Innovative Green Concrete for Sustainable Construction

This course will provide learners with an introduction to Green Concrete. In addition, the course will examine the key components of Green Concrete Mixtures, illustrate some performance attributes of High-performance Green Concrete, and demonstrate the need for a process and methodology for quantifying sustainable concrete. Finally, the course will look at various project profiles that specified Green Concrete mixtures and how architects can incorporate this material to specify Green Concrete with a comparative life cycle assessment or Eco-Efficiency Analysis.

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Concrete Restoration and Repair

The course begins by identifying the basic components of concrete, including air, cement, water, and fine aggregate or sand, and course aggregate or stone. Next, the course analyzes the causes and effects of concrete deterioration that necessitate repair. After understanding the reasons for repair, the course will provide learners with the knowledge to assess the condition of a space and the ability to engineer the appropriate solution. Finally, the course will describe concrete repair fundamentals including surface preparation, placement, and curing.

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Manufactured Stone Veneer: Best Practice Installation Prevents Water Intrusion in Non-Masonry Applications (Print Course)

The course, Manufactured Stone Veneer: Best Practice Installation Prevents Water Intrusion in Non-Masonry Applications, reviews the properties of manufactured stone veneer (MSV) and describes the financial and environmental benefits of using MSV, including ways in which manufactured stone veneer is sustainable and responsibly manufactured.

It also describes common mistakes in installing MSV, which often lead to water or moisture intrusion, and it further describes the correct methods of installation including how to specify and install a manufactured stone veneer wall system.

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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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Minimizing and Controlling Concrete Cracking Due to Shrinkage

Cracked concrete can lead to safety issues, water leakage, durability problems, shortened service life, poor aesthetics, and costly repairs. Minimizing cracking is a challenge, but fortunately, there are options to minimize and control concrete cracking. Concrete cracks because it fails in tension; and a common cause is shrinkage.

This presentation will describe typical influencing factors that lead to concrete shrinkage, plus options and construction practices that can mitigate shrinkage to control cracking. This presentation will provide information that architects, engineers, and specifiers can use to enhance project specifications to help ensure more sustainable, and durable concrete construction.

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Reducing Joint Maintenance Costs by Extending Joint Spacing in Concrete Slabs-on-Ground

This course will address the need for joints in concrete, while reviewing and explaining the current joint spacing recommendations. It will highlight the different options for extending joint spacing by showing some example projects.

This course will also discuss the theory for using extended joint spacing in concrete slabs today.

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Introduction to Caulks and Sealants

By the end of this course you will be able to identify and discuss proper and safe joint sealant application procedures.

You will also be able to recognize and understand the different causes for common sealant problems. Finally, you will also be able to compare and contrast different sealant types.

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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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Building Materials Matter – Life-Cycle View Supports Informed Choices, Contributes to Sustainable Design (Online Version)

A focus on energy efficiency has led to widespread improvements in structural building materials. With an abundance of information and competing environmental claims, determining a material’s true impacts is a challenge.

This course examines materials throughout their life cycles and focuses on international research supporting the use of wood while considering some advantages of concrete and steel; it also touches on efforts of all three industries to lessen environmental impacts.

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Designing Ventilated Facades With Architectural Ultra High Performance Concrete (Print Course)

After completion of the course, participants will understand the inter-related elements of the back-ventilated and drained-cavity (BVDC [open-joint, “rainscreen” systems]) wall designs that determine performance, cost, and visual appearance and be equipped with questions and a framework to qualify manufacturers and work collaboratively to develop design solutions and specifications that leverage the unique advantages of Architectural UHPC.

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