APG University Online

Presented by Echelon Masonry


Join us bi-weekly for AIA-accredited webinars on modern solutions to the most pressing challenges in architecture, presented by experts from across the industry. From specification support to site planning to strategies to optimize the health and wellness of your occupants and beyond, APG U sessions offer up knowledge you need to succeed – and the LU and HSW credits you need to stay current.


Check out the current block of webinars below:


June 24, 1:00pm ET: Design Tactics for Stone Masonry Products (1LU|HSW)

  • Planning and designing sound masonry walls, and using proper architectural structural components based on industry guidelines and specifications are critical when designing with stone masonry products.


    Join experts from Oldcastle APG as we discuss large veneer options and the proper detailing procedures that need to be followed for moisture prevention and crack control. We will also discuss sustainable design options in specifying large masonry veneers, differences between wet cast and dry cast masonry veneer units, and the correct detailing needed for moisture prevention in masonry specification, particularly for large veneer units.


July 8th, 1:00pm ET: Long Term Performance & Maintenance of PICP’s (1LU|HSW)

  • Federal, state, and local sustainable site regulations aim to reduce environmental impacts of increased runoff from roofs and pavements. Past practices for controlling stormwater have included detention ponds for collecting runoff and slowly releasing it into a lake, stream, or storm sewer system. Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers (PICP) systems are a cost-effective stormwater control measure and can provide 20 to 25 years of service when carefully constructed and maintained.

  • Join experts from Oldcastle APG as they provide a brief overview of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) systems and then will focus on the long-term surface infiltration performance of these effective stormwater control measures. The presentation concludes with information on surface infiltration maintenance and restoration methods including a review of available cleaning machines. PICP maintenance costs and inspection checklists are also reviewed.

July 22, 1:00pm ET: Sustainability and Concrete Masonry: Addressing Carbon (1LU|HSW)

  • Sustainability continues to be a primary driver for material decisions in buildings, for good reason. Residential and commercial buildings account for a significant percentage of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the US, and manufacturers are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact. In particular, accounting for carbon emissions is being more important relative to sustainability goals, and there is a heightened focus on reducing the amount of embodied carbon in the built environment.

  • This course will review ways concrete block producers are reducing carbon in their processes, recent research into how concrete masonry can sequester carbon from environment and innovative ways that concrete masonry can help achieve sustainability goals, including those related to building occupant well-being and comfort.

August 5th, 1:00pm ET: Study of Initial Cost of Construction – Multi-Residential Structures​ (1LU|HSW)

  • Materials like concrete masonry, precast concrete, and cast-in place concrete have many advantages beyond their inherent fire performance including resistance to mold growth, resistance to damage from vandalism, and minimal damage caused by water and fire in the event of a fire in the building.

  • This session will focus on the typical construction types and configurations commonly used in multi-family residential construction and their relative performance initially and over time. An explanation will be made of the construction cost model, which accurately evaluates the relative construction cost of a multi-family building constructed using different construction materials including wood, steel, masonry, precast and ICF. This new study addresses the initial cost of construction a common multi-family residential building based on the 2015 International Building Code designed using the balanced design approach.

August 19th, 1:00pm ET: Health Care Design: An Architect’s Perspective​ (1LU|HSW)

  • Concrete Masonry is an effective solution for the ever-changing design environment. Masonry buildings offer a wealth of health and safety benefits to the occupants, including mitigating moisture (which can lead to mold growth and degraded air quality), resiliency and the overall energy performance of the built environment. Moreover, for medical buildings and hospital structures masonry can be used to assist the patient wayfinding and create a sense of permanence within the community it’s built to serve.
  • In this session, notable architects will walk through a deep-dive review of health care design and construction and discuss the use of concrete masonry products. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the best design practices and criteria used by architects in selecting materials and systems for health care design, as well as preventative measures used to maximize the health, safety, and wellness of its occupants.

Sept 2nd, 1:00pm ET: Understanding the Challenges of Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction (1LU|HSW)

  • Growing demand for mid-rise buildings, including apartments and condominiums, senior living, affordable, and mixed-use commercial/residential developments, creates both challenges and opportunities for building professionals as they work to balance value with performance.

  • In this session, Forensic Engineer Derek Hodgin from Construction Science & Engineering Inc, will walk through a deep-dive review of understanding the building code changes that allowed mid-rise wood frame construction, and the pressures in the construction industry that can make implementing “best practices” very difficult. Join us for an in-depth look at the risks associated with mid-rise wood construction and understanding the communication breakdowns that happen on real world job sites.

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