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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Introduction to Metal Roofing Fundamentals (Print Course)

Upon completion of this course, participants should know the most common roof materials used in steep slope roofing and understand the various types of metal roofing substrates. They should also be able to identify different metal roofing configurations, coatings, and fastening applications along with analyzing the importance of roof system components. Finally, learners will assess the development of design plans for regional impacts affecting metal roofing systems.

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Architectural Mesh System Use in Commercial Building Design

Architectural mesh systems can provide customizable, unique solutions for a variety of needs encompassing both form and function. Depending on the model chosen, these include providing sustainable daylighting solutions, acting as interior privacy screens, and even withstanding hurricane-force winds. This course will describe the composition and applications of architectural mesh systems as well as review case studies demonstrating their versatile use.

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Efficiency, Speed and Quality Are Dramatically Improved via Off-Site Approaches and Collaboration

After breaking ground on a traditional multi-use project in Oakland, CA last fall, construction was nearly scrapped. It would have been devastating for a market in desperate need of housing. Instead, they pivoted to a design-build approach that opened the door for MiTek to step in. The use of MiTek Hardy Frame Cold Formed Steel (CFS) Moment and Picture Frames solutions shaved two months off the project schedule, and led to financial savings.

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Designing with Architectural Insulated Metal Wall Panels

Insulated Metal Panels are manufactured in a variety of styles and sizes depending on application. Steel is the predominant facing material, providing economy with excellent durability. The facings provide aesthetic appeal, act as control layers, protect the foam core from damage and ensure long term thermal performance, lower construction, operating and maintenance costs throughout the life span of the facility.

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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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Sound Isolation and Noise Control in Steel-Framed Buildings (Print Course)

This article examines the principles associated with acoustic comfort in steel-framed buildings. We will review the basic principles of sound, including transmission, reflection, and absorption. We will then discuss means by which noise is controlled in steel-framed buildings and review case studies representing best practices.

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A Better Way to Build

Five leaders of modular home construction share their informed perspectives on one of the housing industry’s most compelling topics.

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Aesthetically Designed, Durable Prefabricated Fireproof Columns Provide Passive Fire Protection

Structural fire protection guards essential structural components from the devastating effects of fire.

This course discusses the types of passive fire protection methods that are available and examines the composition, manufacture, finishes, design, and installation considerations of prefabricated fireproof structural columns designed for exposed exterior and interior load-bearing applications.

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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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