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  •  1 hour

    This course discusses the importance of bathroom design. There is now a new way to design both the bathroom and the traffic within the bathroom. A deep analysis was done from a third party in looking as various types of how to have sustainable deigned hand dryers to be used in revolutionary designed bathrooms.


  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of air knife hand dryers that benefit the environment through energy-efficiency, resource conservation, and waste reduction, and benefit all members of society by meeting ADA requirements and Universal Design principles.


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  •  1 hour

    In many urban watersheds regulators are adopting green infrastructure solutions for stormwater management. Retrofitting impervious pavement with materials designed to infiltrate stormwater is one obvious solution. The use of permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) in parking lots and driveways has grown significantly in the last decade. Dozens of publications have demonstrated the runoff and pollutant control benefits these systems provide. However, parking lots and driveways cover relatively small areas within an urban watershed. Some municipalities now recognize that municipal roadways and alleyways can be designed to handle vehicular traffic while also functioning as a stormwater control measure using PICP. This presentation will describe how PICP systems are designed and constructed. Examples will illustrate the keys to properly constructing and maintaining these effective stormwater management systems. An update on the Southeast Atlanta Green Infrastructure Project will be provided highlighting how Atlanta converted six miles of impervious roadway to PICP to reduce flooding and combined sewer overflows. The presentation will conclude with lessons learned related to utilities, roadway slopes, and maintenance.


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  •  1 hour

    This program will address the use of Direct-Anchorage installation methods for segmental retaining wall (SRW) applications. The presentation identifies site conditions that require innovative construction solutions to stabilize soil or rock conditions, and explains how tieback, soil nailing and anchorage system can be utilized. An overview comparing top-down construction techniques with traditional bottom-up methods for SRW applications is also reviewed


  •  1 hour

    This presentation provides an introduction to permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) systems. An overview of the problem with impervious surfaces and the advantages of Low Impact Development, specifically stormwater infiltration practices through pavement surfaces. The presentation addresses designing for hydrological and structural requirements, and reviews required details. The design approach discussed is based on the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s PICP design manual. Specifications and maintenance requirements are reviewed along with information on winter performance. Several project case studies illustrate the construction process.


  •  1 hour

    This program provides a brief overview of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) systems and then focuses on the long-term surface infiltration performance of these effective stormwater control measures. Mechanisms for sedimentation and clogging of PICP joints is discussed along with a review of ASTM C 1781 testing procedures. Total Suspended Solids (TSS) removal efficiencies and current research on variables that contribute to hydraulic performance of PICPs are discussed. The presentation concludes with information on surface infiltration maintenance and restoration methods including a review of available cleaning machines. PICP maintenance costs and inspection checklists are also reviewed.


  •  1 hour

    One of the most exciting developments in outdoor living is the arrival of ¾” thick porcelain outdoor pavers. The concept began to spark interest in 2012 and is continuing to grow in popularity. Outdoor porcelain pavers have the same benefits as regular porcelain –being frost-resistant, skid-resistant, durable and easy to clean – combined with incredibly high breakage loads (up to 2,000 pounds) creates the perfect solution for gardens, terraces and high traffic outdoor areas. Outdoor porcelain pavers can be dry laid onto grass, gravel, dirt and sand – or onto terraces and roofs using raised supports – without grout, adhesives or specialized workers, making installation incredibly easy


  •  1 hour

    This program will provide an overview of how interlocking concrete pavement systems can be applied to commercial projects to enhance the value, performance and pavement life cycle costs. The presentation addresses how pavers can aid in defining themes, character and space through creative patterns, and explains how paver systems work. Site conditions that impact paver performance are highlighted, including issues related to access, safety, specifications, and construction details. Finally, the program concludes with a discussion on sustainability and attributes that pavers offer commercial installations.


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  •  1 hour

    This program will provide an overview of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil – Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS), a bridge design concept being promoted by the Federal Highway Administration to accelerate construction time and offer significant cost savings for the construction of local, county and state bridges. Segmental Retaining Wall (SRW) facing elements, along with geosynthetic reinforcement material, is proving to be a viable solution for a majority of the bridges known to be structurally deficient and in need of replacement across our nation. The presentation addresses the design concept, key materials, specifications and important construction details. A case study example illustrating the construction sequence is also provided


  •  1 hour

    This program will address the latest innovative solutions for using Segmental Retaining Walls (SRWs) to address challenging site access conditions. The presentation reviews the characteristics of gravity wall and reinforced wall systems and introduces a new solution for utilizing SRWs in conditions where room for reinforcement is not available. The use of structural backfill and newly developed aesthetic facing systems can be used to create gravity wall structures. Installation details, the proper construction sequence, and specifications are also addressed.


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  •  1 hour

    This presentation covers best practices for designing, specifying and building segmental retaining walls (SRWs) as developed by industry since it’s start. The purpose of this session is to promote a zero wall failure initiative by educating the designers and specifiers in best practices related to segmental retaining walls.


  •  1 hour

    This presentation provides an introduction to permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) systems. An overview of the problem with impervious surfaces and the advantages of Low Impact Development, specifically stormwater infiltration practices through pavement surfaces. The presentation addresses designing for hydrological and structural requirements, and reviews required details. The design approach discussed is based on the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s PICP design manual. Specifications and maintenance requirements are reviewed along with information on winter performance. Several project case studies illustrate the construction process.


  •  1 hour

    This program will address the basic concepts about segmental retaining wall (SRW) systems. The presentation will address the history of reinforced earth structures and summarize the site conditions that impact SRW performance and design. Installation details, the proper construction sequence, and specifications are also addressed.


  •  1 hour

    An overview of vacuum technologies used in sci/tech facilities, with an emphasis on the benefits of local vacuum networks.


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    This 1 hour course focuses on segmental retaining walls compared to other wall systems. Attendees learn about the advancements within this part of the industry, as well as the evolution of segmental retaining walls. Attendees will also be reviewing factors of safety. The instructor will use a powerpoint presentation and handouts during the class.


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  •  1 hour

    The course reviews hospitality design trends by focusing on toilet system technology and incorporating into bathroom design. The program compares a variety of systems and discusses how each can enhance function and style within the space. The program will discuss the expanding role architects and designers play in water efficiency designs — striking a balance between sustainable needs and space saving, design flexibility. By narrowing the scope to bathroom design, attention will be given to examine the appropriate hospitality ADA design criteria.


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  •  1 hour

    The growth of electric vehicles (EVs) and the behavior of EV drivers are increasing the demand for electric vehicle charging stations. This education course explains the different types of charging available and their suitable applications. It discusses the planning and installation considerations for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)


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  •  1 hour

    This course will cover the benefits of photoluminescent (PL) safety products and the codes and testing standards related to photoluminescent way-finding systems. The course will describe in detail the 2009/2012 IBC/IFC path marking requirements in high-rise buildings as well as how UL 1994 and UL 924 apply to signage requirements and why they are important for luminous egress path markings and exit signs. Canadian architects will learn the specifics of the 2010 National Building Code of Canada and the ULC S572 standard.


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  •  1 hour

    This course outlines the inherent characteristics of insulated metal wall panels (IMP) and the wide range of applications where they are used in the built environment. Though insulated metal panels have been around for decades, many design professionals and building owners are often pleased by the design flexibility and superior aesthetics one can achieve with insulated metal panels. In today’s challenging environment, designers and building owners are compelled to consider the impact their buildings have on energy consumption, climate change, carbon emissions, natural resources and durability. Insulated metal panels offer unique solutions that are time-tested, affordable, elegant and beautiful envelope solutions!


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  •  1 hour

    This course is an overview of the advantages and design considerations, of utilizing insulated metal panel Façade systems as part of an overall high performance building envelope strategy. In addition to providing thermal and air tightness, insulated metal panel façade systems can accelerate speed of build and allows for greater design flexibility. This increased design flexibility provides designers and architects with unlimited choice to create buildings that combine ‘signature’ architectural and aesthetic impact with sustainability.


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    Presented by materials historian Grace Jeffers at select conferences.


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    Attendees will learn what types of applications and the benefits of moisture vapor barrier coatings. We will review floor surface preparation steps including how to achieve a clean and flat substrate. This class will teach the attendees how to determine if the substrate is of adequate dryness and remedy a damp substrate. Case History studies will show which applications are best suited for moisture vapor barrier coatings.


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  •  1 hour

    The one-hour session will cover energy performance of the roof assembly and materials, a review of ASHRAE with a complete energy analysis comparing different roof assemblies and various color membranes associated to geographic locations, “Cool” roofing, and construction generated moisture. Included will be a discussion of benefits and concerns on the interfacing of roof garden and photovoltaic with the roofing assembly. The conference will focus on the role single-ply membrane plays in today’s roofing market and its impact on tomorrow’s roof system performance.


  •  1 hour

    This one-hour session will cover the history, purpose, benefits, components, installation and code considerations of vegetative roofing systems. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the use of vegetative roofs, their environmental benefits, as well as their durability. All common system types are covered as well as detailed information on the components which are part of a vegetative roof assembly.


  •  1 hour

    TPO roofing membrane has now been part of the roofing industry for 20 years and has become the leading segment as far as total volume used on an annual basis. With almost 10 billion square feet installed around the world, TPO has proven that it is an effective roofing material providing building owners with a low-cost, highly reflective, energy efficient roof system. Participants will learn the advantages of TPO roofing membrane versus other materials and how the use of new technology has allowed TPO to become even more resistant to a wide range of rooftop conditions. There is a reason for the astronomical growth of this roofing membrane and the presenters will shed light on the reasons why.

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