This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Buildings must be designed to stand up to their natural environment, including high winds, heavy rain events, and freeze / thaw cycles. Increasingly, building systems must also have a positive impact on a building in case of a catastrophic event, such as potential natural disasters. Wood-plastic composite cladding is a great alternative for constructing resilient and sustainable commercial buildings.

The material is highly durable with performance attributes that equate to a longer-lasting, more resilient product than alternative cladding materials. This course will cover the principles of resilient design, the importance of material durability and high performance when specifying resilient materials, and how wood-plastic composite cladding contributes to resilient building design.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the key tenets of resilient building design and why it’s increasingly important for architects to move beyond sustainability and incorporate resiliency into their designs.
  • Describe the importance of durability in resilient design and how the material makeup of wood-plastic composite cladding equates to a longer-lasting, more resilient product than alternative cladding materials.
  • Identify how high-performance materials that are designed and tested to withstand rain, snow, wind, and fire, among other forces, contribute to resilient design.
  • Explore design options for wood-plastic composite cladding, installation and specification considerations to ensure resilient design is maintained, and a case study where the product was used as an alternative to wood siding.

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of cladding materials and building design.