building plans as part of an integrated design strategy.
- Architectural Sound Separation
This course will provide an introduction into the terminology, methods, materials and procedures used in architectural sound separation and isolation including typical assembly constructions and methods for reducing airborne noise and structural/vibration noise.
- Advantages of Cold Applied Roofing Systems
Provides an overview of cold applied roofing systems, how they differ from hot applied asphalt, their components, benefits and application considerations and procedures.
- Cellular PVC Trim: The Design Advantages
Provides an overview of the types, features, and benefits of designing with cellular PVC trim, including a discussion on the installation guidelines and manufacturing processes.
- Benefits of High-Performance Gypsum Panels for Moisture Mgt and Project Scheduling
This course considers the design of energy-efficient buildings, which must include an effective, lasting, moisture-management strategy. Moisture management is essential to resilient, sustainable, healthy buildings.
- Architectural Applications of Cellular PVC for Exterior Moldings and Trim
Provides an overview of cellular PVC for moldings and trim, with a focus on how to install and maintain the material for window surrounds.
- Concrete Waterproofing with Crystalline Technology
Provides an overview of how crystalline waterproofing technology provides a high level of performance to concrete structures and what design professionals need to know in order to specify and understand how this chemical technology can improve building projects, cut costs and help earn LEED® credits.
- Blindside Waterproofing
The purpose of this 1-hour presentation is to provide information to determine what type of blindside waterproofing system to use on various projects, tips for writing effective waterproofing and related specifications, understanding of the relationship between design, material and installation and pitfalls to avoid by using the wrong material.
- Continuous Insulation for Commercial Walls
Spray foam insulation offers a complete energy performance solution for wall construction in commercial design. Low-density open cell spray foam insulation provides an ideal means to completely insulate stud cavities while eliminating the potential for internal convention currents that could otherwise reduce performance. It also provides an effective air barrier to seal all areas and openings in a framed wall cavity. Medium-density closed cell spray foam insulation provides a high-performance solution for adding continuous insulation and an air barrier all in one product on the outer surface of sheathing on a framed wall. It will also cover smoothly and completely over all of the areas that could otherwise provide energy draining thermal bridges. The end result is a total high performance wall assembly solution that can enhance and work with virtually any architectural design approach. And, by virtue of that higher performance, the building owner will reap the benefits of energy cost savings and longevity of building for years to come.
- Brick Masonry Rain Screen Walls
Provides an overview of brick masonry rain screen walls, including a discussion of rain screen theory, and a focus on the requirements needed for them to function properly.
- Advanced Technologies in Insulation
This program explores sustainability through “green” building techniques as it relates to the building envelope, insulation, energy savings and heat transfer control. More specifically, it shows how radiant barriers and reflective insulation materials can be incorporated to help meet “green” certification and energy efficiency requirements of a variety of project types. Products suitable for use in new or existing commercial, educational, industrial, military and residential applications.
- Attaching Veneers Over Continuous Insulation
Provides an overview of a steel stud wall assembly with a rain screen veneer that delivers optimal thermal performance, moisture management and air barrier properties while accommodating a variety of cladding options for customizable building aesthetics.
- Controlling Moisture Movement in Buildings: The Complete Approach - Below Slab Protection
1 hour program
Provides an overview of the types of moisture movement in buildings below grade and the effects of uncontrolled moisture movement. Included are discussions pertaining to the solutions and methods used to prevent and control moisture movement below grade and the industry codes and standards which must be met when specifying vapor retarders/barriers.
- Complete Steel Stud/Masonry Veneer Wall Systems, Performance and Specification
In today’s high performance building market, specifying materials that work together as a complete wall system is more critical than ever. Systems can help designers meet new energy codes, reduce costs, and improve building function and sustainability while making the design process faster and simpler. This course will educate participants on the functional components and system attributes of the most common exterior wall system, steel stud with masonry veneer. The course will detail key system components such as continuous and stud cavity insulation, air/water resistive barriers, air sealing practices, masonry wall ties and water drainage/management practices. Key codes and standards will be reviewed to define system interaction and key specification practices to insure wall system designs are consistent with recent advances in building analysis, new code requirements, revised test methods, and a comprehensive, systems approach to wall systems.
- Commercial and Industrial IMP Building Envelope Solutions
Provides an overview of the insulated metal panel in commercial and industrial building applications, its components and manufacturing, design options, and contribution to energy performance and build speed savings.
- Controlling Moisture Movement in Buildings: The Complete Approach
Provides an overview of the necessity and benefits of air, vapor, and moisture barriers in wall assemblies, with a discussion on how moisture makes its way into the building envelope, the negative impact it can have on the structure, and different design options to control air leakage and moisture movement to ensure a high performance building.
- Building Envelope Air, Water, Heat and Vapor Barriers
This is an advanced course, with a target audience having substantial knowledge in building science and commercial wall construction. The purpose of this 2-hour presentation is provide instruction on the effective integration of adhered membrane materials in commercial wall assemblies. The presentation will the emphasize the interrelated functions of materials and systems in commercial wall construction. requires careful selection of materials, design review, qualified installers, coordination of work and a commissioning program with inspection and testing.
- Autoclaved Aerated Concrete: New Applications
Provides an overview of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) with a discussion on the raw materials and production process, and a focus on the beneficial properties of the wide range of AAC products available today for use in a variety of commercial and residential projects.