Managing Projects During a Labor Shortage and Rising Material Prices

Fluctuating markets, uncertainty surrounding tariffs, and the current labor shortage increases the financial risks for contractors, owners, architects, engineers, and other specifiers. Learning ways to mitigate such risks, including a better understanding of escalation clauses, value engineering, supply bonds, captive insurance, and subcontractor default insurance can help to protect specifiers from the unknown. Having greater insight into the current labor shortage, as well as adopting retention and recruitment strategies, can further help firms and businesses navigate uncertainty.

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Sound Isolation and Noise Control in Steel-Framed Buildings (Print Course)

This article examines the principles associated with acoustic comfort in steel-framed buildings. We will review the basic principles of sound, including transmission, reflection, and absorption. We will then discuss means by which noise is controlled in steel-framed buildings and review case studies representing best practices.

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Thermal and Ignition Barrier Requirements for Spray Polyurethane Foam

This course focuses on the use of Spray polyurethane insulation (SPF) in regard to fire safety and testing requirements. Emphasis is placed on code compliance when using a spray foam material building insulation. This course will also discuss the key differences between thermal barriers versus ignition barriers and the importance of these differences when determining the proper product to use.

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New Clay Roofing Trends: Emerging Directions & Future Applications (Print Course)

This particular study marries architectural research and design forecasting practices to review the clay roof market under a forensic “design microscope.” Much of the material presented highlights emerging trends for Early Adopters to Early Majority consumers of luxury contemporary design and is ideal for architects, builders, and developers focused on that segment. Additionally, a portion of the material presented identifies more progressive design topics, which highlights “out-of-the-box” ideas for custom residential and commercial projects.

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