Commercial water heating systems still use the same basic design methodology for the last 75 years or more. Typically these systems either use tank style heater or boilers with storage tanks along with multiples installed to mitigate the risk of sudden failure. This design methodology, coupled with hot water draw profiles results in significant efficiency losses that is further exacerbated due to multiples. Engineers are being challenged to find ways to reduce energy, improve reliability and fit equipment in a smaller space, all without sacrificing performance. This webinar will empower you to design on-demand water heating systems, eliminate storage, and realize space and efficiency savings.
EQ Coatings are innovative products specifically designed to be used with EQ metal studs. EQ stands for Equivalent (Equivalency) to traditional material studs. EQ metal studs allow for improved strength through innovative engineering, giving EQ metal studs improved yield strength at less weight, therefore creating a stronger product over traditional metal studs at a lower cost.
EQ Coatings are applies to EQ metal studs that go through a cold reduction process to raise the yield strength of the stud allowing for a lighter gauge metal stud, therefore creating a lighter weight metal stud. Since metal studs are usually priced by the weight of metal used, lighter weight translated to a lower cost metal stud. EQ studs are designed and engineered to meet all building codes, but when paired with an EQ Coating, they can also provide superior corrosion protection to traditional metal studs.
EQ Coatings can be specified to comply with all the new international and domestic material compliance programs for safer human, health and green non-adverse environment. EQ Coatings provide an option where Architects, Designers and Contractors cans specify building materials that are non-toxic, ecologically neutral, and socially responsible. EQ Coatings, when specified, can be compliant with most known green building movements. Unlike traditional metal studs, which almost exclusively have a toxic (hexavalent chromium) chemtreatment applied to their surface for improved corrosion protection.
his article provides an overview of the urban heat island effect that impacts almost all major cities across the globe. The article suggests that urban heat islands pose a significant problem, negatively affecting the world economy, environment, public safety and human health.
The building envelope consists of all exterior components of a building –roof, walls, below-grade waterproofing, windows, skylights, and so on. When looking at these components it is important that each one be taken into consideration to prevent moisture or air from migrating into the building. The envelope is a complicated and integral part of any high performance building. However, it is often the most neglected portion. This presentation aims to educate the participants on the importance of the building envelope and how the individual components contained within the system must be designed, constructed, and maintained to ensure a long lasting, energy efficient building.
Recently, the roofing industry has been challenged by boiler plate specifications and a misunderstanding of design criteria. This results in roofing system installations that may not be suitable for the specific building, environment, or project conditions/location. When a holistic view of the roofing system is not accounted for in the design, other, more project relative design elements may be overlooked leading to unforeseen issues during construction and in the future. The effects of these oversights include overdesigned roofing system attachment/uplift design, added project costs, constructability issues, and conflicting / confusing specification requirements. In an attempt to avoid these consequences this presentation will examine regional design criteria outlined by ASCE 7, Factory Mutual and ANSI/SPRI. Additionally, it will address common misconceptions and challenges such as the misuse of water based adhesives in single ply applications, FM 1-90 and design pressures vs. design wind speeds, extreme warranty requirements, and limitations of certain substrates/decking materials.
The acoustical quality of a space is impacted by many factors, not the least of which are the construction of the walls and ceilings. This presentation will review both building science and design strategies, with a goal to impart a basic understanding of the factors that contribute to quality acoustics. A review of what to look for in the field during construction is also covered.
This session will provide an analysis of PVC and TPO membranes from their inception into the roofing industry to their current use. Material formulations will be discussed and proper design and application methods will be provided. Recent case studies of these materials will be highlighted and new - sustainable - application methods will be discussed.
As buildings, roads, and parking lots replace open land and vegetation in and around cities, the resultant urban areas become significantly warmer, forming a “heat island” within the landscape. This webinar will discuss how urban heat islands pose a significant problem that may jeopardize the economy, the environment, public safety, and human health. The webinar also will review current approaches to address the consequences of heat islands, with an emphasis how reflective roofs offer the most feasible and cost-effective strategy. Finally, the webinar review important characteristics of reflective roofs to help the building designer optimize roof system design and selection in urban areas.
With the release of the latest green building standards and guidelines such as LEED v4, ASHRAE 189.1, and the 2015 International Green Building Code, product disclosure has become an important topic in sustainable building design. Although disclosure offers an opportunity to move from guesswork to informed decision-making, it remains a work in progress, raising perhaps as many questions as answers.
In order to help the building designer resolve these questions, this webinar will provide a detailed review of the origins of the product disclosure concept, the market forces driving product disclosure, and the latest product disclosure criteria incorporated in building standards and codes. To accomplish this, the webinar will focus on two of the most talked-about disclosure tools: The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and the Health Product Declaration (HPD). The webinar will conclude with a discussion of how these new tools may impact the building designer and what strategies can be used to integrate these new tools into professional practice.
The growth of single-ply roofing systems over the past 40 years has led to extensive research to validate and improve their long-term performance. Recently, as “cool” single-ply roofs have gained market attention, new questions have emerged in regard to vapor movement and the potential for moisture condensation. Starting with a discussion of the fundamentals of vapor movement in roofing systems, this webinar will review current research to gain understanding of the actual incidence of moisture condensation. Building on this research, the webinar will then identify the key factors that may lead to moisture accumulation in single-ply roofs. Finally, the webinar will provide practical suggestions for the roofing designer to avoid moisture condensation in modern commercial roofing systems.