Designing Architectural Wall Panels as Rainscreens That Better Account for Wind (Print Course)

Moisture intrusion in a wall system can cause building defects, as well as health ailments for building occupants, making rainscreens a very important tool in water mitigation.

This course will review causes of moisture intrusion, specifically forces that drive rainwater into a building. We will identify rainscreen technologies, testing standards for rainscreens, the importance of considering wind loads and how commercial architectural wall panels can be used as a rainscreen.

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Sustainable Application and Design using Titanium Zinc Roofing and Cladding

Titanium-Zinc, as a building material, is consistently chosen as a green alternative to many other materials. It is efficient to produce, has almost no waste, lends itself to a variety of design styles, and requires little to no maintenance once installed. This course will provide an overview of the Titanium-Zinc alloy used in sustainable architectural applications; a study of the metal’s properties, aesthetics, technical aspects, manufacturing process, and appropriate design applications.

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Hideaway Privacy with Operable Walls

Privacy is something that every individual or industry requires at some point or time and for many differing reasons. Previously the only options available were to install bulky folding walls or sliding curtains and walls. This course will provide an overview to hideaway privacy and operable walls in today's market, discussing the reasons why people may want to divide up space, the pros and cons of current options available, the benefits of retractable walls and the different solutions available.

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Radiant Barrier Sheathing

Radiant barriers that come attached to structural sheathing provide an effective way to reduce energy loss through the roof assembly. This course will provide an overview of radiant barrier sheathing. It will explain the scientific principles behind heat transfer, and then explore the various applications and best installation practices for radiant barrier sheathing. Case studies will quantify the energy-saving benefits of using radiant barrier sheathing. Finally, this learning unit will explain how radiant barrier sheathing can contribute to green building and energy efficiency programs.

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Thermal Bridging Solutions to Improve Building Envelope Performance

Thermal bridging is a big concern in the building industry, it has been recognized as a significant factor in building envelope heat loss. This course will provide an overview to thermal bridging, discussing the reasons why it occurs as well as how it can be prevented.


This course will also compare building details with and without thermal break solutions to highlight the importance of determining accurate values of thermal transmittance.

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Hunter XCI Polyiso at UND's Wilkerson Commons

The University of North Dakota’s Wilkerson Commons, set to reopen this year, incorporates a terra cotta rain screen system integrated with a Hunter Xci Polyiso-based continuous insulation solution. Learn more about the university’s $29 million renovation.

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Noise Control in Steel Frame Commercial Building (print course)

Noise control must play an integral role in building design, as successful acoustic design increases comfort, productivity and communication. The best designs incorporate sound into the overall design solution.

This article will examine why noise control is essential in building design and construction. It will compare traditional and damped wall partition designs, describing how the use of constrained-layer damping panels can be used as an alternative to multi-layer gypsum wallboard assemblies to meet and exceed the minimum code requirements.

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Why Architects are Turning to a Maine Company for Winning ci Solutions

Polyiso claims the highest R-value in the thinnest profile of any (ci) wall sheathing product, meeting all ASHRAE 90.1 and IECC 2012 standards, outstanding fire performance with its inclusion within a multitude of NFPA 285 compliant wall assemblies - CFCs, HCFCs, and ODP.

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Hunter Xci Polyiso Fast Facts

Hunter XCI Polyiso is a foam board used as continuous insulation in exterior walls for both commercial and residential construction and the leading product of choice for commercial roofs.

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Understanding the Benefits of Non-Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Wall Panels

Traditional fiberglass reinforced plastic wall panels (FRP’s) have been used since the 1960’s as interior wall and ceiling panels. A newer product, non-fiberglass reinforced plastic wall panels, improves on the benefits of FRP’s such as mold, bacteria, moisture, chemical and stain resistance, and is also a sustainable product with fewer health hazards.

This course will compare the two products, as well as describe the importance of using non-fiberglass reinforced plastic wall panels to mitigate moisture issues. The course will also cover appropriate applications for the material.

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