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Pacific Coast Building Products has developed seminar programs for the specification community that cover numerous topics relevant to clay and concrete masonry, composite wood materials, roofing, and drywall products. Our courses are registered with AIA, AIBC, and LA continuing education programs. Additionally, some courses are approved by GBCI for LEED AP credit.

All courses, excluding the plant tours, are offered in seminar formats presented at your location for your staff and are designed to help your professional continuing education requirements. Most courses meet the American Institute of Architecture's (AIA) Health, Safety, Welfare requirement. Participants will earn one learning unit per hour course.

Your architectural, engineering, or design firm is invited to register for as many courses as interest you. We’ll even provide lunch.

CSI Divisions

Landscape and Civil Solutions

EPI 001 - Converting Plastic to Lumber (Plant Tour)

Epic Plastics redwood decking

Come visit a West Coast manufacturing plant and watch plastic bottles become lumber used for landscaping projects. The attendee will learn the process of converting used plastic bottles into re-usable products while also reducing landfill. During the plant tour, also discover the versatile properties of recycled products and their use in sustainable green landscape designs.

Locations: Lodi, CA
LU: 1.0

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EPI 003 - Functions and Performance of Landscape Edging Materials

Epic Plastics bender board

Discover the various purposes and functions of landscape edging. Using Best Practices, learn the benefits of standard edging materials, including plastic/composite, wood, metal and concrete. Become knowledgeable about the proper method of installation for plastic/composite, wood, metal and concrete edging solutions. Learn the process flow of repurposing post consumer waste and how it applies to plastic/composite edging soutions.

Locations: Available Nationwide
LU: 1.0

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IPS 001 - Interlocking Paving Stones

interlocking pavering stones

Interlocking paving stones have a proven track record in the construction industry. Learn the history, life cycles and cost analysis of these elegant and durable products. Topics include base and soil design, mechanical installation, intricate patterns and maintenance. Participants will learn about various colors and styles, both current and in development and upcoming marketing trends.

Locations: Northern California / Northern Nevada
LU: 1.0

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KEY 001 - Architectural Design Considerations for Segmental Retaining Walls

Basalite retaining wall

Examine the variety of uses for the mortarless retaining wall system in building gravity walls, soil-reinforced stabilized earth walls, parapets, tiered walls and much more. This seminar takes participants step by step through the design, specification and installation process. We discuss old and current projects and apply those techniques and details used in these versatile and innovative systems.

Locations: Northern CA , Northern NV
LU: 1.0

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Landscape and Civil Solutions: Sustainable Design Units

IPS 002 - Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers (PICP)

Basalite permeable pavers

This course is designed to teach the performance values of permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP) with a comparison to other hard surfaces. Industry standards, environmental benefits, sustainable designs, and exfiltration options will be discussed. Participants will gain working knowledge of the environmental benefits of permeable pavers and how PICP can contribute to overall sustainable design and site ecology.

Locations: CA, CO, ID, NV, OR, WA; British Columbia, Canada
LU: 1.0
CE: 1.0 - This seminar has been approved by GBCI for LEED AP continuing education requirements

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Concrete Masonry Products

BAS 001 - Design Applications with Concrete Masonry

Basalite cmu wall

Whether for wall systems, columns, or walkways concrete masonry provides strength, durability and endurance. Learn about selecting and specifying materials, the variety of concrete masonry designs, fascias, shapes, sizes and colors that can be used for a variety of construction requirements.

Locations: CA , CO , ID , NV , WA, OR
LU: 1.0

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BAS 003 - Concrete Masonry Manufacturing Process and Plant Tour

Basalite cmu manufacturing

Come visit one of our manufacturing facilities and learn the process of producing concrete masonry products. Observe the intricate procedure from raw material to finished product.

During the plant tour, also discover the versatile properties of concrete block and gain knowledge about industry standards and test procedures.

Locations: Northern & Central CA , CO , ID , NV , WA, OR
LU: 1.0

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BAS 005 - The Basics of Concrete Masonry, Design and Moisture Protection

Basalite cmu wall

The participant will learn the properties and benefits of concrete masonry, the design and details of single-wythe concrete masonry walls, crack and movement control as well as proper moisture management.

Locations: CA , CO , ID , NV , WA, OR
LU: 1.0

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BAS101 - Concrete Masonry Design and Applications

Basalite cmu design

This program is an overview of the design aspects of masonry construction. It is not highly technical, but rather a solid overview of the capabilities of designing with masonry including guidelines for successful projects.

Locations: CA , CO , ID , NV , WA, OR
LU: 1.0

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BAS 040 - Benefits of Masonry Construction for High Performance Schools

West Seattle high school

Using Best practices, the participant will learn the definition, benefits and characteristics of a high performance school, and how concrete masonry contributes to energy efficiency and indoor air quality of school buildings.  The participant will learn how concrete masonry reduces maintenance costs and moisture problems, contributes to waste reduction, and improves longevity of the building.

Locations: CA, CO, ID, NV, OR, WA
LU: 1.0

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BAS 090 - Benefits of Concrete Masonry for Sustainable Green Building

Basalite cmu design

Using Best practices, participants will learn how the use of concrete masonry can contribute to sustainable sites and sustainable designs, sustainable innovation and design, and how the properties of concrete masonry make it a sustainable material and resource.

Locations: CA, CO, ID, NV, OR, WA
LU: 1.0 - This seminar qualifies for the AIA Sustainable Design (SD) credit

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BAS 100 - Meeting Today's Energy Needs with Concrete Masonry

Basalite cmu design

Participants will gain understanding of R and U values, learn about thermal mass and passive solar design, and review the benefits of thermal mass from concrete masonry walls. Participants will also gain an understanding of the relationship betwee LEED and concrete masonry as it pertains to innovation and design.

Locations: CA, CO, ID, NV, OR, WA
LU: 1.0

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BAS 201 -Why Concrete Masonry?

Basalite cmu wall

In this seminar, you'll learn why concrete masonry is a sustainable, durable and cost effective choice. Review the physical and performance characteristics and the appropriate materials for the design of single wythe concrete masonry walls. Control crack and moisture control in design and installation. Proper moisture management for successful projects.

Locations: CA, CO, ID, NV, OR, WA
LU: 1.0

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MAS 001 - Masonry Construction and Sustainability

Basalite masonry construction

Using best practices, the participant will learn thedurable nature of masonry construction and its selection as a primary element of sustainable design. Learn how the sustainable properties of masonry design can lead to improved acoustical properties, fire resistance, low maintenance, and energy savings. Also discover innovative ways to use masonry products that will improve the sustainability of a project and enhance design, function, and comfort.

Locations: CA, CO, ID, NV, OR, WA
LU: 1.0

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Clay Masonry Products

GMB 003 - Terra Cotta Manufacturing Process & Plant Tour

Gladding, McBean terra cotta statue

Come visit the west coast's largest and oldest terra cotta manufacturing facility. Observe the intricate process from raw material to finished product. During the plant tour, also discover the versatile properties of terra cotta as it is shaped into a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.

Location: Lincoln, CA
LU: 1.0

GMB 004 - Architectural Terra Cotta Applications, Uses & Manufacturing

Gladding, McBean terra cotta used in construction

Whether used for restoration, renovation or new construction, architectural terra cotta is one of the most versatile materials on earth. Learn about common applications and uses, how terra cotta is produced and how to prepare for your terra cotta project.

Location: Available nationwide
LU: 1.0

HCM 001 - Clay Masonry: Thin Brick Veneer to Structural Brick

HC Muddox thin brick veneer

From residential plans to large commercial projects, learn the advantages and cost-effective ways to use various types of brick, applications, installation procedures and reinforcement methods. Participants will learn and compare the various systems and design considerations when developing specifications. ASTM manufacturing standards for thin brick will be covered. Also reviewed are masonry types, sizes, and patterns.

Locations: AZ, CA, NV, OR, WA
LU: 1.0

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HCM 003 - Clay Masonry: Thin Brick Design, Detail & Applications

HC Muddox thin brick design

The participant will learn the design possibilities of thin brick, application procedures, performance characteristics of thin brick and brick veneer and ASTM manufacturing standards for thin brick.

Locations: AZ, CA, NV, OR, WA
LU: 1.0

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HCM 005 - Brick Manufacturing Process & Plant Tour

HC Muddox brick manufacturing

Come visit a century-old brick manufacturing plant and observe the comprehensiveprocess of creating fired clay units. Learn the intricate procedure andexamine how the mined clay is transformed into finished brick products ranging in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. During the plant tour, the participant will also become skilled in quality control procedures, ASTM codes and applicable testing processes. Plant tours are conducted every third Wednesday at our Sacramento, CA facility and are limited to ten attendees. Reservations are required and a gourmet lunch will be provided.

Locations: Sacramento, CA
LU: 1.0

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ISB 003 - Movement Issues in Brick Design

Interstate Brick design

Learn the performance characteristics of clay units and its relation to the substrate and external components. Write successful specifications for all your brick designs after learning the characteristics of installed brick applications.

Locations: Available nationwide
LU: 1.0

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ISB 004 - ASTM Standards for Brick Manufacturing

Interstate Brick manufacturing

There are various ASTM standards and testing procedures for clay unit products. Gain knowledge about each of the applicable standards, what the test results represent, and which standards to use when writing specifications. Plant tour included.

Locations: UT
LU: 1.0

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ISB 006 - Brick Manufacturing Process & Plant Tour

Interstate Brick manufacturing

Come visit a century-old brick manufacturing plant located in Utah and observe the comprehensive process of creating fired clay units from raw materials into finished products. The participant will learn how clay is mined, shaped, textured, dried, and fired to create a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Also reviewed are performance and physical characteristics of brick in the built environment.

Locations: West Jordan, UT
LU: 1.0

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ISB 008 - Design of Blast Resistant Buildings with Structural Brick

Atlas Brick

Learn the concept of designing blast resistant buildings. The participant will learn effects of blast loads on buildings and the response of the building to that blast load. Also reviewed are the Department of Defense's design criteria for blast resistant masonry buildings and basic design principles to prevent collapse using structural brick.

Locations: Available Nationwide
LU: 1.0

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ISB 009 - Structural Brick & Restoration Solutions

Atlas Brick

This course evaluates cost saving strategies using hollow clay masonry units to solve restoration issues. Includes the examination of several case studies where hollow clay masonry significantly contributed to streamlining the restoration details.

Locations: Available Nationwide
LU: 1.0

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Clay Masonry Products: Sustainable Design Units

ISB 010 - Structural Brick Curtain Walls

Interstate Brick curtain wall

The participant will learn concept, design, application, construction and properties of curtain walls built with structural brick.  Learn moisture and thermal analysis concepts of different structural brick curtain walls and their impact on the energy requirements of the building.  You will see examples of buildings that achieved low life cycle, energy, and maintenance costs by using this long-lasting, flexible and environmentally friendly wall system.

Locations: Available Nationwide

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ISB 020 - Design & Detail of Reinforced Hollow Clay Masonry

Interstate Brick reinforced hollow clay masonry

Using best practices, the participant will learn the concept of hollow clay masonry units and the design of structures, the moisture and thermal analysis concepts of brick masonry walls and the impact on the building’s energy requirements.  The participant will become knowledgeable about the environmentally friendly practices in the manufacturing process of hollow clay masonry units and the detailing of hollow clay masonry to construct long-lasting, flexible and environmentally friendly buildings.

Locations: Available Nationwide
LU: 1.0
CE: 1.0 - This seminar has been approved by GBCI for LEED AP continuing education requirements

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ISB 050 - Design & Detail of Brick Veneer over Wood & Steel Studs Back-Up

Interstate Brick brick veneer over wood & steel

Participants will learn the design practices required to achieve a durable long-lasting brick veneer wall, become knowledgeable about the best practices for brick veneer installation and the factors that affect weather resistance of brick veneer.  The participant will learn about rain screen design, air vapor, and moisture barriers in order to design energy efficient buildings with brick veneer and will become knowledgeable about the moisture and thermal analysis of brick veneer walls and their impact on the energy requirements of the building.

Locations: Available Nationwide
LU: 1.0

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ISB 070 - Design and Construction of Prefabricated Structural Brick Panels

Interstate Brick Structural Brick Panels

Upon completion of this program the participant will learn the concept, design, and construction of prefabricated panels built with structural brick. The participant will also learn the moisture and thermal analysis of prefabricated structural brick panels as well as methods to achieve energy efficient wall envelopes using prefabricated structural panels. Also covered will be the history of architectural panel construction and examples of buildings that used prefabricated structural brick wall systems to achieve buildings with low life cycle; energy and maintenance costs will be shown.

Locations: Available Nationwide
LU: 1.0

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MAS 001 - Masonry Construction & Sustainability

Interstate Brick clay masonry

Using best practices, the participant will learn the durable nature of masonry construction and its selection as a primary element of sustainable design. Learn how the sustainable properties of masonry design can lead to improved acoustical properties, fire resistance, low maintenance, and energy savings. Also discover innovative ways to use masonry products that will improve the sustainability of a project and enhance design, function, and comfort.

Locations: CA, CO, ID, NV, OR, WA
LU: 1.0

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Roofing Products

PAB 001 - Algae Resistant Roofing Systems

PABCO Roofing roofline

Algae can affect the appearance and performance of roofing products. Learn to identify the causes and prevention of roof algae; also discover the solutions available.

Locations: CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA
LU: 1.0

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PAB 004 - Asphalt Shingles Manufacturing Plant Tour

PABCO Roofing shingles

Come visit a premium asphalt shingles manufacturing plant located in Tacoma, Washington. View the manufacturing of various styles and colors of products with an emphasis on quality control.

Location: Tacoma, WA
LU: 1.0

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PAB 006 - Solar Reflective Steep Slope Roofing

PABCO Roofing shingles

Learn the concepts, benefits and terminology of cool roofs in steep slope construction. Also reviewed are codes, rating systems as well as current and emerging technology for solar reflective asphalt shingles.

Locations: CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA, UT, CO
LU: 1.0
CE 1.0 - This seminar has been approved by GBCI for LEED AP continuing education requirements

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Gypsum Drywall Products

PAB 002 - Understanding Fire & Sound Rated Systems of Gypsum Wallboard

Mandalay Bay hotel with PABCO Gypsum

After completing this course, the participant will better understand the terms used in the Gypsum Association's Fire Resistance Design Manual, the different systems, and their descriptions for sound and fire ratings. The participant will learn how a fire test is performed, and the basic conditions of sound control.

Locations: AZ, CA, CO, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA
LU: 1.0

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PAB 003 - Gypsum Mining & Wallboard Manufacturing Plant Tour

stacks of PABCO Gypsum wallboard

Come visit an internationally awarded state-of-the-industry gypsum wallboard manufacturing plant located in Las Vegas, Nevada. View the manufacturing of various wallboard products with an emphasis on quality control, additives, and production parameters, including a review of ASTM manufacturing standards and UL (Underwriters Laboratories) certification. An overview of how gypsum is mined and processed in the initial stages of manufacturing will also be discussed.

Location: Las Vegas, NV
LU: 1.0

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PAB 005 - Understanding GA-214: Recommended Levels of Gypsum Board Finish

stacks of PABCO Gypsum wallboard

The finish of gypsum board walls and ceilings for specific final decoration depends on a number of factors. Of primary consideration is the location of the surface and the degree of decorative treatment planned for the final product. Other considerations are the type and angle of lighting-both artificial and natural; the type of paint and/or wallcovering specified for the final project.

Locations: AZ, CA, CO, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA
LU: 1.0

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FNC 101 - Fundamentals of Architectural Acoustics & Noise Control

hotel using QuietRock

Learn how to incorporate acoustics in building design by discovering the principles of noise control and the difference between sound absorption and sound isolation. Participants will also gain knowledge in loudness and the decibel, pitch and frequency and lab measurements.

Locations: Available Nationwide
LU: 1.0

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QRK 001 - Sound 101: Sound, You and the Modern Built Environment

office building using QuietRock

Introduction to how sound works and why addressing acoustics in buildings is important. Review the sound-related phenomena as it relates to humans and the building industry. It will also review alternative methodologies to address sound transmission class in buildings.

Locations: Available Nationwide
LU: 1.0

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