An Introduction to Steel Window & Door Systems

This course will review the primary considerations for steel window & door systems, and will focus on materials and methods that influence performance and longevity. Some of the topics covered include types of steel, sustainability of steel, rust protection methods, profile construction methods, finishing methods, glazing methods, and energy efficiency methods.

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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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Air Barrier Applications Utilizing Insulated Metal Panels (Online Course)

This course provides guidance for architects and builders on design and installation considerations relating to the use of Insulated Metal Panels and their suitability as the air barrier assembly of a building envelope. Topics covered include an introduction to air barriers and insulated metal panels, as well as an overview of code and regulatory requirements when designing for energy code compliance and common design and installation practices and techniques.

With the aid of this lesson, architects and builders will be armed with increased knowledge regarding enclosures and their component parts, the various options available, the relative advantages of insulated metal panels, particularly under certain circumstances, and key specifics and guidelines for specifying metal panels for code conformance.

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Air Barrier Applications Utilizing Insulated Metal Panels (Print Course)

This course provides guidance for architects and builders on design and installation considerations relating to the use of Insulated Metal Panels and their suitability as the air barrier assembly of a building envelope. Topics covered include an introduction to air barriers and insulated metal panels, as well as an overview of code and regulatory requirements when designing for energy code compliance and common design and installation practices and techniques.

With the aid of this lesson, architects and builders will be armed with increased knowledge regarding enclosures and their component parts, the various options available, the relative advantages of insulated metal panels, particularly under certain circumstances, and key specifics and guidelines for specifying metal panels for code conformance.

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Building with Engineered Steel Headers

The primary target audience for this course consists of architects, builders, and government (local, county and federal) agencies who desire or are required to see a reduction in thermal loss, wood usage, and material waste in the construction of single and multifamily housing.

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Architectural Aluminum Railing Systems

This course will introduce the learners to the performance capabilities and finish specifications used in architectural aluminum railing systems, including architectural design features available for aluminum railing fabrications, as well as introduction to specifications for punched and welded architectural aluminum railing systems. The course will also review common architectural aluminum railing system applications including balcony, roof railing, retaining walls, ramps and stairs.

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Re-Thinking Steel - A Logical Choice for High-Rise Residential Design (PRINT)

For those involved in the design and construction of high-rise residential buildings, it is clear that fundamental design decisions need to be made in order to address a range of building criteria. A design program is defined in consultation with the owner or developer of the property to determine the intended market or occupancy mix. That feeds into the overall design of the individual living units, including features and amenities to be preferred or avoided. With this conceptual framework in hand, the design team can then start to shape and define the appropriate building.

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Liquid or Powder? Specifying Architectural Coatings for Metal Buildings (Print Course)

The objective of this course is to provide a comparison of liquid and powder architectural coatings. The following article compares end-use applications, performance and aesthetic options, and other considerations between liquid and powder coatings, taking into account different geographic and climate demands.

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Sustainable Application and Design using Titanium Zinc Roofing and Cladding

Titanium-Zinc, as a building material, is consistently chosen as a green alternative to many other materials. It is efficient to produce, has almost no waste, lends itself to a variety of design styles, and requires little to no maintenance once installed. This course will provide an overview of the Titanium-Zinc alloy used in sustainable architectural applications; a study of the metal’s properties, aesthetics, technical aspects, manufacturing process, and appropriate design applications.

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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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