Code Recognized Magnesium Oxide (MgO) Panels Applications for Acoustic and Fire Rated Systems

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Acoustical control and fire resistance are two primary code requirements for commercial buildings. An emerging product solution that is proving successful is Magnesium Oxide (MgO) panels for wall and floor/ceiling assemblies. This course investigates specifically MgO wall and floor/ceiling applications in Type III and V construction. In this course, you will investigate the design and construction process for MgO panels in code recognized assemblies. The course begins with a description of the material and its properties, and its code compliance characteristics related to acoustical performance and fire resistance. Installation procedures and discussed, and comparisons made to alternative systems such as wet-laid gypsum underlayment.

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Managing Condensation and Thermal Performance with Continuous Insulation

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Building codes and green building standards are continuing to raise the bar on energy efficiency and high performance in buildings. In wood-framed buildings designing for thermal and moisture management in wall cavities, as well as the air tightness of the building enclosure, are all core components to creating advanced building enclosures. This presentation will discuss the need for exterior insulation to manage heat transfer and reduce condensation in exterior walls by providing step-by-step examples of how to determine the amount of continuous insulation required to meet prescriptive code requirements depending on climate zone.

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The Building Science of Floor Systems

All of the same moisture and vapor drive dynamics that occur in wall assemblies can also take place in a wood framed floor assembly, especially over a crawl space. This course will take a closer look at the building science of vapor drive that can lead to moisture issues in wood floor assemblies when proper sequencing of materials to allow drying is not accounted for in design. It will address the use of some of the most common construction and material options in wood-framed flooring assemblies. It will also look at some guidelines and best practices to help reduce the likelihood of developing problems over the life of the building.

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New Options for Insulating and Ventilating Wood Framed Sloped Roofs

This course will discuss control layers of a sloped wood framed roof assembly. We will be talking about code provisions for roofs and sustainable building practices. We will also discuss the differences between ventilated and unventilated assemblies. To wrap up, we will look at some changes outlined in the 2018 code and look at different systems that integrate the functions of air, water and thermal performance in different assemblies.

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Designing with Continuous Insulation for Thermal and Moisture Management

This course discusses some basic building science fundamentals, while looking at specific code requirements in the IRC, IBC and the international energy conservation code. It addresses why some of the trade-offs and differences exist between those two sets of code requirements. Lastly, we'll work through an example and the decision making process to determine the continuous insulation and vapor retarder requirements for a project in a specific climate zone.

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