On-Demand Webinars


Designing a structure that is resilient requires a strong understanding of material and building science. This course discusses the composition, performance, and application of engineered polymer siding and trim and capped polymer cladding to illustrate the benefits to home and building owners when construction materials are selected with resilience and sustainability in mind. The course will also examine the relationship between a building’s resilience and the safety of the occupants as well as material selection considerations to ensure a structure maintains livable conditions in the event of a destructive weather event.

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This course encourages participants to think outside the box and consider using polymer cladding as a material to create aesthetic, enduring, and moisture resistant rainscreens that will better protect buildings and its occupants. We will discuss other more commonly used products and the issues faced with each. We will also consider life cycle costs of various cladding options, including polymer. Finally, participants will leave with a thorough understanding of how to install polymer extrusions as cladding. We will explore doing so on different substrates, detailing around openings, transitions between differing cladding materials and how to handle joints between cladding components with the goal of using polymer as a resource to promote health, safety, and welfare of both people and the environment.

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In this course, we will familiarize attendees with styles and trends within railing systems and discuss how railing material choices affect safety, appearance, and future maintenance. The design professional will learn about code compliance and how product standardization helps to meet regulatory goals. We will demonstrate how the use of standardized products and processes will help design professionals be able to simplify the development of railing details and master specifications that can be used for a variety of project types. The advantages of using standardized products will be discussed as well as product applications. We will end the course by exploring attributes of a reputable manufacturer, such as credibility, quality, knowledge, and standardization in products.

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Schlage, an Allegion brand, offers free, online courses as a service to you. Self-enroll at any time and take a course in part or in whole, whenever your schedule permits. These courses have all been tailor-made for the door, hardware, or access control world.

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Access a variety of on-demand courses on residential design thru Custom Home Academy sponsored by Marvin. Education topics include design trends, fenestration for coastal environments, daylighting, connecting indoor and outdoor space with exterior glass doors, and more.

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This course provides an overview of the types, features, and benefits of designing with cellular PVC trim, including a discussion on the installation guidelines and manufacturing processes.

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As part of their commitment to top-quality products, GAF supports the ongoing training and continuing education needs of the market.

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James Hardie

This course on fiber cement siding defines the 4 D’s of Wall Design and explains the sustainable attributes such as improved indoor air quality, longevity, embodied energy, LCA parameters, and climate zoned cladding. Learning objectives:

  • define fiber cement & illustrate the design decisions that affect enclosure systems
  • list the 4 D’s of Wall Design & describe how water management & durability improve longevity of cladding
  • compare & contrast embodied energy with recurring embodied energy & define Life Cycle Assessment & describe the system analysis parameters
  • describe climate zoned cladding & list the environmental criteria for each of the zones
  • identify the environmental concerns regarding toxicity, VOC’s & painting & how these can be best addressed
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This course will explore different types of rainscreens. We will look at systems that are non-structural, structural, and proprietary. This course will cover an overview of these rainscreen examples and technical details for specific construction types such as wood framed, steel framed, and masonry walls. It will review the rationale behind good rainscreen design and some of the design requirements stipulated by codes, standards and best practice references. Learning objectives:

  • describe how rainscreens are effective systems for preventing moisture penetration into buildings of all types.
  • identify essential code provisions related to exterior wall assemblies regarding water management & material protection.
  • recognize the concept that rainscreens are custom designed for each project & gain insights into the different interchangeable parts of rainscreen systems.
  • explain the design & construction of different types of successful rainscreen systems.
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Building a stronger connection with nature is critical for humans to maintain health and well-being. Composite wood decking is a durable, environmentally sustainable product that can help build links with nature through applications including home outdoor rooms, roof gardens, healing spaces, and public boardwalks in green spaces.

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This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. When it comes to railing systems, there is no need to compromise a beautiful aesthetic for function and safety; systems can deliver both. This course examines guardrails in terms of their structure, safety, and style. Applicable sections of the International Building Code (IBC) are discussed, as are materials, finishes, and infill options, and how they affect the project budget. Learning objectives:

  • explain how loading requirements, member selection & deflection affect guardrail system design & performance.
  • recall 2018 IBC code criteria related to handrails and guards & apply them to the design of a safe guardrail system.
  • discuss the advantages & considerations of three types of glass guardrail support systems.
  • specify guardrail materials, finishes & infills that are appropriate for the project environment, design goals aesthetic & budget.
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