Vegetative and Protective Membrane Roof Assemblies: What Lies Beneath

Protected Roof Membrane Assemblies and particularly Vegetative Roof Assemblies place extreme requirements on the components below the surface, from waterproofing to insulation and everything in between. Each component must meet specific standards to achieve energy efficiency and durability.

This course describes the high performance attributes of PRMA components and defines the building code/performance standards and best specification practices to meet fire, wind, thermal, and moisture performance.

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event.

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Fire Safety In High-Rise Structures (Print Course)

This course will provide an understanding of life safety as related to perimeter fire containment in high-rise structures where a non- rated exterior wall adjoins a rated floor assembly. Discussion points will include basic philosophy of fire containment, tested assemblies, and code requirements. Additionally, engineering judgments as related to best practices and IFC guidelines will be discussed.

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Benefits of Mineral Wool as Continuous Insulation (Print Course)

Insulation can help to increase overall energy efficiency, improve occupant comfort, manage risks of mold and mildew, and even minimize the spread of fire. When designing exterior wall assemblies, the type and placement of insulation is critical. To address thermal performance, wall systems almost always feature insulation – once predominantly in the form of batts friction fit between framing members. However, batts alone have been demonstrated not to provide enough thermal resistivity for the wall.

Continuous insulation in conjunction with batt insulation in the stud cavity is now a building code requirement across the country to optimize thermal performance. Mineral wool continuous insulation is an inorganic, noncombustible solution to building energy efficient wall assemblies that protect occupants from exterior temperatures, moisture, noise, and even fire.

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Video: The Value of Building Science - Building Science is The Glue

Building science is an integral part of what builders use today as tools to achieve a better performance building. To achieve a better performance building, builders understand the value of building science and understand that building science will help them achieve building code targets.

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Video: Importance of Air Sealing

Air sealing is now an important part of achieving energy efficiency, and choosing the right insulation is key to achieving air tightness and performance. To reduce air infiltration and achieve an energy-efficient building, the gaps in the building’s thermal enclosure must be sealed properly.

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Research Identifies Where to Air Seal for Maximum Impact, Efficiency and Savings

In today’s residential marketplace, air sealing has become a fundamental part of the home building equation, so knowing where and how to air seal will save you money, time and resources on a job. Recent data from a comprehensive industry study has yielded new insights into the role of air sealing in high performance building that can equate to savings for builders and homeowners.

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Reducing Fire Risk at the Perimeter of High Rise Structures

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. High rise fires are not new to us. In fact, we have seen an increase in fire incidents in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East in the last 5-10 years that have amplified awareness on fire safety performance of taller structures. High rise buildings present a greater risk with an increased number of occupants that have a limited means of escape in the event of a fire. That is why the time element for containing a fire is so critical. Also, as we have seen in actual fires, vertical fire spread at the exterior façade can rapidly overwhelm fire fighters means of interceding the fire from ground level. As the fire accelerates and upward spread progresses, it often reaches a height beyond the reach of fire services water streams. That is why containing a fire and preventing if form spreading vertically is so critical for both occupant and first responder safety.

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