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Designing a Sustainable Masonry Building Envelope

AEC-logo-webCourse Description: “Designing A Sustainable Masonry Cavity Wall Building Envelope” provides the characteristics of sustainable design as defined by the AIA, especially as it relates to masonry cavity walls.  It explains typical problems in masonry cavity walls and how both improper design and construction can cause these problems, and it provides examples of excellent cavity wall design and the proper materials that should be specified to create a sustainable masonry cavity wall.  At the end of the program, the attendees will have a much better understanding of how to design and specify masonry cavity walls that not only meet the AIA’s definition of sustainability, but which will also perform well over the life of the building.

Sustainable Design Info:  The majority of this course is made up of sustainable design information and this course may qualify for USGBC approved GBCI CE Hours.  Please check course details pages for particulars.

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Complete CMU/Masonry Veneer Wall Systems, Performance and Specification

Offered by Owens Corning

Course Description: In today’s high performance building market, specifying materials that work together as a complete wall system is more critical than ever. Systems can help designers meet new energy codes, reduce costs and liability, and improve building function and sustainability while making the design process faster and simpler. This course will educate participants on the functional components and system attributes of one of the most common exterior wall systems, concrete masonry unit support walls with masonry veneer. The course will detail key system components such as continuous insulation, air/water resistive barriers, air sealing practices, masonry wall ties and water drainage/management practices. Key codes and standards will be reviewed to define system interaction and key specification practices to insure wall system designs are consistent with recent advances in building analysis, new code requirements, revised test methods, and a comprehensive, systems approach to wall systems.

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Complete Steel Stud/Masonry Veneer Wall Systems, Performance and Specification

Offered by Owens Corning

Course Description: In today’s high performance building market, specifying materials that work together as a complete wall system is more critical than ever.  Systems can help designers meet new energy codes, reduce costs and liability, and improve building function and sustainability while making the design process faster and simpler.  This course will educate participants on the functional components and system attributes of the most common of exterior wall system, steel stud with masonry veneer. The course will detail key system components such as continuous and stud cavity insulation, air/water resistive barriers, air sealing practices, masonry wall ties, and water drainage/management practices. Key codes and standards will be reviewed to define system interaction and key specification practices to insure wall system designs consistent with recent advances in building analysis, new code requirements, revised test methods, and a comprehensive, systems approach to wall systems.

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Complete Wall Systems, Maintaining Continuous insulation and WRB’s at Transitions

Offered by Owens Corning

Course Description: This course provides an overview of wall layers; air control, moisture control, water drainage, and thermal performance. It discusses options for maintaining continuity at penetrations, transitions and terminations, considering sequencing, jobsite conditions, and installation methods. It reviews case studies of common field installation problems and provides solutions for creating the complete wall enclosure.

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NPFA 285 Exterior Wall Fire Testing, Design and Compliance

Offered by Owens Corning

Course Description: This course explains the NFPA 285 test method, its origin, its procedures, when it is required, and design considerations necessary to comply with it. The course explains the fire/life safety objective of NFPA 285. Selected sections of the International Building Code are reviewed to identify the types of construction and circumstances that require NFPA 285 compliance. The criteria in ASHRAE 90.1 for continuous insulation and air/water resistive barriers are reviewed and identified as contributors to the rise of NFPA 285 requirements. To understand the key wall assembly layers that determine compliance, the course reviews insulation, air/water resistive barriers, and exterior cladding options. Design practices will be improved by familiarizing attendees with information sources such as manufacturer design guides, proposed code changes, engineering analysis and the public database discussion.

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