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BD+C University Course

Designing with architectural insulated metal wall panels

Insulated metal wall panels (IMPs) offer a sleek, modern, and lightweight envelope system that is highly customizable. This continuing education course explores the characteristics of insulated metal wall panels, including how they can offer a six-in-one design solution. Discussions also include design options, installation processes, code compliance, sustainability, and available warranties.

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1.0 AIA LU/HSW BD+C University Course | Feb 21, 2022

Optimizing performance in commercial fenestration

This course provides an overview of optimizing commercial fenestration with thermal barriers and high performance glazing in aluminum window framing to maximize daylighting and thermal efficiencies in the building envelope.

Exterior BD+C University Course | Feb 10, 2022

Architectural glass mutates as building teams innovate

Novel concepts in glass and glazing are opening new vistas in the buildings world. From massive openings and bent panels to decorative finishes and integrated smart technologies, a cornucopia of glass innovations have been hitting the market in recent years. A review of new projects and recent product introductions gives an idea of the astounding range—and a few key lessons to live by—in today’s institutional and commercial sectors.

BIM/VDC/IT/CAD BD+C University Course | Jan 10, 2022

Applied parametrics for façade designs and materials

Parametric modeling has proven an invaluable toolset that enables architects to test complex design concepts and organize large quantities of data into manageable work streams. Parametric iteration makes it possible to achieve unique solutions that require digital surface modeling and then apply them to interesting building materials that might previously have been considered unviable.

Exterior BD+C University Course | Jan 9, 2022

Mastering the higher ed campus building envelope

Building envelope choices for campus, cultural, and infrastructure projects are shaped by particular conditions. Today, institutions place greater value on how buildings relate to their ensemble: how historic buildings fit next to new ones, how massing forms fit with their neighbors, and how a building cladding contributes to the campus context. Concurrently, enclosure assemblies and construction methods have undergone changes due to values of sustainability, science, durability, and maintenance. In this context, mastering the building envelope on college and university campuses requires addressing both cultural concerns and technical performance, honoring traditional buildings while exploring the potential of new materials and forms. 

Exterior BD+C University Course | Jan 7, 2022

Building enclosure design of exterior soffits

Treating an exterior soffit as merely a surface on which to hang cladding materials can render the building enclosure vulnerable to performance problems. 

Cladding and Facade Systems | Oct 26, 2021

14 projects recognized by DOE for high-performance building envelope design

The inaugural class of DOE’s Better Buildings Building Envelope Campaign includes a medical office building that uses hybrid vacuum-insulated glass and a net-zero concrete-and-timber community center.

75 Top Products | Dec 1, 2020

Top Building Envelope Products for 2020

Sherwin-Williams' Emerald Rain Refresh and James Hardie's Aspyre Collection are among the 23 new building envelope products to make Building Design + Construction's 2020 75 Top Products report.

Coronavirus | Apr 8, 2020

COVID-19 alert: Most U.S. roofing contractors hit by coronavirus, says NRCA

NRCA survey shows 52% of roofing contractor said COVID-19 pandemic was having a significant or very significant impact on their businesses.

75 Top Products | Dec 16, 2019

Top Window and Door Products for 2019

Pella’s Rolscreen retractable screen and NanaWall’s HSW single-track sliding glass wall are among the 16 window and door products to make Building Design+Construction’s 2019 101 Top Products report.

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