AIA/CES

Expansion joint training. Five AIA registered training programs, with up to 8 HSW CEU’s, are available from EMSEAL either in your firm or at our headquarters.

1-Joint Protection and Firestopping, Fire-Resistive Joint Systems

AIA Course: 212-EJS117
Learning Units: 8
Course Designation: LU/HSW
Face-to-face, at EMSEAL—sign up now.

Description: This day-long course is a mixture of classroom and hands-on exploration of the impact on longevity, thermal performance, and life-safety preparedness of structures as the result of expansion joint design, construction, technology selection, and installation.

Learning Objective 1: Secure a practical knowledge of issues affecting successful expansion joint sealing including: design, placement, movement and temperature, technology selection, specification, and installation.

Learning Objective 2: Through an exploration of types, applications and failure analysis, understand various expansion and building component joint technologies for applications in vertical and horizontal plane construction.

Expansion joint training EMSEAL hands on

Learning Objective 3: Understand quality assurance measures required to ensure functional, and aesthetic performance of expansion joint systems.

Learning Objective 4: Through hands-on installation, learn the techniques and methods of installation of various expansion joint systems.

 


 

2-Selecting Construction Products and Processes for Successful International Design

AIA Course: INTL01-EJS
Learning Units: 1
Course Designation: LU/HSW
Face-to-face, at EMSEAL—sign up now.

Description: This course will discuss the selection of products and processes to yield successful overseas design. This course will discuss certain considerations that must be must be taken into account when designing international projects such as: Different standards for different countries, cultural sensitivity, using construction products that reduce the number of components, selecting technologies that are within the scope of the local labor force, using field measurement guides to ensure original design intent is realized by coupling the original design with the field conditions. This course will highlight key points to ensure overseas design yields cost effective, low maintenance structures ensuring the same level of distinction as one may expect from a domestic project in one’s home city. This presentation will use expansion joints as the example but can be applied to all construction products.

Learning Objective 1: Understand that designing overseas requires understanding of geographical and cultural differences. (Building code, fire rating requirements, temperature variances, language, etc.)

Learning Objective 2: Recognize the advantage of design that reduces the number of components and simplifies installation to ensure structure is completed as originally envisaged.

Learning Objective 3: Learn why it is critical to ensure measures are in place to ensure the original design is supplied with full consideration of the field conditions.

Learning Objective 4: Know that by using QA techniques in specifications, one can and should ensure that overseas design is to the same standard as domestic projects in one’s home city.


3-Fire-Rated Expansion Joints - Principles, Products, Practice and Innovation

AIA Course: BENVO4 A
Learning Units: 1
Course Designation: LU/HSW/SD
Face-to-face, in your firm—schedule now.

Description: The breakthrough family of single-install, multi-function, fire-rated, waterproof, sound proof, hurricane-resistant, high movement expansion joint sealant technology will be discussed and contrasted with existing technologies and principles of the industry.

Learning Objective 1: Analyze how watertight, energy efficient, fire-rated expansion joints are the consequence of a process in which we: Design, Detail, Specify, Bid Erect, Manufacture, and Install in 3-D.

Learning Objective 2: Learn why it is critical to require certified performance and test reports from national laboratories in specifications.

Learning Objective 3: Investigate how fire-rated expansion joints can contribute to sound attenuation, reduce energy loads for heating and cooling, eliminate high-emitting VOC’s, and save in materials and resources through long life-cycle material choices.

Learning Objective 4: How to meet Life Safety obligations while practicing good building science.


4-Sealing the Building Envelope--Principles, Products & Practice

AIA Course: BENVO1
Learning Units: 1
Course Designation: LU/HSW
Face-to-face, in your firm—schedule now.

“Although they are a minor component of the building envelope, joints with sealants are often responsible for defects and failures — sometimes after only a couple of years.

These problems arise because there is often confusion as to who is responsible for design of joints and choice of sealants and because DETAILED DESIGN IS LEFT TOO LATE — so that decisions already taken make it difficult to design a satisfactory joint”

 —From Civil Engineer International:, July 1995, Report from CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association).

While this research is a bit dated, its truths are not.

Waterproofing related issues constitute a lions share of post-tenancy complaints and revenue disruption and are involved in an estimated 90% of construction-related lawsuits.

EMSEAL Is routinely at the center of communication disconnects that exist between the design architect responsible for selecting joint sealants and the engineers calculating joint movement.  When this conversation ignores the movement capability of the product that is expected to seal the joints, failures usually result.  EMSEAL’s “Sealing Joints in the Building Envelope” box-lunch seminar provides practical steps to avoid this and other common mistakes that effect joint sealing. Schedule an EMSEAL lunch seminar now or read more about it at www.emseal.com.

Description: SEALING THE BUILDING ENVELOPE: PRINCIPLES, PRODUCTS & PRACTICES
I. WHY BUILDINGS LEAK – TYPICAL PROBLEMS

1.Forces That Cause Moisture Ingress

A: Raindrop Momentum
B: Gravity
C: Capillary Action
D: Surface Tension
E: Air Pressure Difference

2.Where Moisture Gets In

A: Through Cladding (Porosity of Cladding)
B: Improperly Sealed or Failed Joint Seals
C: Poorly Detailed or Executed Roof-to Wall Interface
D: Window Assemblies that are Poorly Designed and/or That Do Not meet ANSI Requirements for Wind Driven Rain or Hurricane Forces
E: Poorly Designed Vents, HVAC Units, and Other Envelope Penetrations

II. JOINT SEALING

1. Types of Joints

A: Structural Expansion Joints and Abutment Joints between Structures (ex. New and Existing)
B: Joints at Penetrations to the Envelope (Windows, Doors, Vents, HVAC Units)
C: Joints between Dissimilar Materials
D: Joints at changes in roof lines, building shape or structural systems
E: Joints in cladding panels

2. Fundamental Design Issues Affecting Joint Sealing

A: Existence and Emphasis
B: Sizing & Movement

a) Allowable Construction Tolerances
b) Relationship of Calculated Movement to Movement Capability of a Product Type

C: Failure to Design in Other than Cross- Section
D: Specification of Competitive Technologies
E: Continuity & Communication

III. JOINT SEALANT PRODUCT TYPES

1.Compression Seals
2.Strip Seals
3.Caulk & BackerRod
4. Open-Cell Precompressed Foam—100 % Acrylic impregnation vs Wax Saturation
5.Binary Sealants–Pre-Applied & Field-Applied

IV. Innovation and Design Versatility

1. Double Sided Pre-Applied Binary Sealants
2. Watertight – Fire Rated Joints achieved with a Single Installation
3. Factory Fabricated Universal 90’s
4. LEED Contributions including R-value, STC & OITC ratings, and longevity

V. INSTALLATION & QUALITY MANAGEMENT

1.Function of Checklists

Learning Objective 1: Analyze how watertight, energy efficient, fire-rated expansion joints are the consequence of a process in which we: Design, Detail, Specify, Bid, Erect, Manufacture, & Install in 3-D.

Learning Objective 2: Be familiar with product technologies and how to apply them.

Learning Objective 3: Why it is critical to require certified performance reports in your specifications.

Learning Objective 4: Know that your next building can be a watertight structure.


5-Expansion Joints: Design, Types & Analysis

AIA Course: BENVO2 A
Learning Units: 1
Course Designation: LU/HSW
Face-to-face, in your firm—schedule now.

Description: End user understanding of expansion joints contributing to a watertight, energy efficient Design, Detail, Specify, Bid, Erect, Manufacture & Install process.

Learning Objective 1: Analyze how watertight, energy efficient, fire-rated expansion joints are the consequence of a process in which we: Design, Detail, Specify, Bid, Erect, Manufacture, & Install in 3-D.

Learning Objective 2: Learn why it is critical to require certified performance and test reports from national laboratories.

Learning Objective 3: Investigate how watertight expansion joints can contribute to sound attenuation, fire-rating, reduce energy loads, eliminate high-emitting VOCs, and save in materials and resources.

Learning Objective 4: How to meet Life Safety obligations while practicing good building science.


“We have come to realize that our projects show more problems with expansion joints than all other product categories combined. Yet, expansion joints are a miniscule part of projects in terms of construction costs. How can we work together to produce trouble-free joint seals?”

Received in a letter to our firm in 1990, this quote has been the basis of EMSEAL’s mission for 20+ years. Less than 1/2 of one percent of the budget of a structure is typically spent on expansion joints. In fact less than one percent is usually spent on all waterproofing. Yet, waterproofing related issues constitute a lions share of post-tenancy complaints and revenue disruption and are involved in an estimated 90% of construction-related lawsuits.

We can “work together” to produce trouble-free joint seals. It involves a collaborative process, begun early in design stage and includes the incorporation of a couple of simple sheets to your bid documents. Architects, engineers, and general and sub contractors everywhere are adopting our “Think, Design, Detail, Erect, Manufacture and Install
3-Dimensional Expansion Joint Solutions” approach to joint sealing. To find out how, schedule an EMSEAL lunch seminar now or read more about it at emseal.com.