Roofing Insulation and Cover Boards

Arguably, selecting insulation and cover boards is the most important decision when designing a roofing system because of the many benefits these products provide in terms of service life, building safety, and energy efficiency. This course explores the characteristics, advantages, and cautions of the primary insulation and cover boards on the commercial roofing market today, and then considers the installation methodologies that will optimize the building's energy efficiency. ...Read More

IDCEC .1 Credit - Next Generation Solid Surface

(Please note: The Study Guide is a collection of technical papers intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling.) This course provides an overview of the characteristics of 100% Acrylic Solid Surface compared to other surface materials and the driving factors that contribute to its growing role in sustainable design strategies. Also discussed are the manufacturing, fabricating, and thermoformable processes of 100% Acrylic Solid Surface and the related green standards and certification programs. ...Read More

Ventilated Wall Systems: Porcelain Stoneware Cladding Solution for Energy Efficient Buildings

This course, presented in HD by Williams Pontel, Commercial Sales Manager for American Marazzi Tile, explores energy-efficiencies of ventilated wall systems that employ continuous outboard insulation and porcelain stoneware cladding. Two systems that are used today for both new construction and retrofit applications are examined in detail. Mr. Pontel also showcases many unique aesthetics that are achievable with porcelain stoneware ventilated wall claddings and enumerates key functional, sustainable and economic benefits of the material and systems. ...Read More

Large Format Wall and Floor Tile: Design Challenges and Solutions

Today's designers are increasingly preferring large format tile for the monolithic appearance it provides. However, when the tiles become larger, special precautions need to be taken to prevent problems both during installation and throughout the life of the application. Wall applications can be particularly challenging. This course addresses these challenges and provides recommendations for how to achieve an aesthetically pleasing and long lasting installation with large format tiles. ...Read More

Code Compliant Exterior Systems for Wood-Framed Building Envelopes

This course investigates the most recent code changes emphasizing building envelope performance. It explores next generation integrated solutions that simultaneously provide protection against moisture penetration, air leakage, and thermal bridging. Installation benefits and on-site quality control issues related to multi-solution integrated systems will also be evaluated. ...Read More

VRF Technology: An Innovative HVAC System for Achieving LEED Points

(Please note: The Study Guide is a white paper, "Advanced Heating Technologies: Applying VRF in cold climates. It supplements the course by providing additional content that will aid in your understanding of the technology and specification criteria for VRF. It is intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling. VRF Technology: An Innovative HVAC System for Achieving LEED Points will educate you on Variable Refrigerant Flow Zoning Systems. At the end of this course, you will be able to describe the basic differences between VRF zoning systems and other HVAC options. Describe the major benefits of VRF zoning systems. Recall the LEED categories where VRF zoning systems provide credit opportunities.And describe at least two design challenges that were met using VRF zoning systems from the case study examples referred to in this presentation. ...Read More

Potable Water Safety Through Backflow Prevention

Potable Water Safety Through Backflow Prevention, presented by Zurn, provides a ground level understanding of how we can protect the potable water supply from contamination and pollution due to backflow. Backflow prevention measures and cross-connection controls are explored as methods to ensure clean and healthy potable water supplies. (Course includes a downloadable PDF study guide.) ...Read More

Design Firm Management Series: Staying In Front of Your Customers

For the good of your practice: This video features construction marketing expert Jim Nowakowski discussing how design/architectural services can get a better understanding of the market today in view of ongoing "Digital Disruption." The course will give you a better understanding of the tools available to help keep your services relevant, and of your own value in the scheme of business today. ...Read More

AIA Credit Next Generation Solid Surface

(Please note: The Study Guide is a collection of technical papers intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling.) This course provides an overview of the characteristics of 100% Acrylic Solid Surface compared to other surface materials and the driving factors that contribute to its growing role in sustainable design strategies. Also discussed are the manufacturing, fabricating, and thermoformable processes of 100% Acrylic Solid Surface and the related green standards and certification programs. ...Read More
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