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NARRATED VIDEO – This course will provide a brief overview of Low-Slope Roof Systems to provide the necessary background to discuss cover boards & thermal barriers. The various cover board types and reasons for their use will be described. Each board type will be discussed along with their primary features, benefits & challenges.
The long-term performance of all low-slope roof systems is impacted by a number of external factors such as weather events and roof system abuse (natural & man-made). Important roof component performance criteria will be discussed and conclusions drawn, in order to increase your knowledge surrounding cover board selection.
It’s important to understand the effects of moisture on the indoor environment to properly navigate moisture concerns during the construction process. In this program, we’ll discuss the factors at work with moisture issues and the proper use of dehumidification to mitigate the problems.
We’ll then discuss the important role of psychrometrics and identify dehumidification strategies and methods to ensure your project stays on track and within specifications while ensuring a healthy indoor environment.
Please be sure to download and read the supplemental material: "Is Dehumidification or Heat Better in Construction Drying?"
This course introduces new climate zoned cladding and illustrates panel cladding. Learn how this is helping designers meet emerging demands for contemporary commercial design aesthetics through a description on the benefits of fiber cement and the common selection criteria for siding options.
JHS07A - Sponsored by James Hardie Building Products, Inc.
NARRATED VIDEO - In this one hour course we will take an in-depth look at concrete roofing tiles including design options, manufacturing and installation processes, testing and code compliance, and finaly sustainable attributes and Life Cycle cost analysis.
This course will better inform the designer on moisture management in the building envelope and related considerations. The designer will evaluate rainscreen and wall assembly options and gain an understanding of how to incorporate rainscreens into their building envelope system.
JHS07C - Sponsored by James Hardie Building Products, Inc.
The response by many architects has often been to use rigid foam board insulation located over the exterior structural face and behind exterior claddings.
While this may be a more traditional choice, it is not the only one. In recent years, significant technology advancements and assembly fire testing results have made spray foam insulation a viable choice for exterior continuous insulation. In fact, closer review suggests that using field applied medium density spray foam insulation may be a better choice for many situations. This has been found to be true when looked at in terms of design flexibility, performance, construction efficiency, and cost.
Explore different architectural cladding options. Discover how aluminum composite material (ACM) panels and metal composite material (MCM) panels have broadened architectural horizons, providing weatherability, fire resistance, long service life, and design flexibility.
This course will explain the benefits of roof hatch & smoke vent design and life safety. The designer will have a better understanding of code regulations for life safety and will be able to properly size and place vents in accordance with these codes.
This course will help the designer to correctly determine the proper specification for building movement joints. Selecting, designing, detailing and specifying building joints is a complex task which can be simplified by following a logical process to first determine joint requirements, location and type. Once we know the size and geometry of the joint system we then can identify the wall, floor, ceiling, and roof systems that are impacted. After finishes are determined for these systems we then can begin to cover the joints in a way that works well with those finishes and meets the functional and performance requirements for the surface. CAD and BIM details and specifications are readily available for incorporating building joints into a project.
A complete discussion of Seismic Joints is beyond the scope of this presentation
Define the basic properties of SPF and be able to list the general benefits of using ccSPF systems for masonry wall insulation, air barrier, and water sealing. Learn about the installation methods of ccSPF systems and be able to visualize the applications and projects of closed cell spray polyurethane foams.
Explore MCM and ACM panels along with the different types of paint finish systems that include solid colors, prismatic finishes, faux finishes, and more. With an emphasis on new fluoropolymer technology, gain insight into finish standards and testing as well as how the makeup and application of each finish type affects its performance.
Gain insight into the benefits of Portable Rollforming including efficiency, flexibility, and sustainability. Also, course participants will review applicable engineering, testing standards, and installation details.
Did you know that the key to maintaining a comfortable temperature is to reduce the heat transfer out of the building in the winter and into the building in the summer? Learn about reflective insulation, radiant barriers, and control coatings that will affect a buildings ability to reduce heating and cooling loads.
RIM07A - Sponsored by Reflective Insulation Manufacturer's Association (RIMA)
This course provides a framework for understanding the importance of snow retention on roofs, examines various roof type applications, identifies applications that have proven more successful at retaining snow, and underscores the citical need for proper planning, calculating, engineering and installing of these systems.
MRI07B - Sponsored by S-5! / Metal Roof Innovations
Trace back the history of SPF development, and be able to identify the physical properties of SPF insulation. Learn about the advantages of SPF insulation and see examples of typical applications of both open-cell and closed-cell SPF.
NARRATED VIDEO – This course introduces walkable thermoplastic deck and roofing membrane systems and describes the system advantages. This course includes over a dozen membrane construction videos and illustrates design considerations for incorporation into the building envelope.
DEC07A - Sponsored by Skyline Building Systems, Inc.
NARRATED VIDEO - This course expresses the reasons for concern regarding the environmental hazards that come with flooding and describes who is responsible when natural hazards and flooding occur. Learn what a Base Flood Elevation is, as well as the objectives of protection in order to employ this type of system.
This course lists three key window selection criteria and explains the impact they have on the interests of you and your client. You will be able to identify the advantages and disadvantages of wood and aluminum windows, as well as how to determine an appropriate system for your projects.
In this course we will review compression-seal technology for high-performance window and door systems through a discussion that includes definitions and application examples, performance benefits and several case studies.