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  • Lightweight, pre-finished, and factory-fabricated insulated metal panels (IMPs) offer building owners a cost-efficient and easy-to-install roofing system that provides an air barrier, vapor barrier, and insulation all in one product. This course discusses the characteristics of IMPs and the installation process, and explains why IMPs are ideally suited for pre-engineered and structural steel buildings. The role of IMPs in a building’s hygrothermal control layers and IMP code compliance are reviewed.


  • Observe and recognize the history of metal roofing and the different types of metal used. Explain the manufacturing process and the importance of finish coatings. Describe the difference between low slope roof systems and steep slope roof systems. Understand the environmental benefits, sustainable technology and the features of metal roofing.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • With the myriad of water-resistive barrier options available, determining the most suitable product for a project can be challenging. This course discusses water-resistive barriers, their history, types, and suitable applications. The features and benefits of manufactured rainscreens and drainable housewraps are examined, along with best practices for design and installation.

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


  • One of the more complicated issues today in building science is addressing moisture movement, since moisture can penetrate a building in a number of different ways. By knowing and understanding the source of the water and its movement, effective solutions can be developed to eliminate or retard moisture movement. This course focuses on moisture movement below grade and the methods used to prevent and control the different types of moisture movement to provide complete below slab protection. Industry codes and standards which must be met when specifying vapor retarders/barriers are also discussed.


  • Water leaks and damage are some of the biggest problems encountered with masonry construction and cavity walls. The proper choice and installation of flexible through-wall flashing, however, can ensure that moisture is directed out of the wall cavity and the risk of potential damage is minimized.


  • Concrete is a great building material for structures that retain water and other fluids. It can be made fluid-proof and strong, has a very long lifespan, and can be fairly easily manufactured. However, these types of concrete structures will not function without fluid-proof joints or waterstop. This course looks at the manufacturing, history, properties, and types of waterstop products available, selection for various conditions, and proper installation techniques.


  • Designing an efficient building envelope includes the complex task of locating all the necessary control layers in relation to each other. In some situations combining a number of these layers simplifies the task. This course explores combined water-resistive barrier (WRB) and air barrier (AB) sheathing systems, their functions, relevant codes and standards, types available, and how they compare to traditional water and air barrier systems.


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  • Provides an overview of cellulose insulation, a sustainable material creating solutions for sound control, fire resistance, and thermal architectural challenges.

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


  • The purpose of this 1-hour presentation is to provide information to determine what type of blindside waterproofing system to use on various projects, tips for writing effective waterproofing and related specifications, understanding of the relationship between design, material and installation and pitfalls to avoid by using the wrong material.


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  • In recent years, the construction industry has adopted standards and practices to use more insulation in buildings. This has been driven by both government and private initiatives to improve building energy efficiency. High-performance insulation is crucial for the achievement of these objectives! This course discusses the physical and performance properties of polyisocyanurate (polyiso) foam board insulation—a commercially-established, cost effective technology that is very useful for the construction of more energy efficient buildings.


  • 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.


  • Identify on drawings or in the field the three roof conditions that utilize perimeter edge metal, and name the ANSI/SPRI standards written for those conditions. Use ANSI/SPRI ES-1 to calculate the vertical and horizontal negative pressures on perimeter edge due to wind. Specify in Division 7, Thermal and Moisture Protection, the three perimeter edge metal test methods required by code (IBC). Recognize, when designing or specifying perimeter edge metal, three common perimeter edge metal design and installation errors, and explain how they can be avoided.


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  • For the typical homeowner choosing exterior color can be a daunting task; however, there is guidance available to help choose color palettes that complement the exterior of the home. This course presents the FRESH approach: a strategic method used for the selection of colors for the exterior of buildings. The course focuses on both residential and commercial design considerations, and details the steps to follow in the color selection process to achieve a harmonious design.


  • Find out the advantages and limitations of each of the different systems including: sheet, bentonite, blindside, cold-applied liquid, spray-applied liquid and hot-applied liquid waterproofing membranes.


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  • Provides an overview of 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.


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  • Whether replacing an existing roof, building a new roof from scratch, or some type of roof repair project in between, deciding on critical design factors is the key to a successful roofing system project. Each layer of a roofing assembly requires careful consideration and analysis to assess for impacts to the entire building. Using real-life scenarios and practice activities, this course explores the most common components of a roofing system, the advantages and disadvantages of each system, and how the critical factors aid in the assessment of the most appropriate system to meet the needs of the building and client.


  • Waterproofing problem solving using PMMA CFA (Cold Fluid Applied) Roofing and Waterproofing Membrane Systems


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  • To fully assess the benefits of spray foam and its importance to today’s building industry requires taking a closer look at one of the main goals of architects and building engineers—to create sustainable structures which allows maximum design creativity. With an ability to contour into any space or shape and adhere to any surface, spray foam allows such creativity. This course examines the performance properties spray foam products and discusses advanced design concepts using spray foam

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


  • Synthetic roofing materials have been available in the market for more than a decade, providing a cost-effective, viable alternative to traditional slate and shake roofing systems. This course provides an overview of the features and benefits of slate and shake synthetic roofing products, including a discussion on the testing methods used to rate specific performance characteristics.


  • 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.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Metal has many benefits in the design of a building. It provides visual beauty, as well as being strong, lightweight, and durable. There are options for every budget, look, function, and scale, and it’s a great choice for sustainability. This course explains the four base metal types — steel, aluminum, natural metals, and stainless steel — and the unique attributes each brings to a building project. It also provides foundational knowledge on the two types of wall panel systems — barrier and rain screen — as well as the four metal wall panel options.


  • Provides an overview of the features and performance benefits of insulated metal panels (IMPs). It provides an in-depth look at a generic IMP EPD, discusses new LEED® v4 contributions, and outlines how IMPs meet the strict energy performance requirements of current codes and standards.

     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.


  • The building envelope consists of all exterior components of a building –roof, walls, below-grade waterproofing, windows, skylights, and so on. When looking at these components it is important that each one be taken into consideration to prevent moisture or air from migrating into the building. The envelope is a complicated and integral part of any high performance building. However, it is often the most neglected portion. This presentation aims to educate the participants on the importance of the building envelope and how the individual components contained within the system must be designed, constructed, and maintained to ensure a long lasting, energy efficient building.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Guided Manufacturing Plant Tour of Kemper System America’s West Seneca, NY Facility. Tour includes a review of plant safety criteria (5 mins); QC & R&D labs (30 mins) introduction into various equipment used for ASTM and product testing; Warehouse tour (5 mins) including discussion of building design for containing potential spills to protect surrounding wildlife area; Distribution center (5 mins) discussions including QC process for incoming raw materials and outgoing products; Manufacturing overview (15 mins) showing machinery and processes for creating various liquid resins, primer, topcoats, & coatings.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Arguably, selecting insulation and cover boards is the most important decision when designing a roofing system because of the many benefits these products provide in terms of service life, building safety, and energy efficiency. This course explores the characteristics, advantages, and cautions of the primary insulation and cover boards on the commercial roofing market today, and then considers the installation methodologies that will optimize the building's energy efficiency.

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