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After more than 40 years in the same location, Saint-Gobain and its construction materials subsidiary, CertainTeed Corporation, moved into a new headquarters. The 65-acre campus has been retrofitted into a LEED platinum open plan commercial office. This tour will provide insight into the integrated design, construction, and operations of this best in class building.
After more than 40 years in the same location, Saint-Gobain and its construction materials subsidiary, CertainTeed Corporation, moved into a new headquarters. The 65-acre campus has been retrofitted into a LEED platinum open plan commercial office. This tour will provide insight into the integrated design, construction, and operations of this best in class building
This program guides the participant in an integrated approach, helping them to develop a plan in which systems and materials work together. Proper design and installation of framing, sheathing, siding, insulation, airflow retarders, and vapor retarders can provide a comprehensive solution to minimize, if not eliminate, heat and moisture-related problems.
Commercial and institutional building construction widely relies on the use of interior building products, including those made with gypsum, in a multitude of ways. They can be used with corner treatments to create interior spaces that are dramatic or sublime. They provide fire-resistance as part of rated interior and exterior wall assemblies. They are used in exterior walls in combination with insulation to meet a variety of energy demands. Moisture resistant products are used on exteriors and damp areas to address water vapor issues. In recent times, the rise of green building programs such as LEED®, the WELL Building Standard, and the Living Building Challenge, has also led to some manufacturers to create high performance interior products that have the ability to address a variety of indoor environmental quality concerns as well. These most recent advancements can help address issues of indoor air quality, enhanced sound control and better durability in commercial buildings, among other beneficial traits. This course provides an overview of indoor environmental health, safety, and welfare considerations in sustainable buildings while assessing interior products like high performance gypsum and insulation products that are currently available to meet those needs for walls and ceilings. As such, this course provides a basis for follow-on courses that are available to address, in more detail, some of these specific design and construction issues
This course guides the user through a detailed examination of the acoustic characteristics necessary to comprehend the more complex performance criteria used in designing private and open offices. It includes a review of the arbitrary ranking of areas of importance in designing private and open offices. This course also explores how the value of such advanced acoustic design can be translated to a conceptual level understandable to architectural clients.
This course provides an overview of the principals of sound attenuation and light reflectance. Learners will be introduced to subjects such as, the Noise reduction coefficient. Further discussion will introduce the main properties of acoustical ceilings, their function and performance.
Sound affects the people who occupy a building. Whether they’re pleasant and soothing or annoying, understanding and controlling sound is critical to effective building design and occupant comfort. This course explains basic principles of sound and how sound affects occupants in three different facility types: classrooms, offices, healthcare environments and hotels. This course will arm participants with the knowledge they need to develop & design spaces to mitigate harmful or unwanted sound—otherwise known as noise. This course will also provide the learner with strategies to earn LEED v4 credits through the specification and usage of sustainable wallboard and ceiling products.
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A program designed to provide an over view of Bituminous Membrane roofing systems. At the end of this program the participants will be able to define low slope roofs, describe the different types of low slope bituminous roof systems, identify basic design considerations for low slope roof systems and identify material performance standards and code approvals for roofing materials.
This course discusses a process for creating sound reduction in healthcare buildings. Keeping informed of the best available evidence, with the goal of improving outcomes, you will be introduced to basic design concepts for improving acoustical performance within a facility.
Provides an overview of Ceilings: Classroom Acoustics.
A program that provides an overview of comfortable environments through sustainable design in commercial Building Science.
This course provides an extensive review of the science of sound, how sound flows through various spaces, and how better acoustics can help you achieve points in the Indoor Environmental Quality category of the LEED rating system.
This course is designed for architects, engineers and LEED professionals. The course provides an extensive review of the various air barrier systems. Participants will also review details related to fenestration products and how proper air barrier systems can lead to LEED points.
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There is probably no single factor that plays such a decisive role in the health of a building over its life cycle as how liquid water and water vapor are managed by the materials and structures that make up the building. This course examines moisture management in the context of a sustainable building, and includes material that informs LEED professionals about specific LEED system requirements pertaining to moisture management.
When classrooms are too noisy, learning is significantly impacted. Attendees will review general methods for creating high-performance classroom acoustics and the applicable code requirements. A 2013 classroom acoustics case study will provide recommendations on remediation techniques. Specific wall design and installation solutions will be presented.
The purpose of this course is for Owners, Architects, Contractors, and industry professionals to understand the importance of room acoustics in building planning, and its impact on healthcare, work productivity, and the learning environment.
Provides an overview of Design and Installation Ideas with Cellular PVC.X
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Participants will be provided an examination of the year-round benefits of attic ventilation. Participants will be equipped to evaluate and discern the types of ventilation products and how to design and specify optimal ventilation systems.
This course provides an overview of fire resistant ceiling and wall assemblies using Gypsum boards, including the two primary ASTM standards that apply. It also addresses issues pertaining to fire-ratings that must be considered when constructing ceiling, wall, and column assemblies. Common construction issues pertaining to separation walls are also covered.
The majority of homes today use gypsum boards, panels, and compounds in a multitude of ways. While gypsum has a long history of use in American construction, changes in building codes and design, programs such as the USGBC LEED, and construction practices have generated a need for a suite of specialized solutions. Participants who complete this course will be able to identify the environmental human and health considerations related to the selection of gypsum solutions, the types of gypsum boards available today and where they are intended for use, how the level of gypsum finishing is evaluated and communicated, as well as identify emerging IEQ technologies.
This course considers how architectural transparency documents promote environmentally sustainable buildings. Attendees will explore the creation of LCA, EPD, and HPD documents, and explore how to use these documents as tools for product evaluation and specification. The relationships between transparency documents and third-party organizations such as and UL and LEED will be discussed.
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The goal of this course is to provide the design professional with a better understanding of the basic functions, construction methods, and components of gypsum shaftwall systems so that they may make more informed decisions when specifying these systems. This course will introduce the components of gypsum shaftwall systems, where and how they are typically used, and how to properly specify them using current CSI MasterFormatTM divisions.
This one-hour course discusses today's gypsum area separation walls (ASWs) are a response to a pervasive need: to prevent the spread of fire through multi-family townhouses. What many people may not be aware of how they work to accomplish their important task. The course begins with a brief comparison of some historical alternatives to the modern gypsum ASW, and a review of the elements that make up the ASW assembly.
A program designed to aid in the utilization of materials for proper fence systems.
With its long-term durability, enduring appearance, and strong return on investment over the longer term, metal roofing has become a huge segment of the U.S. roofing industry—more than $4 billion sold annually, and forecasted to be more than $7 billion by 2024. Many architects envision standing seam or corrugated profiles as their only metal roofing options, yet designs exist that effectively mimic the appearance of traditional roofing materials such as clay tile, slate, or wood shake. This course will look at some of the current aesthetic options, performance characteristics, and green building properties of metal roofing designs, particular those that replicate the appearance of traditional roofing mat
Residential homes are often built with multiple cladding types - masonry, vinyl siding and more. This course will review the fundamentals of moisture flow and detail how that moisture interacts with different cladding materials. At the end of this course, attendees should understand the advantages and disadvantages of various wall claddings and feel confident specifying an assembly that is best for the homeowner.
The American Speech -Language-Hearing Association indicates that “Reducing noise and reverberation in any space used for learning is important.” This course will explain the basic principles of sound and common sound measurements. Field research on the effects of HVAC noise in the classroom will be presented, with focus on the relationship between signal to noise ratio and speech intelligibility. After this course, designers should feel comfortable presenting innovative and data supported acoustical product and HVAC designs to public and private clients.
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The main objective of the Practices part of Sustainable Design for Homes is to provide an extensive look at how the principles of sustainable design are applied in the design of a new home or renovation project.
This course provides an extensive look at how specific publications regarding product selection promote environmentally sustainable buildings. These publications such as LCA, PCR and EPD describe environmental concepts and how these concepts may be of value to architectural firms and building owners pursuing LEED certification.
Over the past few decades we have added more and more layers to our walls in order to save energy but we have in the process sacrificed some ability to tolerate moisture intrusion. Recent research has shown the benefits of drained and vented claddings and adaptive materials like smart vapor retarders have created new options for managing the moisture flow and moisture storage of the assembly as a whole. In order to take advantage of these options, we must understand the inter-relationships of heat, air, and moisture flow and so we will review these basic forces and identify strategies for preventing wetting while promoting drying both towards the interior and the exterior.
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Participants will gain a clear understanding of self-adhering roofing systems, including how these systems have developed, how they are made, and how they are installed. The participants will get a background in the systems, an understanding of correct application, and insight into how the products and industry continue to develop.
This course will introduce the attendees to the basic principles of acoustics and sound control. Further information will be provided regarding common acoustical measurements and calculating sound absorption within a given space. There will be a review of performance characteristics of acoustical ceilings and wall systems.
This course reviews the acoustical properties of sound travel and sounds effect on the building interior and its occupants. There will be discussion on one of the most effective ways to attenuate noise from one room to another with the use of specific insulation products. Further discussion will center on sound absorption and noise control. Learners will also discuss the HVAC systems and the ability to insulate sound that travels throughout the building envelope.
Explore the sustainable supply chain through energy and water reduction case studies at the manufacturing facility. Learn how the goals of manufacturing excellence and environmental stewardship work together to guide Saint-Gobain’s initiatives. Understand how close public/private collaboration makes operational environmental impact reduction projects possible.
This program has been developed to provide architects and engineers with an introduction to two types of synthetic decking and railing materials for residential and light commercial applications: composite lumber and vinyl (polymeric) systems.
This course offers a glimpse of the integrated design process associated with CertainTeed and Saint Gobain North America’s new US headquarters. The discussion will explore client requirements, including internally defined energy reduction goals and external rating systems. Specific design challenges, including product selection, cost and associated tradeoffs intended to reduce energy consumption will be addressed. Acoustic & occupant comfort will be discussed, as well as how Saint Gobain has utilized a Change Management program to involve the most important part of the new office – the employees.
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Explain why building science is both an art and a science Identify one or more of the laws governing each of these house-system dynamics: the flow of heat, the flow of air, and the flow of moisture Describe one or more of the problems and solutions that arise in the house-system due to the dynamics of heat, air and moisture flow
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Explain why building science is both an art and a science Identify one or more of the laws governing each of these house-system dynamics: the flow of heat, the flow of air, and the flow of moisture Describe one or more of the problems and solutions that arise in the house-system due to the dynamics of heat, air and moisture flow
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Explain why building science is both an art and a science Identify one or more of the laws governing each of these house-system dynamics: the flow of heat, the flow of air, and the flow of moisture Describe one or more of the problems and solutions that arise in the house-system due to the dynamics of heat, air and moisture flow
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Participants will explore the basic requirements for a sound building envelope design and the responsibilities commissioning agents have in their role. Participants will also discuss the causes of construction defects and failures. Further detail will explore why there is a need for effective design of the building envelope while considering the movement of air, moisture, and heat into account.
This course provides an extensive review of the thermal properties of building materials, how thermal control effects spaces, and how improved thermal design can help you achieve points in the Energy and Atmosphere and Indoor Environmental Quality Category of LEED rating systems.
Sustainable buildings now address indoor air quality (IAQ) to enhance the comfort of building occupants. The course focuses on airborne pollutants and chemicals associated with adverse health effects. Participants who complete this course will be able to identify common contaminants and design appropriate remediation strategies, as well as identify emerging product capture technologies.
This course is intended to provide an overview of various mineral fiber insulation systems and provide an overview of the key differences between fiber glass systems and stone wool systems.
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This course provides an extensive review of how the principles of cool roofing are applied in the design of a new or renovated building. The following key areas are reviewed: energy efficiency, green roofing, heat island affect; materials, durability, recycling, and interiors; indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), ventilation and air quality systems.
When the facts are clear you make the best decisions. This course will explore how transparency documents and sustainable design practices contribute to minimizing environmental impact of the built environment.
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This course provides an overview of Vinyl siding products and compares to other traditional methods of exterior cladding. Further discussion will provide analysis of environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. To conclude the course will describe design and installation features.
In this course, we will cover drywall finishing terminology, standards and installation procedures as they pertain to achieving aesthetic and performance goals when specifying. Additionally, we will discuss the advantages of specifying high-performance products that can help to maintain design integrity and minimize maintenance issues for building owners, as well as minimizing the architect’s time in the field creating “punch list items” which lead to unnecessary construction administration hours for both architects and contractors.
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This one-hour course provides an overview of the importance of weather resistant barriers in protecting the building envelope and as a component of green building design and sustainability. Lessons include a comparison of various barriers based on specific performance criteria.
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This course is about four different roof-top systems that respond to the challenge of sustainably addressing solar radiation. It begins by describing ways the solar radiation typically affects buildings, and some of the effects this has on their environments. It also reviews three metrics used to describe rooftop performance, the key one being the solar reflectance index (SRI), and explains what they measure.


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