Specifying Fluid-Applied Coatings in Roofing Project Design (Print Course)

Choosing a liquid roofing product involves an understanding of the project and surface application needs. Application of a one or two coat liquid-applied roof membrane and a roof membrane with a weatherable topcoat can be considered in a roofing application.

As a building professional, it is worthwhile to consider the physical properties of liquid-applied roof coatings with and without reinforcement, as the physical properties can help determine what products are best suited to a specific application.

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Blindside Waterproofing: Best Practices in Foundation Waterproofing for Difficult Sites

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.

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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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Better and Best Moisture Management: Drainable Wraps and Rainscreens (Print Course)

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.

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Waterproof Coatings for High Rise Construction

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.

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Waterproofing and Protection of Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic Surfaces

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.

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Enhancing Concrete Durability with Integral Waterproofing Admixtures

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.

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Detailing Continuity in Building Enclosure Systems

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.

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Waterproofing Concrete Structures: A Dynamic Systems Approach

This course will enable learners to examine new and existing methods of waterproofing concrete water containment structures. The most common problems preventing waterproofing will be examined, as will mechanisms that influence integrity and resiliency. Mitigating such issues will be demonstrated by the adoption of a dynamic systems approach where both integral and external waterproofing treatments are utilized.

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Minimizing Risk and Optimizing Construction Management with Rainscreen Specification (Print Course)

Between the mid-1980s and early 2000s, close to 160,000 multi-family, wood-frame housing units were built in British Columbia, Canada. A confluence of factors resulted in 45% of those housing units experiencing issues with water infiltration and led to the issue being dubbed the “Leaky Condo Crisis.” Lengthy litigation processes and billions of dollars later, the crisis is still not fully resolved.

Failure to mitigate moisture can lead to a host of problems for homeowners, architects, and builders. By understanding the benefits of rainscreens, including new rainscreen technologies like a 3-in-1 water resistive barrier system, as well as best installation practices, specifiers can decrease project time and avoid unnecessary litigation.

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