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How chemistry helps architects elevate design projects

In the design and construction of new homes, schools, offices and other buildings, architects rely on the products of chemistry to help maximize performance, energy efficiency and durability.

This week, ACC will join thousands of architects, design professionals and industry leaders at the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2015 Convention, to share information on the value of chemistry in design applications as well as building and construction.

ACC also has developed a new continuing education course for architects, in partnership with Hanley Wood University. The course, “Understanding Chemistry in Building and Construction,” reviews how chemical ingredients enhance the performance of building products, and also provides information to help inform product selection. Since its launch in late April, more than 100 architects have taken the course and received a CEU Health Safety Welfare Credit.

After taking the course, architects will:

  • Understand how chemistry enhances material function, features and performance.
  • Be able to identify how sustainable design and environmental analysis tools aid in selection of building materials and systems.
  • Advance knowledge on how material durability, construction function and other features are enhanced by ingredient selection.
  • Gain insight on the regulations, standards, and industry processes that promote product safety.

If you’re attending the AIA Convention, please stop by the ACC Booth #3922, to talk to ACC representatives and learn more about the uses and benefits of chemistry in building and construction applications.

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