A Rainscreen Solution Using Fiber Cement Architectural Wall Panels (on-line version)

Moisture intrusion in a wall system can cause numerous building defects as well as health ailments for building occupants. This course will review the cause and effects of moisture intrusion and will discuss how fiber cement panels can be used as a rainscreen to mitigate this moisture. We will identify different rainscreen technologies and ASTM and AAMA testing standards that measure their performance. By the end of the course you will understand basic design approaches and guidelines for installing fiber cement panels as a rainscreen.

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The Importance of Wall Assembly Systems in Moisture Management for Multi-Family, Mixed-Use and Light Commercial Buildings (print version)

This course will discuss moisture management and the value of properly flashed wall assembly systems. It will cover how moisture impacts building durability and the mechanics of moisture movement. The course will identify common design defects that lead to moisture problems, as well as details and wall assemblies that will provide better moisture management. The course will also cover ASTM E2112 methods for flashing openings.

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Moisture Durability Opportunities in Green Standards / Codes

Many green standards lack sufficient measures to ensure long-term durability of wall assemblies. Unfortunately, some energy efficient designs, while code compliant may adversely impact durability. The importance of increase moisture management capabilities, such as effective drainage, will be demonstrated using tools and simulations to assist in designing energy-efficient and durable walls.

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A Rainscreen Solution Using Fiber Cement Architectural Wall Panels (Print Version)

Moisture intrusion in a wall system can cause numerous building defects as well as health ailments for building occupants. This course will review the cause and effects of moisture intrusion and will discuss how fiber cement panels can be used as a rainscreen to mitigate this moisture. We will identify different rainscreen technologies and ASTM and AAMA testing standards that measure their performance. By the end of the course you will understand basic design approaches and guidelines for installing fiber cement panels as a rainscreen.

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Moisture Mitigation with Rainscreen Technologies (Print Course)

There is no such thing as a water-tight structure. Because water takes the path of least resistance, it will find even the smallest opening in the building envelope, allowing moisture to enter the wall system, no matter how many layers of protection are provided. Therefore, in addition to keeping water out with various weather resistive barriers (WRB), systems must be put in place to allow water to exit the envelope once it inevitably does get in.

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The World is Flat: A 21st Century Approach to Urban Hydrology

This course looks at the evolution of stormwater management and how it has shaped site development decision-making. The course discusses the emerging concept of veneer hydrology, a shallow horizontal waterflow management system that uses evapotranspiration instead of infiltration. Veneer hydrology entails placing thin layers of soil and vegetation in areas of the urban environment that don’t lend themselves to landscaping such as over utilities, buried structures, and subways. Key design parameters are outlined to bridge challenging landscapes with unstable soils and limited depth settings.

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A Primer On Rainscreen Wall Systems (Print Version)


Rainscreen wall systems are used to protect buildings from water penetration and related moisture damage. They are especially effective when used with impermeable types of exterior cladding. In very wet regions of the U.S., rainscreen wall systems are sometimes required by code (i.e., regions with greater than 60 inches of rainfall per year). It is considered good practice to use rainscreen wall systems in moderately wet climates (i.e., 20–60 inches of rain fall per year). They are also very effective for improving the durability of the exterior walls of buildings – when porous building materials are used. Rainscreen wall systems can also offer an attractive light weight approach to constructing an exterior wall.

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Controlling Moisture Movement in Buildings

Air and Air Vapor Barriers can play a significant role in building efficiency. This one-hour learning unit examines ways in which moisture enters a building. You will be able to explain how moisture management has affected buildings and be able to define and discuss what is meant by air leakage and vapor diffusion.

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Avoid the Impacts of Flooring Failures

Aridus® Concrete is a scientifically engineered rapid drying concrete that consumes excess water, thereby preventing moisture problems from the very beginning by accelerating the concrete drying time. It is the only concrete solution for preventing floor covering failures.

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Aridus Rapid Drying Concrete - The Billy Dade School Project

Aridus® is a proprietary concrete mix that reduces the drying time and risks associated with excess moisture vapor in concrete slabs, enabling faster, more effective floor topping installations. Aridus is the first ready-mix concrete solution to floor covering failures, an industry wide problem that cost millions of dollars annually. Take a look at our most recent project.

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