This course is designed to increase your knowledge of integrated wall retrofit solutions for existing commercial buildings with masonry construction. The course will cover prior lab and field test results for a few retrofit solutions that aim to bring improved energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.
This article demonstrates that foam plastic insulation (polyiso board and spray polyurethane foam) can be used in code-approvable wall assemblies that work in cold, warm, marine and humid climates. Architects will be able to create alternatives to vapor permeable wall assemblies that address three main concerns: NFPA 285 flame spread tests, mitigating moisture retention within walls, and delivering higher insulating performance with greater levels of comfort.
As buildings use less and less energy to heat and cool by owner demand, HVAC systems offer increasingly less assistance in drying out walls. The HVAC systems are no longer designed to take on additional loads caused by moisture in walls that needs to be removed. However, energy bills may increase beyond expectations to address wall moisture issues with no discernable benefit to the occupants if moisture in walls is not addressed.
Fluid-applied roof coatings can be applied as a new roof system on a new roof deck or in a maintenance situation as a re-roofing system over an existing deck. They have many benefits, but they are most commonly used to prolong the life of an existing roofing system and to achieve a reflective roof. This course will examine the different types of fluid-applied roof coatings, as well as their advantages, applications, surface preparation techniques, and reflective roofing requirements.
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This course will discuss the history and science behind high performance coatings for industrial, commercial and decorative flooring. Aesthetic preferences for floor coatings, surface preparation and safe use considerations will all be discussed. Two case studies will demonstrate the use of high performance coatings on industrial and decorative flooring.
This course discusses the benefits of polyaspartic floor coatings and how they were used for a flooring renovation at the SpringHouse bakery in Washington, PA. The requirements for the project were a long-lasting, durable flooring option that would hold up to common contaminants from the baking process, abrasion from foot and wheel traffic, staining from spilt materials, and provide resistance to the frequent cleaning process. Of course fast return-to-service time and aesthetics were important as well; a polyaspartic floor coating was able to meet all of these needs and more.
This course will cover the use of polycarbonate sheet products for architectural glazing systems, including how to analyze a building’s needs and choose the correct glazing material to enhance the building envelope. Test methods and standards for polycarbonate glazing will be discussed, as will key applications and specifications.
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