Benefits and Applications of Specialized Performance Gypsum Panels (Print Course)

For more than 90 years, gypsum board has been used as a high performance, economical, easy-to-install and fire-resistant construction material. The gypsum industry continues to invest in research and development of new and improved products and systems that enhance the value, safety, and overall performance of gypsum panels. This CEU addresses the unique attributes of specialized performance gypsum panels and how they can be used to improve the performance, efficiency, and resilience of multi-family dwellings and commercial structures. The course also discusses how architects and specifiers can benefit building owners and add value to a project through proper selection and installation of gypsum panels.

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SilentFX® Noise-Reducing Gypsum Board

Reduce noise transmission up to 90%!

SilentFX®, featuring Green Glue® and M2Tech® technology, is a noise-reducing mold resistant gypsum board specifically designed for systems requiring high STC ratings.

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Hideaway Privacy with Operable Walls

Privacy is something that every individual or industry requires at some point or time and for many differing reasons. Previously the only options available were to install bulky folding walls or sliding curtains and walls. However, in today’s market, there are many effective solutions available for the needs of different industries. Whether a homeowner needs to accommodate an overnight guest or a business needs to utilize a space for two different purposes, there are lots of cost effective, customizable options available in the form of operable walls.

This course will provide an overview to hideaway privacy and operable walls, discussing the reasons why people may want to divide up space, who might need it, the pros and cons of current options available, the benefits of retractable walls and the different solutions available.

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Sound Control in Architecture: Sound Transmission & Isolation for Wall, Ceiling & Floor Systems

This course will help interior designers and architects to better understand and effectively articulate the concept of sound transmission through walls, ceilings, and floors and how various products affect it. Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to: -Explain the basics of sound transmission -Describe test procedures and ratings for wall systems, ceilings, and floor/ceiling assemblies -Describe isolation of sounds for wall systems, ceilings, and floor/ceiling assemblies.

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Designing the Modern Grocery Store - It's All About the Experience (Print Course)

Competition drives innovation, and grocery stores and supermarkets are in the midst of great evolution. The familiar brick-and-mortar stores long at the center of consumer life are being spurred to change by intense online competition and the shifting shopping habits of Millennials and Generation Z. This course shows trends in how grocery retailers bolster sales and clientele by creating a positive shopping experience with lively design and compelling in-store destinations.

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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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Extruded Aluminum Trim: Innovative Solutions for Interior Applications (Print Course)

This course is designed to increase your knowledge of extruded aluminum trim systems as applied to interior applications. The course will cover aluminum trim features, ways to create a modern aesthetic with aluminum trims, available aluminum trim profiles and finish options, specific installation methods, and considerations for working with extruded aluminum trim systems.

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Maximizing Indoor & Outdoor Living with Motorized Retractable Screens

Motorized screens not only look great but they provide excellent thermal benefits, great airflow, and the ability to control humidity. This course will provide an overview on motorized retractable screens, discussing the design and installation requirements, the different applications where these screens can be used, as well as looking at the thermal benefits of screen when using solar mesh and clear vinyl options.

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Designing Architectural Wall Panels as Rainscreens That Better Account for Wind (Print Course)

Moisture intrusion in a wall system can cause building defects, as well as health ailments for building occupants, making rainscreens a very important tool in water mitigation. This course will review causes of moisture intrusion, specifically forces that drive rainwater into a building. We will identify rainscreen technologies, testing standards for rainscreens, the importance of considering wind loads and how commercial architectural wall panels can be used as a rainscreen.

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