Building Session: Safe and Durable Deck Stairs

In the JLC Building Sessions we bring together the industry to discuss topics around building performance, quality-control and construction practices facing building professionals today.

In this panel discussion, chief editor Clayton DeKorne talks with industry experts about the challenges of designing and building stairs for outdoor decks that are cost effective and will stand the test of time. Watch now to hear more about the practical details of building safe stairs.

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Design Options for Aluminum Balconies and Awnings

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course will introduce aluminum as an efficient, sustainable alternative to other types of balconies and awnings. Aluminum’s sustainability properties will be examined in addition to its strength and performance characteristics. Bolt-on balconies, also called self-supporting balconies, will also be explored in the context of prefabricated systems. These systems offer practical benefits like ease of installation and added safety. Finally, the course will address key design and installation considerations of these systems as well as building code requirements.

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Western Red Cedar – Often Imitated, Never Duplicated (Print Course)

Many materials such as vinyl and composites try to replicate the look of Cedar, but it is difficult to achieve the wood grain, color, and feel of Real Cedar. In addition, it is compatible with numerous architectural styles, from modern to traditional, and is endlessly versatile.

This course will explore the design versatility of Western Red Cedar, exterior and interior applications, and the value that Western Red Cedar brings to a project. We will also compare Western Red Cedar to alternative building materials and demonstrate how it is often imitated but never duplicated in numerous project applications.

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Specifying Western Red Cedar: Sustainable Building Products

Western Red Cedar (WRC) aesthetic, economic, and environmental benefits are just some of the reasons why builders and designers are increasingly gravitating to this species of wood. Presented here are modern, historical, and cultural uses of western red cedar, as well as its performance characteristics, grade specification, and finishes. Also discussed are sustainable forest management practices and certification agencies, and how sustainably sourced wood can contribute to LEED® credits.

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Designing the Deck Space for Strength, Usability and Beauty (Print Course)

More consumers view their home’s outdoor space as an extension of livable space and have higher expectations for its design and use. Among outdoor renovations, the most attention has been paid to renovating or overhauling decks.

Architects that understand the trends driving this change and the materials best suited for longevity and performance can help homeowners, developers, and builders create a better outdoor experience. Learners in this course will learn what these trends are, design practices for inclusive outdoor spaces, designing for safety, and innovative new products and materials for modern decks.

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Architectural Mesh System Use in Commercial Building Design

Architectural mesh systems can provide customizable, unique solutions for a variety of needs encompassing both form and function. Depending on the model chosen, these include providing sustainable daylighting solutions, acting as interior privacy screens, and even withstanding hurricane-force winds. This course will describe the composition and applications of architectural mesh systems as well as review case studies demonstrating their versatile use.

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The Sustainability of Synthetic Materials Used for Decking, Trim, and Patio Projects

Post-consumer plastic water bottles, bags, and detergent containers - once slated for overburdened landfills - are instead being recycled into polymer decking, trim and patio materials. By understanding the life cycle assessments (LCAs), sustainable materials management (SMM), and sustainable manufacturing processes, architects, designers and builders will be better equipped to specify sustainable decking materials that are durable and meet a variety of aesthetic needs.

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Efficient Design Utilizing Decorative Guardrails

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. When it comes to railing systems, there is no need to compromise a beautiful aesthetic for function and safety; systems can deliver both. This course examines guardrails in terms of their structure, safety, and style. Applicable sections of the International Building Code (IBC) are discussed, as are materials, finishes, and infill options, and how they affect the project budget.

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Designing the Outdoor Oasis: Ensuring Client Satisfaction through Effective Project Management (Print Course)

This course will analyze design trends and approaches to outdoor space design that enhance the homeowner’s experience in the outdoor living area. By examining project management skills that impact homeowner satisfaction with the project team, homeowners deciding to explore outdoor projects will have enhanced satisfaction with the experience.

In addition, the course will identify best practices and challenges with outdoor space design to provide architects and designers with knowledge on how to specify for safety, moisture control, sustainable design, and enhanced project value. Finally, the course will explore features and benefits of specifying outdoor composite and PVC decking metal deck framing and railing solutions, and outdoor LED lighting to increase client satisfaction and project success.

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Smarter Innovation: Understanding Theories of Exnovation to Adopt New Innovations, Overcome Risk Aversion, and Build Better Decks (Print Course)

The AEC industry is notorious for being risk averse. At the same time, innovation and disruption are hailed as the hallmarks of an organization’s or industry’s success. This course will examine a fundamental value of innovation, as well as identify categories of risks and strategies for overcoming risk aversion. Finally, the course will introduce learners to innovative, bamboo-based composite decking products that meet or exceed current standards and enhance the performance and aesthetic goals of residential and commercial projects.

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