Insulation Learning Center

Architects trust Owens Corning to deliver educational resources addressing emerging trends and topics in building design. Explore this site to earn CEU credits on subjects like sustainability, perimeter fire containment, vegetative roofing assemblies and more, all powered by Owens Corning Building Science. Choose training that fits your schedule with on-demand and in-person options.

AEC Daily Online Courses

These online courses are maintained, managed and supported by AECDaily.com. You will need an AEC Daily user account to start one. Registration is easy and takes about 30 seconds.

ONLINE Extrusion Matters: XPS vs. EPS
Extruded polystyrene (XPS) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) are both types of rigid foam plastic insulation; their different manufacturing processes produce wide-ranging performance attributes, especially in water absorption and R-value. This course discusses the negative impact of water absorption on R-value…
ONLINE Fire Safety in High-Rise Structures
One of the most complex and least understood areas where fire can propagate is at the perimeter of a multistory building. Fire can spread not only from floor to floor via the edge-of-slab/curtain wall intersections but also along the exterior…
ONLINE Mineral Wool as a Continuous Insulation Solution
Insulation can help increase overall energy efficiency, minimize the spread of fire, manage risks associated with moisture and mold, and improve occupant comfort. Choosing the right insulation and putting it in the right location is becoming one of the most…
ONLINE NFPA 285: Exterior Wall Fire Testing, Design, and Compliance
NFPA 285 is a fire test for wall assemblies in noncombustible buildings that are wrapped in combustible materials. This course explains the NFPA 285 test method, its origin, its procedures, when it is required by the International Building Code, its…

AEC Daily Live Courses

These live courses are maintained, managed and supported by AECDaily.com. You will need an AEC Daily user account to start one. Registration is easy and takes about 30 seconds.

LIVE Asphalt Shingles: Types, Testing and Compliance
This course explains the basics of shingle types and construction, roof terminology and testing for compliance with applicable codes. The course also covers specific code requirements, code referenced standards and related test protocols, and proper installation. Design practices will be…
LIVE Cellular Glass in High Performance Roofs: Reducing Risk By Design
High-performing commercial roofs must be resilient and designed to perform over the long run, without compromising on the client's commitment to sustainability. Cellular glass insulation delivers a portfolio of performance attributes including impermeability, non-combustibility, long-term thermal performance, compressive strength, and…
LIVE Complete Wall Systems, Maintaining Continuous Insulation and WRB's at Transitions
This course provides an overview of wall layers; air control, moisture control, water drainage, and thermal performance. It discusses options for maintaining continuity at penetrations, transitions and terminations, considering sequencing, job site conditions, and installation methods. It reviews case studies…
LIVE Continuous Insulation: The Basics and Beyond
This course is aimed to define what exactly continuous insulation is, and the key benefits of using it. The course will also show participants how continuous insulation complies with building and energy code requirements within that field.
LIVE Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Insulation in High Performance Commercial Roofing
Commercial roofing systems are quite varied. As such, their performance expectations are varied, and their suitability for different applications vary. Certain types of high performance roofing systems require specific components, and performance standards to achieve energy efficient and durable life…
LIVE Fire Safety in High Rise Structures
One of the most complex and least understood areas where fire can propagate is at the perimeter of a multi-story building. Not only can fire spread from floor-to-floor via the edge-of-slab/curtain wall intersections but also along the exterior building enclosure…
LIVE Keeping the Lid On: Wind Resistance Design for PRMA Roofing Systems
Protected Roof Membrane Assemblies (PRMA) have unique design requirements since they are loosely laid, held in place with stone ballast, pavers, or vegetative materials. The International Building Code contains prescriptive requirements to guide design and specification of such systems. The…
LIVE Mission Critical Commercial Roofing with Cellular Glass Insulation
This course describes roof system concepts vital to “mission critical” building design. Today’s world is highly technology and process reliant. High value research and processes that cannot be interrupted are conducted daily in education, scientific laboratories, government and industry. Communication…
LIVE NFPA 285 Exterior Wall Fire Testing, Design and Compliance
This course explains the NFPA 285 test method, its origin, its procedures, when it is required, and design considerations necessary to comply with it. The course explains the fire/life safety objective of NFPA 285. Selected sections of the International Building…
LIVE The Benefits of Mineral Wool as a Continuous Insulation Solution
Insulation can help increase overall energy efficiency, minimize the spread of fire, manage risks associated with moisture and mold, and improve occupant comfort. When designing exterior wall assemblies, the type and placement of insulation is critical. To address thermal performance,…
LIVE Vegetative and Protective Membrane Roof Assemblies: What Lies Beneath
Protected Roof Membrane Assemblies and particularly Vegetative Roof Assemblies place extreme requirements on the components below the surface from waterproofing to insulation and everything in between. Each component must meet specific standards to achieve energy efficiency and durability. This course…

Architectural Support - Commercial Insulation

Susan Raneri
Eastern U.S.
Drew Clausen
Central U.S.
Saboura Rokhsari
Western U.S.