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(06) Wood, Plastics and Composites

Innovative Column Options for the 21st Century

Discover the innovative column options that are available today and the variety of materials that are used to create this classic product. Learn about the current trends that have affected columns in the construction industry.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Laminated Timber Columns: Structural Characteristics

This one hour online course will allow the design professional to gain insight into the makeup and characteristics of laminated timber columns and compare to other alternatives. We will review the importance of materials selection, production process, and testing. We will conclude this course with a brief 10 question quiz for assessment.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE

(07) Thermal and Moisture Protection

Advantages of Using Cover Boards in Low-Slope Roofing Assemblies

This narrated course will provide a brief overview of Low-Slope Roof Systems to provide the necessary background to discuss cover boards & thermal barriers. The various cover boards types and reasons for their use will be described. Each board type will be discussed along with their primary features, benefits & challenges. The long-term performance of all low-slope roof systems is...

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Avoiding Moisture Problems During Construction

It’s important to understand the effects of moisture on the indoor environment to properly navigate moisture concerns during the construction process. In this program, we’ll discuss the factors at work with moisture issues and the proper use of dehumidification to mitigate the problems.

We’ll then discuss the important role of psychrometrics and identify dehumidification strategies and...

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Climate Zoned Cladding and Contemporary Commercial Solutions with Fiber Cement Siding

This course introduces new climate zoned cladding and illustrates panel cladding. Learn how this is helping designers meet emerging demands for contemporary commercial design aesthetics through a description on the benefits of fiber cement and the common selection criteria for siding options.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Concrete Roof Tiles: The Natural Choice for Durability and Sustainability

In this one hour course we will take an in-depth look at concrete roofing tiles including design options, manufacturing and installation processes, testing and code compliance, and finaly sustainable attributes and Life Cycle cost analysis.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Considerations in Rainscreen Cladding Design; Exterior Moisture – Risk, Design and Applications

This course will better inform the designer on moisture management in the building envelope and related considerations. The designer will evaluate rainscreen and wall assembly options and gain an understanding of how to incorporate rainscreens into their building envelope system.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Continuous Insulation: Spray Polyurethane Foam vs. Rigid Foam Board

The design of exterior wall assemblies has become increasingly focused on performance for greater energy efficiency and resistance to air and water penetration.

The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1 now requires insulation that is continuous in wall assemblies, (i.e. not interrupted by studs, framing, etc.) in all eight climate zones within the United States....

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Design And Specification of ACM/MCM In Today’s Architecture

Explore different architectural cladding options. Discover how aluminum composite material (ACM) panels and metal composite material (MCM) panels have broadened architectural horizons, providing weatherability, fire resistance, long service life, and design flexibility.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Life Safety with Rooftop Accessories

This course will explain the benefits of roof hatch & smoke vent design and life safety. The designer will have a better understanding of code regulations for life safety and will be able to properly size and place vents in accordance with these codes.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE