Lean on Me: Design, Specification and Selection of Guardrails and Handrails

Course Number: BD-3014
Credit: 3 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Paul F. Spite, R.A.
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Overview

In Lean on Me: Design, Specification and Selection of Guardrails and Handrails, you'll learn ...

  • Goals that must be met to achieve building code compliance in the design of railings
  • ADA guidelines and other regulations besides building codes that must be satisfied in the design of railings
  • Proper mounting for different railing configurations installed on various types of construction
  • Various material, design and finish options for railings and dividers

Overview

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Credit: 3 PDH

Length: 64 pages

In every major city, premier addresses flaunt high-end, high-rise residential towers. On these towers, row upon row of sleek railings march towards the heights, declaring at least small pieces of outdoor space as being for private use only.

In conjunction with the design of the whole structure, these railings form a large part of the aesthetic of these projects. They are one of the most visible components of the structure. All the while, the rails do the job for which they were designed. That is keeping those behind them alive.

This course examines the materials and methods used to construct barriers against fatal falls. Codes governing the performance of railings are examined, because safety is the primary justification for such regulations. Various ways to meet those guidelines are discussed. Different looks made possible by technology are covered in detail. Finally, the challenges faced by busy design firms in choosing, detailing, and specifying these integral building components are examined.

Many new tools for railing design are becoming available to architects, engineers, and builders. 3-D imaging, 3-D modeling, BIM and CAD-CAM programs are changing the perception of what once was possible, especially in the area of renovation projects. New business models are beginning to emerge whereby the development of standard details and standard specifications for railing systems will become practical for busy firms providing services in multiple locales.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Issues faced with railing replacements in historical projects, as well as ways to accommodate needed memorable detailing while still addressing safety
  • Trends toward standardized railing systems, standard details and master specifications, and how these trends help ensure code compliance in the design of railings
  • Code compliance and how product standardization helps meet that goal
  • ADA guidelines and other regulations that must be satisfied in the design of railings
  • Various material, design and finish options for railings and dividers
  • Available resources to streamline design decisions regarding railings and privacy dividers
  • Styles and trends in aluminum and composite railing systems and how railing material choices affect appearance, lifespan, and maintenance
  • How standardized railing systems, with attendant standard details and master specifications, simplify each step of a railing project

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 35 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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Length: 64 pages

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