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Commercial Door Operators: A UL 325 Safety Standard Review

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course will review UL 325 Safety Standards in relation to commercial door operators. It begins with an in depth look at the functions of various stiles of commercial doors and explores the various types of commercial door operators. The course goes on to discuss the features of reduction systems and solenoid brakes, as well as the NEMA ratings for enclosures and the requirements of UL 325 and how it contributes to the safe operation of commercial doors. Finally the devices that meet the UL standards will be discussed as well as their features.

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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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Architect’s Guide to Specifying and Installing Gas Fireplaces: Finding the Right Fit

Gas fireplaces remain top of mind for U.S. homeowners, yet many architects may not fully understand how to specify them. This course will help architects understand the different types of gas fireplaces on the market today, design considerations, installation mistakes and best practices, and recent advances in gas fireplace technology.

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The Science of Fire: Reaction and Resistance with Insulated Metal Panel

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course will provide a holistic view into the fundamental difference between metal panels and insulated metal panels. The goal is to understand how performance needs based on building types play a key role in selecting the appropriate Insulated Panel system.

To begin, the course will explore common misconceptions between metal panels and insulated metal panels. The course will describe how the core type for insulated metal panels (or panes) can vary from highly combustible to non-combustible. Next, the course will analyze the difference between reaction to fire and fire resistance and the importance of considering both alongside fire spread behavior to ensure holistic approval to fire-safe design. Finally, the course will examine the rationale for testing full systems which are preferable over small-scale material testing.

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Settling In: Sustainable Strategies for Designing Affordable Multifamily Housing Programs (Print Course)

”Affordability restrictions are set to expire on more than 250,000 multifamily units across the country” and “unsubsidized affordable rental housing continues to decline,” notes the U.S. Department of Energy. These facts, in addition to stagnant salaries and rising rental prices, has made affordable multifamily housing an area of concern for developers, architects, designers, communities, and potential residents alike.

This course seeks to provide specifiers with strategies to design sustainable, affordable multifamily housing by understanding code basics, leveraging zoning laws, and considering material durability. A case study examining the potential of affordable multifamily housing projects to become Living Building Challenge certified will also be examined.

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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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Introduction to Metal Roofing Fundamentals (Print Course)

Upon completion of this course, participants should know the most common roof materials used in steep slope roofing and understand the various types of metal roofing substrates. They should also be able to identify different metal roofing configurations, coatings, and fastening applications along with analyzing the importance of roof system components. Finally, learners will assess the development of design plans for regional impacts affecting metal roofing systems.

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Insulated Masonry Veneer Systems

This course explores the evolution of Masonry Veneer Systems in the marketplace and how they function. You will learn how insulated masonry veneer systems can meet durability, code compliance and aesthetic requirements for building projects. The course also covers the important properties of insulated masonry veneer systems and the codes that govern them. When completed, you will have a better understanding of how to specify these systems for various projects.

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Multi-Family, Mid-Rise Wood Buildings A Code-Compliant, Cost-Effective and Sustainable Choice (Print Course)

One of the most fundamental decisions facing a multi-family design team is choosing the building’s structural material. While dominant in single family residential construction, the cost-effective, code compliant and sustainable attributes of wood construction apply to mid-rise multi-family projects too. This course explores the reasons for the increasing popularity of wood in multifamily buildings, reviews code compliance and fire safety technical considerations, and discusses techniques for successful wood building designs. In addition, it addresses trends expanding the opportunities for wood use in multi-story design.

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