The Building Science of Floor Systems

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.

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Rubber Reimagined – 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.

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Hard Surface Flooring Options for Hospitality, Multifamily Housing, and Senior Housing Projects

This course will explore three building sectors—hospitality, multifamily housing, and senior housing—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.

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High-Performance Flooring Solutions for Specialty Environments

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.

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Integral Crystalline Waterproofing

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.

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Technical and Practical Benefits of Optimizing Acoustics in Commercial and Residential Buildings

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 product’s acoustic properties enabling more informed product decisions and better performing projects.

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Polished Concrete Overlays Provide Durability, Beauty, and Minimal Maintenance

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.

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Integral Hardening Admixture for Wear-Resistant Concrete

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.

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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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DuPont Sorona: NeoCon 2013 Showroom Series

John Lyons, Global Business Development Manager at DuPont, introduces the company's innovative DuPont™ Sorona®, a renewably sourced, bio-based fiber with design applications for a host of global partners. Video produced and edited by Yokai Films. Sponsored by DuPont.

Please attend the 2015 NeoCon show to see the latest updates of commercial carpet made with DuPont™ Sorona®.

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