Building Envelope

  • Water Management and Exterior Door Frames

    This program is registered with the AIA for 1 CEH. You will be able to 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:
    December 2011
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Doors
    Sponsor:
    Endura
  • Pre-Applied Waterproofing Technology

    This program is registered with the AIA for 1 CEH. Pre-applied waterproofing is the practice of installing the waterproofing prior to building the structure; typically the pre-applied waterproofing will be directly in contact with the exterior of the foundation slab and walls and is used to protect the foundation and building from water and moisture ingress. The intent of this course is to provide a better understanding of pre-applied waterproofing so that systems can be selected and designed with a higher level of technical expertise. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2011
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Foundation, Moisture Barriers
    Sponsor:
    Grace
  • Green Waterproofing Solutions

    1 LU HSW/SD

    There are many challenges facing the building and design community in regards to the prevention of water, moisture, and gas leakages in structures. Undertaking proper green waterproofing measures at the outset of construction ensures the long-term viability and sustainability of buildings. Upon completing this course, you will have a better understanding of why waterproofing is necessary, including the effects of mold, deterioration of foundations, elimination of air quality problems, and efficient use of below-grade structures as living environments. You will be able to describe the steps necessary to create a leak-free foundation and you will be familiar with the products available to use when waterproofing a structure. Finally, you will be familiar with the green building process and green waterproofing solutions. This program is registered with the AIA for 1 HSW hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2011
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Moisture Barriers, Green Materials
    Sponsor:
    Mar-Flex
  • Building Green with Vinyl Siding

    By the end of this learning unit, you will be able to define sustainability and green building, and list ways vinyl siding can contribute to points in leading green building certification programs. You will also be able to identify the properties that make vinyl siding sustainable. Finally, you will be able to analyze the life cycle assessment of vinyl siding. Take the course.

    Posted:
    August 2011
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Siding, Green Materials, Exteriors
    Sponsor:
    Vinyl Siding Institute
  • Harmonizing with History: Window Solutions for Historically Sensitive Settings

    This learning unit will present common challenges that architects face for projects requiring historically accurate window design or the replacement of historic windows -- or both. Using case studies drawn from U.S. universities, K-12 schools and municipalities with issues of historic sensitivity, the course reviews a number of considerations for both matching historic styles as well as ensuring efficient, modern-day performance. Solutions to the typical window challenges are detailed through the case study projects and their technical resolution. Using real-life case studies, the course will show how to: match existing window profiles and materials; ensure energy-efficient performance; support sustainability goals or LEED certification in new buildings or in existing building upgrades in historic settings. We’ll also examine methods for reducing costs and scheduling needs Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2011
    Subject(s):
    Windows, Doors, Building Envelope, Preservation
    Sponsor:
    Marvin Windows and Doors
  • An Overview of Insulated Concrete Forms

    1 LU AIA/HSW

    ICF’s can meet and exceed the challenges of today’s building requirements. With today’s design challenges and focus on building energy efficient structures, ICF technology can meet and exceed these requirements. Upon completion of the program you will be able to have a better understanding of what an insulated concrete form (ICF) is and what applications they can be used in. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2011
    Subject(s):
    Insulating Concrete Forms, Building Envelope
    Sponsor:
    Nudura
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Ceramic Ventilated Facades on the Rise: Design/Cost Impact of Innovative and Energy Efficient Porcelain Facades

    This one hour course will help you to understand the importance of the changing demographics in the US and recognize the impact that the aging population is having on the environment and products. Additionally you’ll be able to identify the differences between accessible design and universal design. You will also be able to list the seven principles of universal design and give an example of how each is implemented through innovative, easy-to-use products to facilitate aging in place. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2011
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope
    Sponsor:
    Ceramic Tiles of Italy
  • Exterior Color Trends in Residential and Light Commercial Design

    1 LU

    This online, on-demand program will introduce color trends and new profile trends common in today’s residential, multi-family and light commercial exteriors. There are several things to consider when selecting an exterior color scheme, such as location, architectural style, landscape surroundings, and many more. This program will look at how exterior color decisions can be made to enhance the home, property and surrounding landscape. Take the course.

    Posted:
    May 2011
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope
    Sponsor:
    Mastic
  • Real Wood Veneer: The Sustainable, High-quality Product Choice

    1 LU

    After reading this course you should be able to identify the two primary purposes of veneer. You will be able to compare and contrast the benefits of real wood veneer over solid wood and list at least five core selection materials. Finally, you should be able to identify opportunities where veneer products may be a viable option. Take the course.

    Posted:
    March 2010
    Subject(s):
    Exteriors, Building Envelope
    Sponsor:
    Contact Industries
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Soup to Nuts: Specification of Concrete Stone Veneer

    1 LU

    At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to define Concrete Stone Veneer and the installation process, list the three distinctive grout techniques, identify proper application techniques and identify key criteria for proper selection and specification. Take the course.

    Posted:
    January 2010
    Subject(s):
    Concrete Construction, Masonry Construction, Building Envelope
    Sponsor:
    The Tapco Group
    Certification(s):
    AIA