Innovative Products & Sustainable Solutions to Improve your Design

Event infos

April 18th 2018

Registration7:45 am
Program end4:30 pm
Credits earned7 AIA HSW
Valid for State License​

Day program*

7:45 am

Registration & Breakfast

8:00 am

American Hardwoods and their Role in Carbon Neutral Design

8:00 am - 9:00 am

This is an hour long course that begins with a look at Hardwoods' basics. It then presents the science surrounding hardwoods; the significant role they play in the environment and finally, as a material choice, discusses their importance in sustainable building. At the conclusion of the session attendees can be confident knowing that when they choose North American hardwoods, they are selecting a quintessentially green material that is ever-renewing, abundant and sustainable.

  • Credit type: HSW
  • AIA# 082013 | USGBC# 0920013587
  • Presented by: Hardwood Manufacturers Association
  • Presenter: Criswell Davis
  • Biography:
9:00 am

The Makings of a Great Subfloor

9:00 am - 10:00 am

An overview of the current types of subfloor available and their product characteristics. Specific focus will be placed on the performance of each type of subfloor regarding strength, stiffness and water absorption. This study discusses the industry standards for these products and how high performance subfloor products differentiate by upholding higher test standards recognized by the International Code Council (ICC). The course reviews the effects of moisture on a subfloor, what to consider in glue’s used in subfloor products and best practices for installation. A short review for multi-family and light commercial structures wraps up this course.

  • Credit type: HSW
  • AIA# HEW104 | USGBC#
  • Presented by: Huber Eng. Woods
  • Presenter: Tate Hudson
  • Biography:
10:00 am


10:15 am

Suspended Ceilings and Acoustical Solutions using Stone Wool

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Architects, Specifiers, Interior Designers, and Building Science Professionals all have a long history of specifying Stone Wool for their insulation and sound absorption needs. Fire resistance, sound resistance, water resistance, thermal resistance, and dimensional stability are all features and benefits of Stone Wool. This presentation will discuss and explain in detail the features and benefits of using stone wool acoustical ceiling tiles. There will be an introduction to acoustics along with acoustical challenges and resolutions in commercial buildings.

  • Credit type: HSW
  • AIA# ROCK101 | USGBC# 920002186
  • Presented by: Rockfon (Roxul Inc)
  • Presenter: Ben Pedersen
  • Biography:
11:15 am

Building Barrier-free Showers

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Mandated requirements for ADA compliancy and demand from an aging population, is creating a growing need for barrier-free bathrooms. Today’s ADA compliant bathroom no longer has to be utilitarian or “institutional” in its design. Design options are enhanced through the use of tile and innovative construction methods. The result is beautiful bathrooms that also adhere to ADA standards for accessible design. This seminar will examine ways in which barrier-free environments can be customized to include various design elements while remaining ADA compliant. This seminar will also address why bonded waterproofing technology lends itself to the construction requirements of barrier-free design.

  • Credit type: HSW
  • AIA# SCHL11A | USGBC# 920014972
  • Presented by: Schluter Systems
  • Presenter: Andy Gallio
  • Biography: Andy Gallio has been immersed in the construction industry for the past 25 years. He began in the residenton homebuilding trade as a framer and concrete placer. Due to his accrued knowledge of plan details and compliance with building codes and practices he was promoted to manager for a national homebuilder. He has had specific training in the field of concrete specification and testing as well as Computer Aided Design (CAD). His experience in all aspects of construction advanced him to position o writing and implementing scopes of work for subcontractors. He ensured adherence to best buillding practices including third prty inspection processes specific to waterproofing and building envelopes. In 2009 he went to work for a national tile distributor in Reno Nevada. In this position he implemented training programs pertaining to the tile industry and based on the TCNA handbook. This included teaching tile contractors and sales personnel about proper installation and utilization of setting materials necessary to achieve valid results inrelation to tile assemblies. Andy is currently employed with Schluter Systems andfor the past 4 years has continued to provide instruction to installers as well as architects on the proper usage of materials necessary in the tile industry. Working at Schluter Systems has also expanded his knowledge and training in rlation to achieving goals established by the LEED (Lledership in Energy and Environmental Design) organization.
12:15 pm


1:15 pm

Moisture in Concrete

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

This program addresses the many sources of moisture in concrete, reviews the available methods for evaluating moisture emissions, how moisture affects concrete and flooring, how to prevent costly moisture-related floor covering failures and remediation options. It also includes correct placement of vapor barriers, curing times for concrete, modes of water movement through concrete, and flooring manufacturer recommended moisture levels for floor covering.

  • Credit type: HSW
  • AIA# AEC003 | USGBC# 0920008854
  • Presented by: Ardex Americas
  • Presenter: Don Richards
  • Biography:
2:15 pm


2:30 pm

Design Basics for Sintered Compact Surfaces

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Design Basics for Sintered Compact Surfaces

  • Credit type: HSW
  • AIA# AIACE4012016 | USGBC# 0920015352
  • Presented by: The Size Surfaces USA
  • Presenter: Tom Richardson
  • Biography: NEOLITH® (meaning New Stone) is pioneering a revolutionary new product category that is born in the last decade in order to effectively respond to the most demanding architectural and interior design needs. Designed and produced in Spain, NEOLITH® is a 100% natural product with extraordinary physical and mechanical characteristics that make it an ideal material for virtually limitless indoor and outdoor applications. NEOLITH® gives life to a surface with an extremely high level of resistance to scratches, high temperature, chemicals and UV rays; and also waterproof and impervious to staining. We take what planet Earth does over a period of thousands of years, down to a few hours… A surface with more than 50 different models to satisfy the tastes, needs and trends of any individual anywhere in the world. A surface with exclusive detail-rich designs that dress a given space with a touch of class without actually compromising at any moment its invariable durability.
3:30 pm

Utilizing Prefabrication to Improve the Quality of Ornamental Rails in Commercial & Residential Construction

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This course will discuss the overall advantages of choosing a custom-fabricated railing system built 100% off-site, compared to off-the-shelf railing products or locally-fabricated rails. In addition to looking at the practical considerations of how prefabrication can improve overall product quality, visual appearance, installation times and budget, this course also identifies some ways to address health, safety, and building occupant welfare.

  • Credit type: HSW
  • AIA# K1608C | USGBC#
  • Presented by: AGS Stainless Inc.
  • Presenter: Kevin Harris
  • Biography: Since 2013 Kevin Harris has served as Director of Sales & Marketing for AGS Stainless, Inc. Mr. Harris has an extensive track record in business development, marketing, communications and sales. Prior to his position with AGS Stainless, Mr. Harris founded 4 industry-leading firms including 2-information technology firms, one specializing in the creation of web-based process management tools for Fortune 100 corporations and one that specialized in building predictive modeling applications for federal agencies, a real estate development firm that spearheaded the restoration and redevelopment of a historic seaport community's downtown waterfront and a state-chartered community bank. Two of these four companies he sold to publicly traded corporations.
4:30 pm

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