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Credits: 1 AIA LU/Elective; 1 AIBD P-CE; 0.1 IACET CEU
May qualify for learning hours through most Canadian architectural associations
Known for their desirable wood-emulating aesthetic, PVC and composite deck boards have become popular building materials for outdoor living spaces because of their ability to withstand harsh climates and heavy foot traffic. This course will focus on how design professionals can utilize these durable deck boards as compelling alternatives to wood cladding in the design of high-performance, low-maintenance modern rainscreen systems. It will introduce bamboo-based composite and PVC offerings and how to specify them to improve on-the-wall fade- and weather-resistance. Lastly, the course will provide strategies for using these boards to deliver a contemporary aesthetic and low cost of ownership.
As a leader in building design and construction, Bill Ross has a wealth of knowledge from nearly 40 years of experience in the building products industry. He has held product management and business development positions for leading manufacturers of lumber, concrete, composite decking and more. As the Director of Composites for Fortress Building Products, he works closely with building designers to lead the strategy and success of the company’s new composite cladding product lines. In addition to his own expertise on the course topic, he collaborates with a team of professional AIA course content developers to prepare this educational and informative course.
- Discuss the role cladding materials play in creating effective rainscreen systems.
- Explore the on-the-wall performance benefits of bamboo-based PVC and composite deck boards.
- Design with bamboo-based PVC and composite deck boards to achieve a similar aesthetic and ethos offered by natural materials.
- Explain the return on investment that high-performance deck boards offer in rainscreen applications.