Enduring Beauty: High Performing Polymer Cladding Systems

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course encourages participants to think outside the box and consider using polymer cladding as a material to create aesthetic, enduring, and moisture resistant rainscreens that will better protect buildings and its occupants. We will discuss other more commonly used products and the issues faced with each. We will also consider life cycle costs of various cladding options, including polymer. Finally, participants will leave with a thorough understanding of how to install polymer extrusions as cladding. We will explore doing so on different substrates, detailing around openings, transitions between differing cladding materials and how to handle joints between cladding components with the goal of using polymer as a resource to promote health, safety, and welfare of both people and the environment.

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The Sustainability of Synthetic Materials Used for Decking, Trim, and Patio Projects

Post-consumer plastic water bottles, bags, and detergent containers - once slated for overburdened landfills - are instead being recycled into polymer decking, trim and patio materials. By understanding the life cycle assessments (LCAs), sustainable materials management (SMM), and sustainable manufacturing processes, architects, designers and builders will be better equipped to specify sustainable decking materials that are durable and meet a variety of aesthetic needs.

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Create Beautiful Outdoor Spaces and Prevent Deforestation with Polymer and Composite Deck Material

This course will examine the ways in which the use of exotic wood in decking materials contributes to deforestation. It will also examine how some certifying bodies fall short of protecting tropical rainforests and fail to prevent illegally harvested wood from entering the United States. Finally, the course will outline the evolution of synthetic decking materials, compare them to exotic wood, and discuss the design and environmental advantages of specifying them.

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Polymer Trims and Mouldings Deliver on Style, Beauty, and Durability

Exterior building products should be easy to work with and offer design flexibility, durability, and low maintenance. Cellular polymer trim and moulding provides a finished look, playing a key role in tying together building elements such as eaves, windows, doors, corners, and columns.

These architectural elements increase curb appeal, add visual interest, and protect edges and openings from the elements. Cellular polymer trim and mouldings provide these attributes because they are impervious to moisture and do not need paint for protection.

This course will cover the safety, durability, and performance benefits of cellular polymer trim and moulding, as well as best practices for meeting code and safety standards.

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