Code Compliant Exterior Systems for Wood-framed Building Envelopes

This course investigates the most recent code changes emphasizing building envelope performance. We will explore some next generation integrated solutions that simultaneously provide protection against moisture penetration, air leakage, and thermal bridging. Installation benefits and on-site quality control issues related to multi-solution integrated systems will also be evaluated in this course.

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Architectural Cast-In-Place Concrete and White Cement

Material selection is one of the most important choices you will make to the overall outcome of your construction projects. Understanding how different material options impact your bottom line leads to better informed decision-making. This course highlights the advantages that durable, non-combustible, low-maintenance materials and finishes bring to your projects, why architectural and decorative concrete is the smart choice for buildings and floors, and why concrete is a sustainable option.

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Fundamentals of Concrete (Part 1) – Materials in Mix Design (Print Course)

Concrete is an essential building material used throughout the world, providing proven performance for strong, durable and economical construction. A primary reason for this extensive use is the flexibility offered, but with this comes the responsibility to understand the strengths, limitations and optimization strategies to achieve desired performance. This course examines many of the fundamental issues that building and site designers must consider before designing and specifying quality ready-mixed concrete.

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Universal Design – Going Beyond Standards with BIM Technology (Print Course)

In order to achieve the goals of universal design, design professionals need to look carefully at both overall layout and design details from multiple standpoints. Many are discovering that the type of visualization and information that Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology can provide is invaluable. This course explores how a number of architects are using BIM to successfully create appealing and functional buildings that achieve universal design for all people.

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Galvanized Steel: Strong and Sustainable

This course will discuss the benefits of utilizing hot-dip galvanized steel on projects throughout North America. Steel is a durable and efficient building material that has been used since the Industrial Revolution. It's cost effective, aesthetically pleasing, sustainable, and strong. If it has one weakness, it is the fact it corrodes when exposed to the atmosphere; therefore, it is important to consider corrosion protection methods when constructing projects with exposed steel.

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Sustainability and Structural Steel: A Closer Look (Print Course)

After delving into the many sustainable characteristics of structural steel, this course will guide readers through what’s considered an appropriate methodology for comparing the environmental impacts of structural framing materials. The details of a thorough and proper cradle-to-cradle supply chain will be unveiled and readers will come away with key strategies for minimizing the environmental impacts associated with structural steel.

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Innovative Insulation Technologies and their Fitness for Use (Print Course)

Insulation has come a long way from bulky foams, fiberglass and mineral fiber products. Today’s rigid insulation board technologies offer architects products that can optimize energy efficiency, moisture resistance and fire performance – and provide thinner walls to increase leasable space and ROI. Specific rigid insulation board technologies are suitable for foundations, floors, walls, and soffits so architects can select the best insulation type for each part of a project.

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Building Information Modeling

The use of building information modeling (BIM) is becoming more of an industry standard when specifying and designing projects. Traditional drafting methods and tools were two-dimensional designs either done by hand or using simple design software. While these methods historically were sufficient for most architects, today a greater demand for faster and more accurate blueprints has prompted a change in the design industry.

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Case Study: University Sports Arena

Engineers overcome 55 year old venue’s HVAC equipment space limitations and design/installation challenges with new 60 inch diameter fabric duct. The consulting engineer/architecture firm spearheading the HVAC portion of the $72 million renovation found that fabric duct, which was 90% lighter than metal duct, was the solution to both the project’s roof load-bearing limitations along with the many added advantages of fabric compared to the metal alternative.

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SkeleCore Pull-Tight Fabric HVAC Ductwork

SkeleCore Pull-Tight is a suspension/retention system for fabric ductwork utilizing a combination of internal hoops and tensioning baskets to help maintain fabric shape. SkeleCore's Pull-Tight technology supports the fabric with 360 degrees of tensioning eliminating noise, sagging, and wrinkles. SkeleCore Pull-Tight can be suspended from either a tension cable or track suspension system and is tensioned "externally" utilizing a tension cable lock. Pull-Tight improves startup performance and aesthetics when compared to multiple row, horizontal suspension systems.

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