Cladding protects the building envelope and building occupants from the weather, while also defining the aesthetic of the building. A challenge for specifiers is to choose cladding that is environmentally sensitive over their entire lifespans. Such goals not only require a sustainable product but one that also has the flexibility to function in a broad range of climate zones as well as offer expansive design options. This course explores the ways in which fiber cement cladding is able to fulfill these demands for commercial and residential buildings throughout various climate zones.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the "4 Ds" of exterior wall design and understand the ways in which best practices for water management can help prevent damage to cladding and other wall components.
  • Understand the composition, product options, and appropriate installation of fiber cement cladding products.
  • Explore climate zoned cladding, including the environmental criteria for each zone.
  • Understand the different types of green and sustainability rating systems and how fiber cement products contribute to them.

Pre-Requisite: None.