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Live Learning Sessions / Webinars

  • Designing with Cold Storage Insulated Metal Panels

    Understanding how insulated metal panels (IMPs) are used for cold storage facilities is critical to creating energy efficient and sustainable facilities. We start with basic definitions of cold storage, controlled environments and controlled atmospheres, then review the building science behind how IMPs provide all necessary environmental control layers (air, vapor, water and thermal). From there we explore control layer continuity which is critical to prevent unwanted condensation, ice formation and heat gain in coolers and freezers. Creating suspended ceilings using IMPs requires a complete understanding of the differences between non-accessible, light/limited duty and walkable ceilings. We will review important engineering, safety and ventilation requirements for these systems. We then study the various IMP substrates and paint finishes along with their performance characteristics – essential when designing food processing areas. We conclude the program with a review of the proper draw down process when commissioning a cold storage facility.

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  • Insulated Metal Panels: The "Perfect" Envelope Solution

    Review the physics of building envelopes, including hygrothermal loads, control layers, climate zones and cladding functions. The importance of control layer continuity at wall, roof and slab connections is studied. We look at how IMPs perform the same functions as multi-component wall systems through the use of panels joints, sealants and an insulating core. Emphasis is placed on the concept of the Perfect/Universal Wall, and how utilizing the proper ordering of wall components can greatly simplify wall design in all climate zones. Energy codes are also touched on, including their impact on the use of Perfect/Universal Wall designs. This course reduces a relatively complex subject to a level that teaches practical concepts for the building designer.

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  • Rainscreens, Barrier Walls and the IMP Solution

    Rainscreens,Barrier Walls and the IMP Solution At the end of this program, participants will be able to: identify various wall assemblies as rainscreens, mass walls and barrier walls understand the vapor and water management methods used by each type of wall assembly differentiate between vapor retarders and vapor barriers understand the difference between air/water barriers and vapor barriers utilize various rainscreen types with insulated metal panel barrier walls recognize and meet various code requirements using insulated metal panels - including air and water infiltration and fire safety.

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  • Insulated Metal Panels Barrier Wall Systems

    The course provides an in depth look at the benefits of Insulated Metal Panels Barrier Wall Systems as a simpler and superior option to multiple component exterior wall assemblies. The program addresses the many challenges faced by multiple component wall assemblies; current energy code requirements; the influence of air, moisture, thermal and vapor are discussed; and actual insulated metal barrier panel case studies are reviewed. Videos and animations are used within a PowerPoint presentation to enhance the overall presentation. This program is an interactive session that encourages feedback and questions.

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  • Designing with Insulated Metal Roof Panels

    This course focuses on design considerations when using insulated metal roof panels. Panel characteristics, paint finishes and roof geometry options are reviewed. Support structure requirements (ex: purlins, joists, decking) including steel alignment/tolerances, panel spans and roof diaphragm considerations are studied. Functional aspects including environmental control layers (air, vapor, water and thermal) are examined. A full color animated video provides guidance on the step by step process of how IMP roofs are installed. Code compliance including air/water, thermal, fire safety and wind uplift is addressed. The program concludes with product and installation warranties, including paint, corrosion and weather tightness.

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  • Designing with Commercial/Industrial Insulated Metal Wall Panels

    Discover the characteristics, benefits and design options for commercial and industrial buildings using insulated metal panels (IMPs). Recognize the factors affecting panel spans and the relationship of these to structural supports. Gain knowledge of IMP code compliance.

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  • Mineral Wool IMPs: Sustainable Fire Resistance Construction

    Mineral wool core panels provide an excellent alternative to foam core insulated metal panels and other traditional materials where the wall assembly need to be fire resistive. Ratings of up to three hours can be achieved by this product. These panels also provide all necessary control layers in a single component: air, vapor, water and thermal. Acoustic properties of the product are also evaluated. Product configurations including sizes, profiles and metal facings are studied. Code compliance and generic details are reviewed. Mineral wool core panels and their contribution to LEED credits are also studied.

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  • IMPs, EPDs and HPDs: Sustainable Performance

    This course reviews the definition of sustainability, and how Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs) are being used to address product transparency needs. We will review how IMPs provide all environmental control layers and how their use contributes to sustainable design. LCAs form the backbone of EPDs, and this course walks through the creation of EPDs as well as the environmental factors evaluated. HPDs are the latest tool used to study building product toxicity, and we will provide a complete review of how these important documents are prepared and used by owners, architects, designers and manufacturers. We finish up by studying how EPDs and HPDs are used in environmental rating systems such as LEED, Green Globes and Living Building Challenge.

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  • Designing with Architectural Insulated Metal Wall Panels

    We review the characteristics that best describe architectural IMPs including the myriad design options available. Topics such as finishes and coatings, trimless ends, folded corners, variable reveals, segmented curves, running bond patterns, sunscreens and integrated windows are reviewed. Structural support considerations including stud walls and tube steel are studied, as well as the importance of maintaining proper wall alignment. The installation process is also reviewed using an animated video to provide step-by-step guidance. Air, water, vapor and thermal control layers are studied along with code compliance. Product and installation warranties are highlighted before wrapping up with a look at IMP sustainability and transparency.

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