AltusGroup, a North American collaborative of precast concrete manufacturers, has produced three one-hour online continuing education sessions for architects and building teams. The courses are available through AEC Daily and each provide 1 AIA CEU/HSW.
Ultra-thin Pre-pressed Precast Panel Technology educates about a precast panel technology that offers the strength and versatility of concrete at a fraction of the weight. Reviewed in this course are the benefits, design and cost considerations as well as connection and fastening systems for architectural rainscreen systems, rainscreen façades and decking. Five AltusGroup precasters manufacture this technology under the ARCIS brand name regionally across the U.S.
Creating Distinctive and Attractive Designs on Precast Concrete Faces provides information about the technology behind graphically imaged precast concrete, which can be used by architects and designers to impart permanent, creative and visually impactful images and patterns on building façades and other precast concrete surfaces. Discussed are the fabrication process, design possibilities and budgeting considerations. Global case studies present a range of applications of both stock and original designs. AltusGroup provides this technology in North America through a licensing agreement with Graphic Concrete.
High-Performance Insulated Sandwich Walls Using Component Design explains how high-performance composite insulated precast sandwich wall panels can be produced to achieve continuous insulation and structural performance delivering increased R-value at lighter weight. It explores the pros, cons and attributes of wythe connectors, such as carbon fiber trusses, as well as panel insulation options, manufacturing methods, third-party testing validation and common installation methods. It concludes by providing a sample of projects to illustrate the range of building types and aesthetic treatments that can be created with insulated precast sandwich wall systems. AltusGroup members market this licensed technology under the brand name CarbonCast.
AltusGroup also offers in-person lunch and learn sessions for CEU credit, in which various precast topics are presented to architects, engineers and other building team members. Contact [email protected] to schedule a presentation.