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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Effective Concrete Waterproofing Technologies (Print Course)

This course will provide an overview of effective concrete waterproofing technologies and how they improve the durability and lifespan of structures. It also includes a discussion on water penetration, system selection, membrane protection, and various types of waterproofing materials including sheet-applied, fluid-applied, and cementitious waterproofing.

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Floodproofing Non-Residential Buildings (Print Version)

Almost everyone lives in a potential flood zone. In addition to the hurricanes and catastrophic floods that make national headlines, a damaging flood is happening somewhere in the U.S. every day, even in desert regions, caused by local heavy rainfall, dam failures, land development runoff, drainage problems, inland remnants of tropical storms and many other conditions. Nationwide, flooding is the leading cause of deaths related to severe weather, and it wipes out businesses, too. According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors after a flood disaster, because just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Building in floodplains, or Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) designated by FEMA, is strictly regulated by the NFIP, the International Building Code, ASCE national reference standards, and by local community codes, all of which are discussed in this course. Deciding on a non-residential building’s floodproofing strategy will have a direct connection to the project’s cost, to the safety of the building’s occupants and the survivability of the building itself, and to the risk of liability for the designer and builder in case of flood damage.

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Concrete Waterproofing with Crystalline Technology

Concrete is the primary material used to construct many above and below-grade structures. It is naturally porous and thus can absorb and weep water. For structures at or below grade where water infiltration may cause structural damage, concrete should be treated with waterproofing. This course will introduce you to concrete water proofing with crystalline technology.

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Concrete Waterproofing

Few building materials offer the strength and versatility of concrete, which has been used for centuries. In some applications, however, waterproofing is absolutely critical for a functional, superior and long-lasting structure. This educational unit examines exactly how waterproofing works, and how it doesn't, so the best waterproofing method can be specified for each project.

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High Performance Waterproofing Solutions for Shotcrete Foundations

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.

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MPC Parking Deck System

MPC system is providing increased service to new and existing structures to create a more durable parking deck on concrete structures.

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Water Management in Shower Installations

Tiled shower demand is growing by double digits. Showers are getting bigger, more luxurious, and more expensive. Five million new tiled showers are installed every year! Most shower problems are not detected until after at least a year and any warranties have expired. In this course, specifiers and wet-area construction tradespeople will be able to effectively explain the benefits of using bonded waterproofing membranes in a fully bonded shower system for a better, longer-lasting product.

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