Guide for Successful Installation of Thin (Gauged) Porcelain Tile Panels on Interior Walls and Floors (Print Course)

Gauged porcelain (thin) tile technology is exploding in the market and new standards are being developed for the tile and installation process. This course will help you understand the benefits of gauged (thin) porcelain tile panels, installation methods and which are most appropriate for various applications, occupant and environmental health benefits, common failures and how to avoid them, as well as total project cost and timeline improvement opportunities.

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Designing the Modern Grocery Store - It's All About the Experience (Print Course)

Competition drives innovation, and grocery stores and supermarkets are in the midst of great evolution. The familiar brick-and-mortar stores long at the center of consumer life are being spurred to change by intense online competition and the shifting shopping habits of Millennials and Generation Z. This course shows trends in how grocery retailers bolster sales and clientele by creating a positive shopping experience with lively design and compelling in-store destinations.

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Lighting Your Architecture: Using Tools of Light and Tools of Shadow

LED lighting systems and technologies have many distinct advantages that make them ideal for most architectural applications. They are also available in holistic product families that offer design cohesion and full-building integration. True “architectural lighting” creates harmony with the space it illuminates. This course explores an approach to lighting design that focuses not just on meeting the specific lighting requirements of a space, but on communicating with your design project.

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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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Using the AWI Quality Certification Program (Print Course)

Complying with the Architectural Woodwork Standards can be a challenge for architects and builders. Third-party programs such as the Quality Certification Program, which was founded by AWI, are specifically designed for builders and architects hoping to achieve AWS compliance. This article will discuss how these programs work and how they can be leveraged to better achieve QCP certification and protect all stakeholders in the process.

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Selecting Materials for Outdoor Applications: Choice of Materials - and Product Suppliers - Matters on Many Levels (Print Course)

Selecting materials and finishes is an integral part of specifying site furniture products. This course reviews typical conditions inherent to outdoor environments, along with the potential impact on materials, products and installed projects. A range of materials commonly used outdoors, including wood, metal, concrete and glass, is examined against a selection framework that compares conventional materials with high-performance options, and considers material durability, performance, aesthetics, and environmental impact. Several site furniture projects are also examined.

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Prefabricated Ornamental Railings (PDF)

This course will discuss the overall advantages of choosing a custom-fabricated railing system built off-site compared to off-the-shelf products or locally fabricated railings. In addition to looking at the practical considerations of how different fabrication choices affect project time and budget, this course also identifies some ways to address health, safety, and building occupant welfare.

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Case Study: A Polyaspartic Coating Made a Commercial Bakery Floor Look Really Sweet (Print Course)

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.

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Specifying High-Pressure Decorative Laminate Doors (Print Course)

This course is designed to increase your knowledge of HPDL doors and their application and use in commercial and residential building design considerations. The course will cover high-pressure laminate press technologies, construction methods, design options, sustainability, and future trends that will impact the industry.

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Enhancements to Natural Stone Veneer through Dry Cast Technology

This course will cover why you should use manufactured stone veneer, including its features and benefits, as well as design and installation considerations for the product. It will explain the dry cast thin veneer manufacturing process and technology, as opposed to wet cast thin veneer, and the differences that lie between the two.

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