2021 Annual Exterior Trends Report

This guide provides pro-tips on using the latest design trends to create beautiful and compelling homes.

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Peace of Mind

See why Royal Building Products can offer double lifetime coverage and a fade warranty that will give you and your clients peace of mind.

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Sustainability: Recyclable. Adaptable. Enviable

Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) software was developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to analyze the environmental life cycle of a product. See how your choice of siding stacks up when it comes to environmental impact.

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Western Red Cedar – Often Imitated, Never Duplicated (Print Course)

Many materials such as vinyl and composites try to replicate the look of Cedar, but it is difficult to achieve the wood grain, color, and feel of Real Cedar. In addition, it is compatible with numerous architectural styles, from modern to traditional, and is endlessly versatile.

This course will explore the design versatility of Western Red Cedar, exterior and interior applications, and the value that Western Red Cedar brings to a project. We will also compare Western Red Cedar to alternative building materials and demonstrate how it is often imitated but never duplicated in numerous project applications.

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Exterior Portfolio Color and Design Guide

Combining design elements is a powerful way to build curb appeal. This guide will help the non-designer to focus on three general areas, helping to create the exact result your clients are looking for.

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Keeping Tradition Alive: Resilient Benefits of Polymeric Exteriors

The session involves a brief discussion of the basic how-and-why of traditional neighborhoods, including iconic platting elements like small front yards and public spaces, and the design of individual units with an eye on the block-face to achieve harmonious streetscapes. This program will touch on various elements of sustainability, Green, OSHA requirements, fire safety, wind load, and other general code matters associated with vinyl siding and trim.

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Engineered Wood Siding: A Sustainable Selection that Stands the Test of Time

Architects and building professionals will be tasked with specifying siding for home construction and renovation. Homeowners will rely on the professionals to help guide the decision-making process. This course will enable learners to gain insight into the advantages and disadvantages of various siding options available on the market.

In addition, the course will examine the four D’s of exterior wall design and the impact each have on safeguarding the structure for occupants. Next, the course will look at how engineered wood siding provides an option for specifiers that enhances the built environment for occupants while being durable and aesthetically pleasing. Finally, the course will explore the basic principles of sustainability, the use of renewable resources, and the benefits of using engineered wood siding products.

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Weathering the Storm with OSB

Extreme weather events such as earthquakes, tornadoes, and straight-line winds are becoming increasingly common. They have the potential to displace populations and incur billions of dollars-worth of damage. Considering various strategies and best practices, as well as examining a case study involving plywood and OSB sheathing, can help specifiers design resilient homes and mitigate the effects of various extreme weather events.

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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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Composite Stone and the Evolving Exterior Stone Category

This one hour course will provide an overview of stone cladding in exterior construction. Specifically, an in depth look at the characteristics, features and benefits of the Composite Stone Category.

Labor shortages in the market are causing many projects to take longer and run over budget. However, by specifying products like composite stone that do not require specialized labor to install, projects can remain on time and come in under budget. Composite Stone is a light-weight, and cost-effective solution for residential, multi-family and commercial applications alike.

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