Design Flexibility and Performance with Welded Wire Reinforcement

This course will provide an overview of the history and role of welded wire reinforcement in concrete construction. It will help architects and designers understand the benefits of WWR in creating high-performance buildings and will explore best practices in specifying WWR to realize cost and time savings in construction that ultimately benefit the owner and all project stakeholders.

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Advanced Seamless Stone Surfacing

Floor and wall surfacing, both inside and outside, present a variety of challenges with regard to aesthetics, performance and longevity. Waterproofness, durability and safety are also important factors when considering the right surfacing material for your application. This course will explore conventional methods for surfacing a variety of building applications. It will then compare these systems with advanced seamless stone in the categories of bond strength, resurfacing, waterproofing, moisture management, crack remediation, ADA compliance, aesthetics, longevity and sustainability.

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The Balanced Design Approach to Fire Safety: How Concrete Building Systems Can Help Reduce Risk (Print Course)

Structure fires and wildfires result in significant loss of life and property in the U.S. each year. In addition to the direct losses of fighting fires, relocating residents and rebuilding, large fire events can cause substantial indirect losses to communities. There has been an increase in single-family and multifamily structure fire losses, partly due to increased use of combustible construction methods. This article investigates the causes of these fires and provide balanced design recommendations using both active and passive fire protection strategies. It will suggest several noncombustible concrete building systems to help reduce the risk of fire loss in buildings.

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Designing Sustainable, Prefabricated Wood Buildings (Print Course)

Prefabricated wood buildings should be considered when designing and building both multi-family and commercial buildings, as prefabrication is an efficient and sustainable building practice. Prefabricated wood components can help to solve many design and engineering challenges such as material and process efficiency, environmental performance and life safety. This course will demonstrate the advantages of prefabrication, specifically how it relates to both light wood frame and mass timber construction.

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Optimizing Acoustic Performance of Wood Buildings (Print Course)

Design teams must integrate building systems to create a high performance building that also enhances the health and wellbeing of occupants. This course will explore how to achieve optimal acoustic performance in wood building systems with proper design of walls and floors/ceilings. The course will examine acoustical codes, integrating acoustics into sustainable design, construction detailing and case studies where acoustics were prioritized to optimize indoor environmental quality.

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Simplifying Air and Water Resistive Barriers

Failure of a building’s barrier system can have serious consequences for everyone involved. Choosing a system that is simple to specify, easy to install and has been independently validated to comply with code requirements resolves challenges related to AWRB installation. This program will cover the various barrier systems, important aspects of the building and energy codes and review the characteristics of a high-performance barrier system.

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Home Building Crossroads -- Energy Codes and High Performance (Online Course)

This course offers a discussion on the changes in the 2015 IECC as they relate to the Building Enclosure and on how performance components of insulation, water management, air leakage, and HVAC relate to a whole as the building enclosure. It will discuss how meeting the new code can be challenging, and help the learner come to understand the opportunities available in meeting these challenges.

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Understanding Stone Wool Insulation in Exterior Wall and Rainscreen Applications

The course identifies what stone wool insulation is and how it is produced. It discusses mineral wool in Commercial applications with an emphasis on Rainscreen cladding design and in exterior cavity walls. It highlights key benefits when used in the field versus some of the other insulating materials traditionally used in the market today as it pertains to NFPA 285 requirements and new ASHRAE 90.1 2010 continuous cavity insulation requirements.

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Understanding Advancing Wall System Design around Continuous Insulation

This course covers the latest in building enclosure technology for energy efficient buildings. It provides an in-depth discussion of emerging wall systems that provide durable, cost effective and thermally efficient performance.

The seminar will cover all building types and construction materials, with a few highlights and lessons learned from building science researchers.

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Optimizing Occupant Experience with Wood (Print Course)

This course will examine how wood structures and finishings can help meet tenancy trends and the benefits wood provides to owners and occupants, such as aesthetics, high-performance and life safety. Two different types of wood structural systems are discussed, as are the qualities that make a building desirable. Case studies demonstrate how value was maximized and occupant well-being was optimized in wood structures.

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