Building the Perfect Envelope with Insulated Metal Panels

Understanding building physics is critical to proper building envelope design. This course takes a relatively complex subject and reduces it to a level that teaches practical concepts for the building designer. This course will examine how various cladding systems perform across different climate zones and applications. Basic concepts including environmental control layers and hygrothermal loads are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the concept of the “Perfect/Universal Wall”, and how utilizing the proper sequence of wall components can greatly simplify wall design in all climate zones. Insulated metal panels (IMPs) are a unique form of the “Perfect/Universal Wall”, and we will investigate how they perform the same functions as multi-component systems, simplifying wall system design and installation.

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Designing with Intent: Upselling Through Client Education

Understanding your client's dream bath or kitchen space is the first step in exceeding his or her expectations. Trade professionals need to know how to ask the right questions, understand the client’s wants and needs, and work within the client’s budget.

This course will focus on how the professional can identify the unique needs of clients, ways to communicate for effective 'upselling,' analyze the potential impact of remodels and their return on investment, and the latest options for the kitchen and bath.

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Solving Design Challenges with Advanced Fire-Rated Glazing Assemblies (Print Course)

The technical properties and performance characteristics of fire-rated glazing systems often cause confusion in the building industry. In addition, fire-rated glazing products have become more sophisticated to align with today’s increasingly complex building designs, so it is important to understand your options and how to use fire-rated glazing assemblies to solve design challenges that arise in areas with strict fire and life safety criteria, such as sight lines, glazing size, glass clarity, aesthetic discrepancies, and increasingly complex building designs.

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Guide for Successful Installation of Thin (Gauged) Porcelain Tile Panels on Interior Walls and Floors (Print Course)

Gauged porcelain (thin) tile technology is exploding in the market and new standards are being developed for the tile and installation process.

This course will help you understand the benefits of gauged (thin) porcelain tile panels, installation methods and which are most appropriate for various applications, occupant and environmental health benefits, common failures and how to avoid them, as well as total project cost and timeline improvement opportunities.

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Using the AWI Quality Certification Program (Print Course)

Complying with the Architectural Woodwork Standards can be a challenge for architects and builders. Third-party programs such as the Quality Certification Program, which was founded by AWI, are specifically designed for builders and architects hoping to achieve AWS compliance. This article will discuss how these programs work and how they can be leveraged to better achieve QCP certification and protect all stakeholders in the process.

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Designing Products for Real World Conditions

Mother Nature is angry and your buildings are feeling her wrath. You need materials that are tested for longevity and performance rating. Fenestration products should be evaluated in an environment that can simulate the worst conditions. See how this design team is exceeding the needs of today's market.

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