All of the same moisture and vapor drive dynamics that occur in wall assemblies can also take place in a wood framed floor assembly, especially over a crawl space. This course will take a closer look at the building science of vapor drive that can lead to moisture issues in wood floor assemblies when proper sequencing of materials to allow drying is not accounted for in design. It will address the use of some of the most common construction and material options in wood-framed flooring assemblies. It will also look at some guidelines and best practices to help reduce the likelihood of developing problems over the life of the building.
Rubber Reimagined â€“ Recycled Rubber Flooring Provides Maximum Durability in High-Traffic Museum Projects
Museum collections are supremely important to our culture, whether they represent rich art, history, or science, so the building materials used in museum projects must be of the highest quality, both structurally and environmentally. Indoor air quality, wayfinding, comfort, and maintenance are important considerations for these high-traffic environments.
This course will demonstrate why recycled rubber flooring is an excellent option for museum flooring, and will cover performance attributes, design options, interior applications, and installation considerations. In addition, the course will explore three case studies where recycled rubber flooring was used in institutional and museum projects in the United States and Canada.
This course will explore three building sectorsâ€”hospitality, multifamily housing, and senior housingâ€”and the flooring challenges these projects face, including heavy foot traffic, maintenance, safety, and aesthetics. Hard surface flooring such as tile, luxury vinyl tile, laminate, and engineered wood can be specified throughout these projects to meet the demands of public spaces such as lobbies and restaurants and private areas such as bedrooms and baths. The course will also examine a case study from each sector.
High-performance flooring specified for specialty environments can add a colorful presence and enhance the aesthetic appeal of the space. High-performance flooring gives a concrete flooring system the look and feel of an attractive, state-of-the-art space.
Choosing to specify high-performance flooring is a useful option that is durable, hard to damage and can have minimal upkeep. In addition, this flooring contributes to green sustainability and LEED credits.
Few building materials have been used for centuries and offer the strength and versatility of concrete. Waterproofing concrete is critical for a functional, reputable and long-lasting structure.
This educational unit will identify the consequences of non-waterproofed concrete. In addition, the course will explore how traditional waterproofing methods are used to protect concrete. Finally, the course will examine integral crystalline waterproofing methods, as well as some case study applications.
Acoustics are increasingly important in commercial and residential settings, contributing to the well-being of occupants. Whether specifying flooring for a corporate office, hotel, hospital, or multifamily building, the building professional will be asked about the acoustic performance of the product.
Acoustically-friendly floors provide employees a quiet workplace with minimal disruption, hospitality guests a peaceful stay, hospital patients a calm recovery environment, and residents a space that feels like home.
This course will allow building professionals to look past standard IIC scores as the sole reference for a productâ€™s acoustic properties enabling more informed product decisions and better performing projects.
Few building surfaces are subject to more wear and tear yet are as prominently visible as floors. In the quest to create durable, long-lasting and appealing floor surfaces, concrete has often been used as the base material whether on grade or on an elevated slab.
Final finishes have commonly ranged from any number of flooring materials placed on top of it to simply sealing or painting the concrete. However, recent advances in the technology of cement-based concrete overlays have given rise to a new option that is growing in popularity.
Wear resistance is required to provide abrasion and erosion protection in order to prolong the service life of concrete. An integral hardening admixture is critical for a functional, superior and long-lasting structure.
This educational unit examines exactly how concrete hardening technologies work, differing features and benefits, so the best abrasion and erosion resistant methods can be specified for each project.
This course discusses the history, science behind, and benefits of high performance polyurethane and polyurea floor coatings and sealers.
Sustainability market drivers, aesthetic options, coating technologies, and application requirements will be discussed throughout the course.
In addition, we will also examine several floor coating case studies throughout the course materials.
The mission of healthcare organizations is to provide patient care that is effective, medically relevant, and operationally efficient in a comfortable, convenient environment where the patient-provider relationship is at the center. Surfaces play a key role in creating a positive tone within healthcare built environments, but surface quality is dependent on proper material selection, durability of design, and material performance. Designers must understand how to specify surfaces in healthcare settings that address disinfection, durability, and design challenges to achieve safety, efficiency, and patient comfort.
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