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Reducing Fire Risk at the Perimeter of High Rise Structures

High rise fires are not new to us. In fact, we have seen an increase in fire incidents in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East in the last 5-10 years that have amplified awareness on fire safety performance of taller structures. High rise buildings present a greater risk with an increased number of occupants that have a limited means of escape in the event of a fire. That is why the time element for containing a fire is so critical. Also, as we have seen in actual fires, vertical fire spread at the exterior façade can rapidly overwhelm fire fighters means of interceding the fire from ground level. As the fire accelerates and upward spread progresses, it often reaches a height beyond the reach of fire services water streams. That is why containing a fire and preventing it from spreading vertically is so critical for both occupant and first responder safety.

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Insulated Metal Panels

This course will cover the role of IMPs as an effective building envelope in terms of air and water infiltration and a thermal barrier. Additionally, the course will review how proper insulation is critical to performance, as well the many other attributes provided by IMPs whether employed as new construction or retrofits.

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A supplemental piece of reading material has been included with this course in order to fulfill the NCARB requirement for course content and duration. You will find some answers to quiz questions in both the video and print portion of the course content.

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Innovative Solutions for Architectural Challenges

Operable glass walls can provide for flexible interior spaces, safer interior environments, rapid and highly accessible connections to exterior spaces and all the benefits that ensue, such as fresh air, light, unobstructed views and rapid egress in the event of emergency. This course examines how operable glass walls meet those challenges and then shows the application of those principals in several case studies.

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Innovations In Education Design Using Opening Glass Walls

This course will describe the benefits of moveable glass walls in education environments from K-12 through higher education. It includes a comprehensive look at design options, framing and installation options, interior and exterior connecting applications, acoustical attenuation, daylighting, and 21st Century Educational design.

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Moisture Mitigation, Surface Prep and Floor Covering Systems

This course teaches about the source and prevention of health and safety risks of moisture transmission/high pH through a concrete substrate and its effect on flooring adhesives and coverings. The health and safety risks include mold, mildew, standing water, sick building syndrome, previous needfor use of solvent based, high VOC adhesives instead of water-based, high moisture tolerance vinyl/carpet adhesives available today. This course also teaches about concrete floor flatness and how to measure and install a flat surface using self-leveling underlayments/skim coats for floor coverings torequire, along with the moisture vapor barrier and adhesives, a single source system with long term warranty for all sub flooring components.

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FEVE Architectural Coatings: High Performance Coatings for Expansive, Sustainable Design

In this one-hour course, we will discover the strengths and advantages of FEVE fluoropolymer topcoats. We will evaluate coating performance tests, including accelerated weathering and real-time weathering, and what the implications are for the life of different coatings. We will explore the many design possibilities that FEVE technology provides, and assess the sustainability benefits of FEVE topcoats, despite their high initial cost, compared to other topcoat formulations

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Pattern Mapping for Lasting Design

A Pattern Map evaluates a pattern on two key elements: structure and nature. This course explains why these two elements affect how we recognize and respond to pattern and examines ways to bridge architecture and nature by using architectural panel systems with patterned openings, and provide a sense of space, privacy, shade, or camouflage with cladding, screens, or railings.

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A "Systems Approach" to resilient sustainability

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Particular focus in this panel discussion is on energy-efficiency and water mitigation. With a major push toward energy-efficiency and reduced carbon footprints while insuring that structures remain functional, many municipalities and states—notably California and New York—are pushing to reduce and, eventually, eliminate fossil fuel as the major source of energy while insuring that buildings perform or "bounce back" after natural or man-made disasters.

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