Finishes and Surfaces

  • Quartz Surfacing Material: A Durable, Sustainable and Attractive Surface

    1 LU AIA

    Quartz is the most abundant mineral on earth and is extremely strong and durable, making quartz surfacing material a stain and scratch resistant product that exceeds any comparable product today. Identify criteria to consider when designing a quartz surface and how to work with a fabricator. Identify general fabrication, installation and maintenance considerations that will help you choose a durable, impervious and attractive quartz surface. This program is registered with AIA for 1 CEH and with IDCEC for 1 hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2012
    Subject(s):
    Finishes and Surfaces
    Sponsor:
    LG Hausys
  • Designing with Solid Surface Course

    1 LU AIA

    This program is registered with AIA for 1 CEH. Solid surface is an affordable luxury with unlimited aesthetic options due to its versatility. Describe the ingredients that comprise the material and the manufacturing process. Identify performance benefits of solid surface related to maintenance, health, safety and sustainability, as well as evaluate the aesthetic benefits that give this product unlimited design potential. Finally, examine a range of applications and solutions that solid surface can provide for future design challenges. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Finishes and Surfaces, Interiors, Design
    Sponsor:
    LG Hausys Surfaces
  • Solidly Sustainable

    1 LU AIA/HSW/SD

    Acrylic solid surface is valued for its exceptional versatility, durability, and its unique ability to be formed into almost unlimited shapes. Recently it has been recognized as a sustainable, eco-friendly material. Explain what makes a solid surface product eco-friendly, including recycled content, life cycle assessment and contribution to LEED points. Discuss fabrication and evaluate design potential, providing examples of where this eco-friendly surface can be used. Finally, describe how solid surface was used in three case studies, from concept and visualization through design and fabrication. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Finishes and Surfaces, Sustainable Materials, Design
    Sponsor:
    LG Hausys Surfaces
    Certification(s):
    GBCI
  • Cellular Trim Materials for Architectural Details

    1.0 LU

    After completing the course, the learner will be able to: recognize the two types of cellular PVC and describe the differences between them; list three key performance benefits of cellular PVC trim over wood trim; recognize how PVC trim reacts to temperature changes and how to minimize expansion and contraction through proper installation; define Light Reflective Value and why it is important when painting PVC trim products; and, specify installation requirements including fastening, sawing and painting. Take the course.

    Posted:
    August 2010
    Subject(s):
    Finishes and Surfaces, Molding Millwork and Trim
    Sponsor:
    Kleer Lumber
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Design Elements of Winning Residential Kitchens

    1.0 LU

    You will recognize and identify ways to: make the space of the kitchen the primary design element; use color and materials as the primary design element to create an exemplary kitchen; choose a visual theme - related to the residence as a whole or for the kitchen proper- as the primary design element of a kitchen; and adapt the kitchen design to the client's lifestyle and functional needs. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2010
    Subject(s):
    Design, Finishes and Surfaces, Interiors
    Sponsor:
    Sub-Zero
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • From Quarry to Residential Countertop

    1 LU

    This learning unit will help you describe the basic sequencing processes for natural stone and what is required to take if from a quarry to put it on a countertop. You will describe at least two elements that influence selection of interior application, as well as two factors that affect cost of natural stone. You will also be able discuss two factors to consider regarding sealing natural stone. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2008
    Subject(s):
    Finishes and Surfaces, Kitchen
    Sponsor:
    Marble Institute of America
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • American Hardwood for High-Traffic Areas

    1 LU

    This learning unit will show you the suitability of various hardwood species for high-traffic settings, as well as key design considerations, including finishes and maintenance. After completing this learning unit you will be able to explain how life-cycle thinking can influence green building products selection. You will compare and contrast four types of finishes for different hardwood applications and requirements. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2008
    Subject(s):
    Flooring, Finishes and Surfaces
    Sponsor:
    Hardwood Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA