Going beyond limits at Construct 2016

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From September 7 to 9, CONSTRUCT & the 60th CSI Annual Convention, produced by Informa Exhibitions U.S., is taking over Austin, Texas.

The annual gathering offers architects, specifiers, engineers, and other design/construction professionals the opportunity to experience new building products, attend cutting-edge educational sessions, and network with peers and other industry professionals.

In addition to the show floor expo and various technical tours, social events, and Institute-related activities, a big component of CONSTRUCT is its famous professional development and technical education program.

Depending on what option you register for, you can earn:

  • up to 18 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Learning Units (LUs), and this includes 16 Health/Safety/Welfare (HSW) credits;
  • up to 18 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) applicable to CSI certification renewals; and
  • up to five Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) Continuing Education (CE) units.

Over the next few pages, The Construction Specifier looks at the various education offerings—a smorgasbord of talks led by some of the industry’s brightest and best experts—and provides attendees with a schedule, floor plan, and list of the many exhibitors coming to Austin. To stay completely up to date, however, you will want to download the CONSTRUCT mobile app (brought to you by Firestone Building Products) to have session notes, event details, maps, and product manufacturer information easily accessible. Also, be sure to connect with the show on Facebook
(www.facebook.com/Constructshow), Twitter (@constructshow), and YouTube
(www.youtube.com/user/hwconstructshow) to keep current on what is going on with the show and in the industry.

Continuing Education:
8:00 a.m.—9:00 a.m.

W01−Masonry Drawing and Specification Review
Pat Conway
The International Masonry Institute (IMI) has conducted thousands of plan and specification reviews for architects and engineers. This session collects recurring observations of construction documents, showing how to assemble comprehensive masonry information to create more functional, durable, aesthetically pleasing, and economical details.

W02−Test Your Code Knowledge
William Koffel
Stairs, sprinklers, fire ratings… Using polling devices, participants will respond to a series of compliance-related questions based on the International Building Code (IBC). The results will be displayed immediately—depending on how many people answer correctly, the topic will then be explored in greater detail.

W03−Lighting Unlocks Internet of Things (IoT) for Commercial Buildings
Mike Caplan
From energy savings to sustainability, data from networked lighting systems unlocks significant benefits for architects, lighting designers and facility managers. This session employs case study examples and lighting design input from the Lumina Project to explore current IoT installations and the future of commercial building.

W04−Understanding Storm Shelter Requirements
Steve Richardson
A code-based look at storm shelters for schools, 911 call centers, police, fire, and ambulance facilities, this talk gives attendees information on what the latest code requirements are and how the design team can actually create a facility that does not look like a bomb shelter. It covers wind and impact requirements, along with cost considerations.

W05−Mid-rise and Beyond: The Growing Landscape for Mid-rise and Taller Wood Buildings
Archie Landreman
Increasingly, five- and six-story wood buildings are rising up among traditional concrete and steel shells thanks to timber’s potential for lower costs, faster installation, and lighter carbon footprint. Through case studies, this session showcases projects, discussing current code allowances, design strategies, and environmental performance.

W06−Standards,”Schmandards:” A Brief Look at Green (Vegetated) Roof Standards
Michael Gibbons
This talk reviews some of the green roof standards from ASTM, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), and American National Standards Institute/Single Ply Roofing Industry (ANSI/SPRI) with a look at how they are developed, what types are available, and whether they define the ‘best’ or the ‘minimum.’

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