Design Dos and Don’ts in Metal Structures and Existing Buildings | Minnesota Approval #20180747


7 Credit Hours Including 1 Hour Energy Code | Online  Narrated Course | Instructor:  Wayde Hoppe
Learn the advantages and disadvantages of using a pre-engineered metal building and why PEMB’s are economical.  This course will cover foundations, building envelope and systems, industrial equipment and code considerations.

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Design Dos and Don’ts in Metal Structures and Existing Buildings
Includes One Hour of Energy Efficiency

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as satisfying seven (7) hours of credit toward Residential Building Contractor continuing education requirements.

IMPORTANT: The State of Minnesota requires that you spend the full amount of time in the course. Please be sure to take your time and review the course in full in order to satisfy this requirement.


Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings. This chapter will cover the advantages and disadvantages of using a pre-engineered metal building and why PEMB’s are economical. We will examine what needs to be considered when designing the foundations, building envelope, building systems, industrial equipment as well as code considerations. This chapter should equip the designer and builder to know the basic facts about Pre Engineered Metal Buildings.

Renovations and Additions. This chapter will cover pre-design, building design, structural concerns, making a watertight envelope, code issues, and construction details related to renovation and addition projects. This course will highlight the right questions, demonstrate how to investigate the important conditions and bring attention to the critical issues. Through the many following examples, this course will offer instruction on how to approach a renovation or addition project with justified confidence. 

Energy Efficient Insulation. Even as technological innovation creates new construction possibilities, incorporating energy-efficiency into building projects can not only provide a better quality of life, but also protect the environment.  A comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency is the best method to achieve a resource and energy efficient building.  This one hour course will help builders identify important considerations and then apply those principles to a specific project. 

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Outline the advantages and disadvantages of Pre-Engineered buildings
  • Identify the code requirements related to bearing capacity of foundations and slabs
  • Describe hazardous occupancies and control areas that are often found in this type of structure
  • Summarize the code considerations and issues related to special industrial construction
  • Be able to translate the requests of the client into a realistic, safe, and cost-effective project.
  • Gain confidence in the ability to specify, and identify any code related issues or requirements in order to facilitate proper construction.
  • Demonstrate how to investigate the important conditions and bring attention to critical issues.
  • Identify and integrate strategies that involve existing conditions, building design, structural concerns, and common issues.

Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings

Lesson 1 (20 minutes)



  • Conventional foundations
  • Deep foundations
  • Testing of bearing capacity beneath each column pad
  • Blasting for foundations
  • Slabs
  • Elevated slabs
  • Long span
  • Cantilevered walls
  • Anchor bolt reactions

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 2 (20 minutes)


  • Bridge cranes
  • Levelers


  • Hvac systems
  • Electrical: lighting, outlets, welding stations
  • Fire suppression


  • Insulation

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 3 (25 minutes)


  • Building size by code
  • Snow drift requirements
  • Hazardous occupancies and control areas
  • Comcheck

Special industrial issues

  • Truck docks
  • Steps outside loading docks
  • Trench drains
  • Pits
  • Overhead doors

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 4 (20 minutes)

Special industrial issues (cont.)

  • Mezzanines
  • Oil water separators/ trench drains


  • Subsurface conditions
  • Karst geology
  • Potential problems


  • Faraday’s Law of Electromagnetic Induction


  • Liability for repairs

Decorative Shapes

  • Options

Deferred Submittals

  • Timeline

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)


Renovations and Additions


Lesson 1 (15 minutes)

Pre-Design: Existing Conditions

  • Available Drawings
  • Building Survey and Measurement


  • Layout and Appearance


  • Consultants
  • Leveling
  • Shoring

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 2 (40 minutes)

Water-Tight Envelope

  • Roofing
  • Basement Walls
  • Fire Suppression


  • Egress
  • Lighting
  • HVAC

VIDEO: Eave Design and Ventilation

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 3 (20 minutes)


  • Trusses
  • Headers
  • Chemical Company/Concrete Materials
  • Corrosion
  • Erosion
  • Calamities 
  • Contaminants

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)


Lesson 4 (10 minutes)


  • Existing Conditions
  • Underground Structures
  • Utilities
  • Multi-Family


  • Appearance
  • Master Planning

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 5 (45 minutes)


  • Foundations
  • Leveling
  • Sistering and Floor Diagram
  • Trusses
  • Scissor Trusses
  • Snow Load
  • Soils

VIDEO: Foundations

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 6 (15 minutes)


  • Accessibility
  • Zoning Restrictions
  • Fire Separation
  • Flood Plain
  • Which code
  • Separation Distance
  • Fire Lane
  • Constructability
  • Quality Control on Documentation

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Energy Efficient Insulation

Lesson 1 (50 minutes)

Where to Insulate

  • Attics
  • Exterior Walls
  • Floors/basements
  • Crawl space

Types of Insulation

  • Blanket/Batt
  • Concrete Block Insulation
  • Foam
  • ICFs
  • Loose fill
  • Radiant Barriers
  • Rigid Fiber Board
  • Sprayed Foam
  • SIPs

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 2 (15 minutes)

Case Study

  • DOE Zero Energy Ready Home—Glastonbury

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 3 (15 minutes)

Case Study

  • DOE Zero Energy Ready Home—St. Paul

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

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