Fire and Sound Rated Building Joints & the Effects of Structural Movement

This course will compare and contrast methods of preventing fire, smoke, and sound passage within/between wall assemblies. We'll explore different types of structural movement that may occur and the impact to building components and their connections over time. Next, we will examine how movement impacts interior finishes and identify solutions, and the steps that must be taken to prevent damage from movement to building components. By the end of the course, the learner will be able to make more informed decisions in the marketplace of fire and sound rated solutions designed for wall joints.

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Stone Wool Acoustic Ceilings for Health and Well-Being

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Since early 2020, it seems as if the world has changed drastically. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed how we work, play, and live. Design professionals have experienced this shift profoundly. When designing interior spaces, design professionals must consider aesthetics, cost, and energy efficiency, but also how their choices impact the health and well-being of occupants. While this has been the case for some time, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of designing healthy spaces.

This course will begin with a discussion of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and the elements which together can help support the health and well-being of building occupants. Next, the course will explore how interior finish choices can positively impact indoor air quality. Included will be a discussion of what products certifications the specifier should seek when selecting products with health and well-being in mind. The course will then touch on the importance of daylighting and acoustic control in maintaining a healthy interior. Finally, this course will review how interior finish choices can work together to create healthy, sustainable and beautiful spaces. Case studies will be used to illustrate successful designs.

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Code Recognized Magnesium Oxide (MgO) Panels Applications for Acoustic and Fire Rated Systems

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Acoustical control and fire resistance are two primary code requirements for commercial buildings. An emerging product solution that is proving successful is Magnesium Oxide (MgO) panels for wall and floor/ceiling assemblies. This course investigates specifically MgO wall and floor/ceiling applications in Type III and V construction. In this course, you will investigate the design and construction process for MgO panels in code recognized assemblies. The course begins with a description of the material and its properties, and its code compliance characteristics related to acoustical performance and fire resistance. Installation procedures and discussed, and comparisons made to alternative systems such as wet-laid gypsum underlayment.

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High Performance Rainscreen Design with Insulated Panels

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course will summarize how to properly design critical building envelope control layers to protect against the air, water, vapor, and thermal loads to optimize energy efficiency. It also covers traditional multi-component backup wall assemblies and the challenges to achieve energy efficiency, installation, and long term performance. Learners will explore how to design with insulated panel wall systems achieve higher energy performance, faster build speed, and long term resilience. Finally the course covers how insulated metal panel wall systems provide extensive design flexibility while integrating with virtually any noncombustible rainscreen material.

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Intelligent Enclosure Solutions: An Introduction to Ventilated Facades

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course will cover the components and terminology associated with ventilated facades. During the course learners will explore the major types of façade claddings and assemblies including their benefits and challenges, as well as the opportunities.

Finally, this course will examine the benefits of a ventilated façade and understand the positive contributions to our environment and architecture.

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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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Innovative Pavers for Innovative Projects

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. In this presentation, we’ll discuss unit paver development as it leads to unique and innovative paving options. We will identify unit paver advantages while increasing your knowledge of unit paver uses and limitations from applications ranging from on-grade entranceways to elevated plazas and roof ballast applications. A variety of installation methods will be examined as it pertains to each application type. It is our hope that at the conclusion of this presentation you will have gained a better understanding of unit pavers and hardscape products.

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The Science of Fire: Reaction and Resistance with Insulated Metal Panel

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course will provide a holistic view into the fundamental difference between metal panels and insulated metal panels. The goal is to understand how performance needs based on building types play a key role in selecting the appropriate Insulated Panel system.

To begin, the course will explore common misconceptions between metal panels and insulated metal panels. The course will describe how the core type for insulated metal panels (or panes) can vary from highly combustible to non-combustible. Next, the course will analyze the difference between reaction to fire and fire resistance and the importance of considering both alongside fire spread behavior to ensure holistic approval to fire-safe design. Finally, the course will examine the rationale for testing full systems which are preferable over small-scale material testing.

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Managing Condensation and Thermal Performance with Continuous Insulation

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Building codes and green building standards are continuing to raise the bar on energy efficiency and high performance in buildings. In wood-framed buildings designing for thermal and moisture management in wall cavities, as well as the air tightness of the building enclosure, are all core components to creating advanced building enclosures. This presentation will discuss the need for exterior insulation to manage heat transfer and reduce condensation in exterior walls by providing step-by-step examples of how to determine the amount of continuous insulation required to meet prescriptive code requirements depending on climate zone.

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Addressing the Pains of Increased Disinfection Protocols on Architectural Wall Coatings in Healthcare: A Prescription for Success (Print Course)

Microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria present a significant set of challenges for hospital and healthcare professionals because of their ability to spread on surfaces in healthcare facilities. Rigorous disinfection protocols can accelerate degradation of painted wall surfaces in rooms of healthcare facilities that are considered higher risk. This learning unit will serve to educate the architectural reader about specific healthcare infrastructure disinfection guidelines, methods, and materials and how they can affect architectural coatings.

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