A Rainscreen Solution Using Fiber Cement Architectural Wall Panels

Moisture intrusion in a wall system can cause numerous building defects as well as health ailments for building occupants. This course will review the cause and effects of moisture intrusion and will discuss how fiber cement panels can be used as a rainscreen to mitigate this moisture. We will identify different rainscreen technologies and ASTM and AAMA testing standards that measure their performance. By the end of the course you will understand basic design approaches and guidelines for installing fiber cement panels as a rainscreen.

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Modern Innovative Designs and Lighting Strategies of LED Lighting

This learning unit provides a general overview of how new technologies allow for greater control of LED fixtures, light quality, and lumens. This unit also illustrates the benefits of LED lighting compared to other traditional bulb types. Finally, architects will learn how LED fixtures offer new options and benefits specifically intended to create unique and functional interior lighting designs.

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Meeting Fire Codes with OSB

This course provides an overview of fire-rated cementitious coated OSB (FRCC OSB), sheathing. It looks at wall and roof sheathing applications in terms of its structural and performance properties, as well as its most common applications.

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Continuous Insulation - Spray Polyurethane Foam vs. Rigid Foam Board

The design of exterior wall assemblies has become increasingly focused on performance for greater energy efficiency and resistance to air and water penetration. The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1 now requires insulation that is continuous in wall assemblies, (i.e. not interrupted by studs, framing, etc.) in all eight climate zones within the United States. This push for continuous insulation in exterior wall assemblies is also reflected in green building standards and the desires of building owners to reduce energy costs.

In this presentation, we will look at the performance, installation and cost advantages of medium density spray foam insulation compared to the commonly used rigid foam board in continuous insulation applications.

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Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation in Commercial Buildings

Open Cell Spray Foam insulation is a logical and proven choice for commercial buildings as it can reduce upfront costs by taking advantage of higher yield and also can reduce energy related operating costs for buildings. In addition to having the lowest environmental impact by being water-blown, Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation also contributes to improved indoor air quality within the building and overall building occupant comfort. Over the course of this presentation, you will learn about Open Cell Insulation’s air barrier and vapor permeability, fire ratings and code compliance, ability to enhance a building's longevity, and environmental and Green Building contributions, as well as all health and safety directions, recommendations and best practices.

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Lighting Fundamentals

This course will cover the fundamentals of lighting, with a focus on light emitting diodes (LEDs). The course will cover ways to measure light, the visual perception of light, how different light sources can render color, as well as the production of LEDs and industry standards for LED products.

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Designing the Bathroom as a Wellness Retreat: Style, Lighting, Flooring, Surfaces, Colors and Fixtures

The modern bathroom can be much more than a functional, utilitarian space. It can also be more than stylish and trendy. With input from a savvy designer, a bathroom can become a healing and rejuvenating retreat, a temporary yet powerful escape from care and worry. But a bathroom doesn’t become a healing retreat by accident. It is with a designer’s attention to lighting, colors, finishes, and fixtures that the bathroom can become a calming and healing bathroom retreat.

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Fenestration in Contemporary Residential Architecture

Contemporary residential architecture attempts to maximize daylight, minimize ornamentation, and connect interiors to the outdoors. Fenestration plays a great role in achieving this aesthetic, especially when window and door products manufactured specifically for the contemporary design market are specified. This course will discuss the importance of fenestration in contemporary residential architecture both historically and today, and will identify window styles, window options, and performance measures that you will want to consider when specifying windows and doors for contemporary residences.

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FBR Gets Honest Feedback from DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Franchisees

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen is a remodeling franchise that helps their owners earn strong financial numbers while having a focus on improving their quality of life.
In this EVP franchisees reported their satisfaction in DreamMaker’s leadership, business practices and continued overall support.

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Understanding Asymmetric Beam Angles

This learning unit provides a general overview of how new technologies allow for greater control of Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures, light quality, and light output. Also, this course defines asymmetrical beams, describes how they are created, and illustrates why LED light is an ideal technology for this new way to project light. Finally this learning unit gives guidelines for mounting and installing asymmetric beam fixtures.

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