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DuPont Performance Building Solutions

DuPont Performance Building Solutions

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  • This course defines the latest code and testing requirements for water, air, and fire considerations in exterior wall assemblies. Participants will learn the various options for water and air control while exploring various wall assembly designs. In addition, participants will be introduced to building science analysis tools to recognize the impact of various designs on long-term building performance.


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  • Demand for performance has driven the evolution of surfacing materials from natural stone to engineered stone to quartz surfaces.


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  • With the coming of the 2009 and 2012 International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC), insulating sheathing has played a growing role in the drive to make homes more energy efficient and comfortable for their occupants. The pressure is on for builders, home designers, and architects to find cost-effective construction methods and materials to meet these ever-growing performance standards. Educating one's self and remaining current on building science trends, technologies and materials has proven to be a powerful measure of success in today's residential construction markets. The following presentation "Why Use Insulating Sheathing", aims to educate attendees on the flexibility of using foam sheathing in various Type V construction assemblies in order to meet stricter energy code minimums. Additional learning takeaways from this presentation include investigating common faults in Type V wood-framed walls from a framing, moisture, thermal bridging, and air sealing perspective; and how insulating sheathing can help correct these faults. Attendees will walk away with a thorough understanding of the advantages of using insulating sheathing in residential walls and be able to effectively communicate these advantages to their customers. Additionally attendees will also leave with a solid understanding of the basic science behind any insulating material and how to better utilize these materials in various environments.


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  • Today's buildings are responsible for 38% of the world's energy usage, causing the demand for highly energy efficient and durable buildings to increase. One of the key elements in a highly energy efficient and durable building envelope is a continuous air barrier and water barrier system. There are several different types of air barrier membranes that are commonly used in the industry, although fluid applied air barriers continue to increase in popularity. There are hundreds of fluid applied air barrier products currently available and they vary greatly in thickness and formulation. As commercial buildings become more energy efficient and complex, the need for a high performance fluid air barrier system is increasing. This presentation will discuss some of the key differences and performance advantages of these new high performance air barrier chemical formulations in contrast to traditional fluid applied air barrier formulations.


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  • This seminar will help you understand the impact of air leakage on building enclosure performance, current codes and standards for air leakage control with continuous air barriers and recent advances in implementing airtight buildings in practice. Air leakage can impact building energy performance, envelope durability and occupant's comfort. Air leakage control is generally addressed by energy codes. The US energy codes have only recently recognized the importance of air leakage. For example ASHRAE 90.1, IECC, ASHRAE 189.1, and IgCC have only recently introduced quantitative requirements for air barrier materials, assemblies or whole building airtightness. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently introduced an air barrier program for building enclosure airtightness, which requires blower door test for whole building airtightness. This seminar will provide examples of successful implementation of USACE program.


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  • NFPA 285 is defined as: the Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-Load-Bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components. NFPA 285 assembly tests are required when exterior non-combustible walls contain combustible components per the International Building Code (IBC). The scope of materials classified by the IBC requiring NFPA 285 testing is increasing. Combined with more stringent energy code requirements, the use of combustible materials is also growing in exterior walls. The most common contributing factors to non-compliance of designs requiring NFPA 285 assembly testing include: −Lack of understanding of applicability of test on exterior wall assemblies. −Recent building and energy code changes causing new triggers for the test. −Lack of understanding of assembly vs. product results for NFPA 285 tests. This seminar will discuss the impact of the NFPA 285 Test on buildings using IBC-2018, the parameters and history of NFPA 285, which building envelope components are combustible and require NFPA 285 testing per IBC, and the paths to NFPA 285 code compliance that a designer can take. These elements all combine to integrate NFPA 285 compliant assemblies into building envelope systems.


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  • The course describes the origins and reasons for the increasing use of continuous insulation in commercial exterior walls. Included is the air barrier, moisture barrier, and thermal insulation aspects of the wall system. This understanding is then combined with the design objectives of rain screen wall systems to outline the design issues that must be addressed in rain screen wall systems with continuous insulation. Several methods which can solve these design issues are presented. Attendees will understand how to design more energy efficient and robust rain screen wall assemblies.


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  • This program is intended to give attendees a deeper understanding of air leakage, air barriers, and air barrier systems as a whole for commercial buildings. Participants will learn the main evaluations performed on air barriers and air barrier systems, as well as characteristics of fluid applied, mechanically fastened (wraps), rigid boardstock, and other air barrier systems. Presentation also addresses why air barrier continuity is critical for performance, and common installation mistakes and how to avoid them.


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  • This course explores design choices to meet energy code and thermal insulation selection strategies to maximize long term building performance. Factors influencing the performance of an insulation in its application include production, R-values, moisture, temperature, aging, and quality of installation will be discussed.


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  • The presentation will the concept of Consolidated Control Layer Design and how to use it to determine the materials that will make the most efficient wall for your customers. We will define the Control Layers, discuss the Code Requirements for each layer, explain the Building Science behind the code requirements, and how that layer is related to the other (Thermal to Moisture, Moisture to Air, Air to Vapor, etc.) We will then discuss the Fire considerations that Impact Control layer design with today’s codes, including NFPA 285 Brief Overview as it has changed the way we design our above grade wall systems and types of continuous insulations that influence the design considerations with respect to fire and NFPA-285. Finally, solutions for consolidating these 4 layers for simplified design, superior performance, and long lasting durability will be covered.


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  • Helps provide the design community with a better understanding of the model energy code requirements for insulation in metal buildings, how codes are changing, including requirements for continuous insulation and air barriers along with considerations when selecting the right insulation.


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  • This seminar is a basic review of transport mechanisms for heat, air and moisture movement across the building enclosure. These movements affect the building performance, hence controlling heat, air and moisture flow represent critical functions of the building enclosure. The control strategies for achieving an energy efficient and durable building enclosure will be discussed for each.


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  • This program is designed to provide the design community with the knowledge to make informed decisions when specifying a system solution in steel stud wall assembly that will deliver high thermal performance, moisture management, as well as minimize air infiltration in steel stud wall assemblies.


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  • Recent changes in North America energy codes for the building envelope include higher insulation R-values, continuous insulation, and continuous air barriers for air leakage control. New, code compliant wall assembly design options may be susceptible to increased moisture sensitivity due to lower drying rates, which are inherent to energy efficient assemblies but could be further impacted by design detailing and materials choices. Improved energy efficiency does not need to come at the expense of the long term performance and durability of buildings. This seminar will address design options and materials choices for energy efficient and durable wall design. Design tools for advanced moisture analysis (WUFI®, Wärme und Feuchte Instationär, or Transient Heat and Moisture Analysis) will be used to show how to predict performance of untested new assemblies, how materials substitution could impact the overall performance of the building envelope, and how design detailing could increase moisture management capabilities.


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  • This course defines and explains building science behind the code for the four control layers of the building envelope: water, air, thermal, and vapor. Participants will then explore typical design principles as well as alternative system assembly approaches to exterior wall design. In addition, presentation covers common attachment strategies for various types of claddings, including masonry, rainscreen veneers, and applied/adhered veneers.


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  • Moisture is the most significant factor in the premature deterioration of buildings. Moisture can damage materials directly, but it can also reduce the effectiveness of building materials. Excess moisture is also the major factor in the growth of mold. The most common contributing factors to moisture problems in buildings include: − Lack of understanding of building science principles − Design related factors, e.g., lack of sufficient details in the drawings − Installation related factors, e.g., improper materials substitutions, lack of installer training, and lack of inspection during construction This seminar will discuss the moisture sources in buildings, moisture transport mechanisms and moisture control strategies.


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  • All the new energy codes are requiring or moving towards exterior insulation for exterior walls to increase energy efficiency and reduce the energy losses due to thermal bridging. This class examines how to design and build high performance wall assemblies that deliver significant increases in energy efficiency and do not lead to trapping water and moisture related failures. The class will also show practical approaches to advanced framing as well as specific installation protocols to prevent insulation installation related degradation which is 30% for typical installations. Steve Easley will use pictures from real world installations to illustrate the do’s and don’ts to building high performance wall assemblies that are affordable and cost effective. This interactive class is designed to sort through the myriad of insulation system options in order to match the best insulation system to the type of structure. This class also will show latest FMA/AAMA/WDMA 500-16 installation standards for integrating exterior insulation with weather barriers and window flashing. Additional content will provide information on water, air and vapor barrier code requirements in order to develop appropriate specifications to meet these new codes and create buildings that perform with better real-world results.


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  • An understanding of the history and development of the NFPA 285 fire test method and an understanding of the role of continuous insulation in sustainable, high-performance building envelopes as it relates to building codes and fire requirements.


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  • This presentation provides an overview of the prevalence, risk factors and impact of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) on the U.S. healthcare system. It will also explore the role of the built environment in transmitting pathogens, including design strategies and innovations for the mitigation and prevention of HAIs.


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  • With energy codes calling for continuous insulation and a substantial increase of architects and builders using insulated concrete sandwich panels in many diverse applications, we would like to present a course that defines not just what an insulated concrete sandwich panel is but review load bearing and non-load bearing panels as well as composite and non-composite wall panels. The course would also go into depth on the importance of choosing the right wythe connector, insulation and the energy saving advantages of using low or non-conductive connections in the panels. Lastly we would be reviewing the overall sustainability of insulated concrete structures.


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  • This program will provide the design community with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions when specifying a simple solution for exceptional long-term thermal insulating performance and excellent air/vapor battier capability in brick and block walls.


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  • Effective and efficient building envelope assemblies will be discussed in terms of multi-family options to meet the 2009 and 2012 IECC for continuous insulation, air and water barrier performance. Up front investment in the assembly can potentially maximize operational returns especially for developer owned rental properties. Options and benefits will be discussed from design, construction to occupancy in particular for low rise, multi-family projects.


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  • Conventional building practice consists of single functional materials combined to serve the building design needs. For example, an air barrier is a distinct and separate layer, and water resistive barrier is often a separate layer. New designs concepts where multiple functionality, such as air and water barriers, can be met at the same layer per building code will be discussed. In particular, if insulated foam sheathing is used, appropriate joint treatment can enable compliance as air, water, and thermal barriers. Both conventional solid (peel and stick), and new fluid applied flashing and barriers will be discussed. Participants will also gain an understanding of material options and impact of application techniques on long term building performance.


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  • Newer energy codes require that homes be sealed and tested to 3-5 air changes per hour. Good home design and the right spec’s go along way to making that happen. Proper air sealing saves energy and reduces moisture and mold problems. In this advanced session 1 hour session building science expert Steve Easley uses pictures from the real world examples to illustrate what works and what doesn’t. Trying to fix a home that does meet these requirements is costly and time consuming, and improper sealing techniques can also lead to serious mold and moisture problems. Learn how to do it right the first time at the lowest cost, how to achieve the ”biggest bang for the buck" when prioritizing labor, and the best methods and materials to meet the newer code requirements.


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  • This program will provide the design community with the knowledge to understand why and how specifying air sealing can help improve the building envelope.


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  • The industry is increasing the energy efficiency of buildings, but a building cannot be truly efficient unless it is durable. As new materials and methods are introduced to meet higher energy efficiency standards, new construction methods and details will be required. This presentation will discuss the challenges in moisture management and durability posed by energy efficient wall systems. A significant amount of research has been conducted on traditional wall systems, leading to water-resistive barrier, drainage, window installation and flashing recommendations. This presentation will review water management code requirements and discuss how these established water management recommendations and code requirements relate to highly insulated and airtight wall assemblies. The implications of air barriers and vapor retarders on wall system moisture management and building durability will also be discussed.


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  • This seminar, organized into 3 sections, will help you understand various aspects of the pitched slope residential roofing market. 1. The first section will review the history of roofing underlayments and their role in water management in the structure. This segment will explore the evolution of different kinds of underlayments under asphaltic shingles and the move towards synthetic underlayments. 2. The second section will review the types of synthetic roofing underlayments and common installation detail failures. This includes an overview of mechanically-fastened, self-adhered, and peel-and-stick roofing underlayments. 3. The third section will review ice damming and moisture intrusion resulting therein. This includes a review of how ice damming can occur, its effects, and strategies that can be employed to safeguard against it. 4. The last section will review the relevant performance criteria applicable to roofing underlayments. These include AC-188, QUV Accelerated Weathering Testing, EMMAQUA Testing, ASTM G154 Testing, and ASTM 4869


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  • Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating defects (driving toward six standard deviations between the mean and the nearest specification limit) in any process – from manufacturing to transactional and from product to service. Companies no longer have the luxury of business as usual. Businesses with the disciplined approach across all functions, whether manufacturing, supply chain or research have found the improved quality, operating efficiencies, and increased customer satisfaction. Six Sigma has proven to deliver value in all these areas, and has been in use at global companies across many sectors, such as automotive, chemical and electronics.


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  • The creative landscape has changed as design increasingly becomes a fusion of ideas, material, technology and the environment. Smooth transitions flow between art, architecture and design and each medium must be able to adapt, progress and evolve with time. Architects and designers are the key to a seamless link between nature, technology and aesthetics for both interiors and exteriors. Long-lasting, easy to clean, durable and elegant, the 3-dimensional formability of solid surface has been freeing innovative minds for well over 40 years.


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  • Curious to challenge yourself and your views? This session is intended for green building practitioners who would like to gain a new perspective, develop a deeper understanding of what outputs of the LCA process can be used to effectively communicate the value of environmental product information into product specifications for a sustainable built environment.


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  • Information to date show that warming of the climate system is unequivocal, that human influence on the climate system is clear and that limiting climate change would require mitigation measures as well as adaptation. Buildings use a significant percentage of energy and resources and are responsible for 40% of the world waste hence sustainable buildings have become an imperative. In order to achieve a sustainable building, the design team must optimize the whole building performance through proper integration of its parts (e.g. passive design features, building enclosure, equipment, renewable resources, etc.). This seminar will focus on building enclosure contribution towards a sustainable building. The building enclosure is typically designed for the life of the building, making it even more critical to address its sustainability at the design phase. Building enclosure sustainability attributes include energy efficiency, durability, IAQ and sustainable materials. Air leakage which can transport heat, moisture and contaminants across the building enclosure can affect all sustainability attributes but its impact has only recently been understood and continuous air barriers for air leakage control have become mandatory code requirements for the first time in ASHRAE 90.1-2010. Potential contribution of air barriers toward LEED-2013 v4 pre-requisites and/or credits is briefly discussed.


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  • This course goes over sustainable roofing considerations. Participants will understand what role the roof system plays in sustainable design, and also how conventional roof design impacts sustainability. They will also learn the how insulation type impacts lifecycle, and how to improve design with the ‘Perfect Roof.’ Presentation covers critical concerns of stormwater management, construction requirements, and functionality of space.


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  • The creative landscape has changed as design increasingly becomes a fusion of ideas, material, technology and the environment. Smooth transitions flow between art, architecture and design and each medium must be able to adapt, progress and evolve with time.


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  • This course will examine aging from a physiological, sociological, and economic perspective. Discussions on how design directly impacts the quality of the long-term care experience of geriatric care and healthcare workers. The latest trends driving design for aging populations are addressed.


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