Silicone Coatings: A Risk Mitigation Strategy for Thermal Stress Breakage

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course will provide architects, specifiers, and façade consultants education about silicone-based spandrel glass coating technologies. Attendees will learn about the risks of thermal stress breakage due to ceramic frit’s weakening effects on heat-treated glass. Testing methodology and industry standards will also be addressed. Alternative coating solutions will be introduced as a strategy to reduce risk of thermally induced breakage in glass facades.

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Efficient Design Utilizing Decorative Guardrails

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. When it comes to railing systems, there is no need to compromise a beautiful aesthetic for function and safety; systems can deliver both. This course examines guardrails in terms of their structure, safety, and style. Applicable sections of the International Building Code (IBC) are discussed, as are materials, finishes, and infill options, and how they affect the project budget.

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Vegetative and Protective Membrane Roof Assemblies: What Lies Beneath

Protected Roof Membrane Assemblies and particularly Vegetative Roof Assemblies place extreme requirements on the components below the surface, from waterproofing to insulation and everything in between. Each component must meet specific standards to achieve energy efficiency and durability.

This course describes the high performance attributes of PRMA components and defines the building code/performance standards and best specification practices to meet fire, wind, thermal, and moisture performance.

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event.

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Sustainable Design with Redwood Timbers

This course provides evidence that Redwood Timbers are a safe, strong, and sustainable option for exterior and interior building projects where natural wood is desired. It will explore the use of Redwood Timbers for post and beam construction, decorative elements, deck posts, and outdoor living structures such as arbors, pergolas, and gazebos. The course also provides information about Redwood’s insulation properties and Class B flame spread, as well as details about modern redwood forestry management practices that ensure Redwood will remain a renewable natural resource into the future. Finally, this course provides details on the product attributes of Redwood Timbers including grades, dimensions, fasteners, finishing options, and strength among others.

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event.

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Sensory Design and Eliciting Emotion: Theories of Home, Living, and What it Means to Experience a Space (Print Course)

The built environment, in some ways, is a transition. In terms of homes, it’s a segue from public life to private. External to internal. Various philosophers, including Martin Heidegger and Gaston Bachelard, have put forth influential theories on home and living, romanticizing country life and condemning the city. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, some contemporary architects and designers have embraced the philosophers’ spatial and sensory theories while rejecting the idea that “home” can only be created in rural areas.

This course will examine Heidegger’s and Bachelard’s theories alongside contemporary homes in both the country and city. It will also analyze the ways in which design can elicit emotion and create experiences. Lastly, it will propose that a sense of balance and form can arise out of objects regardless of their origin, whether organic or man-made.

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Addressing the Pains of Increased Disinfection Protocols on Architectural Wall Coatings in Healthcare: A Prescription for Success (Print Course)

Microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria present a significant set of challenges for hospital and healthcare professionals because of their ability to spread on surfaces in healthcare facilities. Rigorous disinfection protocols can accelerate degradation of painted wall surfaces in rooms of healthcare facilities that are considered higher risk. This learning unit will serve to educate the architectural reader about specific healthcare infrastructure disinfection guidelines, methods, and materials and how they can affect architectural coatings.

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Designing the Outdoor Oasis: Ensuring Client Satisfaction through Effective Project Management (Print Course)

This course will analyze design trends and approaches to outdoor space design that enhance the homeowner’s experience in the outdoor living area. By examining project management skills that impact homeowner satisfaction with the project team, homeowners deciding to explore outdoor projects will have enhanced satisfaction with the experience.

In addition, the course will identify best practices and challenges with outdoor space design to provide architects and designers with knowledge on how to specify for safety, moisture control, sustainable design, and enhanced project value. Finally, the course will explore features and benefits of specifying outdoor composite and PVC decking metal deck framing and railing solutions, and outdoor LED lighting to increase client satisfaction and project success.

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Improve Employee Well-being, Engagement, and Productivity with Biophilic Design

Biophilic design is widely known for having positive outcomes for health and well-being. As more research has been conducted, it has been shown that biophilic design benefits extend to employee engagement and productivity, thus positively influencing an organization’s bottom line. By incorporating elements of biophilia into design strategies, specifiers can create healthy, productive, and inspiring spaces.  This course will provide architects and designers with the framework needed to specify beautiful, wellness spaces for occupants .

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Value of Paint

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. In this course you will understand the four basic components of paint and their impact on paint quality and performance, the improvements in Latex vs. (alkyd) Oil – base resin technologies, understand the impact of paint air pollution regulations and limits of VOC – Volatile Organic Compounds – in modern coatings and understand the characteristics of quality paints and coatings.

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Protecting Critical Infrastructure with an Electro-Mechanical Intelligent Key Locking System

This course will explore how to incorporate electronic intelligent keys, mechanical rotating disc locking technology, and access control software to achieve the highest security access control system available. We will review the current security concerns of North America’s critical infrastructure, describe access control technology and how it works in conjunction with a mechanical and electrical interface, as well as relevant codes pertaining to high-security lock mandates and other mandates for specific critical infrastructure sectors.

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