Design Innovations Using Fiber Cement in Commercial Construction

Designing commercial buildings requires that high performance becomes married with great aesthetics. Increasingly, both must be done while containing the material, labor, and installation costs. One area that has received attention in all of these regards is exterior cladding. While many different choices abound with varying degrees of weight, thickness, and ease of installation one product has emerged as a very appealing solution in many cases. Architectural Wall Panels made from fiber cement have a proven history of allowing architects to create building exteriors that are innovative, affordable, sustainable, and able to create a variety of aesthetic design appearances.

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Shading: A Daylighting Strategy for Sustainable Building

By the end of this learning unit you should be able to describe at least three ways that solar control decreases building energy consumption and two ways in which solar control optimizes daylighting AND views. You will be able to identify at least two ways that solar control can contribute to LEED project certification and why architectural mesh is a sustainable material.

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Surface Applied Moisture Vapor Barriers

Participants will receive a brief explanation of the purpose of moisture vapor barriers and a description of the various types, followed by an in-depth discussion of surface applied moisture vapor barriers. Topics include causes of moisture in concrete, moisture testing procedures, ASTM standards, and installation procedures.

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Three Innovations Changing the Face and Function of Fabric Architecture

This fascinating course explores three new and innovative architectural products, each made from precision woven architectural fabric: a new exterior fabric membrane that allows for entirely new forms and functionalities in permanent static or kinetic fabric constructions; a new modular ceiling system made from photometrically and acoustically optimized precision fabric; and a new composite facade material made from a combination of glass, fabric and metal. Design and application, and the functional and sustainable benefits provided by each innovation are explored through real-world projects.

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Water Pressure Regulation in Building Design

Pressure! When it comes to water, too much pressure in a building's plumbing system can be detrimental – to pipes, fixtures, and appliances, as well as to efforts to minimize water consumption. Water Pressure Regulation in Building Design covers code requirements for water pressure, and the plumbing components used to reduce and regulate water pressure before entering a building's plumbing system. (Course includes a downloadable PDF study guide.)

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Fundamentals of Trench Drain Systems

This course provides a comprehensive overview of trench drains - their applications and benefits, their basic components, and the many varieties available, including: cast-in-place, pre-cast, and economical pre-engineered trench drain systems made from HDPE. Students explore new possibilities for blending trench drains into the surrounding environments for improved aesthetics. And case studies explore interesting applications of trench drains.

(Please note: The Study Guide provides a typical specification sheet, multiple product and accessory images, dimensions, details and installation recommendations intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling.)

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Accessibility Disconnects in Toilet Room Design

(Please note: The Study Guide consists of ADA Standards as published by the Department of Justice and includes dimensional and installation washroom elements that may not be included in the video. It is intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling.)

"Accessibility Disconnects in Washroom Design presented by ASI Group in HD video explores various compliance requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act related to commercial restroom design and provides examples of correct and incorrect usage and placement of various restroom fixtures and accessories. Upon viewing this course a student will have a much clearer understanding of ADA requirements for commercial restrooms and how these requirements help to improve the quality of life for the elderly and disabled."

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Forests and Forest Products

This presentation will answer many questions about forests and forest products, such as:  Where do our trees and forests grow?  How have forests changed over time? What is the relationship between people and forests – now and in the past? How are forests managed – and are they being managed responsibly?  Are our forests and forest products sustainable?  Why is wood an environmentally-friendly choice?

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Creating a Sanitary Water Environment

This course provides an overview for what is required to create a sanitary water environment for a building. Considerations for specific building spaces - both interior and exterior - are explored, including product selection and placement. Topics include preventing contamination of the public potable water supply due to backflow or backsiphonage; types of available drainage systems that help to ensure the elimination of standing water hazards; and the damage and hazards that can be created by unsanitary water conditions. (Course includes a downloadable PDF study guide.)

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