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  • Touted as the ‘new asbestos’, respirable crystalline silica (RCS) is the major cause of silicosis—the most common occupational lung disease in the world. Mounting medical evidence now suggests RCS is also correlated to lung cancer and kidney disease. This course shares and discusses facts, concerns and rulings related to silica, and offers techniques for detecting, monitoring and reducing this inhalation hazard.

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


  • Although known for being a strong and versatile building material, there are a number of factors that affect the sustainability of concrete, and a variety of measures that can be taken to increase its durability and extend its service life. This course discusses the environmental impact of concrete and some of the main causes of concrete deterioration, and examines how crystalline waterproofing technology can be employed to increase the durability and sustainability of concrete.

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


  • 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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  • Provides an overview of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) with a discussion on the raw materials and production process, and a focus on the beneficial properties of the wide range of AAC products available today for use in a variety of commercial and residential projects.

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


  • Flooring installations are only going to perform as well as the quality of surface preparation that they received. Strength/structural soundness, flatness, texture, and moisture are evaluated are addressed at this stage. This course explores surface preparation, including meeting industry standards, and outlines numerous moisture and flatness issues and remediation techniques to ensure a durable, long-life flooring installation for a variety of flooring materials.

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


  • When designing a steel mesh fence, there are three steel mesh options to consider: chain link fabric, expanded metal, and welded wire mesh. Although mesh choice may be the primary focus when designing fence, an understanding of the application and material specifications should be key considerations as well. This course provides a review of the material specifications, installation, and standards related to the design of steel mesh fence systems.


  • Proper building envelope design, component detailing, and wall system performance are critical in a durable, energy efficient building. One of the key aspects of achieving a highly efficient and durable building is the ability to protect the building from unwanted air and water infiltration. This course reviews the necessity and benefits of air, vapor, and moisture barriers, how moisture makes its way into the building envelope, the negative impact it can have on the structure, and different design options to control air leakage and moisture movement to ensure a high performance building.

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


  • The issue of safety is a prevalent theme in today’s society, and protecting the built environment has become a priority. This course examines the material specifications, industry standards, hardware options, installations, and application considerations necessary to design and specify exterior pedestrian steel gates.

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


  • 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.


  • Segmental retaining walls (SRWs) can strengthen steep slopes, hold back soil in grade changes, create useable land, and enhance the aesthetics of any landscape. This course looks at the site and application factors that determine whether a segmental retaining wall must be engineered and soil reinforced, and provides technical information about the components and construction of an SRW.


  • Concrete is a very versatile and fundamental building material; however, because it is porous and wicks water through its matrix, concrete has water-related challenges. This program examines the sustainable benefits of integral concrete waterproofing and analyzes traditional waterproofing methods as compared to integral methods in terms of durability, risk, cost, and construction timeline.


  • Provides an overview of the manufacturing, characteristics, and performance properties of cements and Supplementary Cementitious Materials in concrete and how they can enhance concrete performance, including a discussion on their role in sustainable construction.

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


  • Concrete floors require protection. Choosing the right concrete floor coating system is essential to meeting the performance requirements of commercial, industrial, or residential environments. This course discusses the assessment and repair a concrete floor and specifies how to select a high performance coating system based on the conditions and requirements of a construction project.


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  • It is an expectation that today’s buildings have to be more than just aesthetically pleasing, they have to provide measurable benefits. This course outlines the environmental benefits of insulated concrete forms (ICFs) and examines the advantages that ICFs and ICF technology have over conventional construction materials for building envelopes in all building types.

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


  • Concrete has been a reliable, durable, sustainable construction material for many thousands of years. Moisture movement through and within concrete, however, has always been a concern for the design/build community. In this course, we will discuss how specification of one performance requirement—discontinuous capillary concrete—contributes to sustainability by: minimizing waste of energy, water, and materials; maximizing value by efficient use of new, reused, and renewable resources; protecting occupant health, and eliminating non-value added project costs and activities.

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


  • Provides an overview of the noise issues associated with floor/ceiling assemblies of multi-family dwellings, as well as the factors that affect acoustical performance. Also presented is a review of the acoustical solutions that are available with a focus on sound mats with poured underlayment (SMPU) systems.

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


  • This program is a general overview of architectural anchoring systems for diverse applications, common in commercial and institutional construction. There are six sections, each one devoted to the following anchoring specialties: Glazed curtain wall; architectural exposed structural steel; wall cladding with dimension stone, brick veneer; concealed lintel systems for masonry; insulated balcony connectors. Most of the material is covered graphically for a quick grasp of the fundamental principles.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Provides an overview of cementitious wood fiber products in creating acoustically sound commercial spaces. Products including ceiling panels, interior panels, and structural roof deck systems are reviewed.

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


  • This program is designed to explain the benefts and features of a Concealed Lintel system for cored brick. The program includes specifcation information and details on installation and clearance issues. The program includes examples of shop drawings, pictures of lintels under construction and pictures of finshed all brick lintels.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Segmented pavers have been successfully used for roads, courtyards and paths for hundreds of years. Durability of materials being one of the key reasons for their lasting popularity. These days modern pavers offer up a wide variety of newer performance capabilities and finishes. In this course, we’ll take a look at the unique technologies of segmental concrete paver systems, the types, finishes and their design considerations.


  • This program presents a practical, efcient solution to the problem of thermal bridging in balconies. When balconies are designed and built without proper insulation, signifcant health and quality of life issues such as cold slabs, condensation, and mold may occur. When properly designed structural insulated balcony connectors are used, condensation, mold, and mildew can be avoided and signifcant energy savings can be achieved. This program shows how insulated balcony connectors are constructed in order to safely transfer all live and dead loads, while signifcantly reducing the heat transfer between balcony and structure.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Structural fire protection guards essential structural components from the devastating effects of fire. This course examines the various active and passive fire protection methods that are available with a focus on the features, types, and design considerations of prefabricated fireproof structural columns designed for exposed exterior and interior loadbearing columns.


  • ICF construction is cost effective and sustainable, and is a superior way to build stronger, quieter, healthier, and more energy-efficient commercial structures. This course explores insulated concrete form (ICF) construction, describing the forms themselves and their construction, performance, and sustainable benefits. Also presented are design guidelines, the installation process, flooring systems, and commercial project applications.

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


  • 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.


  • This program is a general overview of adjustable anchoring systems for diverse applications, common in commercial and institutional construction. There are six sections, devoted to the following anchoring specialties: Glazed curtain wall, precast panels and columns, exterior cladding with dimension stone, brick veneer, concealed lintel systems for masonry, and architecturally exposed structural steel. Most of the material is covered graphically for a quick grasp of the fundamental principles.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Insulating concrete form (ICF) products use a cost-effective and robust structural material option (reinforced concrete) to turn a building envelope into a high performing thermal, moisture, and air enclosure, with disaster resistance and built-in compliance with energy code requirements. As a result of their performance, building owners can complete a whole structure with ICFs and reinforced concrete, including intermediate suspended floors, roof tops, and multi-story designs. This courses examines the advancements in ICF technology and discusses the potential contribution held by ICFs to support improved sustainability and resilience.

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

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