High Performance Joint Sealants – Understanding the Technology and Specification Considerations (Print Course)

Chemistry-dependent coatings and joint sealants courses are routinely requested by the specification community due to their potential impact on the asset and building owner.

This course will cover the attributes and properties of joint sealants, where and why they are most often used in the built environment, where joint sealants are prescribed in MasterSpec and specification considerations. Joint sealant applications and comment from architectural industry leaders will also be covered.

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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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Liquid or Powder? Specifying Architectural Coatings for Metal Buildings (Print Course)

Valspar Architectural Metal Coatings is now Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings. The objective of this course is to provide a comparison of liquid and powder architectural coatings. The following article compares end-use applications, performance and aesthetic options, and other considerations between liquid and powder coatings, taking into account different geographic and climate demands.

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Subfloor Construction Adhesives: Solvent Based, Water Based and Reactive - Why Weather and Substrates Can Cause a Reference Standard Alone to Miss the Mark (ONLINE course)

This course will look at the differences between construction adhesives based on their core chemical makeup. It will compare and contrast VOC regulations and restrictions for indoor air versus those for outdoor air. It will compare the most commonly referenced subfloor adhesive performance specifications, identify their similarities and differences, and point out how lab conditions can differ from “real world” field conditions. The course will finally look at podium construction and the challenges created for adhesives due to varying manufactured wood based substrates and due to VOC restrictions.

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High-Performance Architectural Coatings for Metal Buildings and Components (Print Course)

Valspar Architectural Metal Coatings is now Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings.

This course provides an overview of high-performance architectural metal coatings for exterior building products for curtain wall. There are two primary types of liquid coatings for these metal building products which are named by their coating method: Coil (pre-paint) and Extrusion (post-paint). Both options are applied in-factory and provide an extremely durable finish that retains its performance and aesthetics over time in exterior elements.

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Architectural Metal Wall Panels for Curtainwall, Storefront, and Wall Applications (Print Course)

Steel and aluminum cladding are popular choices specified for building construction. These materials are suitable across a wide range of applications and have many benefits, such as ease of installation and durability. This course will detail the metal types used for different architectural metal wall panels and suitable applications of each. A comparison of these materials will be examined throughout the course, as well as an analysis of various coating and finishing products will enhance architects’ knowledge of which products to specify for multiple projects, and why. Finally, sources of panel challenges will help designers and builders avoid unnecessary irregularities and ensure superior performance of metal wall panels.

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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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