The design of commercial buildings requires that high performance becomes married with great aesthetics. Increasingly, both must be done while containing the material, labor, and installation costs of products used. One very visible and increasingly important area that has received a lot of attention in all of these regards is exterior cladding. While many different choices abound with varying degrees of weight, thickness, and ease of installation one product has emerged as a very appealing solution in many cases. Architectural Wall Panels made from fiber cement have a proven history of allowing architects to create building exteriors that are innovative, affordable, sustainable, and able to create a variety of aesthetic design appearances.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
- Identify and recognize the innovative characterstics of fiber cement products used in commercial buildings
- Compare and contrast the differences between residential fiber cement siding and commercial architectural wall panels
- Assess the performance of commercial fiber cement products as they relate to code and testing requirements
- Specify fiber cement products in a variety of building situations and make appropriate selections related to specific building types