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 Architectural Wall Panels as Rainscreens That Better Account for Wind (Print Course)

Moisture intrusion in a wall system can cause building defects, as well as health ailments for building occupants, making rainscreens a very important tool in water mitigation. This course will review causes of moisture intrusion, specifically forces that drive rainwater into a building. We will identify rainscreen technologies, testing standards for rainscreens, the importance of considering wind loads and how commercial architectural wall panels can be used as a rainscreen.

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Aluminum Railing Systems for Commercial Projects

When designing and building a multifamily structure or other commercial project, outdoor railing is an important consideration. While railing’s key purpose is safety, you must also keep in mind other factors such as aesthetics, cost, and durability. The purpose of this course is to help you make the right choices for your railing project that will result in a long-lasting product that is safe, beautiful, and cost effective.

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Complete Wall Systems: Maintaining Continuous Insulation and WRBs at Transitions (Print Course)

Wall assembly components such as CI and WRBs are now required across the country, requiring in-depth understanding of wall systems. Improper design of transition details can lead to detrimental and expensive issues in wall assemblies. This course reviews building science fundamentals for complete wall systems with CI and WRBs, important considerations when designing transitions and penetrations, and common issues that arise from errors in sequencing, material compatibility and design verification.

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The Evolution of Continuous Insulation (Print Course)

During the past 20 years, the building sector has seen a significant shift around the use of continuous insulation (CI). Evolving from what was once perceived as an advanced greenbuilding, high-efficiency option, CI is now a standard method and materials practice across most climatic regions. This course will discuss what continuous insulation is, the driver behind its rise, performance benefits, codes and standards, and current material solutions.

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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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Fundamentals of Concrete (Part 1) – Materials in Mix Design (Print Course)

Concrete is an essential building material used throughout the world, providing proven performance for strong, durable and economical construction. A primary reason for this extensive use is the flexibility offered, but with this comes the responsibility to understand the strengths, limitations and optimization strategies to achieve desired performance. This course examines many of the fundamental issues that building and site designers must consider before designing and specifying quality ready-mixed concrete.

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Sustainability and Structural Steel: A Closer Look (Print Course)

After delving into the many sustainable characteristics of structural steel, this course will guide readers through what’s considered an appropriate methodology for comparing the environmental impacts of structural framing materials. The details of a thorough and proper cradle-to-cradle supply chain will be unveiled and readers will come away with key strategies for minimizing the environmental impacts associated with structural steel.

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Innovative Insulation Technologies and their Fitness for Use (Print Course)

Insulation has come a long way from bulky foams, fiberglass and mineral fiber products. Today’s rigid insulation board technologies offer architects products that can optimize energy efficiency, moisture resistance and fire performance – and provide thinner walls to increase leasable space and ROI. Specific rigid insulation board technologies are suitable for foundations, floors, walls, and soffits so architects can select the best insulation type for each part of a project.

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Building Information Modeling

The use of building information modeling (BIM) is becoming more of an industry standard when specifying and designing projects. Traditional drafting methods and tools were two-dimensional designs either done by hand or using simple design software. While these methods historically were sufficient for most architects, today a greater demand for faster and more accurate blueprints has prompted a change in the design industry.

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