Impacting the Future of Modern Architectural Metal Design

Architectural expanded metal mesh and perforated metal panels are increasingly being used on and in commercial buildings to provide reduced solar heat gain, privacy, views, ventilation, and aesthetics. Architectural metal products can also add texture, reflectivity, and vibrancy to new buildings or refresh an outdated façade without incurring the significant costs that accompany a complete exterior renovation. This course will examine design options and applications for expanded mesh and perforated metal and review how to choose the appropriate metal product for your design.

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Creating Spaces of Distinction with Custom Fireplaces and Fire Features

Fully customizable, luxury fireplaces and fire features expand the versatility of where hearths can be located, whether in residential or commercial projects. They add a personalized, experiential element to a space, and are increasingly being used in commercial facilities to provide ambience, a focal point, and even marketing, as logos and company names can be incorporated into fireplace designs.

This course will help you understand the technologies and design options available with made-to-order gas fireplaces, as well as how to work with a manufacturer to see a custom fireplace project through from predesign to installation.

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Coatings Failures: Corrosion of Metals

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Metal coating failures can have catastrophic consequences. This course identifies causes of corrosion with ferrous and non-ferrous metal substrates. In addition, the course will examine premature metal coating failures and how to prevent these failures.

By understanding the proper surface preparation of metal the course will help specifiers understand the proper application methods that extend protective performance of the surface. Finally, the course will review SSPC/NACE standards, definition and implementation to enhance performance of metal coating applications.

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Understanding the Future Workplace and Quartz’s Role in Improved Safety and Comfort

The workplace is changing — and not just where people work but how and when. Changing employee preferences and attitudes combined with new health and safety expectations are causing organizations to rethink their office space design and homeowners to take a second look at their home office. Quartz surfaces, most often specified for the kitchen and bathroom, also have wide-ranging applications for workspaces thanks to superior hygienic and performance properties. This course will explore workplace changes; where people are working now and why; how architects can position themselves to reshape the workplace; and the role of quartz surfaces in improving consumer health, safety, and comfort.

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Designing Adaptive Kitchens for Active Aging Clients

Aging is traditionally seen as a negative experience fraught with challenges and limitations. Baby Boomers are changing that narrative and reshaping what it means to age for themselves and future generations. With this shift comes a heightened sense of health, wellness, and desire to stay at home — to live in place. To accomplish that, architects and designers must approach adaptive kitchens to suit the changing needs of older adults as well as multigenerational users. This course will examine active aging; adaptive kitchen design; and connected, smart appliances that are as high-performance as they are functional. The CEU qualifies for continuing education credits that count toward the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB’s) Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) credential.

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Propane Heaters for Pools and Spas

With homeowners spending more time at home and wanting to extend their living spaces into the outdoors in the new normal resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it shouldn’t come as much surprise that the pool, hot tub, and spa industry is experiencing record sales, as well as demand for longer swim seasons. And commercial pools and related amenities aren’t far behind.

Learn how pool builders and designers can utilize propane heaters to support this trend.

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