Building Envelope

  • A History of Tension

    Frei Otto's Olympic Stadium for the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, Germany, intimated a future filled with organic and mind-bending forms. Have tensile fabric structures lived up to their promise? This article addresses the materials used in tensile design, the advantages and challenges of this form of architecture, and advancements made within this fast-growing design segment. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Design
    Sponsor:
    Birdair
  • Brick Cladding and Water Management

    1 LU AIA

    This learning unit is registered for one hour with AIA and NAHB and will address the benefits home builders and architects attain when choosing brick cladding as the primary exterior siding on homes. Brick, when compared to other exterior cladding options such as vinyl siding, fiber cement, stucco, and manufactured stone, is proven to be a superior choice for minimizing the potential for water intrusion and moisture issues. Also, brick has a long history of not only increasing curb appeal with aesthetic appeal, but also providing superior impact resistance and fire protection that are unmatched by other materials. 1 HSW hour, AIA; 1 NAHB hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    February 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Masonry Construction
    Sponsor:
    Brick Industry Association