Architecture, Design and Building Science

This program's collection of continuing education courses provides the architect/student with a catalog of courses on every construction division. Courses include products and their application, safety, the environmental impact of products, and application case studies. Users can search the catalog using CSI division numbers, keywords, manufacturer names, or product descriptions.

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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Safety, Energy Savings, and Design Aesthetics in Upward Acting Sectional Doors.

This course will cover introductory level descriptions of various sectional door styles and how they impact energy efficiency, maximize ambient light, add to design aesthetics, and protect the health and safety of building occupants. Additionally, applicable varieties of industrial doors will also be included.

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Selecting and Specifying a Railing System for your Building Project

This course provides an overview of the important factors - such as building codes, safety of use and fall protection, material selection, secure installation methods, and design - that must be considered when selecting or specifying a railing system for a commercial or residential project.

Learning Objective 1:
The student will learn to recognize the unique benefits of different railing materials with respect to durability and sustainability.

Learning Objective 2:
The student will learn to understand relevant building codes and standards related to the structural integrity and safety of a railing project.

Learning Objective 3:
The student will learn to identify common railing materials and finishes, and compare their performance in order to choose materials that best suit the structural requirements, style, and environment of the project.

Learning Objective 4:
The student will learn to distinguish between a variety of railing fabrication, assembly, and installation methods to ensure a safe and attractive railing design.

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