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AIA Course: Building with concrete – Design and construction techniques

Earn 1.0 AIA learning unit by taking this free course

May 01, 2009 |


Concrete demands energy and natural resources, a careful design approach, and ongoing maintenance once it is put in place. In this way it is unlike many other structural and finish materials—yet it maintains a special reputation for strength, durability, flexibility, and sustainability. These associations and a host of other factors have made it one of the most widely used building materials globally in just one century. Take this free AIA/CES course from Building Design+Construction and earn 1.0 AIA learning unit.

What you will learn

After reading this article, you should be able to:

* Describe the various uses and applications of concrete in commercial building.

* List the various types of materials and admixtures found in concrete mixes, including supplementary cementitious materials, or SCMs.

* Understand how concrete specification affects such construction methods as pumping, placing, and forming.

* Explain the advantages and applications of such methods as tilt-up, ICFs, and precast concrete for building construction and operations.

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