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Key Concepts in Commercial Bathroom & Shower Design

Google the phrase “washroom design trends” and you get results that include – functional design, ADA compliance, low-maintenance materials, hands-free appliances, privacy, transgender accommodation and warm, high-end feel.

This course focuses on commercial washroom and bathroom design, including disability accommodation, bather/user privacy, the problems of mold, mildew and hygiene, and material and product alternatives to help keep bathrooms and showers cleaner.

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Your Guide to ADA Signage Basics

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been in place for more than 20 years, with major revisions enacted in 2009. Since its release in September of 2010, the language outlined in the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (SAD) has not changed. However, as of March 2011, the ADA gained teeth – compliance is now required and enforceable on the federal level.

Since the ADA views visual impairments as a disability covered under the Act, there are specific guidelines pertaining to signage products. The two categories covered under interior signage are Wall Mounted, Ceiling Mounted or Projected. Within the Wall Mounted category, Identification of permanent room signs, Directional signs, and Informational signs are covered. Within the Ceiling or Projected Mounted category, Directional and Information signs are covered.

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Expansion Joint Fire Barriers – Principles, Practices & Problems

There is more to an expansion joint system than just the frame and covers.

This AIA CES program deals with the life safety specifics of fire barriers, industry standards and testing. In addition, it covers installation concerns, proper detailing of fire barriers, and the current state of joint system verification.

The goal is to limit liability and make sure your building and its occupants are not vulnerable to the hazards of fire, smoke and heat transfer.

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Expansion Joint Fundamentals & Field Practice

Buildings wage a constant battle against Mother Nature. In addition to wind and weather, buildings must be able to withstand movement – whether from thermal conditions, seismic tremors or windload. This course addresses some of the basic knowledge needed to understand the role expansion joint systems play in structural integrity. In addition, it addresses some of the common field problems encountered in putting joint systems in place. And finally, it presents a challenging look at fire barriers and the changes that need to be made by manufacturers and the AEC industry to ensure joint systems meet the prescribed fire ratings.