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  • Contemporary drinking fountains, water coolers, and bottle fillers provide communities with access to safe, clean drinking water. This course recounts the history of the drinking fountain and addresses regulations surrounding drinking water distribution guidelines for specifying commercial water delivery systems.


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  • Many food and beverage processing facilities are concerned with bacterial growth that can trigger an outbreak. With increasing regulations like FSMA, it’s important for every plant to look for ways to be proactive in the management of equipment and processes. By identifying how to counteract bacterial growth, processing plants can defend themselves against deadly and costly recalls. An important area that is often overlooked are the electrical systems and devices present in food processing plants. There are a range of cost-effective and easy-to-implement plant safety solutions that can prevent contamination from these systems


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  • Electrical systems that deliver access to permanent power and enable device connectivity are critical components of the design and operation of high performance buildings. Today’s mobile technology means people can connect and move freely between the indoors and outdoors, and integrate their social and work lives, anytime, anywhere. This course examines permanent outdoor power delivery offerings, including charging stations and in-ground power boxes, that support the growing demand for connectivity and data and audio visual communications in outdoor spaces, and help to create an outdoor environment that promotes longer stays, stimulates creativity, and increases productivity.


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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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  • By the end of this CEU, participants will have learned what mindfulness is, and where it started, the physical and mental health, safety and wellness benefits associated with mindfulness, and how to plan and design spaces that encourage mindfulness. Case studies of different companies that incorporate mindfulness spaces into their space plans are presented, as are the resultant effects on worker health and productivity. Finally, connections with the International Well Building Institute’s standard are discussed.


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  • Laminated glass is a favored material for indoor and outdoor projects. Increasingly, photography and other digital images are popular choices for incorporating design elements into the glass. While it can be difficult for designers to source appropriate imagery, new online design tools that use vector graphics solve this problem and provide designers with virtually unlimited choices for including visual imagery in architectural glass. This course looks at how vector graphics are used in architectural design by exploring where, why and how they’re incorporated into a variety of materials, manufacturing processes and applications. Next, it explains what vector graphics are and how they differ from raster images. The course then examines how vector graphics are used in architectural laminated glass. It ends with project examples.


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  • Laminated glass is a favored material for indoor and outdoor projects. Increasingly, photography and other digital images are popular choices for incorporating design elements into the glass. While it can be difficult for designers to source appropriate imagery, new online design tools that use vector graphics solve this problem and provide designers with virtually unlimited choices for including visual imagery in architectural glass. This course looks at how vector graphics are used in architectural design by exploring where, why and how they’re incorporated into a variety of materials, manufacturing processes and applications. Next, it explains what vector graphics are and how they differ from raster images. The course then examines how vector graphics are used in architectural laminated glass. It ends with project examples.


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  • Selecting materials and finishes is an integral part of specifying site furniture products. This course reviews typical conditions inherent to outdoor environments, along with the potential impact on materials, products and installed projects. A range of materials commonly used outdoors, including wood, metal, concrete and glass, is examined against a selection framework that compares conventional materials with high-performance options, and considers material durability, performance, aesthetics, and environmental impact. Examples of outdoor products incorporating materials that balance these diverse criteria while offering tremendous design potential are also examined.


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  • Selecting materials and finishes is an integral part of specifying site furniture products. This course reviews typical conditions inherent to outdoor environments, along with the potential impact on materials, products and installed projects. A range of materials commonly used outdoors, including wood, metal, concrete and glass, is examined against a selection framework that compares conventional materials with high-performance options, and considers material durability, performance, aesthetics, and environmental impact. Examples of outdoor products incorporating materials that balance these diverse criteria while offering tremendous design potential are also examined.


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  • Identify key improvements in LEED version 4 applicable to fire-rated glass. Identify how fire-rated glass can help achieve LEED version 4 credit points. This course helps architects understand the importance of the sustainability aspects of fire-rated glass. We review HPD’s, EPD’s, LCA’s and LEED points and provide information on what the transparency documents mean and why they are needed to gather LEED points.


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  • Fire-rated glazing, combined with fire-rated framing, provides the maximum fire protection of people and property. Modern fire rated framing has several design elements that allows the product to blend harmoniously to other design details. Flush interrupted surfaces can be achieved with a system having less vertical or horizontal framing members. Discrete joint intersections can be utilized as well, allowing the product to work with popular corner details. This allows for expansive curtain wall systems in applications that require high-span, self-supporting construction. This course will explore how to push the design envelope with fire-rated glazing and framing systems.


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  • Health, safety, and welfare remain a fundamental aspect of building design practices. Incorporating fire-rated glass products provides creative design options while adhering to current model building codes. The new generation of fire-rated products is available in larger sizes that can withstand a fire for longer periods of time, and many fire-rated products can provide high impact safety rating, solar control, sound reduction, bullet resistance and hurricane impact safety, to name only a few multi-functional features. This course will define categories of fire-rated glass products, as well as the related test standards and current building code requirements for specifying architectural fire-rated glazing.


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  • This program will address the latest innovative solutions for using Segmental Retaining Walls (SRWs) to address challenging site access conditions. The presentation reviews the characteristics of gravity wall and reinforced wall systems and introduces a new solution for utilizing SRWs in conditions where room for reinforcement is not available. The use of structural backfill and newly developed aesthetic facing systems can be used to create gravity wall structures. Installation details, the proper construction sequence, and specifications are also addressed.


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  • Review Color Trends 2019 Palette


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    Date Time State Location Contact Pre-Register
    October 17, 2018 12:00 PM WI Ethan Allen Brookfield wi Mary M Hoffman
    October 17, 2018 6:00 PM NJ Complete Tile Diana Rattazzi
    October 23, 2018 6:00 PM OH Ace Paints Dorothy Hazinski
    October 25, 2018 6:00 PM PA Colour Magic Dorothy Hazinski
    November 1, 2018 6:30 PM ME Italian Heritage Center Marion Beaulieu
    November 7, 2018 12:00 PM FL Miele Experience Center Melissa Blanchenay
    November 8, 2018 6:00 PM OH Fairfield Paint Dorothy Hazinski
    November 8, 2018 6:00 PM CO STIR Furniture Maggie Odell
    November 14, 2018 5:30 PM NY Complete Tile Collection Amy Figueroa
  • Review Color Trends 2019 Palette


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    Date Time State Location Contact Pre-Register
    October 25, 2018 2:30 PM NY Robert Allen Showroom Amy Figueroa
    November 1, 2018 6:00 PM TX Dallas Market Center Allison Berry
  • 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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  • Green building is about architectural and human performance – creating spaces to enhance the experience – and LEED® v4 and other green programs can drive market transformation. This course demonstrates how LEED® requirements are changing to increasingly emphasize materials and health, and how new credits with higher standards for health and performance are raising the bar for project teams and the sustainable buildings they design. Case studies where insulation products were used in green buildings will be discussed.


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  • As the demand for zero-energy buildings drives the need for better-insulated and airtight walls, moisture and hygrothermal performance become increasingly important considerations in the design process. In this course, learn from hygrothermal experts about the physics of heat and moisture transfer. Observe the technical application of cutting-edge tools for performing combined energy modeling and hygrothermal analysis. This session will expand on today’s durability design methods for wall systems.


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  • 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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  • 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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  • This course provides an overview of wall layers; air control, moisture control, water drainage, and thermal performance. It discusses options for maintaining continuity at penetrations, transitions and terminations, considering sequencing, jobsite conditions, and installation methods. It reviews case studies of common field installation problems and provides solutions for creating the complete wall enclosure.


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  • 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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  • Commercial roofing systems are quite varied. As such, their performance expectations are varied, and their suitability for different applications vary. Certain types of high performance roofing systems require specific components, and performance standards to achieve energy efficient and durable life cycle performance. This course describes the high performance attributes of extruded polystyrene insulation (XPS) in commercial roofing applications including PRMA (green/vegetated), mechanically attached & fully adhered single-ply, architectural metal and recover systems for which XPS is uniquely suited. It defines the building code/performance standards and best specification practices for those systems. Further, it compares various insulation types, how they are manufactured, and how the manufacturing process affects the physical properties and performance of each type of insulation.


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  • An education tour of how brushes and rollers are manufactured, the course will discuss quality control, features and benefits, and the supply chain.


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    Date Time State Location Contact Pre-Register
    October 18, 2018 1:30 PM OH The Wooster Brush Factory / AIA & CSI NE Ohio Dorothy Hazinski
  • Roof top paver systems have become an integral part of commercial roofing that not only improves the energy efficiency but also increases the life expectancy. Roof top pavers provide a durable surface protecting the roofing system from thermal shock, UV degradation and impact. In addition to these benefits, roof top pavers also add the ability to increase the useable square footage of a structure by providing a durable pedestrian surface on roof decks.


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