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Learn about the different levels of gypsum board finishes as well as when to specify each according to the needs of the project. Gain insight into the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) in regard to sustainability, how to improve IAQ, and how gypsum board finishes impact IAQ.
This course will focus on gypsum products manufactured with fiberglass facing, replacing the paper facing typically used on gypsum board. We will review the high performance characteristics of and applications for the fiberglass faced gypsum panels to improve the health, safety and welfare of any project and associated occupants through improved fire ratings and indoor air quality. This course includes a series of diagrammatic wall sections for a variety of typical envelope systems as well as interior application details.
This program will give the participant an understanding of the many options available with high performance resinous floor coatings. By knowing these flooring systems, they will then be able to choose the correct flooring systems to meet their clients’ needs and expectations for both durability and aesthetics. We will also discuss the many components used in to create these high-performance floors along with their common uses. This discussion will also focus on describing the performance differences of each flooring system so that the participant can later be able to choose the correct system to meet even the most demanding project requirements. We will review case studies in order to help architects and specifiers to develop specifications that will include flooring systems which will meet their projects long term demands.
Become familiar with metal lath products and stucco and plaster accessories that are available in galvanized steel, zinc alloy and vinyl. Examine trim and bead products used for veneer, stucco and plaster applications, and identify the benefits of using vinyl accessory products.
DIE05L - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
This course introduces one coat stucco, along with its history, how it works, and the benefits of using it. You will be able to compare and contrast the one coat stucco with the three coat portland cement stucco.
NOC09A - Sponsored by National One Coat Stucco Association
Understand the ASTM standards that are typically specified for the material, manufacturing, and installation requirements for drywall studs. This course explains the requirements for drywall studs per ASTM C645 and ASTM C754, and describes how to specify fire-rated partitions.
DIE05K - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
This course will explain the benefits of three coat stucco systems, which include fire resistance, mold prevention, durability, low maintenance. The course will also explain in detail what codes are applicable for the different wall assemblies available to the use of three coat stucco systems.
SMA09A - Sponsored by Stucco Manufacturers Association
Through an in-depth review of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, as they apply to restroom design, the design professional will better understand the importance of accessibility, how to design a barrier-free restroom, and how this can contribute to a more sustainable project.
Lockers come in many shapes and sizes. In this one hour course, we will discuss uses for lockers, material choices and accessories. We will learn about ADA compliance and sustainability as it relates to lockers, and we will take a look at different options that add to the visual appeal, and options that make for an easier user experience.
In this one hour course, the design professional will learn about various types of materials used in constructing prison walls. The course will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these materials which will help the professional achieve the design they are looking for in a safe and secure prison.
Did you know that proper planning of storage space can help your client's bottom line? This course delves into the basic principles of proper storage design in healthcare facilities and specific design considerations that would benefit your project.
NARRATED VIDEO - This course will explain the functions and benefits of a well-designed entrance system and will provide application dependent guidelines that will aide in proper system design. Value and Benefit of an Entrance Flooring system. Industry standards, including ADA requirements and United States Green Council (USGBC) LEED credits and how they each pertain to entrance flooring systems. Design considerations describing he primary factors that impact the design and selection of an entrance system. Product option section provides an overview of the wide range of mat and grilles available. The application section reviews common applications, and makes system recommendations based on predetermined design factors
NARRATED VIDEO - Today we are going to look at three contemporary high-end materials: aluminum, glass and high gloss acrylic. First, we will review the inherent qualities of each, then we will look at how each might be incorporated into your designs. We will review the design options of each application and how to specify these materials into your projects. And finally we will discuss the variety of building typologies in which these materijals can be utilized and look at a few case studies that have incorporated these materials in a comprehensive manner to achieve a truly dramatic contemporary design.
NARRATED VIDEO - Discover how nature continues to inspire and influence not just the design and fabrication of our building materials, but also the sustainability and performance of those materials. Learn how advancements in technology and the process of geomimicry are making the fabrication of higher-quality surfacing materials such as pyrolithic stone possible, which provide the architectural and stylistic advantages of natural stone (such as quartz and marble) with increased sustainability while overcoming performance drawbacks.
Physical security products include bullet, blast and forced entry resistant doors, windows and wall panels as well as tornado rated doors. These products are a prudent safety precaution that protects the general public, while limiting an employer’s liability. This one hour online course allows the design professional to review and understand the need for and applications of physical security products, particularly bullet resistant products. Design professionals will develop an understanding of the various levels of bullet resistance, as well as how to specify these products for a project. We will conclude this course with a brief 10 question quiz.
An innovative solution to parking space, mechanical parking and the dependent access parking stackers’ uses and limitations are illustrated and described in this course to expand your knowledge on this unique product. Learn about the different types of parking stackers and how they work.
This course provides a fundamental understanding of the benefits of radiant heating and cooling systems for residential, commercial and institutional applications. You will learn about how radiant heating and cooling provides a cost efficient, comfortable way for your building to achieve a high level of energy performance. Also discussed are ways to easily integrate radiant systems into the mechanical environment of a building.
Installation of radiant floor heating will be the focus of this course. We will review system components, layout, and manifold location considerations for the design process. Wet and dry installation techniques will be explained to improve the incorporation of RFH in your design.
Thermal comfort through radiant floor heating will be the focus of this course. We will review applications and calculations of the design process for hydronic heating. Controls and zoning for an integrated system will be covered as well.