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An Introduction to BIM & Automated Specifications
NARRATED VIDEO – In this advanced one hour course, we will discuss Building Information Modeling and how this technology has optimized the building design process. We will take a more in depth look at how current specification management works and discuss an idea for improving the currently disjointed method. We will introduce automated specification management systems and present a tutorial to detail the features and functions of this new specification system. Finally, we will discuss best practices for introduciing automated specification management into you firm's workflow.
INT00A - Sponsored by InterSpec / eSPECS
Roof Hatch & Smoke Vent Design: Life Safety & BIM Integration
NARRATED VIDEO - This course will explain benefits of roof hatch & smoke vent design, life safety & BIM integration. 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. Through an illustration and demonstration on BIM modeling, the designer will be able to better integrate roof hatches and smoke vents into their next project.
BCD07A - Sponsored by Nystrom Building Products
Integrally Colored Concrete
Find everything you need to know about coloring concrete with integral (mixed in) colors. Review the wide spectrum of colors that are used, the application process, and the benefits of integral color concrete that give it a long-lasting appeal.
DAV03A - Sponsored by Davis Colors
Assuring Water Resistance of Masonry Construction
Understand the importance of a properly installed water barrier. Learn how to solve the problem of masonry damage caused by water trapped in the wall.
MOR04A - Sponsored by Mortar Net USA, Ltd.
Access Ladders & Stairways: Design and Code Solutions
This course will discuss different types of ladders and various applications in which they can be safely used. The designer will also learn about codes and minimum requirements necessary to adhere to standards both dimensionally and for fire ratings.
PLL05B - Sponsored by Precision Ladders, LLC
Architectural Castings: Traditional Elegance & Tomorrow's History
NARRATED VIDEO – In this course you will learn about the history and evolution of bronze and brass castings and their impact on the world. From simple beginnings to modern day technology you will gain insight and understanding of the sand casting process. The benefits of cast metal signs and plaques will be identified versus other sign options. There are virtually unlimited options available for communicating your message with cast signs and plaques. You will also learn about the cost effectiveness, quick turnaround time, and long term benefits of using cast metal signs.
MDM05A - Sponsored by MARCOZA Castings
Architectural Fire Rated Joint Assemblies
NARRATED VIDEO - Through an evaluation on head-of-wall, bottom-of-wall and wall-to-wall assemblies, as well as the UL standards for approval, the design professional will have a better understanding of the components involved with each application. In addition, we will review what design professionals should consider when specifying protection of dynamic or static head-of-wall joints.
CEM05F - Sponsored by California Expanded Metal Company / CEMCO
Design Engineering and Exterior Light-Gauge Steel Framing Basics
This course provides a basic overview of exterior light-gauge steel framing, as well as the characteristics and usage of different types of exterior deflection systems. Review how to avoid common mistakes when framing, and the ASTM standards for light-gauge steel framing products.
DIE05H - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Designing With Shear Walls For Low To Midrise Construction
Understand how to design with shear walls for low to midrise construction. The components, location, test standards, advantages and disadvantages, as well as what should be considered when specifying shear elements are illustrated in this course.
CEM05C - Sponsored by California Expanded Metal Company / CEMCO
Efficient Design Utilizing Decorative Guardrails
In this one hour course, we will learn how various styles of guardrails and their hardware can offer safety and contribute to design freedom. We will also learn about codes related to guardrails, what materials and infill options you have and how they affect the budget for your next project.
SCR05A - Sponsored by SC Railing
Innovations in Extruded Aluminum Corners and Trims
This course focuses on the emerging use of extruded aluminum trim products in single family, multi family and light commercial construction. Participants of this course will be provided and overview and examination of the benefits of extruded aluminum trim products as compared to traditional trim materials. The course goes into detail and defines what extruded aluminum trims are, how they are manufactured and the short and long term benefits of using extruded aluminum trims versus traditional trim materials.
ETR05A - Sponsored by EasyTrim Reveals
Introduction to Expanded Metal and Applications
Be able to describe the benefits of expanded metal and how it is installed, including what the current standards are. Learn how to write specifications using industry standard nomenclature on various patterns.
EMM05A - Sponsored by EMMA
Light-Gauge Steel Framing Connection Products: Specifying Tested Connection Products That Limit Liability
UPDATED! - Define the use of light-gauge steel framing connection products. Discuss practical applications of deflection clips, support clips, and the various methods of installation for different types of connectors.
DIE05F - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Pedestrian Cable Railings: Guardrails with Cable Infill
NARRATED VIDEO - Discuss the unique design requirements for a railing using cable as a railing in-fill. Review the different types of cable construction methods, and explain the proper mounting and tension requirements when installing a pedestrian cable railing.
UTL05B - Sponsored by The Cable Connection Inc.
Proper Specification and Installation Recommendations for Structural Wall Framing
Review the IBC 2012 Code Compliance requirements for cold-formed structural studs and the minimum requirements per ASTM C955. The installation procedure for cold-formed structural studs per ASTM C1007 and fire-rated construction are described in this course.
DIE05J - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Step Up to Safety
In this course you will learn how to select the appropriate pre-manufactured stair treads and nosings to improve the safety of your building stairway design. We will also go over how pre-manufactured stair treads and nosings can complement your building design and improve the safe means of egress from your building with proper installation.
NYS05B - Sponsored by Nystrom Building Products
Assuring Stucco Performance Using Non-Corrosive Components
NARRATED VIDEO - Find out how plastic accessories and components can enhance your stucco construction through strong and noncorrosive field performance, ease of handling, moisture resistance, and aesthetic.
PLC06A - Sponsored by Plastic Components
Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) For Commercial and Residential Structures
In this course, we will gain insight into the growing need for and use of fire retardant treated wood (FRTW). We will explore both interior and exterior FRTW and discuss treatment options. Through a review of applications, codes, and standards, the design professional will have a better understanding of how to incorporate FRTW into their next project.
VIA06B - Sponsored by Viance, LLC
Improving Timber Connections Through Design
Compare traditional mortise and tenon joinery with embedded timber connectors, and become familiar with the parts of a common frame, installation processes, and design for: tension, compression, and shear utilizing steel embedded connectors. This course will help you specify different styles of connectors for wood to wood, wood to concrete, and wood to steel connections.
TLX06A - Sponsored by Timberlinx
Innovative Column Options for the 21st century
Discover the innovative column options that are available today and the variety of materials that are used to create this classic product. Learn about the current trends that have affected columns in the construction industry.
HBG06C - Sponsored by HB&G Building Products
Laminated Timber Columns: Structural Characteristics
Gain insight into the makeup and characteristics of laminated timber columns and compare to other alternatives. Understand the importance of materials selection, production process, and testing.
COX06A - Sponsored by Cox Industries
Wide Plank Wood Flooring: Design Considerations
In this one hour course, we will learn how various species, grading, milling, dimensions, and finishes of wide plank wood flooring offer design flexibility. We will also learn about the superiority of heartwood over sapwood in wide plank flooring, and standards related to installation of wide plank wood flooring. Finally, we will learn best practices for design and construction monitoring, to minimize the possibility of moisture intrusion in wood flooring installations.
CAR06A - Sponsored by Carlisle Wide Plank Floors
Advantages of Using Cover Boards in Low-slope Roofing Assemblies
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.
NGC07A - Sponsored by National Gypsum
Climate Zoned Cladding and Contemporary Commercial Solutions with Fiber Cement Siding
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.
Concrete Roof Tiles: The Natural Choice for Durability and Sustainability
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.
EAG07A - Sponsored by Eagle Roofing Products
Considerations in Rainscreen Cladding Design; Exterior Moisture – Risk, Design and Applications
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.
Continuous Insulation: Spray Polyurethane Foam vs. Rigid Foam Board
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.
ICY07B - Sponsored by Icynene, Inc.
Design And Specification of ACM/MCM In Today’s Architecture
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.
ALP07A - Sponsored by ALPOLIC
Managing Building Movement with Joints
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
NYS07A - Sponsored by Nystrom Building Products
Masonry Wall Insulation, Air Barrier, Water Seal and Moisture Vapor Control with ccSPF
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.
NCF07C - Sponsored by NCFI Polyurethanes
MCM/ACM Paint Systems and the Building Envelope
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.
ALP07B - Sponsored by ALPOLIC
Portable Rollforming, Applicable Engineering & Installation Details
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.
SFM07A - Sponsored by Sheffield Metals
Reflective Insulation, Radiant Barriers and Control Coatings
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)
Roofing Solutions for Alpine Regions
This course provides an overview of the problems and solutions associated with roofing in cold climates, including a discussion on the proper engineering of snow retention devices.
TRA07A - Sponsored by TRA Snow & Sun
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) For Building Insulation
This course will better inform the designer about spray polyurethane foam and best practices when utilizing SPF in your designs. This course also compares and contrasts the differences between open and closed cell SPF and their applications as well as explaining the benefits of spray polyurethane foam such as energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
HUN07A - Sponsored by Huntsman Polyurethanes
Spray-in-Place Polyurethane Insulation Systems
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.
NCF07B - Sponsored by NCFI Polyurethanes
Use of Snow Retention Devices: Science or Fiction?
Discover the art and science of snow control and its effects, such as snow migration on rooftops of structures. Learn about the common myths and misperceptions regarding snow retention, as well as the do's and don’ts of retention devices, product selection, and site specifics.
MRI07A - Sponsored by S-5! / Metal Roof Innovations
Walkable Thermoplastic Deck and Roofing Membrane Systems
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.
Architectural Applications of Water Protection Systems
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.
SVT08B - Sponsored by Savannah Trims
Comparative Study of Wood and Aluminum Windows in Commercial Buildings
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.
PEL08A - Sponsored by Pella Windows and Doors
Compression-Seal Technology: A Sustainable Solution for High-Performance Windows and Doors
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.
REH08A - Sponsored by REHAU
Design of Large Exterior Openings
This course introduces successful design solutions for open able wall areas and the challenges associated with large openings. Learn the variations and flexibility of opening glass walls in different environments. Watch several videos that’ll enhance your understanding of this unique product.
NAN08A - Sponsored by Nana Wall Systems
Fire Rated Door Assemblies: Compliant Designs
This one hour course teaches the essentials of fire rated doors, frames, and hardware. Ensure your fire rated openings are compliant by learning about the applicable codes, requirements, and design considerations.
SDI08C - Sponsored by Steel Door Institute
Fire-Rated Doors and Frames
Develop a basic understanding of fire test requirements and processes for obtaining ratings on fire rated doors and frames. Become familiar with the hardware requirements, as well as the various fire rated door and frame applications including requirements for glazing, transoms and other components.
HMM08A - Sponsored by Hollow Metal Manufacturers Association
Installation and Storage of Hollow Metal Doors and Frames
Become familiar with the successful installation and operation of hollow metal doors and frames, as well as the requirements for the correct anchoring techniques, proper receipt, and recommended storage guidelines.
HMM08B - Sponsored by Hollow Metal Manufacturers Association
Prefinished Steel Door Frames
Identify a prefinished frame unit and compare the differences between prefinished frames and hollow metal frames. Discuss the advantages of factory painting and review the types of casings and hardware of prefinished steel door frames.
DUN08A - Sponsored by Dunbarton Corporation
Protect People and Property by Specifying Secure Doors and Frames
Every type of building requires protection against forced entry - and doors & frames are the first line of defense. Learn about finding the "just right" amount of security for your building projects and how to specify the doors and frames.
SDI08D - Sponsored by Steel Door Institute
Residential Garages and Overhead Doors
Trace back the history and development of the garage as an integral part of the home. Review the design solutions regarding planning and renovation, as well as information about door construction and installation.
CHI08B - Sponsored by C.H.I. Overhead Doors
Security Grille Door Solutions in the Design Project
This course about grille doors discusses different types of doors, materials the doors are made of and various operation choices available. It will help you decide which door to specify as you will learn which door is best for a particular plan. You will also learn about security features of these doors and ADA accessibility guidelines.
DYN08A - Sponsored by Dynamic Closures
Specialty Steel Doors: A Primer on Acoustic, Tornado, Stainless Steel and More
The strength of steel doors and frames offers unparalleled performance and protection. Available in stainless steel and faux finishes, they can add a stunning design element too. This course covers what you need to know about the variety of specialty steel doors that are available.
SDI08B - Sponsored by Steel Door Institute
Specifying Rolling Steel Fire Doors
Gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of rolling steel fire doors—ranging from code and regulatory bodies to fail-safe fire door definitions. This course will address NFPA 80 mandates, how to list and label definitions, approved installation standards, and fire wall construction details.
CHI08A - Sponsored by C.H.I. Overhead Doors
Steel Doors and Frames 101
Covers everything you need to know about steel doors and frames. Design professionals will learn how to choose doors with the ideal blend of cost, performance, and appearance for their projects.
SDI08A - Sponsored by Steel Door Institute
The Use of Sound Control Fenestrations in Building Design
This course will review the basic science of sound and sound control, including ratings of acoustic performance, testing & certification of acoustic fenestration products. Considerations and methods to utilize when designing buildings and their systems will be covered as well.
ATR08A - Sponsored by Prime Window Systems, LLC
Upward Acting Sectional Doors
NARRATED VIDEO – There are many factors to consider when selecting the right large opening door solution to specify. Knowing the benefits and drawbacks of the types of large openings doors avaialable can make this decision easier. From fast-opening doors, to doors that maximize view, to doors that make a statement, discover how sectional doors provide an array of door solutions to meet your design needs.
CLO08A - Sponsored by Clopay
Abuse and Impact Resistant Gypsum: Stronger and Safer Walls
Analyze the different types of gypsum technologies in terms of composition, characteristics, and testing. Discover the benefits of impact resistant gypsum in terms of performance, application, and cost.
NGC09K - Sponsored by National Gypsum
Acoustically Enhanced Gypsum Board Designed for High STC Wall Assemblies
In this course, we explore sound transmission and acoustical requirements in buildings. Codes, standards, and design considerations are thoroughly reviewed. Acoustically enhanced gypsum board assemblies are evaluated as a solution for improving acoustics in multiple indoor environments.
NGC09L - Sponsored by National Gypsum
Architectural Protective Coatings: FEVE Technology
Explore different architectural coatings, specifically fluoropolymers, and their benefits. Learn how next-generation, fluoropolymer coating technology exhibits excellent weatherability, lowers maintenance costs, and is environmentally friendly.
AGC09A - Sponsored by AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc.
Equivalent (EQ) Coatings – How to Evaluate Compliance with Code Requirements
There are a lot of “opinions” and misinformation being bantered about regarding EQ coatings. This presentation will show you factually how the building code permits the use of equivalent (EQ) coatings and these new and innovative coatings actually provide you and your clients superior protection against corrosion. This presentation will address what you need to know about equivalent (EQ) coatings and how you should evaluate them to insure that you are getting a coating that will provide superior corrosion resistance than the conventional coatings used for the last quarter century and actually lessen your liability.
DIE05M - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Extending Infrastructure Life Using FEVE Bridge Coatings
In this one hour course, we will discover the strengths and advantages of FEVE fluoropolymer topcoats for both new bridges and maintenance re-coating of existing bridges. We will review the decades-long history of real-time and accelerated testing of FEVE fluoropolymer coatings in Japan due to their extensive use on bridge infrastructure.
AGC09B - Sponsored by AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc.
Finishing Gypsum Board: Appearance and Indoor Air Quality
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.
NGC09M - Sponsored by National Gypsum
High Performance Gypsum: Protect against mold, moisture and exposure
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.
NGC09N - Sponsored by National Gypsum
Metal Lath, Beads and Trims: Stucco and Plaster Accessory Products and Applications
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
One Coat Stucco: The Most Efficient Stucco System Available
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
Proper Specification and Installation Recommendations for Nonstructural Wall Framing
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
Three Coat Stucco System
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
Designing Barrier-Free Restrooms to Meet the New 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
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.
SCT10B - Sponsored by Scranton Products
Locker Solutions for Every Place and Purpose
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.
SCT10C - Sponsored by Scranton Products
Detention Design and Construction with Truss-reinforced Steel Panels
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.
TRU11A - Sponsored by Trussbilt
Antimicrobial Material: A Way To Inhibit Mold And Mildew Growth
Learn about the advantages of quartz surfaces and ways in which a mold-free environment can be ensured by using antimicrobial materials. This course goes into depth about the physical properties of mold and ways it affects health negatively, and how it can be prevented.
COS12B - Sponsored by Cosentino USA
Efficient Storage Solutions for Healthcare Facilities
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.
IND12A - Sponsored by Stanley InnerSpace
Introduction to Entrance Flooring Systems
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
NYS12C - Sponsored by Nystrom Building Products
Modern Materials for Contemporary Design
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.
ELM12A - Sponsored by Element Designs
Understanding Pyrolithic Stone Material
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.
GEO12A - Sponsored by GEOLUXE
Understanding Quartz Surfacing Material
Become familiar with quartz, including its history, where it is found, and its unique physical properties. This course introduces the Breton manufacturing process, where you will learn the differences between acrylic solid surfaces, stone, and quartz surfaces.
COS12A - Sponsored by Cosentino USA
Bullet, Blast and Forced Entry Resistant Doors, Windows and Wall Panels
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.
ARM13B - Sponsored by Armortex, Inc.
Mechanical Parking Solutions for Modern Urban Density
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.
KMP14A - Sponsored by Klaus Multiparking, Inc.
Electric Tankless Water Heaters
This learning unit will address the benefits of a properly designed and installed electric tankless water heater and explore how installing an electric tankless water heaters in new construction, in a retrofit situation, or as a companion to other water heating technologies already in place, can offer a reliable, endless supply of hot water while maximizing both water savings and energy efficiency.
SEI15A - Sponsored by Seisco International
Total Bathroom Design
The purpose of this course is to make the case that all design features that help a bathroom be friendly to all people and the environment are simply elements of good bathroom design.
TOT22C - Sponsored by TOTO USA
Advantages of Radiant Heating and Cooling Systems
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.
REH23D - Sponsored by REHAU
Radiant Floor Heating Installation
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.
REH23B - Sponsored by REHAU
Radiant Heating Design and Controls
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.
REH23C - Sponsored by REHAU
Snow and Ice Melting Systems: The Power to Melt Snow and Ice for Safety and Efficiency
This course provides a fundamental understanding of hydronic snow and ice melting systems in terms of benefits, applications, installation, performance and costs.

Why is this course relevant?
i. The safety, convenience and cost savings provided by a SIM system has become more clear than ever with changes to weather patterns increasing snow fall in many regions
ii. Clearing slippery outdoor surfaces over a long winter is not only a maintenance cost, it involves the expense of harsh chemicals and damaged surfaces
iii. Snow and ice melting systems can also reduce liability with reduced premiums
iv. Automatic controls and durable PEX pipes make modern SIM systems reliable
v. Estimated operating costs are often far less than mechanical snow removal
REH23E - Sponsored by REHAU
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