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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Improving Sustainability and Durability of Wood Windows and Doors Using Acetylated Wood

Builders and architects in North America are always looking for new ways to incorporate sustainable and cost-saving materials. Wood is known as a visually appealing material but has inherent limitations when it absorbs water. Acetylated wood has several benefits, including increased dimensional stability, water resistance, and a longer lifespan. Its use in sustainable construction projects helps contribute to LEED v4 points and it has a negative carbon footprint by using responsibly sourced timber.

This course will introduce and describe acetylated wood and how it’s made and will explore how and when to use it in windows and doors as well as the many benefits of acetylated wood in window and door applications.

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Rigid Board Insulation:  Providing Real Space Value in Commercial Real Estate (Print Course)

The usable space within a building is a fundamental metric in understanding the valuation of real estate. Properties with greater internal floor area command a higher rental return and could give rise to a greater ROI when investing in premium insulation, which allows for thinner wall constructions and additional internal square footage.

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Fire Safety In High-Rise Structures (Print Course)

This course will provide an understanding of life safety as related to perimeter fire containment in high-rise structures where a non- rated exterior wall adjoins a rated floor assembly. Discussion points will include basic philosophy of fire containment, tested assemblies, and code requirements. Additionally, engineering judgments as related to best practices and IFC guidelines will be discussed.

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Walkable, Waterproof Roof Deck Membrane Systems Improve Outdoor Living and Mitigate Moisture Damage

This course provides an overview of walkable roof deck membranes and roofing systems, including a discussion of the key principles of deck design, design considerations, and how to install and specify roof deck membrane systems. The course will focus on how walkable roof deck membrane systems support outdoor living trends and moisture mitigation in building assemblies.

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Maximizing the Design Benefits of Podium Construction (Print Course)

By the end of this course, learners will demonstrate a deeper understanding of podium structures and approaches to their design and construction. In addition, the course will examine 2018 IBC code provisions applicable to multi-story podiums. Additionally, the benefits of using timber in podium construction will be analyzed along with case studies that demonstrate the ways in which this construction typology is suited to urban infill applications.

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Specifying Sustainable Concrete (Print Course)

Concrete is used in nearly every structure we build today, including buildings, bridges, homes and infrastructure. With greater emphasis placed on sustainability, design professionals are faced with the challenge of meeting traditional design criteria with evolving criteria that support green building and efforts to reduce impact on climate change.

Performance-based specifications for concrete represent an important synergy with sustainability initiatives because they provide the opportunity to optimize mixtures for performance that can also reduce environmental impacts. Prescriptive specifications often adversely impact the environmental footprint of concrete structures. This article outlines how concrete performance can be improved while lowering environmental footprint by implementing performance-based specifications.

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Residential Heat Management Solutions and the Wellness Benefits of Gas Fireplaces (Print Course)

Fireplaces have long evoked feelings of comfort and coziness, but traditionally aren’t energy efficient or cost-effective to maintain. Modern gas fireplaces with direct vent and heat management technology provide homeowners with a wide range of home heating solutions. These technologies – both mechanical and passive - improve whole-home comfort, reduce energy consumption, and improve the safety of operating a fireplace. Consumer demand for fireplaces is high, and builders and architects with the most updated knowledge on modern fireplace and home heating solutions can help customers improve the value of their home.

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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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Planning for Disaster with Expansion Joint Covers (Print Course)

Natural and man-made disasters can not only “cause considerable damage to the built environment, resulting in serious disruptions to normal human activities and billions of dollars in property damages,” but such disasters can also “reveal vulnerabilities in infrastructure design and construction and test to the limit the planning, design, and construction abilities” of architects, engineers, and contractors. This course will provide an understanding of the types of disasters that may affect the built environment along with the techniques used to mitigate those disasters.

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