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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Acoustic Considerations and Door Systems in Healthcare, Hospitality, Education, and Office Facilities

An architect that designs buildings with acoustics in mind will create better environments for the end user, improving everything from patient healthcare outcomes to student reading and test scores. However, a room is only as good as its weakest link, and while walls and ceilings often are discussed when it comes to acoustics, door systems seldom are.

Improving acoustics in commercial and institutional buildings can benefit occupants within healthcare, hospitality, education, and office environments. This course will discuss how door systems specifically play a vital acoustic role within each sector.

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3D Printing Automates Precast Concrete Fabrication Process in Large Mixed-Use Development (Print Course)

Precast concrete is a widely used prefabricated component used to lower costs, speed construction, and increase safety. This course will examine precast concrete and explore a case study where 3D printing technology was used to fabricate precast concrete forms for concrete panels on a large mixed-use project in Brooklyn, NY.

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The Evolution of Brick Continues: Mechanically Anchored Brick Rainscreen Assemblies (Print Course)

Over the millennia, uses of brick have evolved and adapted to a frequently changing market. Mechanically anchored brick rainscreen assemblies, which are different from both traditional brick and thin brick adhered veneer, offer aesthetic, durable, cost-effective solutions.


Fully engineered, anchored brick rainscreen systems are viable for Class A construction, meet the principles of ASHRAE 90.1, and are a fraction of the weight of traditional brick. They are mechanically and permanently anchored to trays or rails, eliminating both the reliance on adhesives as well as the problem of delimiting brick. The systems also provide continuous insulation, rear ventilation, and an uninterrupted air/moisture barrier, and the sub-framing is thermally broken. Brick rainscreens can be installed in any weather, so there is no need for tenting, and fewer journeymen are needed to install these assemblies. Mechanically anchored brick rainscreen assemblies are a high-performing solution that meets the demands of a challenging, changing market.

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Innovative Materials Help Energy Innovation Center Earn LEED Platinum Certification and Historic Tax Credits (Print Course)

The newly renovated, LEED Platinum Energy Innovation Center (EIC), is a collaborative hub that supports the Pittsburgh region’s emerging clean technologies. High-tech building materials can be found throughout the historic facility, showcasing chemistry as a sustainable solution and helping the Energy Innovation Center maintain its sustainable footprint.

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Kleer Solutions: Outdoor Living Made Beautiful

Designed for easy installation, architectural accuracy and lasting performance, Kleer products are the low maintenance alternative to wood and wood composites. Made from cellular PVC with a density similar to white pine and UV inhibitors that prevent yellowing, Kleer Trimboard is ideal for a wide range of millwork designs.

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Kleer Trimboard Brochure

The look of wood & the ease of low-maintenance, affordable & sustainable alternatives to wood trim and wood exterior products without compromising beauty of function.

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Kleer Wrap Brochure

Kleer wrap post wraps provide an easy, cost effective way to improve the appearance and durability of exterior posts.

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Kleer Specifications - Architectural Binder

Design Content - Products, Listings & Specifications.

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Kleer Installation Instructions

Kleer Installation Guidelines are suggested techniques to be used when installing Kleer PVC products under typical conditions.

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