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  • This presentation reviews public safety and accessibility design considerations when selecting unit concrete pavers for walkway surfaces. Current ADA criteria, slip resistance standards and test methods, and latest developments related to a new roughness index for wheelchair vibration will be addressed. Other paver safety topics covered include: chamfer widths and ease of transition, visibility and color contrast, truncated dome requirements, permeable pavement surface openings, snowplowing, use of deicing chemicals, and traffic calming benefits


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  • Daylight harvesting is a key factor in building operations and occupant health, wellness, productivity and overall job satisfaction. Using solar shadecloth to incorporate daylight into building operating systems—and the related energy savings—is also a critical component of sustainability strategies. This class provides detailed information about incorporating daylight into building operations to reducing unwanted solar heat gain and glare while preserving views to the outside. Learning Objective 1: Understand the factors and interrelationships of building design, glazing materials, occupant comfort, and shadecloth selection. Learning Objective 2: Review different shadecloth types and openness and their relevance to daylight harvesting. Learning Objective 3: Recognize the role of daylight within the built environment and its impact on occupants and energy usage. Learning Objective 4: Define solar optical property concepts, openness factor, and color selection of textiles.


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  • The seminar explores the interaction between daylight, electric lighting, energy consumption, building envelope, human factors of lighting, and how they impact sustainable architecture concepts, practices, and installations. Learning Objective 1: Understand the impact daylight has on a building’s energy consumption and the overall health, wellness, and productivity of building occupants. Learning Objective 2: Understand how automated shading and lighting control systems optimize a building’s response to the sun by reducing energy consumption and fostering sustainable building operations. Learning Objective 3: Understand the terminology of daylight integration. Learning Objective 4: Recognize the role automated shades have in building systems and the related energy savings.


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  • This course provides an overview of daylighting principles and the use of automated shades to reduce demand on electric lighting and HVAC systems. Learn to identify and evaluate daylighting performance in relation to energy consumption, conservation, and how it applies to LEED certification. Learning Objective 1: How to apply, calculate, and interpret the principals of automated shade systems. Learning Objective 2: Understand and evaluate sustainable design strategies and LEED credits associated with daylighting, automated shades, and optimizing natural daylight for all types of buildings. Learning Objective 3: Analyze and recognize the impact of daylighting, automated shades, and electric light optimization on a building’s energy consumption, indoor environment quality, and occupant health, wellness, and productivity. Learning Objective 4: Understand, compare, analyze, and describe the relationship between interior shading devices and glazing.


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  • This course demonstrates the benefits of using natural daylight for building lighting and the related financial savings. Learning Objective 1: Learn about window solutions that incorporate maximum daylight benefits. Learning Objective 2: Learn about the negative effects of solar heat gain and glare, and the related demands on a building’s lighting and HVAC systems.


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  • The seminar explores the interaction between daylight, electric lighting, energy consumption, building envelope, human factors of lighting, and how they impact sustainable architecture concepts, practices, and installations. Learning Objective 1: Understand the impact daylight has on a building’s energy consumption and the overall health, wellness, and productivity of building occupants. Learning Objective 2: Understand how automated shading and lighting control systems optimize a building’s response to the sun by reducing energy consumption and fostering sustainable building operations. Learning Objective 3: Understand the terminology of daylight integration. Learning Objective 4: Recognize the role automated shades have in building systems and the related energy savings.


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  • Daylighting is the controlled admission of natural light into a building. Daylighting takes into consideration direct and reflected sunlight, and reduces use of electric light, thereby decreasing energy costs. This course evaluates several daylighting strategies for commercial applications and includes discussions about the relevance of daylight factor calculations and the impact different fabrics have on a shading solution.


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  • Animals, plants, and microbes are master engineers of what works, what doesn’t, and what lasts in a natural environment. Biomimicry is the practice of examining nature's designs, patterns, and strategies to find sustainable solutions to man-made technical and design problems. In this course, you’ll learn how the concepts of biomimicry can connect our designs and buildings with nature and the relationship between nature's solutions to light, heat, and glare control to today's shading design practices.


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  • Zinc Building Envelopes: Sustainable Architectural Metal Description: The beautiful gray patina of zinc architectural metal has graced the rooftops of buildings in Europe for hundreds of years. This course examines the sustainable characteristics of zinc as a roofing material, including its 100% recyclability, zero VOC requirement, and low embodied energy production process. The life cycle analysis of zinc is examined, as is zinc’s long-term service life. Various types of roof and wall applications are also discussed.


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  • Unwanted sound can become more than a mere annoyance. Excess noise has been found to increase stress and distraction, reduce learning and productivity, and even lead to hypertension and permanent hearing loss. This course presents an overview of how sound is described and measured and discusses the many industrial and architectural products available to control noise in virtually any environment.


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  • The goal of tapered roof insulation systems is to reduce or eliminate the amount of ponding/standing water on the finished membrane when the roof deck does not provide adequate slope. Draining the water in a timely and efficient manner minimizes the adverse effects that ponding/standing water can have on completed roof membranes. A properly designed tapered roof insulation system, not only provides the positive drainage needed but also helps extend the life of the roof membrane, and provides thermal value as well thus reducing the heating and cooling expenses of the building owner. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 1. Identify and understand key terms when designing a tapered system · Panel Repeat, Slope, Cricket 2. Identify specific parameters to include in your tapered system · R value requirements - and how they are achieved · Desired slope vs workable slope · Drainage expectations vs budget 3. Identify building design requirements and which type of tapered insulation is appropriate · 4-way slope vs 2-way slope · Constant perimeter necessary? Advantages and disadvantages · Multi-slope designs 4. Understand what a cricket is and when to use it · Types of crickets · Determining width of crickets · Cricket panel slope vs Cricket valley slope


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  • This 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 attachment 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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  • This course will review the important role perimeter roof edge plays in roofing performance and the consequences incurred when it is not done according to code. Content will explain the ANSI/SPRI ES-1 Approval Standard, testing protocols used, and what mandates a certified ES-1 system.


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  • 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.


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  • 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 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.


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  • Over the past several years, the building envelope concept has been well promoted and established as a means for energy efficiency and building performance. With the vast product offerings available today comes confusion and misinformation. Building designers are often left guessing about product compatibility and proper design, leading to the potential of costly failures. The focus of this presentation is to dive deeper, beyond the concept, and into proper building envelope design. The presentation aims to educated attendees on proper product selection and performance characteristics, codes and testing, and proper tie-in detailing to ensure a continuous air seal.


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  • PVC is one of the most diverse products in the building industry and one of the most misunderstood. This presentation will help to better understand why PVC is one of the most versatile and modifiable thermoplastics. With all the different formulations, types, reinforcements and construction, knowledge of this product type will assist the specifier in creating better specifications.


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  • The session will take a close look behind the durations offered on roof warranties for a better understanding of what is actually being covered by the membrane manufacturer. The presentation will include a discussion on selecting the correct roofing materials associated to the warranty duration. The session will also explain the importance of what is actually being covered and how the duration of warranty coverage can be misleading. In addition examples of terminology contained within warranties will be dissected to show how they could be used to protect the best interest of the membrane manufacturer. Information will be given to guide the designer and building owner with selection of key terms that should be included in the warranty to insure the best warranty possible.


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  • In this program the participants will learn the about the physical characteristics of the different types of fleece backed single-ply membranes (EPDM, TPO, & PVC) and understand the benefits of the fleece being added to the membrane. In addition, two part urethane adhesive will be discussed; how they are used, the different methods of application and packaging. Review case studies on new construction and reroofing options. And discuss the benefits to the building owner the sustainable and durable of these roofing assembly.


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  • This course outlines the logic and reasoning behind a proposal to strengthen the LEED program by restricting the "White Roof" LEED point to urban areas in ASHRAE Zones 1-3


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  • This course is designed to provide an understanding of how better construction practices can increase Building Sustainability and Longevity. Discover how POLYISO Insulation Air & WRB Systems contribute to Meeting Energy Code Requirements and Outperform Traditional Water Resistive Barrier Materials and Construction Methods. Learn about the Science Behind Thermal, Air and Moisture Control, in projects of Steel Stud Construction. Review Building and Energy Code Requirements relative to Building Envelope Design and Performance. Learning Objectives Understand how proper building envelope design can contribute to Building Longevity and Sustainability and how these concepts impact making building more energy efficient, as well as increasing indoor air quality and occupant comfort. Understand how aluminum faced polyiso continuous insulation can provide the Air and Water Resistive Barrier, in addition to providing thermal control, and be incorporated into an NFPA 285 Wall Assembly. Discuss the benefits obtained from incorporating polyiso continuous insulation in steel stud building envelope design to comply with building and energy codes. Identify the key properties of polyiso insulation and associated components that should be addressed when specifying and insulation system incorporating Air & Water Resistive Barrier functionality, for optimal energy performance and design efficiency. What's in It for You? Understand current energy and environmental issues that can impact decisions related to building envelope design Obtain one AIA credit for Health, Safety, Welfare/Sustainable Design


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  • TPO roofing and its associated applications in commercial low-slope roofing related to assembly design, and physical characteristics.


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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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