Moisture, Energy and Design in Masonry Walls

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course looks at all types of masonry walls, and explores the relationship of design to moisture mitigation and energy efficient performance of both exterior and interior masonry and the materials used to achieve the desired outcomes. It also will explore the problems associated with latent defects in masonry construction and propose pre-emptive solutions A variety of actual installations are used as examples of moisture mitigation and energy efficient models.

 

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UMass Design Building: Elevating Mass Timber with Innovative Solutions

Completed in early 2017, the Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first of its kind in the U.S. At four stories and 87,500 sf, this mass timber project features a glued-laminated (glulam) timber column-and-beam frame, mass timber lateral force-resisting system, hybrid cross-laminated timber (CLT)/concrete floor system, and unconventional cantilevered forms. This presentation will highlight two aspects of the project: the design process will be discussed by the principal architect and the construction and occupancy phases will be reviewed by an associate professor who was close to the process and now works in the building. From code approval through occupancy, this session will address the process and collaboration required to see this groundbreaking structure to fruition in a steel-dominated construction industry.

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The Evolution of Fire Life Safety in Building Codes

This presentation will cover techniques for mitigating fire damage and reducing fire spread while describing how an understanding of code intent can be used to argue equivalent fire performance when wood solutions lie outside typical code-approved applications. Over the last 80 years, prescriptive height and area limitations have remained relatively unchanged in North American building codes while technological advances and fire service capabilities have improved considerably. Through an examination of historical code development and identification of the risk factors on which codes are based, we can set the stage for a re-examination of public perception with regard to combustible construction.

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"Suspended Wood Ceilings: Design to Delivery" from 9Wood

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course covers the benefits of suspended wood ceilings; materials including wood options such as veneers, solid wood or reclaimed wood; sustainability attributes; and performance characteristics. It features a comprehensive discussion of the key factors that inform and influence the specification of a suspended wood ceiling.

The IDCEC Opening Slide with course credit information is here.

 

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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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Successful Application of Destratification Fans

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course will review the science behind stratified air, components and uses of destratification fans, their specification, and the standards and protocols involved in air movement applications.

 

(Please note: The Case Study is a technical paper intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling.)

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Safer Materials: In Green Chemistry We Trust

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Green Chemistry founders and visionaries Paul Anastas and John Warner mark the 20th anniversary of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. Paul, as Yale professor and former EPA ORD administrator and White House OSTP Director, and John, as Green Chemistry entrepreneur, Perkin Medal laureate, former UMass professor and inventor with over 100 patents, will help us understand what Green Chemistry is and what it is not. They will explore how the practice of Green Chemistry has become a powerful driver for product innovation today, and how its adoption is essential for a sustainable tomorrow. Their discussion will illustrate how chemists are collaborating to unleash the power of Green Chemistry for greener building materials. This session is facilitated by Shawn Hunter, Sustainability Leader for DuPont Safety and Construction.

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