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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Subfloor: The Hidden Asset, or Lurking Liability

In this presentation, we will evaluate structural wood subfloors, the single structural support layer between joists and the finished floor that receives the most wear and tear of all building elements. We will also take a closer look at the influence of subfloor performance on durability, liability and finished floor quality. Finally, we will discuss performance issues related to panel installation.

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The Energy Efficiency Challenge: Understanding New Codes and Standards (UPDATED)

The current U.S. energy consumption is not sustainable and the impact of our energy consumption is driving unprecedented changes in housing design and construction methods to reduce home energy use, create greater efficiencies, improve comfort and reduce monthly expenses for the homeowner. This course will take a closer look at residential energy use and how the changes in building codes and standards are driving improved energy performance in homes. We will take a look at new design and construction methods, materials, and systems that can be used to help reduce the energy requirements of homes and make them more efficient.

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The Makings of a Great Subfloor

This course will take a closer look at and compare the various types of subfloor for various type of construction. This course will also examine the characteristics that determine a quality subfloor, while also explaining the standards for each type of product. We will also cover the basic principles of a strong subfloor in multifamily and light commercial projects to help architects understand which type of subfloors to specify.

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