Traditional vs. Innovative WRB/AB Approach: How Does a Single-Source System Approach Add Value? (Print Course)

Mitigating the intrusion of water and air through a structure is a primary concern for designers and contractors. By assessing the differences between traditional air- and water-resistive barriers and comparing them to newer technologies, specifiers can better avoid issues that lead to moisture concerns. Being aware of challenges to jobsite conditions and installation will further enable specifiers to choose the best weather-resistant barrier solution for their project’s building type.

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Interior PVC Wall Cladding Systems: Performance, Specification, and Installation Considerations

PVC wall cladding is a superior option for interior surfaces in a wide variety of applications, including healthcare, hospitality, commercial and public facilities, and more. It’s a lightweight, customizable, sustainable solution that outperforms other cladding options. This course will explore different types of interior wall cladding and explain the benefits of PVC, including an active antimicrobial panel system. Learners will also explore specific applications for interior PVC cladding and review installation best practices to ensure a successful project.

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Greater Heights and Innovative Design: A New Generation of Tilt-Up Buildings (Print Course)

Tilt-up is a method of construction whereby large concrete panels are cast horizontally on site and then raised into final position, usually vertical, with a crane. This building system, which was conceptualized in the early 1900s, is used throughout North America and across the globe. Once considered a method suitable only for large warehouses, today tilt-up construction is employed on virtually every building type, from distribution centers to schools, churches, libraries, retail centers, and office buildings. It has become the method of choice for many developers, designers, and contractors because of its numerous benefits.

This course presents the latest advances in tilt-up concrete technology, which provide economical, energy-efficient, and durable building solutions for a variety of project types, and focuses on several case studies.

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Perfecting the Perfect Wall

The way to combat ridiculous lumber prices and tougher performance standards is here. Get a more efficient, moisture-resistant building envelope for a lower total cost.

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Natural Slate Rainscreen Cladding Systems

Natural slate is long–lived, durable, fire resistant and waterproof. This revolution in cladding applications offers a modern, sustainable and easy to install alternative with unique character.

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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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High-Performance Water-Proof Wall Panel Systems Interiors (Print Course)

Due to the pandemic, remodeling projects are booming and health, safety, and welfare have become a very high priority when specifying surfaces. Now, more than ever, we are aware of the things around us and the surfaces we touch. Bathroom renovations continue to be one of the top improvements made in both residential and commercial projects. Wall options are often limited to beautiful but expensive materials like marble, or lower-cost, unattractive solutions like metal or fiberglass shower units.

Now, a water-proof, lightweight, high pressure decorative laminate wall panel system is available that is perfect for wet area applications and offers antimicrobial protection, benefitting occupant health and safety. The system’s large format and on-trend designs help create a space that fully reflects a project’s unique style. Water-proof wall panels are easy to install over gypsum board, green board, or fiberboard, and can even be installed over existing tile. Because it is a grout-free surface, it offers worry-free, easy maintenance and can help to mitigate moisture damage.

This course will compare water-proof wall panel systems to traditional tile installations, explore the features and performance benefits of the system, and identify how it can help to mitigate moisture damage in wet wall applications.

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