Choosing the Right Tools for Concrete Consolidation

Once the concrete pour begins, there is no turning back. Each step from pouring to finishing will determine the success or failure of the placement. This paper explains the steps necessary to create a smooth, strong finished product.

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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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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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The Case for Residential Water Filtration and Treatment

The goal of this learning unit is to educate architects, specifiers, and designers on the current issues, concerns, benefits and influences on potable water in the United States. In addition, this course will educate participants on the different types of systems and solutions available for residential water filtration and treatment.

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Achieving the Look of Historic Windows in New Design and Construction

Window details play a large part in determining the character and aesthetics of building design. When the look of an historic building is desired, the designer must pay attention to lite size, aspect ratio, lite patterns, casing, sill detail, and muntin selection of the window. This course explains and illustrates the details of historic windows to help designers specify for and achieve a traditional design.

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Fire Protection for Steel Structures (Print Course)

While structural steel offers the best safety record of any framing material, a well-designed fire protection design must naturally accompany any project. Understanding the roles of an architect, structural engineer, and fire protection engineer, in addition to knowledge of the codes, and the pros and cons of the various prescriptive solutions and performance-based approaches, will help enable building teams to deliver the highest performance and most cost-effective designs.

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Pre-Finished Steel Roofing for Residential and Light Commercial Buildings

This course will explore benefits, applications and installation considerations for pre-finished steel roofing, a product that is engineered for maximum strength and durability on new and existing structures. Building on a history of centuries-old metal roofs throughout the world, modern steel roofing is an innovative material with many sustainable and high-performance attributes. Several residential and commercial case studies where steel roofing was specified will be discussed.

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Designing Better Spaces Series: Customized, Personalized Windows & Doors

The purpose of this course is to present the customization that is possible with windows and doors to personally align with the client’s needs, wants and lifestyle. Learn how to incorporate specific window and door products and options that will enhance the outcome of the project. Aesthetics and performance will include specifics to each region of the country. You will see some truly remarkable ideas that have become reality.

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