Building knowledge and connections

Continuing Education

Category: 07 00 00 - THERMAL AND MOISTURE PROTECTION

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  • Cladding can have a significant effect on the environmental performance and aesthetic appeal of a residential or mixed-use building. When designing a building exterior, in new construction or for a makeover, there are many variables to consider and numerous cladding options to choose from. This course discusses the performance of vinyl siding products, including their design, color retention, ease of installation, and durability, and illustrates how vinyl siding can achieve almost any architectural style, to suit any neighborhood.


  • The key to an energy-efficient metal building is the implementation of a continuous insulation system that virtually eliminates thermal bridging and prevents condensation. This course discusses how using thermal spacer blocks and metal building insulation in the building envelope increases energy performance and meets stringent energy code requirements.

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


  • Provides an overview of fiberglass mat gypsum panels, and explains their potential contribution to LEED® certification and other sustainable building codes and standards, as well as addresses issues of indoor air quality and construction scheduling.

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


  • Properly designed ventilation is a key component of a heathy roof environment and exterior building envelope. A balanced intake and exhaust system will ensure the attic space is not retaining excess moisture that could result in damage to the roof decking material, excess mold and mildew growth, ice dams causing shingle damage, algae growth, and water or mold stains on the interior ceiling and walls. Additionally, proper ventilation in the exterior building envelope can help prevent premature deterioration of the siding and roof covering materials. This course explains the fundamentals of attic and envelope ventilation and highlights the importance of a balanced system, identifies the many venting options available, and discusses various ventilation case studies.


  • In multi-story, multi-family housing it is the area separation wall (firewall) which prevents fires from spreading to adjacent units. This course examines the advantages of using glass mat shaftliner panels for firewall assemblies in multi-story, multi-family housing, and covers the installation procedures and special conditions.


  • From “fashion to function,” the shower space of the bathroom is a focal point, offering a quiet respite in which to rejuvenate. Shower spaces should be built to last, using durable materials combined with sound installation practices in order to reduce the life cycle and replacement costs. This course outlines the criteria used in designing water management systems for shower pans and walls. Includes discussions on traditional and modern methods of waterproofing shower floors and walls, new methods of construction, as well as the innovative design options that are available for curbless shower pans.


  • 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.


  • Modular metal panel (MMP) systems allow for an array of different building designs due to their wide range of panel sizes, planes, and layout configurations. This program covers the history and attributes of MMPs including the available substrates and their ease of installation. Through comparisons to other building products used in rainscreen walls and project case studies, the customizable design concepts of MMP systems are illustrated.

    Prerequisites: No

    Course Level: Introductory


  • The distinctive look and beauty of natural slate roofing cannot be denied, but it does have its shortcomings. This course explores the history of slate roofs and various slate roofing alternatives and includes discussions on the appearance, performance, and costs of various types of roofs that replicate natural slate, with a focus on composite slate tile roofing, its durability, specification, and installation.


  • Concrete faced insulated products are composite pre-finished panels that are used to construct walls and roofing assemblies to maximize the energy efficiency, durability, and performance of a building envelope. This course discusses the design criteria used in designing energy efficient buildings using concrete faced continuous insulation systems for low-slope roofing, walls, and foundations. The functional and physical features of protective membrane roof (PMR) systems, concrete faced insulated panels for walls and foundations, and concrete structural insulated panels (CSIPs) are evaluated.


  • White roofs made of vinyl can reflect three-quarters or more of the sun’s rays and emit 70% or more of the solar radiation absorbed by the building envelope. Despite protecting and keeping buildings cool in all climates around the world for decades, misconceptions about the energy impact of cool roofs still exist. This course uses the fundamental science behind cool roofs to address alleged issues concerning the performance of cool roof products.

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


  • Insulated metal wall panels (IMPs) offer a sleek, modern, and light-weight envelope system that is highly customizable. This course explores the characteristics of IMPs, including how they can offer a five-in-one design solution that provides the exterior finish, as well as the air, vapor, water, and thermal control layers. Discussions will also include design options, installation processes, code compliance, sustainability, and available warranties.

    Prerequisites:No

    Course Level:Introductory


  • Given the number of low-slope commercial roofs found in today’s metropolitan cities, it’s key that architects/designers have an understanding of the forces that affect the durability of a roof assembly and the high performance options that are available in order to choose the best solution for each project. This course provides a review of the types and performance characteristics of cover board materials used in commercial roofing assemblies, along with a discussion of the forces that threaten roof-system durability.


  • 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 here to view the details.


  • An expansion joint is a structural gap designed to accommodate the movement of a building in a controlled manner, preventing damage to the internal and external finishes of a building. Expansion joints run throughout a building, in walls, ceilings, and floors. Expansion joint covers provide a covered transition across an expansion opening and remain unaffected by the relative movement of the two surfaces either side of the joint. This course explains how to determine joint movement requirements and how to size a joint. It also discusses the performance of different expansion joint cover systems and the applicable fire protection and building codes.


  • Provides an overview of the types, features, and benefits of designing with cellular PVC trim, including a discussion on the installation guidelines and manufacturing processes.


  • The construction of buildings that use less energy to operate and are long lived is a key part of sustainable design. Insulated concrete forms are one solution that provide the necessary U values, air tightness and durability. In this course, we will delve into the ICF wall, types and components and look at design considerations and construction.

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


  • 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. Focusing on the most common exterior wall system, steel stud with masonry veneer, this course will detail key system components, recent advances in building analysis, code requirements and a comprehensive systems approach.


  • With the demand for sustainable power on the rise, building owners and homeowners alike are turning to solar power as a supplemental power generator. Choosing the right platform for the solar panels is a critical step in the design process and can have a significant impact on both initial and long-term costs. This course will discuss the basics of photovoltaic systems, including the components and rooftop applications. Comparisons between traditional roofing and standing seam metal roofing platforms will be examined, and the benefits of a non-penetrating clamping system will also be discussed.

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


  • Siding adds to the attractiveness of a residence while protecting the home from damage by the elements. Options for siding and trim encompass a variety of materials, including engineered wood, natural wood, fiber cement, and vinyl. This course reviews the features, performance characteristics, styles, and installation considerations of engineered wood siding and trim products.

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


  • Across the United States, building owners in hot and cold climates are subject to peak energy demand charges. This course examines the economic and environmental effects of peak energy demand as applied to modern buildings, focusing on how peak energy demand is incorporated into utility billing structures and how cool or reflective roofing yields peak demand and net energy savings in all climates within North America.


  • 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.


  • Explosion relief systems reduce damage and loss when an explosion occurs within facilities where potentially dangerous material is being handled or produced. These systems function by immediately reducing pressure during an explosion and are imperative to protecting a company’s assets and employees. Explosion relief systems are also referred to as explosion relief panels, pressure relief panels, or explosion relief vents. This course discusses pressure relief in low-strength enclosures, industries requiring pressure relief venting, and the function, design, and installation of these systems.


  • This course considers the design of energy-efficient buildings, which must include an effective, lasting, moisture-management strategy. Moisture management is essential to resilient, sustainable, healthy buildings.

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


  • Window enhancements could be the most under-utilized energy saving technology. This course delves into the significant role that interior secondary window systems have in energy savings, efficiency, security, and comfort for existing buildings where window replacement is not desirable.

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

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