Integral Crystalline Waterproofing

Few building materials have been used for centuries and offer the strength and versatility of concrete. Waterproofing concrete is critical for a functional, reputable and long-lasting structure.

This educational unit will identify the consequences of non-waterproofed concrete. In addition, the course will explore how traditional waterproofing methods are used to protect concrete. Finally, the course will examine integral crystalline waterproofing methods, as well as some case study applications.

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Building Better with Thermal Breaks

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Thermal bridging has been recognized as a significant factor in building envelope heat loss and yet traditional construction practices have not effectively addressed many of the causes. Building Better with Thermal Breaks will identify areas most susceptible to thermal bridging and offer solutions that will minimize those heat loss conditions. Designing structural thermal breaks into buildings will improve the comfort, safety, durability, and reduce the environmental impact.

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Effective Waterproofing

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course explains some of the issues relating to concrete deterioration as a result of water penetration. The course also describes the different methods of dampproofing, waterproofing, and vaporproofing and differentiate between positive- and negative-side waterproofing. The course also identifies the various types of waterproofing systems and differentiates between them.

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Minimizing Risk and Optimizing Construction Management with Rainscreen Specification (Print Course)

Between the mid-1980s and early 2000s, close to 160,000 multi-family, wood-frame housing units were built in British Columbia, Canada. A confluence of factors resulted in 45% of those housing units experiencing issues with water infiltration and led to the issue being dubbed the “Leaky Condo Crisis.” Lengthy litigation processes and billions of dollars later, the crisis is still not fully resolved.

Failure to mitigate moisture can lead to a host of problems for homeowners, architects, and builders. By understanding the benefits of rainscreens, including new rainscreen technologies like a 3-in-1 water resistive barrier system, as well as best installation practices, specifiers can decrease project time and avoid unnecessary litigation.

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Waterproofing Concrete Structures: A Dynamic Systems Approach

This course will enable learners to examine new and existing methods of waterproofing concrete water containment structures. The most common problems preventing waterproofing will be examined, as will mechanisms that influence integrity and resiliency. Mitigating such issues will be demonstrated by the adoption of a dynamic systems approach where both integral and external waterproofing treatments are utilized.

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Selecting Windows and Doors Engineered for Better Quality

Industry demands are always changing and evolving from trend to trend, style to style. You need to choose a window and door supplier that you trust their products will live up to their performance and durability claims.

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Getting in Touch: The Importance of Architect-Manufacturer Collaborations (Print Course)

Collaboration in architecture is nothing new. However, collaboration between architects and manufacturers is a relatively modern partnership, beginning largely in the early 20th century as new forms of architecture demanded material innovation and new construction technologies. Contemporary trends like Art Deco, Art Moderne, and International style embraced principles of industrialization, and some architects, perhaps most prominently Walter Gropius, espoused the need for the “rationalization, systemization, and standardization” of architecture in an effort to emulate assembly line production without sacrificing individualism. This course will look at some of the history of collaboration between architects and manufacturers and examine the concepts of interchangeable parts manufacturing, collaborative alliances, and mass production and customization. It will also assess several case studies as well as provide tips for creating effective collaborations that can lead to innovation.

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