Join us for our virtual Lunch and Learn series hosted by W. R. MEADOWS. Earn an AIA credit from the comfort and safety of your own home by attending each of the below 1-hour course options. These courses are free to attend. Just register, attend the course from your home or office, and earn an AIA credit – it’s that easy!
Detailing Air Barriers
Thursday, September 9th – 12 PM CST
Host: Roger Smith
The one (1) hour course is an overview of the specific techniques for installing the different types of air barrier materials. Air barriers are required by code in most states. And while most architects understand the whys, they are not clear on the installation details. This important layer of the building envelope requires careful detailing and installation. Some firms are even requiring meetings with installation contractors to be sure details are correctly executed. This course covers tricky details, including rough openings, roof-to-walls, and joints between different building materials. This program is registered with the AIA/CES for continuing professional education, and is HSW-approved. The course earns one learning unit (LU).
Construction Liquids – Curing
Thursday, September 30th – 12 PM CST
Host: Taylor Wodzinski
This course serves as an introduction to basic concrete chemistry and the chemical process of curing. Specifically, this presentation focuses on external curing methods, which are applied to the concrete following the pour. These curing methods maintain the optimal moisture content during various climactic conditions necessary for freshly placed concrete to reach its optimal strength and durability. Proper moisture management during the curing process can affect the performance of concrete significantly. There are many products and systems available to control moisture during this process and to prevent surface evaporation. This presentation provides an overview of the many curing options and the proper application for each. In addition, this course will touch on design and best application practices that allow these products and systems to work as intended. This program is registered with the AIA/CES for continuing professional education and is HSW-approved. The course earns one learning unit (LU).
Underslab Vapor Barriers
Thursday, October 21st – 12 PM CST
Host: Patrick Raney
This presentation on underslab vapor barriers and moisture migration from W. R. MEADOWS provides the most current information on building envelope moisture migration. Ground- borne moisture is the leading cause of flooring failures today. W. R. MEADOWS has created this presentation to inform the viewer of ways to combat this problem. In the presentation, several points are discussed, including different types of moisture movement, proper vapor protection design, and ASTM specifications. In general, this presentation provides information on the science of proper underslab waterproofing and vapor proofing. This program is registered with the AIA/CES for continuing professional education, and is also HSW-approved. The course earns 1 AIA credit.
Thursday, October 28th – 12 PM CST
Host: Brian Macias
Acoustics in new and existing buildings are not only dictated by codes and standards, they are prerogatives of occupant comfort. This presentation first defines the terminology of the acoustic field, then proceeds to describe the mechanics of sound transmission. We then look at various building sectors and how they are impacted by noise. For example, in healthcare acoustic concerns affect the level of patient care. In education, it’s been proven that children and adults learn better in quiet settings. And in office settings, sound drives employee productivity. Learn about understanding STC testing, how to read the data, and best practices for meeting desired STC targets. Also, explore the performance of common wall assemblies, discuss the effect of noise on various building sectors, and better understand noise, dB, and frequency scales.