Modern and Contemporary Aesthetics Achieved with Extruded Aluminum Trim Systems

This course provides an overview of the elements and principles of design, specifically the ways in which modern and contemporary design interpret those tenets and principles.

Variations on modernist and contemporary design in the US Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast are also considered. Finally, the learner will be able to identify the role of extruded aluminum trim in various regions and climates, as well as its functional and aesthetic values.

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Better and Best Moisture Management: Drainable Wraps and Rainscreens (Print Course)

Water and moisture related construction defects are some of the leading causes of building failures, call-backs, and construction litigation in the US. One ASHRAE statistic states that 90% of construction defects ligation is due to water and moisture problems. ASTM estimates that water-related defects cost Americans over 9 billion per year in finish and structural damage. This course will look at the better and best ways to manage moisture through drainable wraps and rainscreens.

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Exploring Trim Options and Uses for Multifamily Design that Engage Millennials (Print Course)

Based on the millennial design preferences, designers and building professionals must specify products that attract this generation to the space. In this course, we will examine the impact of the millennial generation to multifamily space design and how extruded aluminum trim can provide design aesthetic, while being a smart choice economically.

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Minimizing Risk and Optimizing Construction Management with Rainscreen Specification (Print Course)

Between the mid-1980s and early 2000s, close to 160,000 multi-family, wood-frame housing units were built in British Columbia, Canada. A confluence of factors resulted in 45% of those housing units experiencing issues with water infiltration and led to the issue being dubbed the “Leaky Condo Crisis.” Lengthy litigation processes and billions of dollars later, the crisis is still not fully resolved.

Failure to mitigate moisture can lead to a host of problems for homeowners, architects, and builders. By understanding the benefits of rainscreens, including new rainscreen technologies like a 3-in-1 water resistive barrier system, as well as best installation practices, specifiers can decrease project time and avoid unnecessary litigation.

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Interior Extruded Aluminum Trim Bridges Commercial and Residential Projects (Print Course)

Commercial and residential interiors are crossing sectors and influencing interior design trends. The creation of a home-like ambiance is becoming increasing popular in the hospitality industry, while multifamily residential buildings are making better use of communal spaces.

Extruded aluminum trim can help to create a modern design element as well as create an aesthetic that is transferable between public and private and commercial and residential spaces.

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Breaking In: Designing and Strategizing for Successful Multifamily Housing Projects

Drawing from the experiences of established architects, this course explores strategies for transitioning from single-family to multifamily projects. It also discusses the possibility of becoming an architect-developer and ways to engage, enhance, and create communities. Different challenges, such as those involved with designing affordable housing as well as litigation considerations, will also be assessed. Finally, drivers of multifamily trends will be analyzed.

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