Blindside waterproofing is a newer approach to comprehensive below-grade waterproofing on job sites where traditional waterproofing isn’t possible. Many times, the blindside technique is being used on a job site where the foundation is below the water table or under a great deal of hydrostatic pressure. In other applications, blindside waterproofing is a solution for zero lot lines and sites with limited access. It’s important to understand which materials and techniques to use in blindside waterproofing applications to ensure a lasting watertight seal. This course will explain the role of blindside application in below-grade waterproofing and analyze which materials work best. Best practices in blindside application will be discussed along with case studies that highlight recent commercial construction projects where blindside application provided the best, and only, solution for positive-side waterproofing.
Water and moisture related construction defects are some of the leading causes of building failures, call-backs, and construction litigation in the US. One ASHRAE statistic states that 90% of construction defects ligation is due to water and moisture problems. ASTM estimates that water-related defects cost Americans over 9 billion per year in finish and structural damage. This course will look at the better and best ways to manage moisture through drainable wraps and rainscreens.
This program takes a look at the unique challenges related to coating high-rise buildings. It begins with a discussion of how exterior waterproof coatings work.
Participants learn the key to proper surface preparation and coating selection. Benefits and limitations of different coating chemistries are explored. The program will conclude with a discussion of best practices and troubleshooting common coatings applications.
This course explores the various means and methods of waterproofing vehicular and pedestrian decks through the use of liquid membranes.
The course will introduce the learners to multiple technologies available in the market, and the proper procedures for installation that will result in an effective protection strategy for concrete decks.
The intent of waterproofing is to prevent leakage from structures that hold liquids, such as water tanks and to prevent moisture from entering a living place, such as basements.
This course is intended to help identify different options available to waterproof concrete, differentiate between the materials available for integral waterproofing of concrete, and understand the tests used to qualify waterproofing admixtures.
This course will identify the importance of detailing continuity in maintaining the integrity of the four control layers of the building enclosure.
We will then explore some different methods for identifying the areas where continuity can be disrupted and the solutions for maintaining a control layer continuity in these areas.
This course will explore different types of rainscreens. We will look at systems that are non-structural, structural, and proprietary. This course will cover an overview of these rainscreen examples and technical details for specific construction types such as wood framed, steel framed, and masonry walls. It will review the rationale behind good rainscreen design and some of the design requirements stipulated by codes, standards and best practice references.
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.
Wall assembly components such as CI and WRBs are now required across the country, requiring in-depth understanding of wall systems. Improper design of transition details can lead to detrimental and expensive issues in wall assemblies. This course reviews building science fundamentals for complete wall systems with CI and WRBs, important considerations when designing transitions and penetrations, and common issues that arise from errors in sequencing, material compatibility and design verification.
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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