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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of pre-engineered metal egress stairs including discussions on advantages, types, class, fabricator vs. manufacturer, railings, stair flight and landing construction, connections, and building code requirements.


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    Participants will receive an overview of fire safety provisions in the2012 IBC to understand their overall scope and intent. The focus of this course is on air barrier membrane compliance with the fire safety provisions of IBC 2012. At the conclusion of the course, attendees will master the following learning objectives: List the 6 basic elements of fire safety. Know the five construction types. Understand the basics of ASTM E 119, ASTM E 84 and NFPA 285Understand how IBC 2012 affects requirements for air barrier burn performance. Know the basic requirements for specifying an air barrier membrane that complies with fire safety provisions of IBC 2012.


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  •  1 hour

    This one-hour presentation is an in-depth discussion of the use of polyiso foam for commercial exterior wall construction. Topics covered are material fundamentals, product track record in construction, advantages in wall construction and successful installation. Attendees of this course will master four learning objectives: 1) List the basic characteristics and important physical properties of polyiso foam board insulation.. 2) Describe the track record and market adoption of polyiso insulation in building construction applications: 3) Explain the benefits afforded by polyiso insulation when used in exterior wall assemblies: 4) List the important elements of successful installation of polyiso insulation in exterior wall assemblies. Finally, the attendee will learn about the important elements of good installation of polyiso foam board on a jobsite. Construction documents, coordination of work, mockups, testing and inspection are all discussed. Also discussed are the importance of partnering with a qualified, experience installer and a reliable insulation manufacturer.


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  •  1 hour

    The objective is to study the operation of a water source heat pump system that delivers the following benefits over traditional heat pump systems. Less electrical consumption, less heating costs (40% to 60% lower), lower sound levels, more LEED contribution, less maintenance, less installation costs. We will demonstrate how these benefits are acheievable by turning the heating compressors OFF.


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    Recent research has found that current work environments are fulfilling the needs for collaboration and communication, but are doing a poor job of providing an acoustical environment free from distractions and conducive for productivity and speech privacy. This presentation will cover: Research on current satisfaction levels in workplace environments. Current design trends and associated acoustic issues. Fundamental acoustic principles. Sound masking technology and what it can and cannot do Participants will leave with an understanding of how to identify interior design factors that will signal the need for sound masking and approaches to address the issues.


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    Learn the fundamentals of fire rated doors and applications. Learn how to determine proper applications for various fire/smoke requirements and confirm that codes and accessibility requirements are met.


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    Learn the fundamentals of Life Cycle Costing. Identify how life cycle affects current costs, future savings and impacts sustainability.


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    Discusses the process of wood acetylation, the resulting changes to wood, applications for this product, its green credentials and a number of case studies involving acetylated wood.


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    This course provides a better understanding of the differences between storefront and curtain wall designs, functions, performance, cost and applications.


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    An introduction to ventilation and its impact on Indoor Air Quality. Includes an overview of the major differences in ASHRAE 2010 and ASHRAE 2013. This course explains the difference in Whole Building versus Spot ventilation and describes the three methods for complying with Whole Building ventilation, Exhaust, Supply and Balanced. Attendees will be able to compute, or look up, the amount of CFM to meet ASHRAE requirements and will gain an understanding of some installation techniques.


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  •  1 hour

    This presentation describes the functions and benefits of a thermal break in an aluminum fenestration framing system. There are many types of thermal breaks available in exterior architectural aluminum systems; it is important to understand what they are, how they perform and how to select the appropriate system for each project. Examples of the many methods of incorporating a thermal break into fenestration systems are illustrated and explained. Testing methods used to evaluate their performance are also explained.


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    This technical program discusses the proper application and selection of storefront framing systems and their appropriate components. A review of common storefront nomenclature plus structural loading and anchorage is included.


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    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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    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.


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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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