CHOWA Concept Home-Journey to Completion Video

The design of the Chowa Home is focused on balance and harmony, derived from the Japanese meaning of the word. This video shows you how the collaborative effort between Japanese and US Builders created a luxury concept home that provides solutions for creative building through flexible design and better building processes.

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Building Sustainability With Fiber Cement Cladding

Cladding protects the building envelope and building occupants from the weather, while also defining the aesthetic of the building. A challenge for specifiers is to choose cladding that is environmentally sensitive over their entire lifespans. Such goals not only require a sustainable product but one that also has the flexibility to function in a broad range of climate zones as well as offer expansive design options. This course explores the ways in which fiber cement cladding is able to fulfill these demands for commercial and residential buildings throughout various climate zones.

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Specifying Automatic Pedestrian Entryways that Support Universal Design and Exceed ADA Standards (Print Course)

Architects and designers continue to adopt and share strategies to boost universal design for doorways and entrances. Rather than aiming for minimum compliance, which is enforced by codes and ADA, these savvy building professionals are thinking about universal design and user preferences, and differentiating their buildings by leveraging appropriate technologies.

The keys to success include: *Choosing and designing appropriate entries, openings and doors for people with varied abilities. *Applying those door systems to meet and exceed all ADA requirements for entries in buildings of certain sizes. *All while complying with published building codes and standards.

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Making the Right Choice: Storefront, Window Wall, or Curtain Wall

This course is designed to expand understanding of basic aluminum glazing systems, specifically storefront, window wall, and curtain wall systems. After completing this course, learners will be able to effectively select the appropriate aluminum glazing system for projects in order to achieve the desired aesthetics while providing optimal performance.

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High Performance Coatings for Industrial and Decorative Floors (Print Course)

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.

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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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Specifying Custom Fiberglass Doors: The Performance of Fiberglass and the Aesthetic of Real Wood

Exterior fiberglass doors that have the look, feel, weight, and—when knocked on, even the sound— of hardwood doors handcrafted by true artisans may be the ultimate combination of form and function.

This course discusses the many benefits of fiberglass doors and the process of creating fiberglass doors using molds made from real wood species. The testing and rating of fiberglass doors is followed by a gallery of ideas for different styles of architecture, various types of wood and decorative accents.

The course will demonstrate how to customize fiberglass to create an aesthetically pleasing space that is also functional.

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Floor Surface Treatments

This course will describe why concrete floors need proper curing. This course will also cover the different types of surface treatments available and discuss their benefits.

Finally, we will wrap up this course by looking at the proper installation of flooring treatments, including both proper surface preparation and how to correctly specify.

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Seeking Resilient, Long-Lasting Buildings? Glass Mat and High-Performance Wallboards are the Solution (Print Course)

For highly trafficked durable spaces and buildings requiring higher resilience, architects are turning to enhanced-performance gypsum and glass-mat interior wallboard for their wall and ceiling designs.

With hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma, western wildfires, and other weather and climate-related disasters wreaking havoc across the nation in 2017, the U.S. incurred a record $306 billion in damages during the year, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Achieving Disaster Resilience with ICF Construction (Print Course)

In this course, we will examine what “disaster resilience” means and how effective planning and application of progressive structural design, practices and building materials—particularly Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)—can fulfill a two-pronged sustainability objective: reducing a building’s carbon footprint while fortifying it against nature’s inevitable hazards. In addition, this course will look at best-practice construction guidelines for ICF projects, as well as the short-term ROI of ICF construction.

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