Insulated Masonry Veneer Systems

This course explores the evolution of Masonry Veneer Systems in the marketplace and how they function. You will learn how insulated masonry veneer systems can meet durability, code compliance and aesthetic requirements for building projects. The course also covers the important properties of insulated masonry veneer systems and the codes that govern them. When completed, you will have a better understanding of how to specify these systems for various projects.

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The Form and Function of Decorative Concrete (Print Course)

Decorative concrete encompasses everything from overlays, inlays, mosaics, stamped concrete, and cast-in-place concrete amongst others. It can be used for swimming pool decks, as highly durable polished floors, and in a variety of vertical applications. Board-formed cast-in-place concrete can function both structurally and aesthetically, and masters such as Ando, Calatrava, and Kahn have mastered its use.

By understanding and analyzing the form and function of decorative concrete, as well as its benefits, limitations, and legacy, architects and other specifiers, will be better equipped to make innovative design decisions.

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The Top 10 Ways to Reduce Concrete’s Carbon Footprint (Print Course)

Concrete is the building block of modern society and the most widely used building material. Nearly every structure built today, including buildings, bridges, homes, and infrastructure uses concrete in some way. It provides us with shelter along with places to work, learn and play. It connects us through roads and rapid transit and airports. Water is delivered and treated in concrete structures. Concrete is economical, available everywhere, durable, and versatile.

As demand for building construction continues to increase, it is likely the demand for concrete will also increase. Like all building products, however, concrete has a carbon footprint. This course will analyze the top ten strategies to take advantage of concrete’s benefits while ensuring the lowest possible carbon footprint.

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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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