• CourseBuilder for Commercial Construction

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    Make an impact in your course with CourseBuilder for Commercial Construction.

    You can introduce students to commercial construction and provide lessons pertaining to construction materials, processes, and techniques as well as sustainable design and construction.

    • Each lesson uses images and videos that help students connect what they are learning to real-world applications. 
    • Pre- and post-assessments, interactive self-quizzing, practical applications, and online note-taking are built into these lessons to improve comprehension
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    And, by choosing which lessons to use, you can customize student resources to meet the specific course needs.


  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Commercial Construction

      Unit 1: Building Planning and Design
      • Topic 1: Owners, Design Consultants, and Contractors: Roles and Responsibilities
      • Topic 2: Building Design
      • Topic 3: Construction Documents, Construction Drawings, Specifications for Construction
       Unit 2: The Construction Process
      • Topic 1: Project Delivery Methods
      • Topic 2: Construction Phasing and Sequencing

    Lesson 2: Regulatory Controls for Construction

      Unit 1: The Building Codes
      • Topic 1: Zoning Ordinances
      • Topic 2: The Americans with Disabilities Act
      Unit 2: Additional Regulatory Controls
      • Topic 1: Use and Occupancy Classification
      • Topic 2: Types of Construction
      • Topic 3: Means of Egress
      • Topic 4: Engineering Requirements

    Lesson 3: Building Components and Structure

      Unit 1: Building Components
      • Topic 1: Floors
      • Topic 2: Walls
      • Topic 2: Roofs
      Unit 2: Loading and Structural design
      • Topic 1: Types of Building Loads
      • Topic 2: Typical Building Systems used in Commercial Construction

    Lesson 4: Site Planning and Construction

      Unit 1: Site Assessments
      • Topic 1: Surveys and Legal descriptions
      • Topic 2: Existing Conditions
      Unit 2: Site Work
      • Topic 1: Grading Operations
      • Topic 2: Erosion and Sedimentation Control
      • Topic 3: Roads and Sidewalks
      • Topic 4: Paving Materials
      • Topic 5: Landscaping

    Lesson 5: Foundations

      Unit 1: Basics of Foundation Construction
      • Topic 1: Foundation Design, Functions of a foundation, Forces acting on foundations, Design determinants, Foundation drawings
      • Topic 2: Soils and Sub-Surface Investigations, Soils, Rock and soil types, The Unified Soil Classification System, Soil types and usefulness, Soil exploration and testing, Soil reports
      • Topic 3: Excavations, Pre-excavation activities, Excavation methods, Slope stabilization, Excavation sheeting, Slurry walls
      Unit 2: Types of Foundation
      • Topic 1: Shallow Footings, Continuous strip footings, Spread footings, Slab on grade, Raft foundation
      • Topic 2: Deep Foundations, Pile foundations, Structural characteristics of piles, Pile caps, Displacement piles, Displacement pile materials, Methods of driving displacement piles, Non-displacement piles

    Lesson 6: Concrete Construction

      Unit 1: Concrete the Material
      • Topic 1: Concrete Mix
      • Topic 2: Concrete Reinforcing
      Unit 2: Site-cast Concrete
      • Topic 1: Formwork
      • Topic 2: Site-Cast Concrete Construction
      • Topic 3: Slabs on Grade
      Unit 3: Pre-cast Concrete
      • Topic 1: Pre-Cast Concrete Elements
      • Topic 2: Pre-Cast Concrete Connections

    Lesson 7: Masonry Construction

      Unit 1: Masonry the Material
      • Topic 1: Brick Masonry
      • Topic 2: Concrete Masonry
      • Topic 3: Stone Masonry
      Unit 2: Masonry Construction
      • Topic 1: Reinforced Masonry
      • Topic 2: Masonry Cavity and Composite Walls
      • Topic 3: Masonry Veneer

    Lesson 8: Wood Construction for Commercial Projects

      Unit 1: Wood the Material
      • Topic 1: Species and Properties
      • Topic 2: Solid Lumber
      • Topic 3: Engineered Wood
      Unit 2: Platform Frame Construction
      • Topic 1: Wall Framing
      • Topic 2: Wood Trusses and Joists
      Unit 3: Heavy Timber and Panelized Wall Systems
      • Topic 1: Heavy Timber and Glue-lam Construction
      • Topic 2: Panelized Walls and SIPS Panels

    Lesson 9: Steel Frame Construction

      Unit 1: Steel the Material
      • Topic 1: Types of Structural Steel
      • Topic 2: Steel Shapes and Designations
      Unit 2: Steel Frame Construction
      • Topic 1: Structural Steel Drawings and the Erection Process
      • Topic 2: Steel Frame Stability and Connections
      • Topic 3: Floors and Decks for Steel Frames

    Lesson 10: Fire Resistant Construction

      Unit 1: Objectives and Definitions
      • Topic 1: Objectives of fire resistant construction
      • Topic 2: Definitions
      Unit 2: Methods of Fire Protection
      • Topic 1: Floor and ceiling assemblies
      • Topic 2: Walls, beams and columns
      • Topic 3: Openings and penetrations
      Unit 3: Fire extinguishing systems

    Lesson 11: Insulation and Vapor Barriers

      Unit 1: The Thermal Envelope
      • Topic 1: Methods of heat transfer
      • Topic 2: Water and vapor considerations
      Unit 2: Types of Thermal Insulation
      • Topic 1: Loose fill
      • Topic 2: Batts and Blankets
      • Topic 3: Rigid Insulation
      Unit 3: Air and Vapor Barriers
      • Topic 1: Building wrap
      • Topic 2: Vapor barriers

    Lesson 12: Openings: Doors and Windows

      Unit 1: Doors
      • Topic 1: Exterior doors
      • Topic 2: Interior doors
      • Topic 3: Door hardware
      Unit 2: Windows
      • Topic 1: Glazing types
      • Topic 2: Window types
      • Topic 3: Storefront systems

    Lesson 13: Exterior Cladding Systems

      Unit 1: Design Considerations for Cladding Systems
      • Topic 1: Resisting water and air penetration
      • Topic 2: Resisting wind forces
      • Topic 3: Resisting heat and light penetration
      • Topic 4: Barrier wall and rain screen wall systems
      Unit 2: Curtain Wall Construction
      • Topic 1: Glass curtain walls
      • Topic 2: Masonry curtain walls
      • Topic 3: Metal curtain walls

    Lesson 14: Roofing Systems and Details

      Unit 1: Low slope roofing systems
      • Topic 1: Built up roofs
      • Topic 2: Membrane roofs
      • Topic 3: Fluid applied roofs
      Unit 2: Steep Slope Roofing Systems
      • Topic 1: Shingles
      • Topic 2: Metal roofing

    Lesson 15: Interior Finishes - Floors

      Unit 1: Hard Surface Flooring Systems
      • Topic 1: Concrete
      • Topic 2: Terrazzo
      • Topic 3: Tile
      • Topic 4: Wood
      Unit 2: Soft Surface Flooring Systems
      • Topic 1: Resilient tile
      • Topic 2: Carpet

    Lesson 16: Interior Finishes - Walls and Ceilings

      Unit 1: Wall finishes
      • Topic 1: Plaster and gypsum board
      • Topic 2: Wood and metal
      Unit 2: Ceilings
      • Topic 1: Plaster and gypsum board
      • Topic 2: Acoustical ceilings

    Lesson 17: Integration of MEP systems

      Unit 1: Heating and Air Conditioning
      • Topic 1: Forced air systems
      • Topic 2: Hydronic systems
      Unit 2: Water Supply and Drainage
      • Topic 1: Water supply
      • Topic 2: Waste water
      Unit 3: Electric Power and Lighting Systems
      • Topic 1: Electrical Power
      • Topic 2: Electric Lighting

    Lesson 18: Sustainable Design and Construction

      Unit 1: The environmental context
      • Topic 1: Environmental impacts of the construction industry
      • Topic 2: Environmental considerations in construction material selection
      Unit 2: Green Building Certification Systems
      • Topic 1: The U.S. Green Building Council and LEED certification
      • Topic 2: Green Globes