Building the Perfect Envelope with Insulated Metal Panels

Understanding building physics is critical to proper building envelope design. This course takes a relatively complex subject and reduces it to a level that teaches practical concepts for the building designer. This course will examine how various cladding systems perform across different climate zones and applications. Basic concepts including environmental control layers and hygrothermal loads are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the concept of the “Perfect/Universal Wall”, and how utilizing the proper sequence of wall components can greatly simplify wall design in all climate zones. Insulated metal panels (IMPs) are a unique form of the “Perfect/Universal Wall”, and we will investigate how they perform the same functions as multi-component systems, simplifying wall system design and installation.

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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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Fiber Cement Panels as Rain Screens

Moisture intrusion in a wall system can be the cause of building defects, as well as health ailments for the building's occupants, making rainscreens a very important tool in water mitigation. This course will review the cause and effects of moisture intrusion, and more specifically the forces that drive rainwater into a building. We will identify different rainscreen technologies and ASTM testing standards that measure their performance. We will discuss fiber cement panels and how they can be used as a rainscreen to reduce moisture build-up, rotting interior walls and mold growth. By the end of the course you will understand basic design approaches and guidelines for installing fiber cement panels as a rainscreen.

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Thermal Bridging Solutions for Buildings

Thermal bridging is a common occurrence in many mid-rise, high-rise, and multifamily structures, particularly if there are balconies. The effects of thermal bridging can range from occupant discomfort to the accumulation of mold and condensation to energy loss and inefficiency. By understanding the terminology associated with thermal bridging and learning how to identify where in a wall assembly thermal bridging occurs, specifiers can better mitigate its effects. One strategy that can help earn LEED credits, as well as adhere to code, is to include thermal breaks in the design strategy.

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Making the Right Choice: Storefront, Window Wall, or Curtain Wall

This course is designed to expand understanding of basic aluminum glazing systems, specifically storefront, window wall, and curtain wall systems. After completing this course, learners will be able to effectively select the appropriate aluminum glazing system for projects in order to achieve the desired aesthetics while providing optimal performance.

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Acoustic Considerations and Door Systems in Healthcare, Hospitality, Education, and Office Facilities

An architect that designs buildings with acoustics in mind will create better environments for the end user, improving everything from patient healthcare outcomes to student reading and test scores. However, a room is only as good as its weakest link, and while walls and ceilings often are discussed when it comes to acoustics, door systems seldom are.

Improving acoustics in commercial and institutional buildings can benefit occupants within healthcare, hospitality, education, and office environments. This course will discuss how door systems specifically play a vital acoustic role within each sector.

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Architectural Metal Wall Panels for Curtainwall, Storefront, and Wall Applications (Print Course)

Steel and aluminum cladding are popular choices specified for building construction. These materials are suitable across a wide range of applications and have many benefits, such as ease of installation and durability. This course will detail the metal types used for different architectural metal wall panels and suitable applications of each. A comparison of these materials will be examined throughout the course, as well as an analysis of various coating and finishing products will enhance architects’ knowledge of which products to specify for multiple projects, and why. Finally, sources of panel challenges will help designers and builders avoid unnecessary irregularities and ensure superior performance of metal wall panels.

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Innovative Materials Help Energy Innovation Center Earn LEED Platinum Certification and Historic Tax Credits (Print Course)

The newly renovated, LEED Platinum Energy Innovation Center (EIC), is a collaborative hub that supports the Pittsburgh region’s emerging clean technologies. High-tech building materials can be found throughout the historic facility, showcasing chemistry as a sustainable solution and helping the Energy Innovation Center maintain its sustainable footprint.

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Large Gauged Porcelain Panels

Large gauged porcelain panels/slabs are light, strong and durable, and can be used in projects where other materials would be too thick or heavy. Panels can help with sustainable design or “green” building requirements.\

This course will explore new options for large gauged porcelain panels available for architects and designers. It will highlight not only the manufacturing process and product characteristics, but also the application and installation requirements associated with the material, along with new industry standards.

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Architectural Ultra High-Performance Concrete For Pre-Fabricated Wall Assemblies (Print Course)

This course investigates the current applications of panelized Architectural Ultra High-Performance Concrete (A|UHPC) in pre-fabricated wall systems and additional potential uses and innovations possible with A|UHPC’s mechanical properties, characteristics, and manufacturing methods.

Architectural Ultra High-Performance Concrete (A|UHPC) in thin cladding panels has been established as a highly suitable material for high-performance Back Ventilated and Drained Cavity (BVDC) wall facades. A|UHPC offers new capabilities for structural and aesthetic architectural applications.

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