Subfloor Construction Adhesives: Solvent Based, Water Based and Reactive - Why Weather and Substrates Can Cause a Reference Standard Alone to Miss the Mark (ONLINE course)

This course will look at the differences between construction adhesives based on their core chemical makeup. It will compare and contrast VOC regulations and restrictions for indoor air versus those for outdoor air. It will compare the most commonly referenced subfloor adhesive performance specifications, identify their similarities and differences, and point out how lab conditions can differ from “real world” field conditions. The course will finally look at podium construction and the challenges created for adhesives due to varying manufactured wood based substrates and due to VOC restrictions.

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High Performance Coating Systems for Metal Roofing (Print Course)

Metal roofs may not seem like the obvious choice when you are looking for a high performance roof. However, they offer many benefits that other “green” roofs can’t compete with. Not only are they aesthetically appealing, they are also energy efficient, made from recyclable material, and will likely be the last roof you will ever need to install. They are durable and can withstand the toughest of the elements, while also being resistant to cracking, shrinking, and many other problems traditional roofing materials struggle with. This article will look closer at the many benefits of selecting a metal roof with a solar reflective coating system for your next project.

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Fluid-Applied Roof Coatings - Substrates, Selection, and Application (Print Course)

Fluid-applied roof coatings can be applied as a new roof system on a new roof deck or in a maintenance situation as a re-roofing system over an existing deck. They have many benefits, but they are most commonly used to prolong the life of an existing roofing system and to achieve a reflective roof. This course will examine the different types of fluid-applied roof coatings, as well as their advantages, applications, surface preparation techniques, and reflective roofing requirements.

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Advanced Environmental Finishes for Windows & Doors – Field Performance and the Application Process (Print Course)

This course will discuss the painting and anodizing process, as well as considerations for architectural specifications for each finish. The course will cover the strengths and weaknesses of the two coatings and will demonstrate how each is applied to ensure a quality end product.

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High Performance Coatings for Industrial and Decorative Floors (PRINT COURSE)

This course will discuss the history and science behind high performance coatings for industrial, commercial and decorative flooring. Aesthetic preferences for floor coatings, surface preparation and safe use considerations will all be discussed. Two case studies will demonstrate the use of high performance coatings on industrial and decorative flooring.

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Designing for Healing and Infection Control (Print Version)

This course will analyze two case studies where laminate and solid surface materials were applied in healthcare settings to the benefit of patients, staff, and visitors. One case study explores hospital design and how site selection, color, surfaces, and open space can significantly impact healing and recuperation of hospital patients. The other case study examines a new solid surface material that is being tested for efficacy in combating the spread of pathogens known to contribute to hospital acquired infections. A groundbreaking clinical trial began in March of this year to apply this material throughout a hospital setting to determine to what degree it can minimize HAIs.

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Concrete Solutions: Specifying Concrete Coatings

Concrete is an exceptionally versatile and popular choice in residential and commercial construction, and modern coating systems allow for a wide range of colors, styles, and applications. When selecting concrete it is important to understand the advantages both aesthetically and structurally. The ability to recognize where concrete coatings are best suited and which application process to choose will help you achieve the quality and durability goals of the project.

This course will help educate architects on high quality concrete coatings available for use in new construction and existing projects. Take the course to learn more.

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High Performance Coatings and Colors Deliver Competitive Advantage in Retail and Restaurants (Print)

While restaurants and retail stores serve very different purposes, they have a few things in common when it comes to specifying coatings. Both include public spaces that must present an attractive, inviting appearance to customers, and both have “back of the house” areas that need hard-wearing, washable coatings that can handle a lot of abuse. This course will take a closer look at the types of high performance coatings that should be specified for these types of projects.

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High Performance Coatings for Cleaner, Fresher Schools (Print Version)

Without question, school environments take a lot of abuse. A standard architectural coating isn’t formulated to withstand the inevitable scuffs and abrasion that occur in hallways where hundreds of kids pass through every hour five days a week. In short, no single coating suits every application, and just as an educational curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students, the coatings you specify must address diverse conditions to perform successfully over time.

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Cool Coatings for Metal Roofing

Cool roofs reduce the transfer of solar heat into a building and help the building reduce energy loads, the urban heat island effect and smog all while improving occupant comfort. Metal roofing is particularly suited for cool roofing designs because metal roofing will retain 90 percent or more of its original reflective properties over its service live.

This course will help you list the benefits and attributes of cool roofing; describe current specifications, codes, regulations and guidelines in the United States for cool roofing; and describe the research that validates the cool roof concept.

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