Embodied Carbon and the Envelope

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. In the fight against climate change, efforts intensify against the planet’s number one enemy—carbon dioxide. The building industry will play a significant role in these efforts. Embodied carbon—the global greenhouse gas emissions generated from sourcing raw material and processing, manufacturing, transporting, and installing building materials—will be the target over the next decade. This course will define embodied carbon, its impact on greenhouse gas emissions, the construction industry's impact, and the methods and tools that building designers can employ to limit embodied carbon.

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Traditional vs. Innovative WRB/AB Approach: How Does a Single-Source System Approach Add Value? (Print Course)

Mitigating the intrusion of water and air through a structure is a primary concern for designers and contractors. By assessing the differences between traditional air- and water-resistive barriers and comparing them to newer technologies, specifiers can better avoid issues that lead to moisture concerns. Being aware of challenges to jobsite conditions and installation will further enable specifiers to choose the best weather-resistant barrier solution for their project’s building type.

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An Alternative to Traditional Low-Slope Roofs: Insulated Roof Deck System Overview and Case Studies (Print Course)

This course will address main characteristics and design details of insulated roof deck systems, an alternative to metal decking for low-slope roofs on commercial and industrial buildings. Two case studies involving the new construction of a 53,000-square-foot freezer facility and a roof replacement on a 24,900-square-foot climate-controlled facility will be explored in detail. Learners will better understand design considerations for specific commercial/industrial roof projects and practical applications of insulated roof deck systems, including installation efficiency, safety, sustainability, and building performance.

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The Silver Lining Behind the Residential Construction Labor Issue

If your goals are less worker fatigue, reduced waste and improved price consistency, this paper gives you options.

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Perfecting the Perfect Wall

The way to combat ridiculous lumber prices and tougher performance standards is here. Get a more efficient, moisture-resistant building envelope for a lower total cost.

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Insulated Roof Deck System Provides an Innovative, Streamlined Alternative to Traditional Low-Slope Roofing Materials (Print Course)

A new, all-in-one insulated roof deck system is revolutionizing the commercial roofing industry. Providing superior benefits to traditional roofing materials, new insulated roof deck panels are suitable for almost any application. This course will compare the innovative new solution to traditional low-slope roofing methods; explain its features and benefits, and how the diaphragm design is part of a building’s structural integrity; and explore design and installation considerations for a successful project.

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Acoustic and Aesthetic Suspended Ceiling Solutions Using Stone Wool

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Architects, Specifiers, Interior Designers, and Building Science professionals all have a long history of specifying stone wool for their insulation and sound absorption needs. Fire resistance, sound resistance, water resistance, thermal resistance and dimensional stability are all features and benefits of stone wool. This presentation will provide learners with information regarding the features and benefits of using stone wool acoustical ceiling tiles. In addition, the course will provide basic information on acoustics as well as the acoustical challenges and resolutions faced in commercial buildings.

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The Future of Urbanization (Print Course)

Today, more than half of us live in cities, and by 2050, this proportion is expected to increase to 67%. As urbanization becomes a global trend, the struggle to efficiently and sustainably grow our cities will only intensify. More people need more buildings, more energy, and more infrastructure, and this puts increased pressure on resources and the environment.

The challenges we face can seem daunting, but the good news is that raw material suppliers, building material manufacturers, architects, and engineers are creating innovative solutions that can help the building industry rise to meet these challenges in order to build the sustainable and resilient cities of the future.

This course will explore what the future of urbanization could look like through the lens of energy reduction, power supply, and efficient construction. We will examine innovative materials and technologies that will help cities, and their citizens, thrive as we make our way through the 21st century.

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Breaking In: Designing and Strategizing for Successful Multifamily Housing Projects

Drawing from the experiences of established architects, this course explores strategies for transitioning from single-family to multifamily projects. It also discusses the possibility of becoming an architect-developer and ways to engage, enhance, and create communities. Different challenges, such as those involved with designing affordable housing as well as litigation considerations, will also be assessed. Finally, drivers of multifamily trends will be analyzed.

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Vegetative and Protective Membrane Roof Assemblies: What Lies Beneath

Protected Roof Membrane Assemblies and particularly Vegetative Roof Assemblies place extreme requirements on the components below the surface, from waterproofing to insulation and everything in between. Each component must meet specific standards to achieve energy efficiency and durability.

This course describes the high performance attributes of PRMA components and defines the building code/performance standards and best specification practices to meet fire, wind, thermal, and moisture performance.

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event.

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