Material selection is one of the most important choices you will make to the overall outcome of your construction projects. Understanding how different material options impact your bottom line leads to better informed decision-making. This course highlights the advantages that durable, non-combustible, low-maintenance materials and finishes bring to your projects, why architectural and decorative concrete is the smart choice for buildings and floors, and why concrete is a sustainable option.
Proper consolidation saves time and money. Vibrating enhances concrete’s performance, appearance, density and strength and settles the concrete to eliminate honeycombing. See how all your commercial projects can benefit from a proper finish that is not only durable but reduces the amount of time and money spent patching and filling.
There are repercussions to pouring concrete without vibrating. In addition, if you vibrate without using the proper technique, you may not be solving any problems. See the solution for all your commercial projects in this short video which shows the technique required to accomplish a final product that is both structurally sound and has a properly finished surface.
This course will discuss the use of shotcrete for structural applications, specifically in below-grade foundation walls. While the use of shotcrete is proven to accelerate construction schedules up to 25%, experience has shown that there are risks associated with this method of concrete placement versus traditional cast-in-place walls. These risks include an increased incidence of voids within the wall, poorly consolidated concrete behind and around rebar installations and damage to traditional waterproofing systems associated with the shotcrete application itself. Each of these factors contribute to a challenging waterproofing project - one that can be completed successfully with a properly designed waterproofing system. During this session, we will cover the benefits and risks associated with shotcrete, how pre-applied waterproofing membrane systems should be designed for critical applications and the challenges that traditional waterproofing membranes face when used with shotcrete construction.
Architectural design has grown increasingly complex with the evolution of structural technology. Successful architects embrace and emphasize structural elements to articulate their ideas and define space. However, increasing complexity also presents numerous design, workflow, and communication challenges as well as opportunities for progressive and transformative built environments.
This course will explore how architects can use BIM software to take their ideas from concept to refinement to presentation and implementation while benefiting from seamless workflow, collaboration, and communication. The CEU will also address the various issues associated with modern building practices and structural complexity and present examples of projects that exemplify a structure-based process and mindset.
Take Course to Earn: AIA Credit: 1 LU/HSW
Thermal bridging is a big concern in the building industry, it has been recognized as a significant factor in building envelope heat loss. By reducing heat flow through a building’s thermal envelope we can reduce energy consumption as well as prevent potential condensation issues. Building codes have increased requirements of building enclosures requiring ‘continuous insulation’ without thermal bridging. Thermal break materials can be used to reduce heat loss in wall assemblies, transitions and structural connections throughout the building envelope. They can minimize building energy loss and improve building envelope performance.
This course will provide an overview to thermal bridging, discussing the reasons why it occurs as well as how it can be prevented. This course will also compare building details with and without thermal break solutions to highlight the importance of determining accurate values of thermal transmittance.
This course looks at how to create opportunities for material reuse on projects during construction of after natural disasters. The course discusses how to specify, re-certify and incorporate reclaimed materials into renovations or new construction (and how to plan for material storage and protection until needed) without negatively affecting the environmental, economic and social fabric of the existing community. The disasters in New Orleans and Greensburg, Kansas, are examined along with the types of materials that can be reused such as brick, masonry, access flooring, structural steel, reclaimed doors, carpet tile, gym flooring, light fixtures, and furniture.
When you ask architects today about some of their biggest challenges; and building enclosure design is usually at, or towards the top of the list. New and more stringent codes are requiring designers to have a deeper understanding of enclosure systems. High performance building designs are becoming essential to meet new code requirements, as well as the expectations of funding entities, owners, and developers. State-of-the-art building designs require high performance building materials and building enclosure systems. High performance materials must be efficient and versatile in use and in operation, as well as durable, resilient, and capable of protecting buildings and building occupants from weather extremes, natural and man-made hazards, and environmental concerns.
This course will provide an overview of the in floor cellular raceway system including features and benefits, components and installation, sustainability, design criteria, product specifications and applications.
Ground Zero Building Professionals from Navillus Concrete and Roger and Sons Concrete share their experiences working with innovative concrete formwork systems on the 9/11 Memorial and Tower 4 projects at the World Trade Center construction site.
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