Improving Designs by Way of Constructability (Print Course)

Constructability encourages collaboration throughout a project, including the conceptual design, design, and construction stages. It spurs creative solutions, focusing on simplicity, economy, and speed of construction. By understanding their roles within the structural steel supply chain, architects, engineers, and designers can better leverage the benefits of constructability and work more smoothly with the owner, service center, steel fabricator, and others within the supply chain.

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Enhancing the Built Environment with Architectural Metal Fabric

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Architectural metal fabric is a dynamic exterior material that can be used to create beautiful and functional facades, balustrades, and screening for libraries, academic buildings, parking garages, stadiums, and other public and commercial buildings. This course will discuss exterior applications for metal fabric and its performance benefits including safety, security, solar management and sustainability. We will also explore coatings and graphics technologies that can be incorporated into metal fabrics to create a building and brand’s visual identity.

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Fire Engineering for Structural Steel Buildings (Print Course)

The value of prescriptive specifications versus performance-based design is currently under debate in the AEC community in the U.S. A prescriptive approach can be taken where the architect or fire protection engineer will determine the minimum fire-resistance rating for the elements in the building. While prescriptive approaches have been the norm for many years, more and more building teams are recognizing the benefits of a performance-based approach to fire and life safety design.

Based on the principle that a building structure, as a whole, will perform better than its individual elements, performance-based design approaches the building based on how it will perform, as opposed to the prescriptive approach that focuses on how the building is constructed. This course will provide learners with the knowledge pertinent to fire engineering for structural steel buildings.

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Sealing the Envelope with Insulated Metal Panels (Print Course)

Insulated metal panels are a single-component solution to effectively seal the building envelope. IMPs can function in all climate zones and achieve the goals of a perfect or universal wall. They are manufactured as a single-component solution to prevent water, air, and vapor intrusion and effectively manage heat flow between control layers and the interior and exterior of a building. IMPs also act as a continuous insulation in an energy-efficient building assembly. This course will describe how IMPs control water, air, vapor, and heat transfer and their role in continuous insulation, as well as how they fit into a perfect wall assembly.

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Architectural Metal Wall Panels for Curtainwall, Storefront, and Wall Applications (Print Course)

Steel and aluminum cladding are popular choices specified for building construction. These materials are suitable across a wide range of applications and have many benefits, such as ease of installation and durability. This course will detail the metal types used for different architectural metal wall panels and suitable applications of each. A comparison of these materials will be examined throughout the course, as well as an analysis of various coating and finishing products will enhance architects’ knowledge of which products to specify for multiple projects, and why. Finally, sources of panel challenges will help designers and builders avoid unnecessary irregularities and ensure superior performance of metal wall panels.

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Metal Building Envelope Design Best Practices: Advantages and Benefits of Horizontal Insulated Metal Panels (Print Course)

Horizontal IMPs are two single skin metal panels on either side of a factory-foamed-in-place core. There are two membranes, exterior and interior, and the foam core. The exterior membrane functions as the water, air, and vapor control layer. The interior membrane provides another layer of air and vapor control, and the foam core provides a layer of thermal control.

IMPs can be used in any climate or environmental condition, making them adaptable to many building design projects across different climate zones.

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High-Performance Architectural Coatings for Metal Buildings and Components (Print Course)

Valspar Architectural Metal Coatings is now Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings.

This course provides an overview of high-performance architectural metal coatings for exterior building products for curtain wall. There are two primary types of liquid coatings for these metal building products which are named by their coating method: Coil (pre-paint) and Extrusion (post-paint). Both options are applied in-factory and provide an extremely durable finish that retains its performance and aesthetics over time in exterior elements.

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The Environmental Impacts of Building Materials: Comparing Concrete, Steel and Wood (Print Course)

In addition to performance, budget and aesthetics, design professionals are now being asked to evaluate the environmental burdens of their design choices. Measuring the impacts of buildings, assemblies and products can be complex. Every design decision, from material and product selection to envelope design and construction can have an impact on the environment and the methods used to evaluate those decisions are still not widely understood. This article will address critical issues the design professional should consider as he/she evaluates the environmental impacts of building materials to maximize performance and deliver lasting value.

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Pre-Finished Steel Roofing for Residential and Light Commercial Buildings

The rapidly rising rate of extreme weather events, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, and drought, is plaguing municipalities and building owners throughout the United States. The construction industry, from product manufacturers to architects and engineers, is quickly realizing its obligation to design and build resilient structures that can withstand forces of nature such as high wind, flooding, and wildfire.

Fiber cement architectural wall panels are one such building product that can be installed as a rainscreen and have been proven to withstand these elements. This course will explore the societal, economic, and environmental costs of extreme weather events; the importance of building resiliency; and how high-performance architectural wall panels can help meet this end.

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Galvanized Steel: Strong and Sustainable

This course will discuss the benefits of utilizing hot-dip galvanized steel on projects throughout North America. Steel is a durable and efficient building material that has been used since the Industrial Revolution.

It's cost effective, aesthetically pleasing, sustainable, and strong. If it has one weakness, it is the fact it corrodes when exposed to the atmosphere; therefore, it is important to consider corrosion protection methods when constructing projects with exposed steel.

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