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.

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Moisture Control and More with Spray Foam Insulation

In the design of building enclosures an emerging alternative is the use of spray foam insulation as exterior continuous insulation featuring the ability to resist heat, water, vapor and air movement in an uninterrupted, continuous performance installation. A significant outcome is the control of moisture mechanisms in buildings.

How spray foam insulation’s water resistive, air barrier and insulation characteristics help to control moisture is examined in detail. That it is a proven option that offers such performance in addition to allowing for design freedom and flexible installation is also discussed.

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Designing for Energy Performance (Print Course)

For the past decade plus, energy codes continuously increased their requirements for energy efficiency of buildings. Codes began by increasing insulation requirements and recently added an air barrier requirement to reduce air leakage of conditioned air.

The codes include prescriptive and performance requirements; however, the prescriptive requirements are what most designers utilize. Following the prescriptive requirements without consideration of the environmental conditions, both exterior and interior, can result in unintended performance of wall and roof systems. This article will discuss the current state of the code requirements, both prescriptive and performance, as well as when prescriptive requirements may result in inadequate performance.

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Wall Retrofit Solutions for Existing Commercial Buildings with Masonry Construction (Print Course)

This course is designed to increase your knowledge of integrated wall retrofit solutions for existing commercial buildings with masonry construction. The course will cover prior lab and field test results for a few retrofit solutions that aim to bring improved energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.

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Air Barrier Applications Utilizing Insulated Metal Panels (Print 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.

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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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Robust Walls with Continuous Foam Plastic Insulation (Print Course)

This article demonstrates that foam plastic insulation (polyiso board and spray polyurethane foam) can be used in code-approvable wall assemblies that work in cold, warm, marine and humid climates. Architects will be able to create alternatives to vapor permeable wall assemblies that address three main concerns: NFPA 285 flame spread tests, mitigating moisture retention within walls, and delivering higher insulating performance with greater levels of comfort.

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Beyond the Energy Code: Worth It?

Updates to building codes plus consumer demand for energy-efficient homes presents an opportunity to position your homes above the rest. Get the most bang for your buck. In this webinar, learn what areas are worth it to focus on when you go above and beyond the energy codes.

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Air Sealing for Architects: Tightening up Multifamily

This course will discuss how architects use design choices, selection of assemblies, detailing and spec writing to create multifamily buildings capable of passing the strictest blower door tests. It will look at how to perfect projects of all shapes and sizes pursuing compartmentalization criteria under LEED BD+C: New Construction, Homes, or Multifamily Midrise v3 or v4.

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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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