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  • The overuse and misuse of the term rainscreen in the construction industry has created confusion and ambiguity as to its correct meaning and to its application in the field. To clarify the proper use of the concept and the term, this course reviews the essential rainscreen wall components, how they should be assembled, their roles and relationship to energy efficiency, and the various types of rainscreen constructions possible. It focuses on rainscreens utilizing metal wall panels and provides details as to how these panels should be detailed in a rainscreen application and concludes by providing illustrative examples of metal panel wall applications.

  • Security and sound barrier walls play an important role in sustaining the safety and livability of communities. They separate incompatible uses, protect vital infrastructure, provide security from intrusion and even can become protective in some extreme weather. They are available in different formats: panels that are installed between support columns made from either steel or concrete H-Beams embedded in caisson footings or with integrally cast column and panel wall sections that are supported by steel I-beams embedded into caisson footings and extending up into the column portion of the wall section to provide structural integrity. This course examines the design and construction details of both types.

  • Due to advancements in architectural decorative glass technology, the number of design options available to help designers and architects achieve the specific aesthetics and performance requirements they desire has dramatically increased. This course provides a review of architectural decorative glass including product options, applications, features, and specification considerations. Also discussed is how decorative glass can contribute to sustainable design and LEED® initiatives.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections".  Click to view details.

  • Rolling doors are used in heavy-duty, medium-duty, and light-duty applications for a wide range of commercial, industrial and construction environments. The course provides a review of the features, components, options and applications of various types of commercial rolling door products.

  • Luxury does not necessarily equal excess and indulgence. In the kitchen and bath, luxury might simply be a fixture offering a higher perceived value and practicality. In this course, we will define luxury further and look at luxury options in kitchen and bath fixtures and technology.

  • Due to their durability, low operational cost, and sustainability, metal roofs are gaining popularity in both commercial and residential markets. Owner expectations for this product family have increased as well, and now include heightened aesthetics and long-term performance. While metal roofing systems are certainly up to these challenges, when they fail, the results are costly. Consequently, it is imperative designers have full knowledge of metal roof design and detailing. This course covers the top ten problems metal roof designers face and describes how these problems can be prevented through proper design.

  • Recently, custom showers have grown in popularity, offering homeowners an escape from the stresses of the outside world with new options providing the same sense of relaxation that was previously reserved for the bathtub. This course covers the trends in shower design, the benefits of hydrotherapy, and the components and technologies that are available to create a spa-like shower experience for today’s homeowners.

  • The world of windows is much more complex than one might suspect, given the different sizes, shapes, and types that are available and the performance requirements they must meet. As well, glass comes in many specialized forms intended for different applications. This course focuses on aluminum commercial window components and configurations, as well as the benefits they offer affecting both performance goals and design requirements. Also included are discussions on historic and acoustic applications.

  • Birds, bird droppings, and nesting materials can detract from buildings’ architectural features; more importantly, they can negatively impact the environment by creating health and safety risks. This course provides a review of bird deterrent products, along with a discussion of the characteristics of common pest birds, bird problem assessment, and the issues and concerns associated with the roosting and nesting of pest birds.

  • Stairs are a primary means of egress, exit, and floor-to-floor access for buildings with multiple floors or a change in rise. Metal stair systems designed for commercial and industrial applications can be fabricated out of steel, stainless steel, cast iron, and aluminum. This course evaluates types of pre-engineered steel stair systems and includes discussions on advantages, class, fabricator vs. manufacturer, railings, stair flight and landing construction, connections, and building code requirements.

  • Upward-acting commercial sectional door systems can be a major contributor to controlling energy costs in buildings. This course evaluates the materials and construction of various door types and discusses the selection criteria and operation features that are available to enhance door performance for a range of applications.

  • The tools, techniques, and approaches to Sustainable Community Planning (SCP) have evolved substantially in the last few decades, turning it from an abstract notion into a comprehensive and beneficial planning approach. This course reviews a broad spectrum of the more effective approaches currently being utilized to convert basic SCP principles into practical projects around the world. The review includes numerous links to the sources of these tools and approaches and includes background on a number of international projects.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections".  Click to view details.

  • A new generation of precision woven fabrics is being introduced to the architectural community. This course explores a new form of exterior fabric membrane that allows for entirely new forms and functionalities in permanent static or kinetic fabric constructions; a VOC-free modular ceiling system made from photometrically and acoustically optimized precision fabric; and a new composite facade material made from a combination of glass, fabric and metal to reduce solar gain, glare, and improve interior environments. Design and application possibilities and the functional and sustainable benefits provided by each innovation are explored through video and photographic documentation of exemplary real-world projects incorporating the products.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections".  Click to view details.

  • Comfortable indoor environments with enhanced air quality improve the health and well-being of the building’s occupants. The course examines fabric air dispersion systems, beginning with a comparison to traditional metal duct systems. It explores how the fabric options and suspension systems have evolved over time and moves on to discuss essential design considerations, including: shape, layout options, system dimensions, suspension systems, fittings, air dispersion design, fabric options, orifices/vents, and air pressure design.

  • Provides an overview of colored concrete including coloring methods, pigments, color consistency, and maintenance. It also examines the specification considerations of cast-in-place and precast concrete as well as concrete finishes.

  • Architectural metal service centers play an important role in stocking pre-engineered ornamental metal components, making sure that high quality parts are available from stock and providing data on their structural properties. The course includes a discussion on: how to choose the best material for your job; available systems and their components; and engineering data and the formulas to provide safe installations.

  • Electric underfloor heating works by producing radiant heat which is evenly distributed from the floor and warms a room efficiently from the ground up. Since there are no baseboard heaters, radiators, or heating supply vents to work around, building owners and homeowners gain extra space and design freedom. This course explains how electric underfloor heating works and offers guidance on how to select and design an underfloor heating system that is aligned to integrate seamlessly into the overall living space and heating requirements of residential and commercial buildings.

  • The high pH levels (alkalinity) inherent in healthy concrete slabs can pose a serious threat to the long term performance of adhesives and construction coatings specified in floor, deck, and roof assembly projects. This course discusses how to manage risk by crafting tight, non-ambiguous performance specifications based on ASTM F3010 to control both concrete moisture vapor and concrete alkalinity. This will help insure that the proper above-slab barrier products are selected, bid and installed and that the project delivers long-term performance.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections".  Click to view details.

  • By the year 2030, the electricity demands of the U.S. will be 45% greater than today. To meet these energy demands, we will see traditional energy sources (coal, natural gas, nuclear) amalgamated with various renewable energy technologies, such as transpired solar collection, cool metal roofing, and solar-ready roofing. This course reviews how metal building envelopes combined with these alternative technologies can contribute to energy efficiency in the built environment and achieve sustainable building design objectives.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections".  Click to view details.

  • The popularity of bamboo products has soared due to their desirable aesthetic and unique, eco-friendly attributes. This course covers an overview of the history, uses, characteristics, and specification considerations of bamboo, including a discussion of the health advantages and green benefits of designing with bamboo products.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections".  Click to view details.

  • Compartmentalization is a critical feature of a building’s passive fire protection system. To ensure compartmentalization during a fire, ductwork that penetrates rated walls or partitions requires the use of life safety dampers to restrict the passage of fire and smoke. This course reviews the three types of life safety dampers, their performance and resistance ratings, their functional options, and proper installation practices and guidelines.

  • Louvers are an essential part of every HVAC system but their selection and sizing is often misunderstood or overlooked. In this course we’ll take a thorough look at louver components, types, options, and accessories and appropriate selection and proper sizing of louvers for a variety of climates, including WDR (wind-driven rain) and hurricane areas.

  • Some of the design goals for healthcare buildings are efficiency and cost-effectiveness, cleanliness and sanitation, security and safety and sustainability. Vinyl’s unique attributes mean that it can address these needs in a number of locations in the building. This course reviews those attributes through a look at the chemistry and performance characteristics of vinyl, and its innovative uses for healthcare design challenges.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections".  Click to view details.

  • Play is more than fun and games—it is an essential component in helping children develop critical physical, mental, emotional, and social skills that lay the foundation for adulthood. Inclusive play breaks down barriers and builds community through fostering understanding of our similarities and differences. This course discusses how play impacts child development and describes the options and considerations for designing an inclusive playground that benefits all children and the community.

  • Traditionally, monolithic concrete forms are made of lumber. After the concrete has been poured, the lumber forms must be stripped from the concrete. The footer and the slab must then be insulated for frost protection. This course details how a frost-protected shallow foundation (FPSF) is constructed and introduces a new, innovative, stay-in-place EPS (expanded polystyrene) footing form that provides insulation and simplifies the installation of frost-protected monolithic concrete slab foundations.

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