Pre-Finished Steel Roofing for Residential and Light Commercial Buildings

The rapidly rising rate of extreme weather events, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, and drought, is plaguing municipalities and building owners throughout the United States. The construction industry, from product manufacturers to architects and engineers, is quickly realizing its obligation to design and build resilient structures that can withstand forces of nature such as high wind, flooding, and wildfire.

Fiber cement architectural wall panels are one such building product that can be installed as a rainscreen and have been proven to withstand these elements. This course will explore the societal, economic, and environmental costs of extreme weather events; the importance of building resiliency; and how high-performance architectural wall panels can help meet this end.

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Designing with Continuous Insulation for Thermal and Moisture Management

This course discusses some basic building science fundamentals, while looking at specific code requirements in the IRC, IBC and the international energy conservation code. It addresses why some of the trade-offs and differences exist between those two sets of code requirements. Lastly, we'll work through an example and the decision making process to determine the continuous insulation and vapor retarder requirements for a project in a specific climate zone.

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Galvanized Steel: Strong and Sustainable

This course will discuss the benefits of utilizing hot-dip galvanized steel on projects throughout North America. Steel is a durable and efficient building material that has been used since the Industrial Revolution.

It's cost effective, aesthetically pleasing, sustainable, and strong. If it has one weakness, it is the fact it corrodes when exposed to the atmosphere; therefore, it is important to consider corrosion protection methods when constructing projects with exposed steel.

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Pre-Finished Steel Siding Panels

This course provides an overview of the use of steel siding products for building enclosures, and in particular, steel siding products with pre-finished steel siding panels.

Included in this learning unit is background material covering the history of the use of siding as building enclosure, the various types of steel sidings available on the market and their advantages as building enclosures, detailed information regarded pre-finished steel siding panels, and design and installation guidance on pre-finished steel siding panels.

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Propane as a Solution to Meeting Code and Above-Code Programs – Using High Efficiency Propane Systems as a Compliance Strategy

Nothing is driving greater change in the home building industry than energy efficiency, but prior to 2015 the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) didn’t address mechanical equipment such as furnaces and water heaters. The 2015 IECC now includes a new compliance path called the Energy Rating Index allowing builders more choices in how to meet the energy code.

This course will take a closer look at how high efficiency propane equipment such as furnaces and water heaters provide flexibility in meeting 2015 IECC standards and help reduce a home’s HERS Index, in addition to helping projects gain points in above-code programs such as LEED and the National Green Building Standard.

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Daylighting Inside and Out: Unconventional Ways to Bring More Natural Light Into and Throughout a Building

Exposure to natural light is beneficial for building occupants on many levels. We all know it intuitively and we feel better in interior spaces with natural light. Plus, studies conclusively demonstrate measurable benefits for health, moods, learning, and productivity.
The time-honored method for allowing natural light into a building is, of course, through windows. However, there are many more strategies for bringing natural light into and throughout a building. This course explores the sometimes-overlooked strategies for the flow of natural light into and throughout a building, including light tubes in closets, French doors in interiors, natural-light-flooded stairwells, sliding glass walls, and more.

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2015 Home For Life Virtual Show Home

Home for Life is designed to showcase the concepts of universal design and aging in place—a hot topic for remodelers and consumers alike.

Sponsored By: REMODELING
EarthWise Windows EarthWise Doors Panasonic Ventilation ProVia Waypoint

Special thanks to our partners:
AARP | Better Living Designs | Building Performance Institute | CASE Design/Remodeling, Inc. | NAHB Remodelers | NARI | U.S. Dept. of Energy

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Video: The Value of Building Science - Building Science is The Glue

Building science is an integral part of what builders use today as tools to achieve a better performance building. To achieve a better performance building, builders understand the value of building science and understand that building science will help them achieve building code targets.

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Video: Importance of Air Sealing

Air sealing is now an important part of achieving energy efficiency, and choosing the right insulation is key to achieving air tightness and performance. To reduce air infiltration and achieve an energy-efficient building, the gaps in the building’s thermal enclosure must be sealed properly.

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Research Identifies Where to Air Seal for Maximum Impact, Efficiency and Savings

In today’s residential marketplace, air sealing has become a fundamental part of the home building equation, so knowing where and how to air seal will save you money, time and resources on a job. Recent data from a comprehensive industry study has yielded new insights into the role of air sealing in high performance building that can equate to savings for builders and homeowners.

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