Future Proofing Made Simple: Which digital home technologies offer builders the best return on investment in 2021?

Home tech is a wild card. Countless gadgets hit the market every year but don't last. Beyond the basics, the best technologies are those that solve real problems. Two of today’s big challenges are how to accommodate home-based work and how to keep the home's occupants healthy.

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Traditional vs. Innovative WRB/AB Approach: How Does a Single-Source System Approach Add Value? (Print Course)

Mitigating the intrusion of water and air through a structure is a primary concern for designers and contractors. By assessing the differences between traditional air- and water-resistive barriers and comparing them to newer technologies, specifiers can better avoid issues that lead to moisture concerns. Being aware of challenges to jobsite conditions and installation will further enable specifiers to choose the best weather-resistant barrier solution for their project’s building type.

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Greater Heights and Innovative Design: A New Generation of ICF Buildings (Print Course)

Insulated concrete forms (ICF) have been in use in North America since the 1960s. First known as “Foam Form,” contemporary ICF combines reinforced concrete with expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation to create walls that meet or exceed code as it relates to fire and extreme weather events. ICF also offers superior noise mitigation and energy efficiency.

This course will examine the performance characteristics of ICF as well as case studies that demonstrate its uses in commercial, industrial, residential, and institutional settings.

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Advantages of Concrete in Low- to Mid-Rise Multifamily

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Look around and you’ll see many 5 to 7 story residential projects being built today with one or two floors of concrete, supporting up to 5 floors of steel or wood frame. These “pedestal” projects are assumed to be the cheapest way to build while longer term ownership implications of these designs are not well understood. This 1-hour presentation dispels the myths that are driving the popularity of pedestal construction and demonstrates the ownership value concrete provides including lower operating costs, less maintenance, and improved tenant retention.

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Code Compliant Exterior Systems for Wood Framed Building Envelopes

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course investigates the most recent code changes emphasizing building envelope performance. We will explore next generation integrated solutions that simultaneously provide protection against moisture penetration, air leakage, and thermal bridging. Installation benefits and on-site quality control issues related to multi-solution integrated systems will also be evaluated in this course.

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An Alternative to Traditional Low-Slope Roofs: Insulated Roof Deck System Overview and Case Studies (Print Course)

This course will address main characteristics and design details of insulated roof deck systems, an alternative to metal decking for low-slope roofs on commercial and industrial buildings. Two case studies involving the new construction of a 53,000-square-foot freezer facility and a roof replacement on a 24,900-square-foot climate-controlled facility will be explored in detail. Learners will better understand design considerations for specific commercial/industrial roof projects and practical applications of insulated roof deck systems, including installation efficiency, safety, sustainability, and building performance.

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Detailing the Building Enclosure Interfaces – Identifying Areas of Concern Throughout the Construction Process

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Do you see “by others” on your project details?  Too often that translates into “who is responsible” and “how should it be done.” With this confusion, it is not surprising to hear that building enclosure failure generally occurs within three percent of the total enclosure.  Enclosure repair and replacement in North America remains a multi-billion dollar expenditure.  The majority of the problems are moisture related.  They are caused either by air leakage or exterior moisture penetration because of lack of proper terminations and transitions.  This presentation will address construction concerns throughout the project related to moisture intrusion at these critical connections.

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What is IMU: And how can it improve my productivity in 2022?

It's no secret the construction industry in the United States is growing. How do construction companies and contractors keep up with the growth, while battling labor shortages and rising costs? Answer: adopting the right technology.

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Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together: The Design Challenges of Multifamily Residential

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. The country is in dire need of more housing—and affordable housing in particular. Multifamily developers are responding as much as they can, but have many challenges and obstacles. This session dives into design practices that deliver multifamily housing projects that are equitable, supportive of occupant well-being, and sensitive to the natural environment.

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The Biggest and Best Design Trends in Hospitality and Entertainment

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. The pandemic ravaged the entertainment industry, changing the event experience forever. As the world opens back up, the public has a wide range of comfort levels regarding human interaction and activities. These architects are rethinking the event and hospitality experience with designs that showcase the best of technology, safety, and user experience.

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