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Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW
1 GBCI CE Hour
1 RCI CEH
Type: Webinar
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Product Disclosure: Opportunities and Challenges for the Building Designer

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.

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Roofs and Condensation: A Practical Approach for the Design Professional

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. 

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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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1 RCI CEH
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Weather-Related Effects on Installation of Fully Adhered Single Ply Systems

Presentation on the relationship between temperature and dew point differentials and the impacts they may have on the performance of adhesives.  Two case studies will be evaluated along with supporting lab data to highlight the importance of understanding environmental conditions and the role they play in proper adhesive drying. 

Due to environmental concerns and code restrictions with solvent-based single ply adhesives, the use of water-based (WB) and low-VOC solvent-based (LVOC) adhesives is becoming much more popular in the low-slope roofing market. At the same time, the roofing industry has become concerned with the longer drying times exhibited by WB and LVOC products because both react differently to environmental conditions than solvent-based adhesives. This is especially true during changes in ambient temperatures and dew points up on the roof.

While there is a general industry consensus that most of these issues revolve around WB adhesive drying rates, it has been found that similar problems may also apply to LVOC adhesive products. These concerns have taken the form of blistering and/or inadequate adhesion of the single ply membrane to the substrate when using WB and LVOC adhesives in certain environmental conditions

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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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Continuous Insulation Requirements and Design for Water Vapor Diffusion Control

The architecture, engineering, and construction industry continues to require increasing thermal efficiency in wall assemblies, as reflected in evolving energy code requirements.  Many new exterior wall designs include a split insulation system to meet the demand for greater thermal efficiency.  As a result, the arrangement of insulation in walls relative to the air, water, and vapor barriers is also changing.  The need for, and proper location of, a vapor retarder in exterior walls with split insulation is often not intuitive and requires further analysis.  This presentation will discuss relevant code requirements for insulation, discuss water vapor diffusion and methods for evaluating condensation potential, and present best-practices for the selection and location of a vapor retarder.  We will also discuss construction considerations designers must negotiate to achieve acceptable thermal and hyrgothermal performance in contemporary exterior walls.

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Roofing Codes: The Latest Requirements for Low-Slope Roofing Design

This presentation provides requirements for successful low-slope and roof design. Emphasis is placed on system components and defines design requirements, materials selection and codes. Materials that meet new and future energy efficiency regulations are presented. 

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Principles of Commercial Roof Ventilation

Proper roof ventilation contributes to a building's sustainability. Learn how the principles of roof ventilation can do this and what it takes to create the right ventilation strategy. Also discover what the building code says about ventilation and receive useful design guidelines for your next project. Attendees will also learn about the unique needs of ventilating a commercial building versus a residential building.

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Roofing in LEED - Changes from v2009 to LEED v4

This intermediate level course compares the changes for roofing from LEED v2009 to LEED v4 and demonstrates how a high-reflectance roof can contribute significantly to achieving the Heat Island Reduction credit now that LEED v4 combines the Hardscape and Roof credits into one performance calculation.

Attendees will learn how to conduct performance calculations quickly using the LEED credit Form to reduce the heat island footprint, inform design decisions, and achieve the credit.  Learn where to source the new 3-year aged SRI and SR values and how to use them.

Understand how roofing contributes to the new material transparency credits in LEED v4, including the EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) and HPD (Health Product Declaration) credits, learn where to find qualifying products and documentation, and gain the ability to distinguish between a self-declared claim and a third-party verified claim.

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Cool Roof Technology

Participants will learn the latest sustainable code requirements and how LEED points can be obtained in roof design.  In addition, this presentation will define emissivity and reflectivity rates and their sustainable importance in roof system design.  The most recent technologies in cool roof materials will be presented and proper cool roof design elements will be discussed.

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