Basement Design and Construction: Adding Economical Below-Grade Living Space
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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
8:30 am – 4:30 pm CDT
Presented by: Daniel P. Messmer, P.E., D. GE
Principles and Advantages of Below-Grade Construction
- Cost of below-grade construction
- Reasonable heating and cooling costs
- Storm shelter function
- Complying with building codes
Basement Design and Construction: Floors
- Soils and drainage
- Foundation design
- In-floor heating
Designing and Constructing Basement Walls
- Masonry basement walls
- Precast basement walls
- Poured concrete basement walls
Waterproofing and Drainage
- Sump pumps
Basement Heating and Cooling
- Forced air heating and cooling
- Radiant floor heat
- Space heating
Creating Walk-out Basements and Basements with Egress
- Walk-out basements
- Daylight basements
- Basements with egress
- Plumbing systems
- Ducting and ceilings
- Floor and wall systems and finishes
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7.0 HSW CE Hours
International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Building)
Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 7.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.
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7.0 HSW LUs (AIA)
Daniel Messmer, P.E., D. GEThe Gateway Engineers INC
Mr. Messmer has over 30 years of engineering experience in analysis, design, plan/specification development, and project management/personnel supervision for geotechnical, foundation and structural engineering projects in the transportation, industrial, municipal and commercial fields of civil engineering. Throughout his career he has placed an emphasis on quality control and staff training. Mr. Messmer is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the American Society of Highway Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers. He earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Messmer was accepted into the Academy of Geo-Professionals in 2013.
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Course Title: Basement Design and Construction: Adding Economical Below-Grade Living Space
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This 7-hour course for design professionals provides detailed guidance and discussion on the design and construction of basements. Specifically, the course identifies the principles and advantages of below-grade construction, reviews the design and construction of floors, walls and walkouts, discusses waterproofing and drainage, assesses basement heating and cooling options and the finishing of basements.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to review the design and construction of basement floors and consider the soil, drainage, foundation, insulation and in-floor heating.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to review the design and construction of masonry, precast, and poured concrete basement walls.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss the options for basement heating and cooling, including forced air, radiant floor heat, and space heating.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to review the finishing of basements, including plumbing systems, ducting, ceilings, and floor and wall systems and finishes.
LUs: 7.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with residential design
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 11/08/2025
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