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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of an innovative way to update existing architectural elements - columns, walls, doors and other surfaces - to lessen impact on landfill and facility operations and improve building occupant experience.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of the principles of passive fire protection, testing requirements for through penetrations, construction joints, rated duct enclosures, emergency circuitry protection, and identifying listed systems for your construction projects.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of safety and security window film and attachment systems and includes discussions on the history of films and film classifications, the functional benefits and applications of window films and attachments systems, as well as relevant testing standards and specifications.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of the significant role solar control window film can play in a energy savings, occupant comfort, and daylighting strategies for architectural applications.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of the significant role daylighting can play in in building design and retrofit. The presentation will go through different strategies that can be utilized as well as the effectiveness of each.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of an innovative method for bonding glass and architectural panels into building facades and for interior architectural applications. The presentation will offer insights into the advantages of alternative attachment methods, review case studies, and discuss design criteria.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of air barrier construction in commercial buildings and offer insights into the benefits of air barriers. The course covers design considerations, substrate preparation, material compatibility, common application errors, testing, and warranties.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of the classification of paints, advantages and disadvantages of latex versus alkyd coatings, surface preparation and priming techniques, and causes and solutions for common paint problems.


  •  1 hour

    Review hardware systems for large format doors (Function). Review insect, light, and solar protection for large openings (Control). Review stand alone door systems that integrated control devices into single frames (Integration).


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  •  1 hour

    Illustrates how the use of color can express our individuality and culture, and how the past can inspire us with fresh ideas for using color in the present. Highlighting the prevalent colors of more than ten decades, this course also looks at the societal, political, technological and cultural influences which impacted and defined the personality of each decade.


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  •  1 hour

    Learn how lighting technology impacts your color decision.


  •  1 hour

    This course reviews the importance of integrating daylighting into a building's design and how it contributes to a healthier indoor environment. Participants will gain insight on testing and standards, and learn about different translucent technologies. The components of a successful daylighting strategy and what defines a high-performance daylighting system will also be discussed.


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  •  1 hour

    This course provides an overview of mineral wool, its manufacturing process, use, and its contribution to sustainable buildings as a continuous insulation including rain screen principles, types of rain screen assemblies, why use continuous insulation, advantages of mineral wool, installation recommendations and mineral wool insulation LEED® contributions.


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  •  1 hour

    Still one of the most complex and least understood areas where fire can spread is at the perimeter of a building. The objective of this course is to provide a better understanding of why fire containment is important for the life safety of occupants in the building as well as the safety of emergency responders. Participants of this course will learn how to identify proper curtain wall design techniques that will provide fire safety in multi-story curtain wall applications.


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  •  1 hour

    Thermafiber® is a leading manufacturer of mineral (Slag and Rock) wool insulation and a strong proponent of life safety in multi-story buildings. While a division of the United States Gypsum company, Thermafiber pioneered curtain wall fire containment systems through 30 plus years of testing and documentation on fire protection of the perimeter joint at the exterior curtain wall. As a result, high-rise fires, as well as concerns regarding terrorist activities, have raised the building communities’ awareness on providing life safety through fire protective design and construction that allows occupants a safe egress out of a building. This course take a more in depth look into the proper design of perimeter fire containment systems. The two-hour presentation still covers the basics of perimeter fire barrier systems while discussing the actual design and specific curtain wall materials such as glass, aluminum and steel spandrels.


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  •  1 hour

    In today’s high performance building market, specifying materials that work together as a complete wall system is more critical than ever. Systems can help designers meet new energy codes, reduce costs, and improve building function and sustainability while making the design process faster and simpler. This course will educate participants on the functional components and system attributes of the most common exterior wall system, steel stud with masonry veneer. The course will detail key system components such as continuous and stud cavity insulation, air/water resistive barriers, air sealing practices, masonry wall ties and water drainage/management practices. Key codes and standards will be reviewed to define system interaction and key specification practices to insure wall system designs are consistent with recent advances in building analysis, new code requirements, revised test methods, and a comprehensive, systems approach to wall systems.


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  •  1 hour

    This course explains the differences in structure and performance of two forms of rigid foam insulation, Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS). Differences in the manufacturing processes are presented, explaining how they produce very different performance attributes, especially water absorption and R-value. The negative impact of water absorption on R-value and structural integrity is explained, providing an understanding of why codes and standards are sometimes very specific in requiring extruded polystyrene in applications where prolonged exposure to water occurs.


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  •  1 hour

    This course will focus on interior noise control and will present an introduction into each area of noise control (absorption, isolation, and blocking) as they relate to the building envelope. Each aspect will be explored with an emphasis on how energy behaves when it interacts with various noise control products. Practical applications of materials for each type will also be discussed. At the end of the course each participant will have an understanding of how absorption, isolation, and blocking can be used to effectively increase acoustic comfort in a building space.


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  •  1.50 hour

    This course explains the basics of shingle types and construction, roof terminology and testing for compliance with applicable codes. The course also covers specific code requirements, code referenced standards and related test protocols, and proper installation. Design practices will be improved by familiarizing attendees with information sources such as manufacturer design guides, proposed code changes, engineering analysis and the public database discussion.


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  •  1 hour

    This course explains the NFPA 285 test method, its origin, its procedures, when it is required, and design considerations necessary to comply with it. The course explains the fire/life safety objective of NFPA 285. Selected sections of the International Building Code are reviewed to identify the types of construction and circumstances that require NFPA 285 compliance. The criteria in ASHRAE 90.1 for continuous insulation and air/water resistive barriers are reviewed and identified as contributors to the rise of NFPA 285 requirements. To understand the key wall assembly layers that determine compliance, the course reviews insulation, air/water resistive barriers, and exterior cladding options. Design practices will be improved by familiarizing attendees with information sources such as manufacturer design guides, proposed code changes, engineering analysis and the public database discussion.


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  •  1 hour

    This course explains the considerations to be addressed when using rigid foam plastic continuous insulation on steel stud/masonry veneer wall systems including designing for thermal efficiency, water, air and vapor management, masonry wall tie methods, and NFPA 285 fire testing.


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  •  1 hour

    Proves an overview of Mineral Wool Panel, with a focus on the performance properties of mineral wool core panels in terms of their green features and fire resistance ratings. Code requirements, design specifications, and environmental considerations are also discussed.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of insulated metal wall and roof panels (IMPs) in terms of their material, finish, and construction life cycle, designed with features and benefits to enhance building performance, conserve energy and contribute to the sustainable built environment.


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  •  1 hour

    This course covers common on-site exterior paint failure issues and their causes and describes the factory coating process for exterior woodwork, substrate materials, installation tips and its many other benefits.


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  •  1 hour

    Louver design and performance. Introduction and education.


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