Instructor: Paul Spite

Board: Virginia Board for Architects

Credit Hours: 3.00
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Approval Number: J607BGS14

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Course Description

Despite our need for shelter from elements that can kill us, we have always sought opportunity to get back into or close to nature. We do prefer to do so on our terms, rather than whatever climate and circumstances nature decides to offer when we feel that need. A large part of our effort to reunite with nature has revolved around creating outdoor spaces adjoining our houses. There, we can get outside to enjoy favorable climate conditions, at whatever time we choose. These outdoor spaces which go by many names and have manifested as lanais, porches, screened enclosures, patios, etc. The most common outdoor spaces, constructed and attached to homes in western cultures, are outdoor decks, balconies and patios. For the purposes of this 3-hour course, we will explore options available to build decks and balconies, structures that are usually supported at some point above grade.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • describe different coating options, used to cover and protect outdoor wood surfaces
  • explain various attributes of different coating materials used to protect wood surfaces
  • discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each available outdoor surface option
  • identify new surfacing options that have been developed to overcome decking material limitations

Instructor Bio

Paul SpitePaul Spite, BS, BA
AFD Consulting, Founder and Principal

Paul is a Registered Architect with over forty years of experience, a course developer and has been a teacher in multiple venues in the past. He is also a writer in many venues, having developed many studies, a few published articles, numerous short stories, multiple screenplays, two non-fiction manuals for church design and one novel. More to the focus of this endeavor, Paul has also created presentations for twenty-six lunch and learn presentations for building material manufacturers, webinars covering the subjects of Aging-in-Place and Architectural Acoustics and eleven distance learning courses for architects, engineers and contractors. As he nears retirement from managing his small architectural practice, Paul hopes to focus even more of his energy on teaching and on course development.

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