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  •  1 hour

    This course will give attendees an overview of how standard architectural aluminum framing products offered in Division 8: Glass & Glazing can be a key element of a design team’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED*) strategy. Standard components offered in architectural aluminum framing products can be major drivers for potential points in three categories: Energy and Atmosphere; Materials and Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality. Total building construction costs and LEED strategies do not need to work against each other. A cost effective LEED strategy can be achieved in part by gaining an understanding of the proper application of many standard components and how they are best utilized. For example, improvements in thermal technology, along with higher performing insulating glass units, will increase the thermal performance of glazed elevations and enhance energy optimization. Additionally, proper use of shading devices allows for expanded glass areas, resulting in greater views and harvesting of natural light. Shading of the glazed area permits the use of glass with higher visible light transmission while reducing solar heat gain. And today, commercial windows are offered with triple glazed insulating glass units along with baffles in the aluminum profiles’ cavities to prevent heat transfer through convection. This allows for leveraging Thermal Comfort and Enhanced Indoor Air Quality without sacrificing energy performance. Keep in mind that when putting together an aggressive LEED Strategy there is no need to pay for custom products. A proper understanding of the efficient application of standard products can position your project for the LEED certification process. *LEED is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council


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    Curtain wall systems are designed to protect the interior of a commercial building from the often harsh exterior environment. A curtain wall failure can be easy to resolve or lead to a lengthy and expensive remediation process. In many cases, curtain wall failures are caused by fairly simple errors that occur during the fabrication and installation process. These are errors that could easily be prevented by a wider awareness of how curtain walls perform and how to install them so they can perform as intended. All stakeholders in a commercial curtain wall project should have a high level understanding of the few errors that cause the majority of in-field failures. This presentation will highlight these errors so that all stakeholders will have a better understanding of what they should be looking for to ensure a safe and successful curtain wall application.


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    The course will provide you with an understanding of daylighting strategies including the relevance of daylight factor calculation and fabric characteristics. You will also be able to identify the impact of shading on LEED certification by discussion case study examples.


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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

    The program will discuss how architects and designers can get a better understanding of the market today in regards to servicing their customers. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the different types of tools available to keep your services relevant.


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  •  1 hour

    The world of social media has generated significant attention and interest. Knowing how to navigate your business message can be a daunting task. This course clarifies and delves into how social media can complement an existing marketing program and provides insight into how social media is being used within the design industry.


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  •  1 hour

    Knowing how to navigate your business message can be a daunting task. With so many channels available, too often a business’s website is only an afterthought. This course challenges you to think differently about the way you are representing your value proposition via your web presence.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of the key reasons to apply a primer to every surface before painting a topcoat. Surface preparation, typical primer applications, stain-blocking and functionally specific primers are discussed.


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    Find out the advantages and limitations of each of the different systems including: sheet, bentonite, blindside, cold-applied liquid, spray-applied liquid and hot-applied liquid waterproofing membranes.


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    The course will provide information on how to ensure a properly installed air barrier is achieved. Application instructions for both liquid/fluid and self-adhering air barrier membranes are provided. Critical construction details that affect the air barrier system performance are also discussed. At the conclusion of the presentation, course attendees will be able to: Understand air barrier definitions. Describe air barrier design considerations. Explain application guidelines and specific application instructions for liquid applied and self-adhering air barrier membranes. Identify critical details that effect air barrier performance.


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  •  1 hour

    Participants will receive general knowledge of air barriers as they are used in commercial building construction. Participants’ newly-gained knowledge of the subject matter will be assessed with two or three questions at the conclusion of each leaning objective, for a total of 12questions. At the conclusion of the presentation, course attendees will be able to: Describe an air barrier and its functional requirements. Recognize benefits provided by air barriers. Understand building code requirements for air barriers. Identify materials commonly installed as air barriers.


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  •  1 hour

    This presentation will discuss the features and benefits of green roof systems.


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    This course will review properdrainage composite, installation techniques and best practices.


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    This is an advanced course, with a target audience having substantial knowledge in building science and commercial wall construction. The purpose of this 2-hour presentation is provide instruction on the effective integration of adhered membrane materials in commercial wall assemblies. The presentation will the emphasize the interrelated functions of materials and systems in commercial wall construction. requires careful selection of materials, design review, qualified installers, coordination of work and a commissioning program with inspection and testing.


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    The purpose of this 1-hour presentation is to provide information to determine what type of blindside waterproofing system to use on various projects, tips for writing effective waterproofing and related specifications, understanding of the relationship between design, material and installation and pitfalls to avoid by using the wrong material.


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    This program introduces audiences to the many benefits provided by garden roofs. Drawing on 35 years of experience in Europe and North America, garden roofs have shown to aid in the reduction of urban heat islands, improve storm water management, protect roofing membranes and increase the amount of usable space. The course reviews typical components and installation methods of a garden roof.


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    What is the difference between abuse resistant and impact resistant gypsum board? What are the different types of abuse and impact resistant gypsum boards available? How do these products compare with regular gypsum or alternate methods of construction? This course covers product types, performance attributes and pros and cons of each system. This course assists architects and specifiers with making the appropriate product selections based on the required level of performance.


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    Provides an overview of gypsum board with emphasis on the characteristics that contribute to sustainable design. Includes indoor air quality and eliminating waste and selecting the appropriate product for the job conditions.


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    This course focuses on gypsum products manufactured with fiberglass facing which replaces the paper facing typically used on gypsum board. These products are regarded as “high performance” due to their superior weather resistance, superior fire resistance, superior mold resistance, and superior strength. Four common product types include panels manufactured for: 1) Exterior wall sheathing 2) shaft liner / area wall separations 3) Interior exposed conditions 4) Tile backer boards


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    Gypsum wallboard has been utilized in construction since 1917. It might be one of the most versatile building materials ever invented. But how many people really know gypsum, or perhaps were afraid to ask the question? This interactive presentation will walk you through the basics of gypsum board and introduce you to the latest innovation of high-performance products available in the marketplace.


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    That bright orange book on your shelf has a lot of great fire resistant information and is easy to use! Learn how to master the UL Fire Resistance Directory and use this resource in an effective and efficient way. We will take a basic look at this book and then drill down to examine fire-rated designs and assemblies.


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    Gypsum board is the common finish material of choice for a wide variety of building types and styles. As such, it has a notable impact on the interior appearance of a space depending on the degree of finish applied to it. Further, because of its prevalence in buildings, finished gypsum board can have a significant impact on the indoor environmental quality of the spaces inhabited by people, both during construction and subsequent occupancy.


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    This program takes an in-depth look at the many types of stucco systems available in today’s market. In particular, we will look at a new system called “Cement Board Stucco Systems,” which utilizes cement board as an interior/exterior sheathing.


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    An in-depth discussion on cement board for interior and exterior uses. This presentation is a review and comparison of cementitious backerboard or underlayment panels for use with ceramic tile, swimming pool and whirlpool decks, as well as exterior sheathing and exterior soffit panels.


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  •  1 hour

    Over the years sound transmission in wall partitions has been a difficult issue to resolve. The use of sound resilient metal channels, double stud and staggered stud walls filled with insulation was the design professional’s choice. As a result of innovation and a better understanding of acoustics, additional products are now available for the design of high STC wall assemblies.


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