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    Security Pass-Through Windows: Types, Options, & Specifications
    Security Pass-Through Windows: Types, Options, & Specifications Thumbnail Pass-through windows are a common and convenient method of conducting transactions in a variety of settings, some of which may present concerns for the security of the employees behind the windows. This course addresses the protection options available for security pass-through windows. Proper specification of pass-through windows as well as convenience and performance features are also discussed.
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    Hardware for Residential and Commercial Pocket and Sliding Doors
    Hardware for Residential and Commercial Pocket and Sliding Doors Thumbnail There has been a resurgence in the popularity of pocket and sliding doors, largely due to their contribution to space-saving design. Innovations in door hardware allow these doors to serve a number of functions. This course explores the evolution of pocket and sliding doors, and discusses how the selection of the type of door, size, weight, track system, functionality, and application ultimately affects the selection of the appropriate door hardware.
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    Accurate Lock & Hardware Co.
    Stretched-Fabric Systems
    Stretched-Fabric Systems Thumbnail How hard can a wall finish work? In this course we’ll take a look at the aesthetic and functional versatility of stretched-fabric wall finish systems. We will review their components; their acoustic, thermal, aesthetic, and wall protection functions; and their code and green building applicability. We’ll also take a look at some design solutions and installations.
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    Fabricmate Systems, Inc.
    Custom Shower Solutions for the Luxury Consumer
    Custom Shower Solutions for the Luxury Consumer Thumbnail While the bathroom was once a strictly utilitarian space, a growing trend among luxury consumers is to create a custom, spa-like retreat right in the home. Surveys find that luxury consumers value functional and design excellence, uniqueness that reflects a creative side, and exceptional quality and value. This course examines the shower products available that help to create a personalized, multi-sensory experience with beautifully designed pieces that meet water efficiency standards.
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    Kallista
    The Role of Commercial Steel Doors in Resilient Design
    The Role of Commercial Steel Doors in Resilient Design Thumbnail Resiliency is a growing necessity. It is important to understand the impacts on the built environment resulting from natural and manmade disasters and disturbances and to design for those impacts now. Presented in this course is an overview of the benefits of using steel doors as part of a resilient design strategy for applications requiring resistance to blasts, tornadoes, and ballistics.
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    Ambico Limited
    Design Flexibility and Efficient Thermal Comfort with Electric Underfloor Heating
    Design Flexibility and Efficient Thermal Comfort with Electric Underfloor Heating Thumbnail Electric underfloor heating works by producing radiant heat which is evenly distributed from the floor and warms a room efficiently from the ground up. Since there are no baseboard heaters, radiators, or heating supply vents to work around, building owners and homeowners gain extra space and design freedom. This course explains how electric underfloor heating works and offers guidance on how to select and design an underfloor heating system that is aligned to integrate seamlessly into the overall living space and heating requirements of residential and commercial buildings.
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    Warmup Inc.
    Grout Basics: Pre-Mixed Urethane Grout
    Grout Basics: Pre-Mixed Urethane Grout Thumbnail There are a wide variety of grout types available in the market today. This course provides an overview, including composition, cost, performance characteristics and related ANSI standards of different grout types. This course also provides an in-depth discussion about the relatively new category of pre-mixed grouts, specifically pre-mixed urethane grout. The course will conclude with a discussion on how to choose the best grout for your projects’ specific requirements.
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    Bostik, Inc.
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    Improve Your Specifications with SpecLink-E
    BSD SpecLink-E produces documentation for all types of projects and for all phases of a project — from programming all the way through construction administration, with a unique collapsing/expanding database that eliminates the need to start over at each project phase. Call 888-BSD-SOFT for details.
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    Mortar Net Solutions Introduces Quick Tips Video Series
    Mortar Net Solutions™, the leading supplier of moisture management solutions for masonry walls, introduced "Quick Tips," a series of instructional videos to help masons and craftsmen be more productive.
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    World Leader in Noise Control Solutions
    PAC International, LLC takes pride in being the most tested system available for fire and sound control.
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    History is Made: Tiny Houses Approved and Incorporated into the International Residential Code
    The International Code Council (ICC) reported that public comment RB168-16, the tiny house appendix, passed their final round of voting, receiving the required 2/3 majority vote. As a result, a tiny house specific appendix will be part of the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC), allowing people to receive a Certificate of Occupancy (COO) for their tiny house when built to meet the provisions of the adopted code appendix. A lack of recognition of tiny houses in the IRC had been a major hindrance to the creation of legal tiny houses in communities across the United States.
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    Virginia Slate Company | Stego Industries | Belden Brick Company | Kenyon International, Inc. | GSky Plant Systems Inc. | PROSOCO, Inc. | Solar Innovations, Inc. | Karran USA | Partner Events | News | Subscription Info 
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    Slate Roofing: Protecting Structures & Preserving History
    Slate Roofing: Protecting Structures & Preserving History Thumbnail Slate is one of the oldest and most durable roofing, flooring, and structural materials in the world. For hundreds of years, natural roofing slate has been installed in similar fashion, protecting structures and preserving history. This course discusses how the structural strength, versatility, and natural beauty of slate serves to enhance the design and appearance of a finished slate roofing installation. It also discusses technical data on the production, installation techniques, repair options, and accompanying tools, materials, and resources for the usage of natural slate.
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    Proper Installation of Below-Slab Vapor Retarders/Barriers: A Walk-Through of ASTM E1643-11
    Proper Installation of Below-Slab Vapor Retarders/Barriers: A Walk-Through of ASTM E1643-11 Thumbnail In recent years, moisture-related floor problems have become one of the costly and common issues in the construction industry. This course will review some common moisture related problems as well as examine the science behind vapor transmission and dew point. In addition, the course will discuss the current industry standards and recommendations as it relates to below slab vapor protection, with a focus on ASTM E1643. The course will also examine some ideal specifications that will effectively reduce deficiencies in vapor barrier/retarders.
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    Stego Industries
    Permeable Paving with Clay Pavers
    Permeable Paving with Clay Pavers Thumbnail Clay bricks have been used for construction projects such as walls and pavement for thousands of years. Fired bricks are one of the strongest and longest-lasting building materials and offer many advantages. This course discusses the advantages of using clay permeable paving in a construction project and how a permeable pavement system mitigates the damaging effects of stormwater runoff, and presents an overview of the design process.
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    Belden Brick Company
    The Next Generation of Cooking: Induction Cooking Systems
    The Next Generation of Cooking: Induction Cooking Systems Thumbnail Cooktops are manufactured and classified by construction type and method of heat energy transfer. This course reviews the operation, control, performance, and efficiency of induction cooktops in comparison to their gas and electric counterparts, and shows how induction cooktops can be incorporated into any kitchen design in residential and specialty-commercial applications such as marine, mobile, military, academic, institutional, and hospitality.
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    Kenyon International, Inc.
    Vertical, Living Green Walls: Designing for Sustainability
    Vertical, Living Green Walls: Designing for Sustainability Thumbnail Living green walls are beautiful, living works of art that provide numerous benefits. Planning by an experienced design team is the key to their success and sustainability. This course discusses the benefits of green walls and identifies factors that need to be considered during the design process. It examines critical elements paramount to green wall design, performance, and sustainability.
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    GSky Plant Systems Inc.
    Protective Treatments for Masonry and Concrete
    Protective Treatments for Masonry and Concrete Thumbnail As some of the earliest building materials, masonry and concrete have been used for their durability and strength. However, masonry architecture, both historical and contemporary, has been left vulnerable to water—the single most damaging element to masonry in our environment. This course will identify common water-related problems for masonry and concrete, describe protective treatments and their benefits, and explain the process for selecting and applying a protective treatment.
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    PROSOCO, Inc.
    Operable Walls for Sustainable Design
    Operable Walls for Sustainable Design Thumbnail Operable wall systems integrate the indoors and outdoors and define interior spaces, providing flexibility and additional usable area without increasing a building’s footprint. Occupants benefit from expansive daylighting and views as well as quick access to fresh air. This course describes the types of operable wall systems, how they contribute to sustainable design, and the various options and considerations for selecting the correct system.
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    Solar Innovations, Inc.
    Sink & Countertop Design: Material, Configuration, & Mounting Options
    Sink & Countertop Design: Material, Configuration, & Mounting Options Thumbnail Choosing a sink and countertop for kitchen and bathroom installations can be overwhelming with the array of choices in today’s marketplace. To facilitate the selection process, this course provides an overview of the different sink/countertop materials, sink configurations, and installation methods that are utilized in both residential and commercial applications with a focus on seamless integration design.
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    Karran USA
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    New Features and Resources at BSD SpecLink-E
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    Recent News
    Young Architects Worldwide Create Solutions for Urbanisation in the "City Above the City" Competition
    ESPOO, Finland, Nov. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - Metsa Wood's competition has inspired architects worldwide to design wooden extensions to city centres. Entries from 40 countries proposed wooden solutions to the challenges of urbanization. Winning designs were made to New York, Shanghai and Tampere,...
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    Hunter Panels | Wilsonart | Fortifiber Building Systems Group | Advanced Architectural Stone  | Delta Faucet Company | Jonite | TrueGrid Pavers | Sustainable Solutions | Partner Events | News | Subscription Info 
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    Continuous Insulation and Beyond
    Continuous Insulation and Beyond Thumbnail This course will focus on the changing energy codes and how they affect commercial wall assemblies. The new concept of continuous insulation (CI)—and how it is used throughout the codes—will be discussed. The NFPA 285 fire test and its role in code-compliant wall assemblies will also be discussed for commercial building types I–IV. The thermal performance, physical properties, and compliance attributes of polyisocyanurate insulation will be explained, as well as how it compares with some of the other insulation options available.
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    Hunter Panels
    What is Quartz? The Solution for Commercial and Residential Surfaces
    What is Quartz? The Solution for Commercial and Residential Surfaces Thumbnail Quartz surfacing is a man-made material, consisting of over 90% natural quartz crystal. In this course you will discover the other components behind the beauty, durability and flexibility of this surfacing material. You will see the composition, production and quality assurance processes that go into making the material and the resultant attributes, capabilities, and the installation basics of quartz surfacing materials.
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    Wilsonart
    Manage the Moisture: Solutions for Exterior Walls
    Manage the Moisture: Solutions for Exterior Walls Thumbnail Problems associated with moisture in construction are common and wide-ranging—from mold and rot, to corrosion and degradation, to leakage and staining—and affect not just the durability, appearance, and functioning of the building, but the health of the building’s occupants. This course addresses the materials and techniques that help to manage moisture in exterior walls and includes examples of common mistakes that lead to failures.
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    Fortifiber Building Systems Group
    Choosing GFRC Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete: Modern Materials for Classic Design
    Choosing GFRC Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete: Modern Materials for Classic Design Thumbnail Since ancient times, concrete mixes and carved natural stone have combined to create substance, beauty, and longevity in our architecture. Glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) was created to ensure the attributes of concrete and stone continue to be enjoyed but with the efficiency in application that is expected in today’s world of design. This course covers the evolution of GFRC, its applications and how it is custom created, its advantages, and how GFRC compares to other types of architectural concrete
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    Advanced Architectural Stone
    Technology’s Influence on Water Delivery in the Home
    Technology’s Influence on Water Delivery in the Home Thumbnail Advances in technology are no longer confined to communications or transportation, they have spilled over into our home, in appliances, fixtures and water delivery. Today’s water delivery innovations improve functionality, and are changing the way people interact with their faucets. This course addresses the types of water delivery solutions in the kitchen and bathroom, and outlines three design considerations that must be considered when selecting a water delivery option.
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    Delta Faucet Company
    Stone Composite Tree Grates
    Stone Composite Tree Grates Thumbnail There are many factors to consider in the nurturing and maintaining of urban trees, including those relating to environment (soil, water, climate, etc.), tree rooting conditions, and protection above ground. This course provides a discussion of these factors, along with a review of the surface material options with a focus on stone composite tree grates.
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    Jonite
    Low Impact Development & Permeable Pavers
    Low Impact Development & Permeable Pavers Thumbnail Low Impact Development (LID) has several advantages over traditional stormwater management approaches. Since impervious pavement is the main source of stormwater runoff, LID strategies recommend permeable paving for hard surfaces. The course discusses LID, its goals and principles and how they are achieved. It provides an overview of permeable pavements, and more particularly, plastic permeable grid paver systems and how they support LID goals.
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    TrueGrid Pavers
    LEED® Implementation for Contractors Part 2
    LEED® Implementation for Contractors Part 2 Thumbnail This fee-based course is Part 2 of two courses aimed at helping contractors get organized, be proactive, and work efficiently on LEED projects. Part 2 moves into the construction phase of a project, offering best practices, tips, and tools that allow you to be organized from the start and stay organised through construction to certification.
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    BSD LinkMan-E
    BSD LinkMan-E connects Autodesk’s Revit to BSD SpecLink-E, the most advanced specifications tool available for architects and engineers, providing dashboards that show conflicts, keynotes that are coordinated with the specifications, and intelligent Revit objects that are pre-linked to the specifications. Call 888-BSD-SOFT for details.
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    Nedlaw Biofilter wins 2016 Green Roof and Wall Award of Excellence
    BRESLAU, ONTARIO – Nedlaw Living Walls, the world’s premier living wall biofilter company, has won the 2016 Green Roof and Wall Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (www.greenroofs.org) for the 2,400 square foot biofilter at the Edmonton Federal Building. Dr. Alan Darlington will be receiving the award, in person, at the Cities Alive 14th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference on November 3rd, in Washington D.C.
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    MARMOMACC: BEST COMMUNICATOR AWARD FOR THE BEST EXHIBIT SET-UPS
    Stands that become full-scale works of art and design to narrate the materials and technologies involved in the world of natural stone. The 10th Best Communicator Award sees Marmomacc once again this year reward research efforts and originality applied to exhibits by companies attending the Veronafiere event.
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    Georgia-Pacific Gypsum  | Royal Building Products | Trim-Tex | Wilsonart | WIRE-BOND® | Owens Corning | Dimplex North America Ltd. | Bostik, Inc. | Activar Construction Products | Amarr Commercial Overhead Doors by Entrematic | Partner Events | News | Subscription Info 
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    The Evolution of Water-Resistive and Air Barriers in Commercial Building Envelope Construction
    The Evolution of Water-Resistive and Air Barriers in Commercial Building Envelope Construction Thumbnail Designing an efficient building envelope includes the complex task of locating all the necessary control layers in relation to each other. In some situations combining a number of these layers simplifies the task. This course explores combined water-resistive barrier (WRB) and air barrier (AB) sheathing systems, their functions, relevant codes and standards, types available, and how they compare to traditional water and air barrier systems.
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    Georgia-Pacific Gypsum
    Insulated Siding: Product Performance & Styling Choices
    Insulated Siding: Product Performance & Styling Choices Thumbnail Insulated vinyl siding, known as insulated siding, is an exterior cladding that combines the protection and low maintenance of traditional vinyl siding with the energy efficiency of EPS foam. The composite results in an improvement in performance and aesthetics. This course discusses the benefits associated with installing insulated siding on new and renovation residential construction projects, and the range of architectural styles that can be achieved with the breadth of design and color options available.
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    Royal Building Products
    The Effects of Building Movement on Interior Finishes and Solutions
    The Effects of Building Movement on Interior Finishes and Solutions Thumbnail Building components, especially finishes, have to contend with many structural and environmental factors such as different types of loads that cause movement in the building. Special care must be taken when multiple materials come into contact with one another or where joints, edges, or corners are formed. Using new construction technology and products that absorb or resist movement will maximize the longevity of systems and finishes. This course will cover the types of loads and movement that may occur in a building, how they will affect interior finishes, and solutions for preventing damage to building components from movement.
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    Trim-Tex
    Natural vs. Man-Made Materials: Insights Into Materials Selection
    Natural vs. Man-Made Materials: Insights Into Materials Selection Thumbnail Many designers tend to prefer and select materials which are “natural” or authentic over those which are synthetic, artificial, unnatural or man-made. This course takes a look at authenticity of materials, our perceptions of real and fake, how this has affected our ability to consciously identify the most environmentally beneficial materials and the possible advantages artificial materials might have in addressing global environmental issues.
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    Wilsonart
    Proper Use of Masonry Joint Reinforcement and Accessories
    Proper Use of Masonry Joint Reinforcement and Accessories Thumbnail Ensuring proper use of methods and materials allows masonry walls to perform well and enjoy a long life. Use of masonry joint reinforcement and accessories is an essential part of this. This course provides a brief history of solid masonry walls leading up to the modern cavity walls of today, including a discussion of the basic working knowledge of masonry joint reinforcing, structural codes, and moisture control in cavity wall construction.
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    WIRE-BOND®
    Sound Transmission and ASTC Ratings
    Sound Transmission and ASTC Ratings Thumbnail Excessive sound can negatively impact the health and well-being of occupants. This has resulted in a growing trend to improve the acoustical performance of building assemblies. Due to this, there have been significant changes in the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) moving from sound transmission class (STC) to apparent sound transmission class (ASTC) ratings that reflect assemblies that provide increased levels of acoustical performance. The course will explore how laboratory acoustical testing is performed, the principles of sound control, the different methods of sound transmission within buildings (airborne, impact, and flanking), and how to meet the 2015 NBC requirements for ASTC ratings.
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    Owens Corning
    Electric Fireplaces: Design Considerations for Public Spaces
    Electric Fireplaces: Design Considerations for Public Spaces Thumbnail Public spaces can benefit from the addition of a fireplace and the inviting ambiance it offers. With the advent of new and innovative technologies, along with the ease of installation and maintenance, electric fireplaces can offer a safe, sustainable option. This course provides an overview of electric fireplaces, including their advantages in public space applications in terms of energy efficiency, heat control, and public health and safety.
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    Dimplex North America Ltd.
    Surface Preparation for Flooring Installation: Meeting Industry Standards
    Surface Preparation for Flooring Installation: Meeting Industry Standards Thumbnail Surface preparation is one of the most critical steps to achieve long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing flooring. This course explores the importance of surface preparation, including meeting industry standards, and outlines numerous moisture and flatness issues and remediation techniques to ensure a durable, long-life flooring installation for a variety of flooring materials.
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    Bostik, Inc.
    Green Building Entrances: Mats and Gratings that Perform
    Green Building Entrances: Mats and Gratings that Perform Thumbnail An entryway not only creates a first impression of a building, it is expected to provide a safe, dry, and clean surface for foot and wheeled traffic entering and exiting the facility. This course discusses the design of entryway flooring systems, identifies the options available, and explains their role as the first line of defense in protecting a building’s interior floors and indoor environmental quality.
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    Activar Construction Products
    Sustainable Solutions for Sectional and Rolling Doors
    Sustainable Solutions for Sectional and Rolling Doors Thumbnail Can commercial overhead doors contribute to the sustainability goals of buildings requiring garage, drive-through, fire, dock, and service products? To meet these goals commercial sectional and rolling doors should be engineered to provide energy efficiency, personnel protection, and to mitigate fire and wind damage. This course examines the sustainable attributes of commercial overhead doors and explores their design potential in LEED® compliant projects.
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    Amarr Commercial Overhead Doors by Entrematic
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    BSD will be at the Construct 2016 / CSI Annual Convention in Austin demonstrating BSD SpecLink-E, the most advanced specifications tool available – and BSD LinkMan-E, which connects SpecLink to Autodesk’s Revit for automated specification production for BIM projects. Call 888-BSD-SOFT for details.
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    AAMA Releases Updated Document for Architectural Class Windows and Doors
    Schaumburg, Illinois -- The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document describing the test procedures and specifications Architectural Class windows and doors (AW). The AAMA 910-16, Voluntary "Life Cycle" Specifications and Test Methods for AW Class Architectural Windows and Doors, was last updated in 2010.
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    Make It Stick! Masonry Veneer Installed Fast To Last!
    Have a project that includes the installation of thin masonry veneer? Take 1 minute of your time to see how SPEC MIX® Polymer Modified Adhered Veneer Mortar will maximize your productivity and profitability without the worry of units popping off the wall.
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    The 2016 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Schedule is Underway
    EAGAN, MN — The 2016 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Qualifier Series is underway with two competitions already completed. Yes, it’s that time of year again when masons across North America put their skill, speed and stamina to the test at their local regional competition with the hope of earning a spot at the World Championship in Las Vegas on January 18th, 2017 during the World of Concrete & Masonry tradeshow.
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    Metal Composite Materials: Surface and Finishes
    Metal Composite Materials: Surface and Finishes Thumbnail Today’s building designs demand reliable building envelopes coupled with pleasing aesthetics. This course discusses the composition and benefits of metal composite material panels and focuses on the finishes achieved with anodized and organic coatings as well as their applicable standards and specifications.
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    Water Features & Sustainable Design: Balancing Captivation & Conservation
    Water Features & Sustainable Design: Balancing Captivation & Conservation Thumbnail Water is not only a vital resource but an essential element of life that entertains, attracts and soothes. It is also something that needs to be used with care and conserved. This course discusses how to balance the desire for water features in and around our buildings with the need to design sustainably. It will review energy, water and space conservation techniques and illustrate them with case studies of water features from around the world.
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    Crystal Fountains
    Rice Husk Hybrids: Decking & Cladding Applications
    Rice Husk Hybrids: Decking & Cladding Applications Thumbnail The increasing demand for eco-friendly products has prompted a growing interest in the field of hybrid building materials, including those made with natural fibers from agricultural wastes. This course explores the development, features, performance benefits, and installation considerations of rice husk hybrid materials for decking, façade, and siding applications.
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    Enhancements to Manufactured Stone Veneers Through Dry-Cast Technology
    Enhancements to Manufactured Stone Veneers Through Dry-Cast Technology Thumbnail In addition to enhancing building appearance, veneer usage has a number of benefits. This course provides an overview of the advantages and features of manufactured stone (and masonry) veneers (MSV) and a comparison between the dry-cast and wet-cast fabrication methods. It also reviews proper installation techniques for MSV in commercial and residential applications.
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    Oldcastle Architectural, Inc.
    Creating a Recycling Program
    Creating a Recycling Program Thumbnail This program provides an overview of the purpose of recycling, steps on setting priorities and analyzing needs when setting up a recycling program, considerations for servicing workstations and servicing public spaces, guidance on how to select the right bins, and other tips for improving sustainability efforts.
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    Busch Systems
    Reducing Impact Noise in High Rises
    Reducing Impact Noise in High Rises Thumbnail Noise is now, and always has been, a huge issue for owners and residents of condominiums, apartments and co-ops and recently there has been a dramatic increase in litigation concerning acoustical privacy in multifamily projects. This course looks at how sound is transmitted and perceived, and how it relates to proper building design for acoustically treated spaces in multifamily dwellings. It also will describe a wide range of underlayment products that reduce impact sound transmission in various conditions.
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    Sound Seal
    Enabling Successful Contemporary Tile Installations
    Enabling Successful Contemporary  Tile Installations Thumbnail In order to address tile installation difficulties effectively and avoid failures, designers and specifiers must maintain full awareness of current knowledge, practices, and products. This course reviews potentially problematic contemporary tile installation issues along with the industry guidance, methodologies, and products available to address them.
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    Progress Profiles America Inc.
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    Native Trails Expands Popular NativeStone® Collection with a New Bathroom Sink
    Native Trails has added an elegant bathroom sink, Tolosa, to its revolutionary NativeStone® Collection. Tolosa's clean, oval shape shows off the organic beauty of concrete, at a much lighter weight and with no-fuss maintenance. It is available in three finishes and can be installed as an undermount or drop-in, for completely different looks.
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    Hayward Baker Expands its Regional Presence with New Office Facilities in New Orleans
    New Orleans, LA, July 28, 2016 - Hayward Baker Inc., North America's leader in geotechnical construction, announces the opening of a new office location in New Orleans, Louisiana. The new office will support customers and projects along the Gulf Coast.
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    Specifying Code-Compliant Toilet Partitions
    Specifying Code-Compliant Toilet Partitions Thumbnail This course provides information relative to selecting and specifying code-compliant toilet partitions for commercial restrooms, including material type, hardware, and mounting configurations. Fire and accessibility codes will be discussed, as well as guidelines for writing toilet compartment specifications.
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    Specifying The Right Locker: Matching Form to Function
    Specifying The Right Locker: Matching Form to Function Thumbnail The need for storage products is universal. Lockers are widely used in educational facilities, fitness centers, health care, commercial, and industrial locations. This course will outline the components of different types of lockers, describe the process of locker selection, and explain the benefits of a properly specified locker.
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    Penco Products Inc.
    Cable Railing Assemblies: Prefabricated Kits and Custom Design Options
    Cable Railing Assemblies: Prefabricated Kits and Custom Design Options Thumbnail When it comes to railing infill, most people immediately think of vertical pickets, horizontal rails, or glass panels. However, today’s cable railing infill options offer many benefits. Stainless steel cable infill is strong, durable, and versatile and offers long-lasting beauty. This course provides an overview of horizontal cable infill and its advantages, and discusses frame design, prefabricated and custom assembly kits, installation specifications, and special safety requirements.
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    Feeney Inc.
    Deep Deck Composite Floor Systems
    Deep Deck Composite Floor Systems Thumbnail A deep deck composite floor system consists of a high-strength, long span steel floor deck that acts as a permanent concrete form to create a reinforced, one-way slab that meets the structural strength, minimum deflection, fire rating, and sound control common to residential or commercial construction. This course explains the design and installation of deep deck composite floor systems and how they offer advantages in economy, safety, strength, and durability.
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    Steelform Building Systems Inc.
    When Sound Control Matters: Floor Underlayment Solutions
    When Sound Control Matters: Floor Underlayment Solutions Thumbnail Sound abatement products are not just a building owner and occupant preference; minimum sound abatement ratings are required by many local building codes for multi-story residential, commercial, and multi-purpose buildings. Following an introduction to the basics of sound, this course presents a summary of the most common sound control methods, with a focus on the options available for floor underlayment.
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    Proflex Products Inc.
    Wine Storage and Display Systems
    Wine Storage and Display Systems Thumbnail Wine is a critical element of the dining experience, and modern wine cellars help make it an artistic focal point as well. This course focuses on the evolution of the wine cellar, from refrigeration to modern materials and display systems. It defines passive and active (cooled) storage, and identifies key considerations when building a wine cellar.
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    Mitigating Thermal Bridging with Fluid-Applied Coatings
    Mitigating Thermal Bridging with Fluid-Applied Coatings Thumbnail The methods for mitigating thermal bridging often mean a break in not only in thermal continuity but also structural continuity, leading to complex structural solutions. This course discusses a new take on fluid-applied thermal coatings for use as thermal breaks. It looks at how they are proving to be an innovative solution to minimize thermal bridging in both new and existing buildings, provides case studies and research showing their effectiveness and cost savings over traditional thermal break materials.
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    Sink System Trends for Sustainability and Accessibility
    Sink System Trends for Sustainability and Accessibility Thumbnail Trends in washroom design are often driven by environmental issues and efficiency, but must always meet the standard requirements of all public washrooms: accessibility, cleanliness, and safety. This course takes a look at the trends in sink systems, materials, designs, and accessories. It also reviews the accessibility requirements of commercial washrooms.
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    Durability Design Analysis for Building Envelopes
    Durability Design Analysis for Building Envelopes Thumbnail As the demand for commercial zero-energy buildings drives the need for better-insulated and airtight enclosures, hygrothermal performance becomes an increasingly important consideration in the design process. This course explains the physics of heat and moisture transfer, with an application of hygrothermal analysis through the computer modeling tool WUFI® in order to design for durability.
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    Automated Windows for Natural Ventilation
    Automated Windows for Natural Ventilation Thumbnail Natural ventilation relies on air pressure differences instead of or in conjunction with mechanical means to move fresh air through buildings. A properly designed natural ventilation system lowers capital and operating costs while improving energy efficiency and safety, as well as occupant health, well-being, and performance. This course demonstrates the role of windows and skylights in a ventilation strategy and discusses how an automated, programmable window operating system maximizes the benefits of natural ventilation.
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    Kinetic Architectural Systems
    Kinetic Architectural Systems Thumbnail Kinetic architectural systems blur the separation between outdoor and indoor spaces, maximizing a living or working area and making it usable throughout the year. When retractable structures, roofs, skylights, windows, or doors are integrated into a building project, enclosed spaces are no longer limited to being indoor spaces only. This course discusses the foundational, engineering, and mechanical requirements for incorporating motion in architecture to provide flexible living and working environments in any type of weather.
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    Libart North America, a Division of Stoett Industries
    Re-evaluating Kitchen Surfacing
    Re-evaluating Kitchen Surfacing Thumbnail The design of the common modular kitchen has, for almost a century, remained largely unchanged. Veering away from its basic conceptual arrangement, this course presents a discussion on the use of quartz surfacing in innovative kitchen design concepts that are created with optimal functionality in mind. Also reviewed are the characteristics, performance benefits, and application possibilities of quartz surfacing.
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    CaesarStone USA, Headquarters
    Single-Component Silicone Sealants
    Single-Component Silicone Sealants Thumbnail The performance of sealants is critical to the success of any construction project. This course examines silicone sealants, their composition, characteristics, and use in the construction industry, and how to select the appropriate silicone sealant type.
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    Sustainable Attributes of LVT Flooring
    Sustainable Attributes of LVT Flooring Thumbnail Vinyl is one of the most popular types of plastic because of its durability and cost-effectiveness. However, the safety and sustainability of vinyl often comes into question. This course discusses the human and environmental impacts of vinyl, sustainable corporate strategies, and product transparency.
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    LEED Implementation for Contractors Part 1: Pre Construction Processes LEED 2009
    LEED Implementation for Contractors Part 1: Pre Construction Processes LEED 2009 Thumbnail This fee-based course is Part 1 of two courses aimed at helping contractors get organized, be proactive, and to work efficiently on LEED projects. Part 1 covers proposal preparation for LEED projects and general documentation principles, and also provides some recommendations and best practices for bidding and award during preconstruction.
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    Eastern White Pine: Sustainable Versatility
    Eastern White Pine: Sustainable Versatility Thumbnail Through sustainable management, the forests of New England have had a remarkable comeback since the 1830s, with eastern white pine being the most represented softwood in these forests. This light yet strong wood species has been used for generations and today, meets the requirements of a renewable and sustainable building material. This course reviews eastern white pine’s contribution to sustainability, its grading rules, wood products, and many applications.
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    Polymers in Concrete: A Sustainable Choice for High Performance Flooring
    Polymers in Concrete: A Sustainable Choice for High Performance Flooring Thumbnail It is increasingly critical to be conscious of the environmental impact of the materials and methods we choose to use in construction. Concrete is one of the most widely used materials in construction around the world, and it is important to consider its place in sustainable construction. This course discusses the use of polymers in concrete in high performance flooring applications, including advantages and enhanced characteristics that lead to longer life and use in resurfacing and repair, saving the environmental and economical costs of new construction.
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    Duraamen Engineered Products Inc.
    Healthy IAQ in Energy Efficient Buildings
    Healthy IAQ in Energy Efficient Buildings Thumbnail As we become more aware of the levels of toxins in our environment we are realizing that the quality of air inside our homes is just as important as the quality of air outside our homes. This course provides an overview as to why indoor air quality is so important to our health and how to improve indoor air quality by using a balanced ventilation system.
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    Residential Door Hardware: New Function, New Look
    Residential Door Hardware: New Function, New Look  Thumbnail Traditional residential door hardware is simple to use, but not always convenient. This course explores a new type of door hardware that can be operated in two new ways: pushing or pulling on the knob or lever to release the door latch. The course includes discussions on the functions of door hardware, types of locksets, security issues, benefits of push/pull/turn door hardware, and concludes with installation examples.
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    Brinks Home Security
    Breaking Old Rules for Air Barrier Installation
    Breaking Old Rules for Air Barrier Installation Thumbnail As buildings and what we demand of them have evolved, so has the technology for providing air, vapor, and water controls for the building envelope. This course will provide an overview of a sophisticated air barrier system using a self-adhered membrane that is not only highly effective, but also simple to apply with a minimum of surface preparation, and can be applied during cold or rainy conditions.
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    VaproShield LLC
    Universal Design: The New Normal
    Universal Design: The New Normal Thumbnail Reviews the implementation of universal design to create aesthetically pleasing, functional, adaptable living spaces for everyone, regardless of age or ability, with a focus on the types of products available in the market today to meet the needs of the client, wherever they are in their lifecycle.
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    Kohler Co.
    Living Wall Biofilters: Growing Clean Air and Energy Savings
    Living Wall Biofilters: Growing Clean Air and Energy Savings Thumbnail At first glance, a living wall biofilter appears as a vertical, hydroponic green wall of plants. However, it is an active filtration system that is an integrated part of the air handling system for a building. This course explains how living wall biofilters improve indoor air quality, enhance building performance, and create healthier, more pleasant indoor environments.
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    Nedlaw Living Walls
    Single-Skin Metal Panels for Pressure-Equalized Rainscreen (PER) Applications
    Single-Skin Metal Panels for Pressure-Equalized Rainscreen (PER) Applications  Thumbnail Various control strategies are used to prevent rain from penetrating a building envelope and entering a building assembly. This course compares exterior wall metal cladding systems and takes an in-depth look at the design options, testing, specifications, environmental implications and the detailing of single-skin metal panel systems as used in a pressure-equalized rainscreen (PER) application.
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    Dri-Design
    Electric Vehicle Charging: Basics and Beyond
    Electric Vehicle Charging: Basics and Beyond Thumbnail The sales growth of electric vehicles (EVs) and the behavior of EV drivers are increasing the demand for public and workplace charging. This education course explains the different types of charging available and their suitable applications, and discusses the planning and installation considerations for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).
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    ChargePoint Inc
    Building Shielding: Architectural Solutions for Security and Performance
    Building Shielding: Architectural Solutions for Security and Performance Thumbnail Buildings need protection from cyber as well as physical threats. Building shielding offers several architectural solutions that contribute to the security of both building occupants and wireless systems. These solutions also help reduce unwanted solar heat and glare while providing protection from the elements and people. This course presents the security and performance benefits of shielding technology that can improve wireless performance, energy efficiency, and occupant comfort, satisfaction, and safety.
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    Signals Defense
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    How to Secure All Your Art and Photo Wall Hangings

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    Metal Roofing Systems
    Metal Roofing Systems Thumbnail There are several options available for steep slope metal roofs, but how do you choose the best option for your building? This course is designed to answer exactly that question. Learn about the types and finishes of metal, and the systems available to meet your building’s needs. This course will also answer specific questions about oil canning, warranties, and the importance of proper attachment for metal flashings on low slope roofs.
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    Complete Masonry Veneer Wall Systems: Performance and Specification Part 2
    Complete Masonry Veneer Wall Systems: Performance and Specification Part 2 Thumbnail A complete wall system helps designers meet new building and energy codes while making the design process faster and simpler. The benefits of systemization are presented here in light of important changes in the 2015 IBC. A project example is provided to demonstrate how the height and area calculation process, prescriptive R-value requirements, and requirements for NFPA 285 are applied.
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    Owens Corning
    Closing the Loop on Office Furniture
    Closing the Loop on Office Furniture Thumbnail The office furniture industry is an ever-changing marketplace and this changeability has produced huge amounts of unwanted furniture. Remanufacturing addresses the waste, cost , and storage that comes with replacing office furniture. This course looks at trends in the office furniture industry, the environmental impacts created by legacy furniture, and a review of the environmental and economic benefits of remanufactured furniture as an alternative to scrapping, downcycling, or discarding to landfill.
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    Davies Office
    New Generation Solar Lighting Solutions
    New Generation Solar Lighting Solutions  Thumbnail Solar lighting solutions require a level of due diligence to determine a good fit between customer, product, and vendor. This course provides an overview of the factors that require consideration when specifying an outdoor solar lighting system. Also discussed are the components, features, and benefits of the newest generation of off-grid, self-contained solar lighting that offers a cost-effective solution for an expanding number of applications.
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    Extrusion Matters: XPS vs. EPS
    Extrusion Matters: XPS vs. EPS Thumbnail Extruded polystyrene (XPS) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) are both types of rigid foam plastic insulation; their different manufacturing processes produce wide-ranging performance attributes, especially in water absorption and R-value. This course discusses the negative impact of water absorption on R-value and structural integrity; explains why codes and standards are sometimes specific in requiring XPS in applications where prolonged exposure to water occurs; and concludes with a look at best specification practices for accurate bids.
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    Owens Corning
    Commercial Sectional Door Systems
    Commercial Sectional Door Systems Thumbnail Specifying the right sectional door system for your commercial project can have a great effect on the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants. This course covers commercial sectional door systems, including the various types of doors available and their associated characteristics including energy efficiency and durability, along with a discussion on how to specify the correct door to meet project requirements.
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    Wayne Dalton
    Black vs. White Membranes: What Is the Sustainable Energy Efficient Choice?
    Black vs. White Membranes: What Is the Sustainable Energy Efficient Choice? Thumbnail The idea that white roof membranes are the most effective way for building owners to save energy and lower costs is widely accepted; however, cool roofs may actually increase energy consumption in cold climates. This course challenges the assumption that white membranes always offer the most energy conserving roofing system and discusses why it is essential to consider a building’s geographic location when specifying the color of a roofing membrane.
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    Versico Roofing Systems
    How to Read Product Environmental Profiles: Understanding the Value of EPDs
    How to Read Product Environmental Profiles: Understanding the Value of EPDs Thumbnail The expectation for better products, better systems, and better buildings has created demand for reliable disclosure methods for the health and environmental impacts of building materials. This course will explore the product transparency movement in terms of environmental product declarations, in particular the product environmental profile (PEP). An overview of how a PEP is created, the basic terms used in a PEP, and a part-by-part review of a sample PEP are presented.
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    Gate Operators: a UL 325 and ASTM F2200 Safety Standard Review
    Gate Operators: a UL 325 and ASTM F2200 Safety Standard Review Thumbnail It is always better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to installing gates and operators. UL 325 and ASTM F2200 standards exist to ensure gate safety for not only property owners and visitors, but for installers and anyone servicing the gate and operator. This course begins with an overview of the different types of gates available today and the operators that move them, and then reviews how to meet UL 325 and ASTM F2200 safety standard requirements for swing and slide gates.
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    LiftMaster
    The Future of Shade: Fabric Components in Sustainable Architectural Design
    The Future of Shade: Fabric Components in Sustainable Architectural Design Thumbnail Shade structures are becoming increasingly inherent to the design conversation. As the environment is constantly changing and evolving, our requirements for shade are evolving along with it. This course provides an overview of how fabric is being integrated into architectural designs for exterior shading focusing on design, personal health, and energy efficiency.
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    Sunbrella
    Thermal Spacers for Code Compliance and Improved Energy Efficiency in Metal Buildings
    Thermal Spacers for Code Compliance and Improved Energy Efficiency in Metal Buildings Thumbnail The key to an energy-efficient metal building is the implementation of a continuous insulation system that eliminates thermal bridging and prevents condensation. This course discusses how using thermal spacer blocks and metal building insulation in the building envelope increases energy performance and meets stringent energy code requirements.
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    Planning Guide for Accessible Restrooms
    Planning Guide for Accessible Restrooms Thumbnail Restroom facilities should provide easy access and use for all users, regardless of ability. It is becoming increasingly important to know the tools needed to properly plan an accessible restroom that will meet the requirements of the ADA and other standards. This course will explore how accessibility standards accommodate a wide range of users, including how to design lavatories, toilet compartments, bathing facilities, and their accessories to meet accessibility requirements.
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    Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.
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    Engineered Segmental Retaining Walls
    Engineered Segmental Retaining Walls Thumbnail Segmental retaining walls (SRWs) can strengthen steep slopes, hold back soil in grade changes, create useable land, and enhance the aesthetics of any landscape. This course looks at the site and application factors that determine whether a segmental retaining wall must be engineered and soil reinforced, and provides technical information about the components and construction of an SRW.
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    Air Curtains: Energy Savings & Occupant Comfort
    Air Curtains: Energy Savings & Occupant Comfort Thumbnail Provides an overview of how air curtains contribute to occupant comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality when the door is open. Discusses how air curtains work, applications, controls, and how to select and install. This course also reviews how air curtains improve whole building energy efficiency versus conventional methods.
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    Berner International Corp.
    Shining a Light on BIM – An Enlightening Introduction
    Shining a Light on BIM – An Enlightening Introduction Thumbnail Provides an overview of how designers and engineers have moved from their basic 2D environment, into a highly intelligent, collaborative world based in the cloud. Design, construction, and building maintenance will never be the same.
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    Solid Surface: Seamless Form with Function
    Solid Surface: Seamless Form with Function Thumbnail Provides an overview of the history of solid surface as a decorative material with a discussion on product characteristics and attributes, and a comparison of sustainability factors of three hard surface materials and their environmental impact.
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    Thick Outdoor Porcelain Tile Paving Systems
    Thick Outdoor Porcelain Tile Paving Systems  Thumbnail Provides an overview of the performance characteristics and installation options for 20 mm (2 cm) thick porcelain tiles that are designed and made specifically for outdoor applications.
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    Advances in Plumbing Design for Healthcare
    Advances in Plumbing Design for Healthcare Thumbnail Healthcare facilities are now striving to meet the needs of all patients to offer not only healthy and safe spaces, but inclusive spaces as well. Recent advances in plumbing design for healthcare facilities are helping to keep all patients and caregivers safe and healthy. This course reviews innovations in plumbing design and how these designs support trending healthcare needs, such as infection prevention, behavioral healthcare, and bariatric and ADA patients.
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    Whitehall Manufacturing
    Terrazzo Flooring Systems
    Terrazzo Flooring Systems Thumbnail For generations, designers have turned to the beauty and functionality offered by terrazzo. In recent years, new technologies and materials mean terrazzo can respond to the needs of the most modern buildings. This course covers the evolution of terrazzo, terrazzo flooring systems, and the environmental advantages of terrazzo and how they apply to sustainable initiatives for indoor air quality, recycling, and resource efficiency.
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    National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association
    Brickwork Aesthetics
    Brickwork Aesthetics Thumbnail Brick's modular size gives it a level of design flexibility not found with many other materials. This course discusses how brick’s size, shape, texture, color, and position in a wall can be used to create walls with unique appearances. The addition of striking design elements through the use of details such as arches, recessed and projecting courses, brick sculpture, and specially shaped brick is also examined.
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    PVC Roofing Materials: Performance, Construction, & Functionality
    PVC Roofing Materials: Performance, Construction, & Functionality Thumbnail In roofing systems, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) membrane has been used as a waterproofing material for over 40-years. This course discusses the environmental profile of PVC, the role PVC single-ply roofing membranes play in high-performance building design, and the key selection criteria to consider when specifying a PVC single-ply membrane for a specific application.
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    Stainless Steel Textured Metals for Resilient Design
    Stainless Steel Textured Metals for Resilient Design Thumbnail The many unique benefits and performance properties offered by stainless steel make it a powerful candidate in materials selection. This course discusses deep textured, three dimensional metals used in architectural applications and elaborates on: the metallurgy of metals; the environmental benefits of stainless steel; and the specification of stainless steel and deep textured metals.
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    Direct-Vent Gas Fireplace Code & Standards
    Direct-Vent Gas Fireplace Code & Standards Thumbnail This course presents an introduction to the types of gas fireplaces and vents, and covers the applicable code and standards for direct-vent, factory-built gas fireplaces. Also included are discussions on the new protective safety barrier requirements, test methods for fireplace efficiency, and typical steps for installing a direct-vent gas fireplace and barriers.
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    Thermoplastic Roofing Systems
    Thermoplastic Roofing Systems Thumbnail Made to withstand the elements over time, learn how Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) membranes are designed to offer exceptional resistance to ultraviolet light, ozone, and weathering. Gain an understanding of why TPO single-ply roofing systems are the fastest-growing commercial roofing product, and have gained broad industry acceptance for their many performance and installation advantages such as heat-welded seams. This course reinforces that not all thermoplastic roofing solutions are alike, and that TPO is the most environmentally friendly thermoplastic available.
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    Firestone Building Products
    What's In A Wall? Components in a Cavity Wall
    What's In A Wall? Components in a Cavity Wall Thumbnail There are several key elements that must be considered with a cavity wall system. Heat, air, and moisture — both vapor and liquid — have a definite impact on how a cavity wall system should be designed and constructed. Once these elements have been addressed, a cavity wall system will increase energy efficiency, meet the required energy and fire code standards, and will provide cost-savings over the life of the building.
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    Sustainable High Pressure Decorative Laminate
    Sustainable High Pressure Decorative Laminate Thumbnail Provides an overview of the performance characteristics, fabrication techniques, and manufacturing processes of High Pressure Decorative Laminate (HPDL) which make it a sustainable decorative surfacing solution for commercial and residential applications.
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    Sealed Integral Blind Assemblies
    Sealed Integral Blind Assemblies Thumbnail This course provides an overview of integral blind assemblies and discusses their benefits over conventional blinds, components and framing options, performance characteristics and testing standards, and common applications.
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    Roofing Insulation and Cover Boards
    Roofing Insulation and Cover Boards Thumbnail Arguably, selecting insulation and cover boards is the most important decision when designing a roofing system because of the many benefits these products provide in terms of service life, building safety, and energy efficiency. This course explores the characteristics, advantages, and cautions of the primary insulation and cover boards on the commercial roofing market today, and then considers the installation methodologies that will optimize the building's energy efficiency.
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    Firestone Building Products
    Concrete Faced Continuous Insulation Systems
    Concrete Faced Continuous Insulation Systems Thumbnail Provides an overview of design criteria used in designing energy efficient buildings using concrete faced continuous insulation systems for low-slope roofing, walls and foundations. Included are discussions on protective membrane roof (PMR) systems, concrete faced insulated panels for walls and foundations, and concrete structural insulated panels (CSIPs).
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    T. Clear Corporation
    Next Generation Solid Surface
    Next Generation Solid Surface Thumbnail Provides an overview of the characteristics of 100% Acrylic Solid Surface compared to other surface materials and the driving factors that contribute to its growing role in sustainable design strategies. Also discussed are the manufacturing, fabricating, and thermoformable processes of 100% Acrylic Solid Surface and the related green standards and certification programs.
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    Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs): Benefits and Advantages
    Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs): Benefits and Advantages Thumbnail It is an expectation that today’s buildings have to be more than just aesthetically pleasing, they have to provide measurable benefits. This course outlines the environmental benefits of insulated concrete forms (ICFs) and examines the advantages that ICFs and ICF technology have over conventional construction materials for building envelopes in all building types.
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    An Introduction to Waterstop
    An Introduction to Waterstop Thumbnail Provides an overview of the manufacturing, history, properties and types of products available, selection for various conditions and proper installation techniques of waterstop into concrete structures.
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    JP Specialties, Inc.
    Preventive Biocidal Surfaces: Expanding the Scope of Interior Design for Healthcare
    Preventive Biocidal Surfaces: Expanding the Scope of Interior Design for Healthcare Thumbnail Provides an overview of various design approaches that mitigate the many health hazards associated with contaminated surfaces in health care environments, with a specific focus on preventive biocidal surfaces that utilize embedded technology that actively protects against microbial contamination.
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