Value of Paint

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. In this course you will understand the four basic components of paint and their impact on paint quality and performance, the improvements in Latex vs. (alkyd) Oil – base resin technologies, understand the impact of paint air pollution regulations and limits of VOC – Volatile Organic Compounds – in modern coatings and understand the characteristics of quality paints and coatings.

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Specifying Fluid-Applied Coatings in Roofing Project Design (Print Course)

Choosing a liquid roofing product involves an understanding of the project and surface application needs. Application of a one or two coat liquid-applied roof membrane and a roof membrane with a weatherable topcoat can be considered in a roofing application.

As a building professional, it is worthwhile to consider the physical properties of liquid-applied roof coatings with and without reinforcement, as the physical properties can help determine what products are best suited to a specific application.

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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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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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Affordable and Low-Maintenance Dark Windows

In the past, darker window frames were limited to painted wood, aluminum, aluminum-clad, or composite material frames due to the higher price point. Affordable, low-maintenance materials such as vinyl were limited to white and tan because of the colors’ low reflectivity and resistance to heat build-up from sun exposure. However, advances in vinyl pigments and new, thermal-resistant paints now provide architects with a wider array of dark colored window material options that are more affordable. This course will explore the basic aesthetics and trends of dark colors and provide a detailed discussion of choosing available dark window styles.

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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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Exploring High-Performance Protective Coatings for Steel in Architectural Applications (Print Course)

High-performance coatings are used in a wide variety of industries to protect steel construction from corrosion. Corrosion protection coatings are an indispensable contribution to the long-term preservation of valuable capital investments worldwide. However, choosing the best corrosion protection system for the intended application is the most important consideration to achieve long-term protection. The coatings industry is continually innovating with new technologies for primers, basecoats, and topcoats. This course will examine how high-performance protective coatings prevent corrosion in the built environment and how they are increasingly being used for architectural applications.

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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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