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  •  1 hour

    Identify on drawings or in the field the three roof conditions that utilize perimeter edge metal, and name the ANSI/SPRI standards written for those conditions. Use ANSI/SPRI ES-1 to calculate the vertical and horizontal negative pressures on perimeter edge due to wind. Specify in Division 7, Thermal and Moisture Protection, the three perimeter edge metal test methods required by code (IBC). Recognize, when designing or specifying perimeter edge metal, three common perimeter edge metal design and installation errors, and explain how they can be avoided.


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    Understand various types of rain screen wall systems. Identify importance of critical nature of air and water resistance barriers in energy efficiency. Discover and define the importance of integrating continuous insulation. Simplifying energy efficiency of rain screens utilizing insulated metal panels.


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    Experience the concepts that inspired Color Trends 2018 and the Color of the Year.


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    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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    Porcelain tile is a form of ceramic tile that is made from a porcelain clay, quartz, and feldspar. This course highlights the advantages of using a 20mm (2cm) thick porcelain paving system in hardscape designs. Thick 20mm (2cm) porcelain tiles are specifically made for outdoor use and utilize a blend of design, versatility, performance, simplicity of installation, and eco-sustainability.


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    This course will better inform the designer on quartz, the history, its relationship with quartz surfacing materials and the manufacturing process of quartz surfacing materials. Design professionals will learn the differences between solid surfaces, stone surfaces and quartz surfaces.


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    In this course, we explore a cutting edge technology, called Ultracompact Surfacing. The audience will gain insight into how this surfacing material possesses similar characteristics of natural stone while providing unmatched durability and design flexibility. We sill also explore its optimal use as classing in a rainscreen application, as well as other options for material use.


  •  1 hour

    Experience the concepts that inspired Color Trends 2018 and the Color of the Year.


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    Nowadays the request for good soundproofing in multi-story buildings is more in demand than ever. New construction methods and new materials used cause different ways to do the soundproofing to achieve performant level of noise reduction. To reach our goal, we will have to go through the different components of the buildings such as the structure, the floors, the ceilings, the insulation, etc. and the way to obtain a good result.


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    This presentation focuses on commercial roofing vapor retarders, and covers the fundamental requirements for materials that serve as commercial roofing vapor retarders as well as air barriers and water-resistive barriers. This review includes US Building Code requirements for these materials. The presentation examines industry challenges and solutions related to construction, exposures and the building environment.


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    Wall system applications are becoming more and more common in the building envelope industry today. Explore the science behind wall systems and the tangible benefits of incorporating this technology into building structures. There is an emphasis on the differences between air barriers and vapor barriers and which is the best given climate and wall assembly


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    Explore the technology, history and benefits of single ply roof systems, with a core focus on EPDM, PVC, and TPO


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    History and development of SBS-modified bitumen waterproofing systems, including addition of FR additives impacting sheet performance in catastrophic fire events allowing protection for building occupants. Modified bitumen sheet anatomy, incorporating discussion of self-adhesive and sanded sheet cold adhesive sheet installations and their impact on building occupants. Methodology of roof system application, including pertinence to environmental and safety impact review modified bitumen membrane surfacing including highly reflective surfacing material options and their impact on building performance and subsequent occupant comfort.


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    Waterproofing problem solving using PMMA CFA (Cold Fluid Applied) Roofing and Waterproofing Membrane Systems


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    This course features a broad discussion on Vegetated Roof Systems, including their history, the variety of types, and the various components that comprise these systems, as well as their numerous benef


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    This presentation discusses the overall importance for below grade waterproofing systems as well as the other various types of systems. The Presentation also explores modes of failure and the negative impact of moisture infiltration into a structure.


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    When it comes to designing a spa-like shower system, a designer must balance the client’s desire for a spa-like experience with the requirements of stringent codes and standards. This course discusses water conservation; applicable codes, standards, and guidelines; and the showerhead technologies that address conservation issues.


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    This program address the issues that are hindering the Landscape and construction industry. It will take a hard look at what trends are growing and what areas of landscape construction should be concentrated on. This program will also focus on how to face the construction obstacles by using products that are production, time saving, and profit orientated.


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    This session will cover the impact of excessive fats, oils, and grease (FOG) on the sanitary sewer system. You will learn about the various types of Grease Interceptors, North American performance standards and sizing calculations required to provide the optimum grease management solution for a given application.


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    This course is designed to provide a continuation of Phase 1 wood finishing. This includes hands-on water based and pigmented finishing, stain matching and how to teach stain matching, advanced finishing techniques, along with classroom information on equipment systems, problem resolution and sales tips/techniques. he course is 40% classroom and 60% hands-on.


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    Gauged Porcelain (thin) Tile technology is exploding in the market. The installation process of gauged large format porcelain tile technology is both similar and different when compared to traditional tile installations. Gauged Porcelain Tile technology will have new standards developed for the tile and installation process. This course will help you: Understand the benefits of gauged (thin) porcelain tile panels and various installation methods - List the types of setting materials and the benefits of each - Determine which method is most appropriate for various applications - Understand occupant and environmental health benefits, including respirable silica, VOC’s, sound abatement, and recycled content – Be aware of common failures and how to avoid them - total project cost and timeline improvement opportunities.


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    Over time urban parks and other open landscaped areas are being lost to development. One solution to mitigate this issue is to reconsider undeveloped areas such as building roofs to create green amenity spaces. Amenity decks can provide some alleviation of lost green space, while affording developers the potential to monetize unutilized spaces in their buildings and provide an advantage over older buildings to attract tenants.


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    Few aspects of the design process are conducted in “silos” as disassociated from one another as how many projects approach interior concrete slab specifications and subsequent flooring specification sections. This is not done intentionally, rather it is by-product of lack of coordination, and fundamental misunderstanding, between those involved with the structural elements and those involved with the aesthetic and finishing elements. During this presentation, we will discuss sustainability and what it means; drawing the attendee into a clear discussion of how sustainability relates to LEED, Lean Construction, Green Building, and process improvement. Inconsistencies with current specification processes related to concrete moisture as compared to the tenets of sustainability will be exposed, with clear recommendations given as to how the specifying professional can resolve those disconnects.


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    At the end of this program, participants will be able to: summarize the pros and cons of differing shower waterproofing systems in terms of price, aesthetic appeal, time and ease of installation, leakproofing, and other considerations list the benefits of one-piece, tileable shower products with an emphasis on preventing water intrusion, and therefore, mold and mildew issues list the various design elements that can be integrated to create a spa-like shower experience specify shower pans and accessories to accomplish both the clients’ aesthetic and functional goals


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    Attendees of this course will receive one CEU credit and participate in an afternoonof spray foam educational information. We will cover the spray foam basics, including safety equipment, spray equipment, the difference between open and closed cell foams, building codes, spray foam limitations of use, as well as multiple applications on different substrates and building types.


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