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The Concrete Products Group (CPG) offers a variety of courses addressing important design and construction considerations regarding masonry and precast concrete.

Current Registered Course Offerings:

Course NameDescriptionCredits
Proper Masonry Construction
Techniques: Hands On Training
Participants will build key elements of a concrete masonry wall assembly to learn how to properly execute construction details that assure structural safety, moisture control, energy efficiency and attainment of aesthetic standards. This is a learning by doing, hands on course in masonry construction techniques.
Masonry and Energy Code
This course provides designers with guidance into how to design buildings that provide a healthy environment for occupants while optimizing energy conservation and complying with relevant Energy Code requirements thereby reducing usage of scarce resources and avoiding adverse environmental impacts associated with excessive energy us
Pre-Insulated Masonry
An introduction to Pre-Insulated Masonry. The course addresses the energy efficiency of pre-insulated masonry wall systems, and Energy Code compliance using such systems. The course also covers thermal performance measures and how to obtain Code-compliant values for these measures. In addition, how to detail pre-insulated walls is addressed. Finally the course addresses current topics in materials transparency and sustainability
Pre-Insulated Masonry
Pre-Insulated Masonry:
Benefits, Detailing
and Transparency
An introduction to Pre-Insulated Masonry. The course addresses the energy efficiency of pre-insulated masonry wall systems, and Energy Code compliance using such systems. The course also covers thermal performance measures and how to obtain Code-compliant values for these measures. In addition, how to detail pre-insulated walls is addressed. Finally the course addresses current topics in materials transparency and sustainability.
Best Practices for
Masonry Basement
This course focuses on the proper design and construction of basements using concrete masonry units.
1 LU
Masonry Specifications
and Detailing for
Problem Free Projects
This course focuses on how to use and apply specification language and proper construction details to create successful projects that meet the designer's and owner's expectations for color, general appearance, and moisture penetration resistance.
Next Generation Concrete
Masonry Shapes and their
Impact on Wall Design
& Performance
This program introduces the next generation of concrete masonry units allowed by recent updates to the ASTM standard governing load-bearing Concrete Masonry Units, including discussion of the cost and structural efficiency and energy conservation benefits of these new designs.
Overview of Concrete
Masonry Units
and ASTM C90
This course provides a general understanding of Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) production, what's in a CMU, and what aesthetic options are available, including what ASTM C-90 covers, density related properties of CMUs, and how compressive strength is evaluated. In addition, the course discusses the thermal properties of CMU and how to achieve compliance with the IECC using CMU
Building Energy Efficient
Wall Systems
with Pre-Fabricated
Masonry Wall Systems
This course covers how to comply with the most stringent Energy Code requirements using pre-fabricated wall panels and components featuring next generation concrete masonry unit designs.
Concrete Masonry:
Focus on Transparency
This course goes over the manufacturing process of concrete masonry units and what ingredients are used. Topics covered include: (1)In house PSI testing, and the performance variations of different weight classifications; (2)Thermal mass, and how it relates to the energy performance of Concrete Masonry Walls, in all climate zones; (3)The changes in LEED v4, and how they relate to Concrete Masonry Wall Systems. One of the major changes in LEED v4 is a new focus on transparency. The course will discuss how Environmental Product Declarations can be used as a tool to make informed decision about CMU choices, and their environmental impacts.
Innovative Concrete
Masonry Solutions
For Retail Store Design
This course focuses on how to use innovative concrete masonry products for the construction of retail facilities. Single wythe masonry walls are studied as a cost-effective option. The course compares the cost and performance of common wall assemblies for store construction, including their ability to meet the requirements of recent versions of the IECC. The course also highlights aesthetic detailing options, such as the use of specialty units for accent bands or window sills. Finally, the course covers the use of specialized coated masonry systems for areas requiring durable cleanable surfaces.
Hands On - Energy
Compliant Masonry
Wall Systems.
This course combines a presentation regarding how to meet Energy Code using next generation insulated concrete masonry walls with three learning stations where participants can view and build three types of demonstration wall panels illustrating the concepts covered in the presentation. The course discusses the latest developments in how to comply with Energy Code using innovative masonry designs and detailing, and allows participants to learn how such designs are built in the field. The presentation and hands on portions of the program are each 45 minutes in length.
1.5 LU|HSW
Innovative Concrete
Masonry Designs
for School Construction
This presentation teaches participants the concrete masonry wall system options available for school construction, compares the performance and cost of concrete masonry vs. framed construction, identifies the safety, security and resilience advantages of concrete masonry, and introduces how coated masonry wall systems can offer benefits for interiors spaces requiring durability or heightened hygienic conditions.
Concrete Masonry for Fire
Safety, Moisture Resistance,
and Tips for Renovation Work.
This presentation will cover the different types of finish options available for architectural concrete masonry and detailing strategies to keep concrete masonry systems moisture and leak free. We will also cover the density classifications of CMU and how these different classifications affect the performance of concrete masonry systems, including thermal efficiency and fire ratings. We will also discuss industry resources available to help evaluate existing concrete masonry structures and go over tips on what to look for when performing restoration work.
Concrete Masonry Structures
for resiliency, safety, and
lowering environmental
This presentation will cover how concrete masonry can build resilient, safe, durable and low maintenance structures; how thermal mass contributes to the passive survivability of a building and how resilient construction allows for communities hit by disasters to recover faster. We will also earn how to maximize energy efficiency using the benefits of thermal mass. We will look at concrete masonry EPD environmental impact indicators focusing on Global Warming Potential to make informed material choices and we will discuss industry innovations in the world of Concrete Masonry and Carbon Sequestration. Lastly, we compare initial costs of several structural systems.
Sculptured Concrete
Masonry Veneers
This course describes both the history and current use of sculptural architectural concrete masonry veneers. Participants will learn the historical evolution and development of sculptural concrete masonry veneers and their current possibilities. The course covers how to design and construct sculptural veneers to address moisture management and crack prevention, and identifies key installation and workmanship considerations. Finally, the course addresses how to use kits of sculptural concrete masonry veneers in combination to build durable, resilient, and environmentally beneficial surfaces that create visually appealing spaces that provide a creative environment for building occupants and visitors.
COMCHECK™ at your
Fingertips: Essential Insights
For Masonry-Based Walls
This course covers how to use the COMcheck(TM) software from the Department of Energy to evaluate whether mass walls meet Energy Code requirements.
1 LU
Masonry Wall
Systems 101
This presentation will cover the different types of masonry wall systems, including structural masonry and veneers. We will go over methods to keep masonry assemblies leak free, including recommendations to minimize cracking. We will also discuss how vapor may or may not affect these structural systems. We will compare the energy efficiency of different masonry wall systems compared to wood and steel structures and how maximize energy efficiency using the benefits of thermal mass
1 LU
Design and Construction
of Pre-Insulated Masonry
Wall Systems
This course covers the fundamentals about how to properly detail and construct pre-insulated single wythe masonry walls, including understanding how the structural design is evaluated and the best construction practices to build structurally sound and energy efficient wall systems. The course lasts 1.5 hours
1.5 LU|HSW
Detailing Single Wythe
Concrete Masonry Buildings:
Keys to Success
This course discusses the keys to successfully designing details for single wythe concrete masonry buildings, with a focus on moisture control, energy conservation, structural performance and aesthetic opportunities
Latest Developments in
Energy Efficiency with
Concrete Masonry
Understanding Energy Concepts impacted by the use of Concrete Masonry, including learning the Thermal Properites of Concrete Masonry
Single Wythe
Concrete Brick
New approaches to single-wythe masonry construction using concrete brick has decidedly greater economic advantages than multi-wythe systems when feasible.
1 LU
Code Compliant
Single Wythe
Concrete Masonry
Single Wythe Concrete Masonry continues to meet requirements of more stringent Model Building Codes while maintaining its reputation for durability
Concrete Masonry
and Energy Codes:
Latest Developments
This course covers the wall assembly thermal performance requirements of current energy codes (both the 2009 and 2012 versions of the IECC are covered). In addition, the course discusses the alternative compliance paths that are available for masonry walls under IECC and ASHRAE, including the use of COMcheck software, and provides an introduction to the basic concepts and terms that are used with respect to thermal performance. Finally the course covers how masonry wall assemblies may contribute credits under LEED
Strategies for Reducing
CO2 Emissions Using
Concrete Masonry
This course teaches how to use breakthrough concrete masonry materials technology to lower embodied carbon and reduce C02 levels by actively sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere to construct resilient and durable building envelopes that provide beneficial performance both during construction and throughout the operational life of the structure.

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