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Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW
1 RCI CEH
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Air Barriers: Purpose, Technologies and Challenges

Together, USG Corporation and Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing will examine the importance of air barriers in construction. This will be an open discussion on the increasing requirements to control air, water, vapor and thermal to improve the overall performance of a building.  This course will also discuss current air barrier technologies and installation practices that affect performance. 

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Credits: 1 AIA LU
0.1 IACET CEU
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Advances in VRF Technology Satisfy Cold Climate and Other Application Challenges

The technology allows for cost-effective year-round comfort that is otherwise unavailable in typical fixed-speed or staged heat pumps. H2i overcomes issues commonly associated with conventional heat pumps – such as decreases in low-side pressure, refrigerant mass flow rate and operational capacity. H2i is used in conjunction with Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems and is compatible with the control adapters. The result of coupling H2i’s exceptional heating performance with VRF’s benefits is impressive performance reliability, sole heat source functionality, energy efficiency, cost savings, space savings and low ambient 

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Emerging Trends In Building Envelope Design and Construction

In this webinar, attendees will be introduced to a variety of emerging trends, product types, and processes related to the design and construction of building envelopes. The presentation will build off of a basic knowledge of building envelopes and introduce attendees to innovative technologies and building products, design performance modeling, and building envelope commissioning. Though this webinar will discuss emerging trends and innovations, the presentation is focused on market-ready building envelope solutions.

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Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW
Type: Article
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Reflective Roofs and Urban Heat Islands

This 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.

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BIM for Greener Interiors

Interior designers stand to benefit from BIM and BIM-compatible software just as much as architects and contractors. From highly accurate clash detection to reduced change orders to a much more streamlined design and construction process, BIM is poised to continue its upward trend from novelty to best practice, eventually becoming an industry standard.

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Type: Article
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Roofs and Condensation: A Practical Approach for the Design Professional - Article

The growth of single-ply roofing systems over the past 40 years has generated many questions regarding long-term performance.  Early in their development, many of the questions were related to the capability of single-ply systems to resist external forces such as wind, fire, and precipitation. However, with the advent of “cool” single-ply roofs, new questions have emerged concerning the internal forces at play within the roofing system, especially in regard to vapor movement and the potential for moisture condensation within the roof. Starting with a brief discussion of the fundamentals of vapor movement in roofing systems, this article reviews current research to gain an understanding of the actual incidence of moisture condensation and the key factors that may lead to moisture accumulation in single-ply roofs.

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Reducing Peak Electrical Demand: The Hidden Benefit of Cool Roofs - Article

A sharp peak in electrical demand can be observed in almost every commercial building during the busiest hours of the day. Some of this peak may be attributed to office or building equipment, but a large portion is due to increased air conditioning usage in the heat of the afternoon. This peak in air conditioning requires additional power plant capacity, causes imbalances in the power grid, and may result in increased air pollution. But most importantly, peak demand may result in monthly charges much higher than base electrical rates. One of the best approaches to shrink peak demand is to reduce the heat load on a building, especially the solar loads that drive the need for air conditioning. And few heat reduction strategies can match the energy-savings potential of modern cool roofing technology.

In an effort to help building owners and designers deal effectively with peak electrical demand charges, this article will provide a step-by-step review of all aspects of peak demand reduction, including how to identify peak demand charges on a typical commercial electrical bill, how to estimate the potential savings achieved by installing a cool roof, and what other benefits may be achieved by reducing peaks in energy demand. The article also will provide learners with valuable hands-on experience with available energy tools, including the online “Cool Roof Peak Calculator” developed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Standing Seam Metal Roofing

The Standing Seam Metal Roof Systems presentation delivers an informative comparison between metal roofing materials and alternative roofing materials. It discusses the availability of metal in a variety of finishes and the economic and environmental advantages of metal. You will learn about the different types of standing seam metal roofing panels along with their various capabilities and design parameters.

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Retrofit Roof Systems

This presentation discusses how various applications are ideal for retrofitting projects and how retrofit can be utilized for existing and even new construction. Retrofitting a building offers key benefits, including long-term performance, minimal maintenance expenses, improved energy efficiency, energy savings and beautified aesthetics.

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A Review of Metal Panel Warranties

A Review of Metal Panel Warranties provides an understanding of metal roof warranties and the variances of warranties throughout the industry. This presentation shows the roles of accountability and responsibility in warranties for the architect, contractor and manufacturer.

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