Closed-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation: A Preferred Air Barrier System in Building Envelopes

Expectations for better building performance underscore the importance of air barriers for commercial-building envelopes and code compliance. Use of closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (ccSPF) as a key material in air barrier assemblies can help architects, engineers, contractors and owners/developers meet air barrier requirements more easily. CcSPF provides excellent performance characteristics and construction advantages.

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SilentFX® Noise-Reducing Gypsum Board

Reduce noise transmission up to 90%!

SilentFX®, featuring Green Glue® and M2Tech® technology, is a noise-reducing mold resistant gypsum board specifically designed for systems requiring high STC ratings.

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SilentFX Noise-Reducing Gypsum Board

SilentFX®, featuring Green Glue® and M2Tech® technology, is a noise-reducing gypsum board specifically designed for systems requiring high STC ratings where acoustic management is needed.

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AirRenew Essential IAQ Gypsum Board

Offer a healthier living environment.

AirRenew Essential offers a cost-effective solution for healthier homes. It's the first gypsum board that actively cleans the air by removing formaldehyde found indoors.

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Learn how to install one-piece PVC column wrap

Install VERSATEX - VERSAWRAP PVC One-piece column wraps on in seven easy steps.

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Architectural Alternatives for Post-Frame Building Systems

Post-frame buildings are highly engineered wood building systems that have expanded over the years from use in the agricultural sector to encompass many commercial, residential and institutional applications. Modern post-frame systems have a limitless range of interior and exterior appearances. In addition to functional and architectural flexibility, they also have excellent economic and performance benefits.

This course will examine post-frame building systems including their versatility, range of applications, structural features and key performance characteristics. The course will also present numerous case studies that demonstrate cost and time of construction for typical post-frame building projects.

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Laticrete® Supercap® System Fast Facts

The Laticrete® Supercap® system is a revolutionary way of capping new or existing concrete slabs in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods. It has transformed the capping process by utilizing a Mobile Blending Unit (pump truck) with computer controlled accuracy for installation that is significantly faster than traditional capping methods.

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Specifying for Custom Luxury Kitchens: Appliances, Options and Accessories

For most designers, architects and contractors, specifying for a luxury kitchen is a pleasure. With an expanded budget, savvy clients and continual innovation by appliance makers, upscale kitchens can reach toward perfection. However, keeping up with new and innovative kitchen features can be daunting. This course explores how to determine client needs and wants for a custom luxury kitchen, and then expands into products on the market, some new, some continually useful, that can truly customize the highest-functioning luxury kitchen for the each owner.

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Floodproofing Non-Residential Buildings (Print Version)

Almost everyone lives in a potential flood zone. In addition to the hurricanes and catastrophic floods that make national headlines, a damaging flood is happening somewhere in the U.S. every day, even in desert regions, caused by local heavy rainfall, dam failures, land development runoff, drainage problems, inland remnants of tropical storms and many other conditions. Nationwide, flooding is the leading cause of deaths related to severe weather, and it wipes out businesses, too. According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors after a flood disaster, because just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

In an increasing number of areas around the country, the risk of flood is even more acute. Over 178 million acres have been designated as floodplains by FEMA. These areas are growing steadily, and more people are finding themselves within a floodplain as flood maps are redrawn. The new maps reflect changes in conditions and new development, and also improvements in scanning technology, additional years of climate, flood and topographic data, and more advanced prediction models.

Building in floodplains, or Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) designated by FEMA, is strictly regulated by the NFIP, the International Building Code, ASCE national reference standards, and by local community codes, all of which are discussed in this course. Deciding on a non-residential building’s floodproofing strategy will have a direct connection to the project’s cost, to the safety of the building’s occupants and the survivability of the building itself, and to the risk of liability for the designer and builder in case of flood damage.

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Learning Can Happen Anywhere (Print Version)

This course will explore two case studies of replacement schools in the Pacific Northwest – Cherry Crest Elementary and Riverview Elementary. The design of both schools embodies the concept of 21st Century Learning and the idea that learning can happen anywhere. Together, these projects tell a story of sustainability, ecological design and innovation in education architecture. Some schools turn their back on the natural environment. Riverview Elementary and Cherry Crest Elementary do the opposite by interconnecting their buildings to the outdoors. By using design to encourage curiosity about the natural environment, the buildings are part of the educational process – an innovative architectural concept in learning environments.

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