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Toledo, OH 43659
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  • Commercial roofing systems are quite varied. As such, their performance expectations are varied, and their suitability for different applications vary. Certain types of high performance roofing systems require specific components, and performance standards to achieve energy efficient and durable life cycle performance. This course describes the high performance attributes of extruded polystyrene insulation (XPS) in commercial roofing applications including PRMA (green/vegetated), mechanically attached & fully adhered single-ply, architectural metal and recover systems for which XPS is uniquely suited. It defines the building code/performance standards and best specification practices for those systems. Further, it compares various insulation types, how they are manufactured, and how the manufacturing process affects the physical properties and performance of each type of insulation.


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  • This course explains the differences in structure and performance of two forms of rigid foam insulation, Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS). Differences in the manufacturing processes are presented, explaining how they produce very different performance attributes, especially water absorption and R-value. The negative impact of water absorption on R-value and structural integrity is explained, providing an understanding of why codes and standards are sometimes very specific in requiring extruded polystyrene in applications where prolonged exposure to water occurs.


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  • This course provides an overview of wall layers; air control, moisture control, water drainage, and thermal performance. It discusses options for maintaining continuity at penetrations, transitions and terminations, considering sequencing, jobsite conditions, and installation methods. It reviews case studies of common field installation problems and provides solutions for creating the complete wall enclosure.


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  • This course explains the NFPA 285 test method, its origin, its procedures, when it is required, and design considerations necessary to comply with it. The course explains the fire/life safety objective of NFPA 285. Selected sections of the International Building Code are reviewed to identify the types of construction and circumstances that require NFPA 285 compliance. The criteria in ASHRAE 90.1 for continuous insulation and air/water resistive barriers are reviewed and identified as contributors to the rise of NFPA 285 requirements. To understand the key wall assembly layers that determine compliance, the course reviews insulation, air/water resistive barriers, and exterior cladding options. Design practices will be improved by familiarizing attendees with information sources such as manufacturer design guides, proposed code changes, engineering analysis and the public database discussion.


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  • 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. This course will educate participants on the functional components and system attributes of the most common exterior wall system, steel stud with masonry veneer. The course will detail key system components such as continuous and stud cavity insulation, air/water resistive barriers, air sealing practices, masonry wall ties and water drainage/management practices. Key codes and standards will be reviewed to define system interaction and key specification practices to insure wall system designs are consistent with recent advances in building analysis, new code requirements, revised test methods, and a comprehensive, systems approach to wall systems.


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  • As the demand for zero-energy buildings drives the need for better-insulated and airtight walls, moisture and hygrothermal performance become increasingly important considerations in the design process. In this course, learn from hygrothermal experts about the physics of heat and moisture transfer. Observe the technical application of cutting-edge tools for performing combined energy modeling and hygrothermal analysis. This session will expand on today’s durability design methods for wall systems.


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  • Green building is about architectural and human performance – creating spaces to enhance the experience – and LEED® v4 and other green programs can drive market transformation. This course demonstrates how LEED® requirements are changing to increasingly emphasize materials and health, and how new credits with higher standards for health and performance are raising the bar for project teams and the sustainable buildings they design. Case studies where insulation products were used in green buildings will be discussed.


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  • This course explains the basics of shingle types and construction, roof terminology and testing for compliance with applicable codes. The course also covers specific code requirements, code referenced standards and related test protocols, and proper installation. Design practices will be improved by familiarizing attendees with information sources such as manufacturer design guides, proposed code changes, engineering analysis and the public database discussion.


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  • In today’s high-performance building market, specifying materials that have been specifically designed to work together as a complete wall system is more critical than ever. “Systemization” helps designers meet new building and energy codes, reduce costs and improve building function and sustainability while making the design process faster and simpler. This course details important changes in the new 2015 IBC that affect height and area calculations, and changes in the application of the NFPA 285 fire standard relative to water resistive barriers and foam plastic continuous insulation in the exterior walls of Types I, II, III, IV and V construction. This course provides a design example to demonstrate: how the new 2015 IBC Height and Area determination process is applied, how prescriptive R-value is applied per Type of Construction, and how 2015 IBC requirements for NFPA 285 are applied to WRBs and continuous insulation.


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  • This course explains what continuous insulation (ci) is as well as the thermal and moisture management performance benefits it provides in commercial construction. Course takers will become familiarized with today’s everchanging building and energy codes, and learn about the role that ci plays in complying with code requirements, including NFPA 285, ASTM E2357 and more. The course will also cover the different types of ci and attachment methods in the market currently, with a focus on Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) and Mineral Wool. Where and how ci is specified in construction documents will also be covered.


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