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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Continuous Insulation - Spray Polyurethane Foam vs. Rigid Foam Board

The design of exterior wall assemblies has become increasingly focused on performance for greater energy efficiency and resistance to air and water penetration. The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1 now requires insulation that is continuous in wall assemblies, (i.e. not interrupted by studs, framing, etc.) in all eight climate zones within the United States. This push for continuous insulation in exterior wall assemblies is also reflected in green building standards and the desires of building owners to reduce energy costs.

In this presentation, we will look at the performance, installation and cost advantages of medium density spray foam insulation compared to the commonly used rigid foam board in continuous insulation applications.

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Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation in Commercial Buildings

Open Cell Spray Foam insulation is a logical and proven choice for commercial buildings as it can reduce upfront costs by taking advantage of higher yield and also can reduce energy related operating costs for buildings. In addition to having the lowest environmental impact by being water-blown, Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation also contributes to improved indoor air quality within the building and overall building occupant comfort. Over the course of this presentation, you will learn about Open Cell Insulation’s air barrier and vapor permeability, fire ratings and code compliance, ability to enhance a building's longevity, and environmental and Green Building contributions, as well as all health and safety directions, recommendations and best practices.

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Implementing Hybrid Roof Assemblies in Commercial Construction

Because no single roof insulation product meets all the criteria for an ideal roof, the solution for many commercial buildings may be a hybrid roof assembly that takes advantage of the favorable properties of two insulation types. There are numerous roof insulation products on the market, but this course is going to focus on stone wool and polyisocyanurate insulating roof boards, the performance properties of each, and how they can be used together for a more energy efficient and long-lasting system.

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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.

If you are looking for the course "Chemistry and the Building Process for Architects (Print Course)" please click here.

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Why Architects are Turning to a Maine Company for Winning ci Solutions

Polyiso claims the highest R-value in the thinnest profile of any (ci) wall sheathing product, meeting all ASHRAE 90.1 and IECC 2012 standards, outstanding fire performance with its inclusion within a multitude of NFPA 285 compliant wall assemblies - CFCs, HCFCs, and ODP.

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Hunter Xci Polyiso Fast Facts

Hunter XCI Polyiso is a foam board used as continuous insulation in exterior walls for both commercial and residential construction and the leading product of choice for commercial roofs.

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Breaking the Rules of Boring Roofs: New ideas take root up top (PRINT COURSE)

This article originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of ARCHITECT magazine.

Commercial roofs are often thought of a simple necessity and are hardly ever given an opportunity to be more than a functional part of the structure. However, with a little creative thinking, material selection, and thoughtful design, roofs can accomplish more than simply keeping out the rain.

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Sustainable Green Building with Clay and Concrete Roof Tile (Online Version)

Both clay and concrete raw materials are very abundant across the U.S., nearly the entire country can receive locally extracted and manufactured concrete and clay, immediately making the carbon footprint for these materials lower than many others. Take a look at the advantages of using clay and concrete roof tile to create an energy efficient design.

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