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Building Envelope

  • Blower Door Basics Course

    1 LU AIA

    Identify where air leaks occur in a home and describe the difference between infiltration and exfiltration. Describe how a blower door test can identify leaks in a home, how the test works, how and where to set it up to get consistent results. This program details how to properly use a digital gauge during the blower door test to view results. This program is registered with AIA for 1 CEH. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Energy Efficiency, Building Science
    Sponsor:
    The Energy Conservatory
  • Vinyl: Designing for Safety, Sustainability and Resilience

    1 LU AIA

    This program is registered with the AIA for 1 hour and discusses the large role vinyl plays in the design and construction of modern buildings. There are myriad of uses for vinyl products within the built environment, from exterior elements such as cladding and roofing to interior elements such as flooring and wall coverings. This course covers the uses of vinyl in construction, the attributes of vinyl products, vinyl’s role in sustainable design, and the chemistry involved in the production of vinyl products. When all is said and done, you’ll have a better idea of ways vinyl products can provide solutions to design challenges, both now and in the future. Take the course.

    Posted:
    September 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope
    Sponsor:
    The Vinyl Institute
  • Sustainable Green Building with Clay and Concrete Roof Tile

    1 LU HSW/SD/CMP

    This course is registered with AIA for 1 HSW/SD hour and with GBCI for 1 CMP hour. Starting with the history and basics of clay and concrete tile, learners will be able to understand how they contribute towards sustainable building design. Modern manufacturing uses computer modeling to help minimize the use of raw materials – creating more effective and efficient systems. Raw materials for clay and concrete tile are abundant across the U.S., helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the finished product. This course looks at the advantages of using clay and concrete roof tiles to increase the efficiency of a building. Take the course.

    Posted:
    August 2012
    Subject(s):
    Clay-Tile Roofing, Building Envelope, Roofing
    Sponsor:
    Boral
    Certification(s):
    AIA, GBCI
  • Window Performance Ratings and Technologies

    This program is registered with AIA for 1 HSW/SD hour and with GBCI for 1 CMP hour. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings consume 40 percent of all the energy used nationwide. Achieving optimal energy efficiency in buildings can drastically reduce overall energy consumption, and windows can play a key role in achieving improved performance. Building energy codes, standards and voluntary practices exist to provide a target for achieving recognized and acceptable levels of energy efficiency and establish minimum performance standards for residential and commercial buildings. This course will provide a thorough introduction to the relationship between windows and energy efficiency and the importance of installing appropriate windows with high performance technologies. We will discuss window performance ratings and how they can help to reduce energy costs and improve the comfort of building occupants. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Windows, Sustainability, Design, Energy Efficiency
    Sponsor:
    Milgard Windows and Doors
  • Enhancing Projects with Manufactured Stone Veneer

    : This course is registered with AIA for 1 CEH. In recent years, masonry veneer producers have extended product diversification and created innovative styles to simulate many varieties of brick, stacked stone and natural stone in a wide variety of colors, styles and application methods. This course will identify the various types of masonry veneer, examine industry advancement, review how different types of manufactured stone veneer can complement various architectural styles, and will describe acceptable methods and details for installation of manufactured stone veneer. Take the course.

    Posted:
    April 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Stone Veneers
    Sponsor:
    Ply Gem
  • PVC 101: The Benefits and Uses of Cellular PVC Trim

    This course is registered for 1 HSW hour with AIA and will look at the different types of PVC and their use and properties within the building industry. It will also look at the best design practices for the following materials: beaded ceiling, pre-fabricated corners, fabricated column wraps, window surrounds, skirting for homes, pergolas, soffit system, railing applications, fastening methods, painting PVC trim products and thermal expansion joint design. It will look at each of the markets where PVC can be used, ranging from residential jobs to historic preservation. Finally, the course will look at the different green properties of PVC.

    Posted:
    April 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Siding
    Sponsor:
    Versatex
  • Vinyl Siding for Exteriors

    1 LU AIA

    This course is registered with AIA for 1 CEH. Vinyl siding products are the preferred exterior cladding material, in both new construction and remodeling projects because they have numerous advantages over other siding materials. Design preferences have increased the number of profiles and color choices. The sustainability of vinyl has proven significant, with products that include recycled content and environmentally friendly manufacturing procedures. Combine that with remarkable technical advances, and you have a product that looks great, is low-maintenance, and holds up to the elements. The extensive range of products, from wider profiles to vinyl siding with insulation to polypropylene-based injected molded shingles, has taken vinyl from a product associated with starter homes to the luxury home market. Take the course.

    Posted:
    March 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Siding, Exteriors
    Sponsor:
    Mastic
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Charming, Durable and Green: Specifying Traditional-Looking yet Long-Lived and Sustainable Building Products from the Ground Up

    Building tastes reflect our times. When developers and designers plan to recreate the look of an historic home or neighborhood, or design distinctive homes in a contemporary, new way, traditionally-styled siding, trim, shutters and roofing styles can help bring the vision to life and preserve local character. You want the products you specify and/or install to be more sustainable than other products you might choose. Your challenge — and the focus of this educational unit — is to find materials that satisfy these three criteria — charming, durable and green — and specify those into projects from the ground up, including siding, shutters and roofing. This program is registered with AIA for 1 HSW/SD hour; with NAHB for 1 hour and with NARI for .1 CEU. Take the course.

    Posted:
    March 2012
    Subject(s):
    Sustainability, Building Envelope
    Sponsor:
    The Tapco Group
  • Brick Cladding and Water Management

    1 LU AIA

    This learning unit is registered for one hour with AIA and NAHB and will address the benefits home builders and architects attain when choosing brick cladding as the primary exterior siding on homes. Brick, when compared to other exterior cladding options such as vinyl siding, fiber cement, stucco, and manufactured stone, is proven to be a superior choice for minimizing the potential for water intrusion and moisture issues. Also, brick has a long history of not only increasing curb appeal with aesthetic appeal, but also providing superior impact resistance and fire protection that are unmatched by other materials. 1 HSW hour, AIA; 1 NAHB hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    February 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Masonry Construction
    Sponsor:
    Brick Industry Association
  • Reducing Water Intrusion in the Home by Choosing High Performance Door Components

    This learning unit was developed for architects and will describe how a complete and well-sealed building envelope helps make the home more durable, sustainable, and healthy for the occupants. We will also continue to discuss how moisture enters the home and the significant issues this moisture can cause, such as poor indoor air quality, pests, and potential rot. This course will look specifically at how a traditional wood door frame system can be vulnerable to moisture issues and are not as successful as newer door frame types. It will wrap up by looking at composite materials used in door frame construction and their benefits. Take the course.

    Posted:
    January 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Doors
    Sponsor:
    Endura