CONTINUING EDUCATION

PROSOCO is a Registered Provider with The American Institute of Architects
Continuing Education Systems. PROSOCO presenters are field experts, most with 10 years or more experience, including factory training and extensive applied experience.

Online courses

Complete Steel Stud/Masonry Veneer Wall Systems

Continuing Education

Complete Steel Stud/Masonry Veneer Wall Systems

In today’s high-performance building market, specifying materials that work together as a complete wall system is more critical than ever. Systems can help designers meet new energy codes, reduce costs and improve building function and sustainability while making the design process faster and simpler. Focusing on the most common exterior wall system, steel stud with masonry veneer, this course will detail key system components, recent advances in building analysis, code requirements and a comprehensive systems approach.

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Continuing Education

Protective Treatments for Masonry and Concrete

As some of the earliest building materials, masonry and concrete have been used for their durability and strength. However, masonry architecture, both historical and contemporary, has been left vulnerable to water—the single most damaging element to masonry in our environment. This course will identify common water-related problems for masonry and concrete, describe protective treatments and their benefits, and explain the process for selecting and applying a protective treatment.

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Continuing Education

Improving and Prolonging the Performance of Finished Concrete Floors

With the relatively recent development of new products and procedures for polishing concrete, concrete floors have added aesthetic appeal to their list of impressive performance characteristics. This course will discuss improving and prolonging the performance of finished concrete floors by exploring the many benefits of concrete flooring, summarizing the procedure for creating concrete floors, explaining maintenance methods and spill removal, and explaining how a floor protection plan will aid in the prolonged service life of the floor.

In-person courses

In-person CES courses are also available for free. PROSOCO CES presenters are experienced construction professionals. Most average 10 years in the industry. Their qualifications include formal manufacturer’s training and extensive applied fieldwork.

DesignVerification

Continuing Education

Refining Construction Details through Design Verification Testing

The drive for more “sustainable” construction puts a lot of emphasis on the use of environmentally responsible building materials. Too little emphasis, however, is placed in constructible design details that can withstand moderate and severe weather conditions. This shortcoming is fostered by industry-sanctioned “best practices” that are impractical to build, and performance expectations that consistently underestimate the damage that common weather conditions wreak havoc on conditioned building spaces.

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Continuing Education

Sealants – A to Z

A basic understanding of how sealants work, how they should be installed and why, and a guide to potential failures.

ManagingDetails

Continuing Education

Managing Project-Specific Details – Real-Time Collaboration between the Design Professional and Product Specialists

A depiction and analysis of unusual and problematic detailing conditions from specific projects that go beyond use of a manufacturer's standard details for common conditions. This shows how fluid-applied flashing and detailing products rather than peel & stick membranes can be successfully used to handle particularly challenging conditions and how designers can interact with manufacturers to obtain this detailing support.

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Continuing Education

Improving and Prolonging the Performance of Finished Concrete Floors

This overview of concrete floor basics shows participants how to get the most from finished concrete floors. Along the way it discusses levels of finish, hardening/densifying and other aspects of finished concrete flooring not commonly known. The program also shows how to protect and maintain finished concrete flooring. It includes tips for protecting finished floors from damage during building construction.

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Continuing Education

Masonry Walls & Concrete Floors in Sustainable Design

An in-depth examination of the roles masonry walls and concrete floors play in building that improve occupant well-being, environmental performance and economic returns.

ManagingCondensation

Continuing Education

Managing Condensation, Water Intrusion and Energy in the Real World

Window-opening air and water leakage has been a difficult problem for the construction industry. This course evaluates building failures, conventional construction approaches, and new developments in waterproofing techniques to show a path forward for designers seeking higher-performing wall assemblies.

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Continuing Education

Troubleshooting Masonry Construction

An overview of procedures for identifying and preventing problems, and maintaining and restoring the appearance and functionality of masonry and the masonry-veneer building envelope.

Continuing Education

New Rules for New Construction Cleandown

An overview of how masonry exteriors have changed since 1949, and the challenges and procedures involved in cleaning them correctly.

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The Role of Air and Water-Resistive Barriers in the Building Envelope

An introduction to air and water-resistive barriers and how they work. The role of air leakage in causing mold in walls and high energy costs is explained. The program includes discussion of the different products on the market. It also explains why contemporary building envelopes need these products now more than ever before.

Continuing Education

Restoration Cleaning: Turning Back the Hands of Time

A comprehensive look at the tools and techniques of cleaning historic architecture. “Restoration Cleaning” categorizes types of contaminants. It compares and contrasts abrasive, water and chemical cleaning. The program concludes with 10 “must know” tips for successful restoration cleaning.

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Continuing Education

Masonry Cleaning: Stain Identification & Removal

A survey of types and causes of staining common to new masonry construction, with recommendations and guidelines for cleaning and product selection.