Daylighting for Wellness: The Advantages of Polycarbonates in Fenestration Design

As people spend an increasing amount of time indoors, the need to bring natural light into building interiors becomes even more imperative. Daylighting is an important part of architectural design for many reasons, with occupant well-being and sustainable practices at the top of the list. This course will explore the health and environmental benefits of daylighting, look at polycarbonate fenestration products as a practical and high-performing option, and discuss design considerations and possibilities, including case studies of polycarbonate products used in daylighting projects.


Made for Flexibility - Custom and Modular Prefabricated Interiors for Office, Retail, and Healthcare

In this age of constant change, it’s important for business owners working in retail, office, and healthcare to be able to pivot their operations and space needs quickly — and sometimes often. Whether you design retail environments, workspaces, healthcare facilities, or other configurable spaces such as education and hospitality — spaces that need to be capable of adjusting to changes in location, circumstance, or even human behavior — you’ve likely too often been forced to make uncomfortable trade-offs. This course will explore the dynamic nature of business environments today and design options for prefabricated, modular, customized structures that can help your clients adapt their physical spaces quickly while remaining design forward. The course will also help you understand how prefabricated structures combat construction waste and address sustainability.


Resilient Exteriors

Resilience has become a central idea for assessing how our social, economic, technical, constructed, engineered, and ecological systems can withstand and bounce back from a man-made or weather- and climate-related disaster. Globally, wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, typhoons, high winds, hail, coastal and valley flooding, sea level rise, heat waves, seismic activity, extreme cold, ice storms, and snow melt have destroyed ecosystems, caused loss of life, damaged property, disrupted healthcare and financial networks, and in some cases, brought essential services to a halt. During this presentation, we’ll discuss the composition, performance, and application of engineered polymer siding and trim and capped polymer cladding to illustrate the benefits to home and building owners when construction materials are selected with resilience and sustainability in mind.


Designing Ultra-High Performance Rainscreen Facades (Print Course)

The intent of this article is to explain how Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) compares to Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC), Fiber Cement and Precast Concrete (from a material performance and façade perspective) and provide architects with a clear set of essential tools that will help to facilitate optimal design and installation of UHPC rainscreen facades. Subsequently, the article will also discuss which drivers may shift the expense of a UHPC façade project and explain how to achieve the best installed appearance and performance characteristics through the use of recommended specifications and attachment solutions.


Impacting the Future of Modern Architectural Metal Design

Architectural expanded metal mesh and perforated metal panels are increasingly being used on and in commercial buildings to provide reduced solar heat gain, privacy, views, ventilation, and aesthetics. Architectural metal products can also add texture, reflectivity, and vibrancy to new buildings or refresh an outdated façade without incurring the significant costs that accompany a complete exterior renovation. This course will examine design options and applications for expanded mesh and perforated metal and review how to choose the appropriate metal product for your design.


Designing with Metal Wall Panels

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. After completing this course, one will know how to define metal wall panel substrates and coatings, and explain the basic requirements of a wall assembly. This course will also provide you with the knowledge to be able to describe the different types of metal wall panels and understand the basic detailing and flashing components.


Hunter XCI Polyiso at UND's Wilkerson Commons

The University of North Dakota’s Wilkerson Commons, set to reopen this year, incorporates a terra cotta rain screen system integrated with a Hunter Xci Polyiso-based continuous insulation solution. Learn more about the university’s $29 million renovation.

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Why Architects are Turning to a Maine Company for Winning ci Solutions

Polyiso claims the highest R-value in the thinnest profile of any (ci) wall sheathing product, meeting all ASHRAE 90.1 and IECC 2012 standards, outstanding fire performance with its inclusion within a multitude of NFPA 285 compliant wall assemblies - CFCs, HCFCs, and ODP.

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Hunter Xci Polyiso Fast Facts

Hunter XCI Polyiso is a foam board used as continuous insulation in exterior walls for both commercial and residential construction and the leading product of choice for commercial roofs.

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Finding Design and Construction Efficiencies with Integrated Weather Barrier Systems

Innovative integrated weather barrier systems that combine structural oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing with an air- and water-resistive barrier not only result in a high-performance building envelope, but they also allow project teams to find efficiencies in design and construction. This course will discuss the components of integrated weather-resistive barrier (WRBs) sheathings, important design details you must be aware of to meet stringent building codes, and how these products can extend a building’s lifecycle and maximize its energy efficiency. We will also examine a new time and labor study that demonstrates how an integrated air- and water-resistive barrier sheathing system can be installed more efficiently than a typical building wrap over OSB sheathing and how this system results in a more energy-efficient structure.