While structural steel offers the best safety record of any framing material, a well-designed fire protection design must naturally accompany any project. Understanding the roles of an architect, structural engineer, and fire protection engineer, in addition to knowledge of the codes, and the pros and cons of the various prescriptive solutions and performance-based approaches, will help enable building teams to deliver the highest performance and most cost-effective designs.
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.
This course is designed to increase your knowledge of extruded aluminum trim systems as applied to multifamily building construction. The course will cover multifamily design trends, ways to create a modern aesthetic with aluminum trims, available aluminum trim options, and three case studies related to multifamily construction with extruded aluminum trim 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.
This course will discuss the benefits of utilizing hot-dip galvanized steel on projects throughout North America. Steel is a durable and efficient building material that has been used since the Industrial Revolution. It's cost effective, aesthetically pleasing, sustainable, and strong. If it has one weakness, it is the fact it corrodes when exposed to the atmosphere; therefore, it is important to consider corrosion protection methods when constructing projects with exposed steel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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