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Formica Lunch and Learns

One of the most effective methods in which we educate architects and designers is the lunch & learn – we buy lunch; you give us an hour to learn about our new surfacing products.

Since we can’t meet face-to-face in the wake of Covid-19, Formica is reinvesting those lunches to Feeding America, and asking for your help.

They have posted new product education and design trends videos accessible only through the links below. For every view these videos receive until the end of April, Formica will donate 10 meals to Feeding America, up to 500,000 total meals.

It’s as simple as that: You watch the video, learn more about the surfacing products you use every day, and you help feed those who need it most.

Here are the topics, watch them all!

Kerfkore: KERF2012 - World of Curves: Radius Designs

Description: This course identifies materials used in radius designs and the challenges in fabricating with them. It also describes the environmental impact and the sustainable choices available for the different materials.

Program Credits:

1 AIA LU/HSW

KERF 0212 - Lightweight Design Concepts

Description: This course identifies materials used in lightweight interior applications.

Program Credits:

1 AIA LU/HSW

Columbia Forest Products:

This course will better inform the architect and designer about decorative hardwood plywood in terms of its manufacture, uses, types and sustainable attributes. The architect and the designer will gain an understanding of the different adhesives and core material options available, which options are more sustainable, and which options are most commonly used. Participants will also know what to look for in order to successfully specify decorative hardwood plywood and how the material can contribute to LEED & LBC projects.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Explain the basics of decorative hardwood plywood, how it is manufactured, and its sustainable attributes
  2. Compare and contrast the different types of cores and adhesives that are used to manufacture decorative hardwood plywood with an emphasis on urea formadelhyde and NAUF options
  3. Differentiate and discuss the different types of veneer options offered (including species, grading, and cut)
  4. Discuss the questions that need to be asked to successfully specify decorative hardwood plywood concerning LEED & LBC contribution

Program Credits:

1 GBCI General Hour for LEED Professionals

Uniboard: Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL): Attractive, Durable, & Sustainable

Description: Thermally fused laminate (TFL), formerly known as thermally fused melamine (TFM) or low-pressure laminate (LPL), is a decorative surfacing material used in cabinetry, countertops, shelving, store fixtures, moldings, and furniture in commercial and residential applications. This course explores the history of the surface treatment, its manufacture and sustainability, end-use considerations, compatibility with other decorative surfaces, and innovative design options.

Program Credits:

1 AIA LU/HSW

Element Designs: Modern Materials for Contemporary Design

Look at three contemporary high-end materials: aluminum, glass and high gloss acrylic. First, review the inherent qualities of each, then look at how each might be incorporated into your designs. You will then review the design options of each application and how to specify these materials into your projects. And final, you will discuss the variety of building typologies in which these materials can be utilized and look at a few case studies that have incorporated these materials in a comprehensive manner to achieve a truly dramatic contemporary design.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Describe three contemporary designs materials and discuss the characteristics of each
  2. Discuss the interior design applications for aluminum, glass, and high gloss acrylic
  3. Explain the design options and specification criteria for each of the three materials discussed
  4. List the project types where aluminum, glass, and acrylic can be incorporated and how best to include these elements for a contemporary design

Program Credits:

1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour

1 AIBD CE Hour

1 IDCEC CEU

Formica: New & Affordable Surface Options for Housing

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the different surface options available when specifying for single-family and multifamily residential projects.
  2. List the spaces and areas in residential buildings that are well suited for new and unique surfaces.
  3. Describe the key characteristics and attributes associated with popular surfacing materials.
  4. Explain why high-pressure laminate surfacing products are durable, on-trend, healthy, and affordable.

Program Credits:

1 IDCEC CEU

1 AIA LU/HSW

0.1 IACET CEU

Rehau: Modern Surfacing Options

This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of modern design surface options, and what to consider when choosing between surface options within the high-gloss, matte, glass and textured trends.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify the qualities and compare options of high-gloss surfaces
  2. Identify the qualities and compare options of matte surfaces
  3. Identify the qualities and compare options of glass surfaces
  4. Identify the qualities and compare options of textured surfaces
  5. Recommend finishing options with modern millwork design

Program Credits:

AIA CES REH12D

IDCEC CEU-106389

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