Rainscreen Design and Function

Rainscreen Design And Function

Seminar Details

AIA provider #: T207

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Understand the basics of moisture movement and intrusion.
  2. Identify the different types of rainscreen systems and their critical design elements.
  3. Explain how a rain screen works to mitigate internal and exterior moisture and how the cavity size attachment materials contribute to the efficacy of the rainscreen.
  4. Recognize the benefits of a rainscreen system in various climates and environments.

Basics of Waterproofing

Basics of Waterproofing

Seminar Details

AIA program #: ?

Length of program: ?

Learning units: ?

Description

The purpose of this presentation, “Basics of Waterproofing”, is to provide the design professional understanding of the types of traffic bearing waterproofing systems for concrete available in today’s marketplace.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the presentation the attendee will be able to define and answer the following learning objectives:

  1. Understand how cracks in concrete can cause steel corrosion leading to concrete deterioration.
  2. Define the characteristics of a waterproofing traffic bearing system.
  3. Compare the difference between waterproofing traffic bearing systems and other coating options.
  4. Explore various types of cracks, control joints, expansion joints and how to detail these conditions to maintain a waterproof structure.

Access Ladders: OSHA, ANSI, and IBC Design Criteria and Applications

Access Ladders: OSHA, ANSI, and IBC Design Criteria and Applications

Seminar Details

AIA program #: IPL05B

Length of program: 1 hour

Learning units: 1 AIA HSW CE Hour

Description

This course will discuss different types of ladders and various applications in which they can be safely used. The designer will also learn about codes and minimum requirements necessary to adhere to the standards dimensionally.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course the design professional will be able to:

  1. Identify the types of fixed access ladders.
  2. Describe applications for each type of fixed ladder.
  3. List the applicable building code considerations.
  4. Accurately specify the ladders needed for a project based on the application and applicable building code.

Cost-Effective and Serviceable Concrete Flatwork

Cost-Effective and Serviceable Concrete Flatwork

Seminar Details

Continuing Education Units may be available. Contact for more information.

Description

The highest risk component of any facility for a designer is the concrete flatwork – interior slab-on-ground and/or exterior concrete pavement. If the concrete flatwork fails or becomes a maintenance issue, it adversely affects long-term client retention and your reputation. Learn how the serviceability of concrete flatwork significantly impacts the efficiency and profitability of the operations. The merits of various types of reinforcing and installation will also be discussed and reference made to updated industry guides and resources.

Performance-Based Design: Exceeding Performance Expectations

Performance-Based Design: Exceeding Performance Expectations

Seminar Details

Contact for more information on Continuing Education Units

Design & Construction Criteria for Concrete Flatwork

Delivering concrete flatwork that meets your clients’ expectations and stays within budget can be challenging. We will discuss methods for delivering durable, maintenance-free concrete slabs-on-ground for various customer performance criteria and budget constraints while mitigating your professional liability.

Air Barrier Systems: Understanding the Technologies and Their Importance

Air Barrier Systems — Understanding the Technologies and Their Importance

Seminar Details

Learning units: 1 CEU/HSW

Learning Objectives​

  1. Understanding selection criteria for different types of air barrier systems.
  2. Become familiar with common test methods and code requirements of air barrier systems.
  3. Understanding air barrier detailing and compatibility.
  4. Understanding common air barrier technologies.

Protecting the 1st Side of the Building

Protecting the 1st Side of the Building

Seminar Details

AIA program #: STEGOTECH1

Length of program: 1 hour

Learning units: 1 LU/HSW

Description

Provides an in-depth look at below-slab moisture, soil gases, brownfields & contaminated sites, and subterranean termites and how to effectively mitigate these concerns with barrier solutions on various project sites and differing foundation designs. The program will examine building material failures, property loss, negative health effects, and the liability associated with the intrusion and infestation of these concerns, along with the environmental factors that are impacted by each of the issues compared to that of the sustainable solutions selected to mitigate them. Moreover, the program is designed to update attendees on the current standards and recommendations from ASTM, ACI, EPA, and other organizations associated with each concern, as well as experts’ perspectives from each respective field.

Learning Objectives

After attending the session, participants will gain a better understanding of the different means and methods available for protection of vapor intrusion below the building, including, but not limited to, the differences between a chemical vapor barrier and a water vapor barrier. Participants will learn the science behind vapor migration below and through concrete slabs as well as into crawl spaces. Participants will gain a better understanding of subterranean termite migration and the differing means and methods available for control. In addition, participants will learn what sustainable design, construction, and installation considerations can be employed via various, cost-effective physical barriers that ensure success.

Vapor Intrusion: Below-Slab Protection Methodologies

Vapor Intrusion: Below-Slab Protection Methodologies

Seminar Details

AIA program #: DRAGO1

Length of program: 1 hour

Learning units: 1 LU/HSW

Description

For brownfields and contaminated sites, the focus has historically been to protect human health by preventing exposure to direct contact of contaminated soil or drinking contaminated water. We now know that inhaling chemical vapors poses a potential risk to the health of residents, workers, and other occupants who are inside of the buildings. Vapor intrusion is an evolving science and it presents challenges to redeveloping these sites. This seminar provides an in-depth look at below-slab vapor intrusion protection and how it can be a sustainable tool to control transmission of chemicals into the built environment.

Learning Objectives

After attending the session, participants will gain a better understanding of the different means and methods available for protection of vapor intrusion below the building, including, but not limited to, the differences between a chemical vapor barrier and a water vapor barrier. Participants will learn the science behind vapor migration below and through concrete slabs. In addition, participants will learn what design, construction, and installation considerations can be employed to ensure success.

Vapor Barriers: Nuisance or Necessity?

Vapor Barriers: Nuisance or Necessity?

Seminar Details

AIA program #: STEGO1

Length of program: 1 hour

Learning units: 1 LU Hour (HSW), 1 GBCI CE Hour

Description

Provides an in-depth look at below-slab moisture protection. The seminar will examine how below-slab water vapor migration has become the leading cause of floor failures and a very real contributor to mold/mildew growth in the United States. Moreover, the seminar is designed to update attendees on current standards and recommendations from ASTM, ACI, and PCA, as well as flooring and concrete experts from the industry. Questions about vapor retarders vs. vapor barriers, the use of poly/visqueen, the location of the vapor barrier, radon gas, concrete moisture testing, concrete drying, installation, and product sustainability will all be addressed as well.

Learning Objectives

After attending the session, attendees will know how to design an overall system to help prevent moisture related problems such as: floor covering failures, mold issues, concrete drying concerns, and much more. Attendees will learn about the most recent standards and industry-expert recommendations in the Vapor Barrier industry, including ASTM standards, ACI recommendations and LEED contribution. In addition, attendees will know and be able to explain the difference between a Vapor Retarder and a Vapor Barrier and know how to specify each.

Design Principles of Expansion Joint Systems in Buildings, Plaza Decks, Parking Structures and Stadiums​

Design Principles of Expansion Joint Systems in Buildings,
Plaza Decks, Parking Structures and Stadiums​

Seminar Details

Length of program: 1 hour

Learning units: 1 LU Hour

Outline/Agenda of Interactive Learning Activity

  1. Traffic & Service Conditions Dictate Design
    1. Type and Speed of Traffic / Service Conditions
    2. Waterproofing / Movement Considerations / Aesthetics
    3. Temperature Adjustment Principals
    4. Concrete Construction
  2. Design and Selection Criteria of Expansion Joints for:
    1.  Types of Structures – precast, post tensioned, tilt-up, etc.
    2.  Coefficient of Expansion – static vs. dynamic movement
    3. Direction & Amount of Movement – thermal, seismic, lateral shear.
    4. High Volume Areas – entrances, bridges, walkways, parking, etc.
    5. Heavy Loads / Service Conditions – cars, buses, delivery trucks, fork trucks, snowplows, cleaning equipment, etc.
    6. Pedestrian Safety – ADA compliance vs. trip hazards
    7. Life Safety – fire rated designs

Learning Objectives

  1. Understanding the relationship between type of structure, concrete construction, watertight designs and seismic requirements.
  2. Proper system selection based on service, climate, movement and loading conditions.
  3. Identify the difference between trip hazards and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Advantages of Continuous Insulation in Steel Stud Construction

The Advantages of Continuous Insulation
in Steel Stud Construction

Seminar Details

AIA Program #: R012012

Length of program: 1 hour

Learning units: 1 LU Hour, HSW & SD, AIA and GBCI/CMP

Course Description

To educate about what ‘Sustainability’ means and how it is measured, what are the factors involved with ‘Building Longevity’ and how these concepts impact making buildings more energy efficient. We will also examine how much energy buildings use from an individual approach to the overall bigger picture. By reviewing codes and standards, that are currently in effect, will give us direction on how much Polyisocyanurate insulation is needed in steel stud design to meet these requirements.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand Building Sustainability and Longevity.
2. Learn about the Science Behind Thermal, Air & Moisture Control for Steel Stud Construction.
3. Interpret the Code Requirements for Building Envelope Design and Performance.
4. Discover How Polyiso Meets Requirements and Outperforms Traditional Methods for Optimum Control.
5. Examine How Professionals are Looking to a Better Future.

Continuous Insulation for Commercial Walls

Continuous Insulation for Commercial Walls

Continuous Insulation for Commercial Walls

Seminar Details

AIA program #: ICY08012013

Length of program: 1 hour

Learning units: 1 LU/HSW

High performance through sprayed-in-place foam insulation

Spray foam insulation offers a complete energy performance solution for wall construction in commercial design.

Low-density open cell spray foam insulation provides an ideal means to completely insulate stud cavities while eliminating the potential for internal convection currents that could otherwise reduce performance. It also provides an effective air barrier to seal all areas and openings in a framed wall cavity.

Medium-density closed cell spray foam insulation provides a high-performance solution for adding continuous insulation and an air barrier all in one product on the outer surface of sheathing on a framed wall. It will also cover smoothly and completely over all of the areas that could otherwise provide energy draining thermal bridges.

The end result is a total high performance wall assembly solution that can enhance and work with virtually any architectural design approach. And, by virtue of that higher performance, the building owner will reap the benefits of energy cost savings and longevity of building for years to come.

Learning Objectives

After completing this program, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the characteristics of high-performance spray foam continuously insulated exterior wall assemblies.
  2. Investigate the numerousopportunities to use spray foam insulation to achieve thermal performance goals.
  3. Assess the ability of spray foam insulation to act as an effective air sealing barrier that prevents unwanted air infiltration.
  4. Recognize the ways that thermal bridging can be thwarted in wall assemblies using continuous spray foam insulation.