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Vinyl in Design

Vinyl in Design is an outreach and education program provided by the Vinyl Institute to familiarize architects and designers with the range of uses vinyl provides for today's design challenges. Our objective is to educate design professionals about all aspects of a common and widely accepted material which is used in many building applications. The use of plastics in building and construction is on the rise. Vinyl is the largest plastic in building and construction. Since every project is likely to contain at least some vinyl, it is important to learn about this essential material. This is a materials class and not application specific.

The class is one hour and is registered with AIA and is an approved health, safety and welfare (HSW) topic. It is also approved by IDCEC. The class can be taught in-person or via webinar. To schedule a Vinyl in Design webinar or lunch-n-learn please contact Terry Murphy.

On-line Continuing Education from the Vinyl Institute: Vinyl: A Modern Material for Modern Healthcare

The Vinyl Institute also offers a free, on-demand online continuing education course through AEC Daily that specifically focuses on vinyl applications in healthcare design, called Vinyl: A Modern Material for Modern Healthcare. This is class is also registered with AIA and is an approved health, safety and welfare (HSW) topic, and also is approved by IDCEC.

On-line Vinyl Industry Continuing Education Courses:

Many vinyl product manufacturer and allied organizations have developed continuing education courses for architects and designers. Below are some of the online industry education offerings.

Cool Roofing: A Solution to National Energy and Environmental Challenges
Provides an overview of the performance characteristics and benefits of cool roofing systems using reflective white vinyl roofing. Green roofing, energy saving programs, environmental challenges and solutions are also reviewed. 
This course is part of one or more "Course Collections"
Benefits of Rigid PVC Drywall Trim and Accessories
Provides an overview of the design benefits and aesthetics advantages of using rigid drywall trim and accessories to enhance standard flat and square edged drywall or solve common drywall finishing problems. Installation, building code compliance, and sustainability issues are also discussed. 
Superior Performing Water-Based PVDF Coatings on Cellular PVC Cladding
Provides an overview of the benefits cellular PVC as a cladding material and focuses on water-based PVDF coatings, how they work, and how their performance characteristics contribute to their durability. 
Walkable Pedestrian Thermoplastic Roof & Balcony Membrane Systems
The course provides an overview of pedestrian (walkable) roof and balcony polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane systems and includes discussions on their advantages, membrane construction, waterproofing concepts, and design considerations for integration into the building envelope. 
Multi-Layer Decking: Using Cellular PVC Technology to Replicate Exotic Hardwood
Provides an overview of the performance characteristics and benefits of using multi-layer, cellular PVC decking–a durable decking material that replicates the unique beauty of exotic hardwood. 
Architectural Applications of Cellular PVC for Exterior Moldings and Trim
Provides an overview of cellular PVC for moldings and trim, with a focus on how to install and maintain the material for window surrounds. 

Understanding Chemistry in Building and Construction 
American Chemistry Council's free continuing education course offered through Hanleywood provides an executive overview that helps design professionals understand how chemical ingredients are used to enhance the performance of products. This course discusses a comprehensive method for measuring benefits. It will provide information to help inform product selection and also provides a primer on how chemicals are regulated in the marketplace