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Rain Screen Assemblies and HPL Compact Composite Claddings

In the past 50 years, traditional building panel design in North America has utilized barrier systems which rely on the water tightness of all joints. Sealant deficiencies are of special concern in a barrier system because water bypassing the deteriorated sealant or incomplete seals can typically flow unabated into the wall cavities.

This course will discuss a solution to these issues through the introduction of the engineering and design principles of drained and back-ventilated rain screen cladding. Topics to be covered include: a brief history of rain screen cladding, the mechanics of leakage, rain screen basics, design guidelines, benefits of drained and back-ventilated RSC, selection criteria for cladding materials (including high-pressure laminate (HPL) panels), life cycle analysis and design freedom.

Learn At Your Own Pace:

You can take this course and follow along at your own pace. Speed up, slow down, or stop now and finish later. Click "Take the Course Test" to go straight to the test and earn your credits. You'll know immediately if you have earned credits and you will be able to print out your certificate of completion instantly.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify at least two principles of drained & back-ventilated rain screen cladding.
  • List the design guidelines for joints, cavities, weather barriers and structural components of drained & back-ventilated rain screen cladding.
  • Select appropriate cladding materials for rain screen assemblies.
  • Describe at least two environmental and life cycle considerations of drained & back-ventilated rain screen cladding.

AIA logo Credits: 1.00 HSW

Course Outline:

This course is a presentation designed to earn you 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit. Use the onscreen controls to pace the presentation to your liking, and then click "Take the Course Test" to take the exam for this course and earn your credit.

This test is no longer available for credit


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