AIA Accredited Course
Integrated Cladding Support Systems for Better Thermal Performance
1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CE Hour, 0.1 IACET CEU*
Modern cladding is that installation typically includes thousands of small attachment points in the building envelope’s exterior and into the sub-framing and each point requires a thermal break in order to ensure thermal performance of the building. Installation can be costly and time consuming, as well as imprecise. Consequently, there is a demand for high performing cladding support systems that go above and beyond by offering thermally broken support systems that are easy to install and that have high load carrying capacities capable of handling gravitational and wind loads.
This course will introduce the reader to the foundational aspects of cladding and cladding support systems, discuss the challenges of thermal performance, and examine the benefits of new support system technologies that improve thermal performance while reducing installation time and cost.
- Describe the basic purpose and challenges of thermal performance in modern cladding systems.
- Explain the challenges associated with cladding support systems and installation.
- Discuss the importance of mitigating thermal bridging when specifying cladding systems.
- List the ways certain railing systems can accommodate different cladding materials.
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