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  •  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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  •  1 hour

    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 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.


  •  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.


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  •  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.


  •  1 hour

    This one-hour session will included topics ranging from industry issues, such as enhanced roofing system design options to trends within the market including ANSI/SPRI ES-1 for metal edging, ASCE 7, and the International Building Code, as well as roof system warranties. This presentation 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

    In the industry there is a need to sort out the confusion between the building codes, uplift rated assemblies, and warranties by explaining what each offers and how they should be considered. To understand the building code, we need to review how uplift is determined and the industry accepted rating method of roofing assemblies for comparison. After understanding the code criteria, how a roofing warranty wind speed coverage is regarded by the industry and building code will be reviewed to assist in clarification.


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    This session will take a close look at the durations offered on roof warranties to provide a better understanding of what is actually being covered by the membrane manufacturer. The presentation will include a discussion which will focus on selecting the correct roofing materials associated with the desired warranty duration. The session will also explain the importance of what is actually being covered under warranty, and ways in which the duration of warranty coverage can be misleading. In addition, examples of terminology commonly used within warranties will be dissected to show how language can be used to protect the membrane manufacturer. Information will be provided to assist the designer and building owner in identifying and selecting key terms that should be included in the warranty to ensure they are getting the best warranty possible.


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    In this program the participants will learn the physical performance advantages of fleece membranes that enable them to resist the forces of mother nature such as wind, hail, rain, and cold. In addition they will learn the performance advantages of urethane adhesives that eliminate the dependence on solvents with VOCs or asphalt derived from foreign sources of oil. Several re-roofing advantages afforded by fleece membranes will be covered where you can re-use existing roofing systems and minimize landfill waste. Multiple-ply membrane options utilizing highly reflective TPO or extremely weatherable EPDM as the cap sheet will also be covered.


  •  1 hour

    The one-hour session will cover options on how to go beyond a manufacturer’s specification to incorporate durable products and roofing assemblies. A review of membranes, insulations, cover boards, and insulation attachments will all be considered. In addition, time will be spent discussing energy performance of the roof assembly and materials, a review of energy analysis comparing different roof assemblies and various color membranes associated to geographic locations, and the potential impact on the building performance.


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  •  1 hour

    Participants will learn the features and benefits of EPDM roofing solutions that have been proven to perform as well as advancements in technology that contribute to higher quality installations and long term service life.


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    Designing for Performance is based on singly-ply roofing installation conditions that provide the best practice approaches to installations enhancements, including case studies and slides showing conditions and remedies. The presentation provides an overview of areas of single-ply roof systems design including but not limited to: Industry concerns, Metal Edging, Air Infiltration, Flashings, Membrane Securement, Insulation Adhesion, Membrane Adhesion, Insulation Options and Membrane Details


  •  1 hour

    The building envelope consists of all exterior components of a building –roof, walls, below-grade waterproofing, windows, skylights, and so on. When looking at these components it is important that each one be taken into consideration to prevent moisture or air from migrating into the building. The envelope is a complicated and integral part of any high performance building. However, it is often the most neglected portion. This presentation aims to educate the participants on the importance of the building envelope and how the individual components contained within the system must be designed, constructed, and maintained to ensure a long lasting, energy efficient building.


  •  1 hour

    The course provides an overview of commercial faucets, including the evolution of the modern faucet, design and installation consideration (aesthetics, technology), and their impact on water conservation. The program will discuss the expanding role architects and designers play in water efficiency designs. You will gain a better understanding of the different types of design tools available and specific green design guidelines for commercial applications.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of incorporating indoor water features in a variety of architectural applications, with a focus on system components and types of water features, as well as considerations for a successful installation.


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    Participants will be able to use the Cool Roof Ratings Council to locate product information mandated by new code amendments in many areas of the Country and LEED such as emissivity, reflectivity, and solar reflective index necessary to fight the Urban Heat Island Effect, understand several key roofing and waterproofing assemblies typically used, understand typical values or material performance requirements from minimum LEED and code requirements to maximum performance afforded by today’s technology in order to assist them in determining what types of products and designs would best fit their project and location and will have a general understanding of how traditional roofing systems contribute to the Urban Heat Island Effect in order to prompt them to more actively seek solutions to the problem both in roofing and other areas of their projects.


  •  1 hour

    Join us for an exclusive first look: Colour of the Year 2017


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  •  1 hour

    Learn how color integrity and paint properties impact your design projects

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