Mastering Physical Movements to the Building – Expansion Joint Covers

Sponsored by Construction Specialties
1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 GBCI CE Hour; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the multiple types of building movement and the risks they pose to the building, occupants, and surrounding environments.
  2. Explain how architects, structural engineers and installers can work together to plan for building movement to protect inhabitants.
  3. Describe how the expansion joint cover system contributes to building resiliency and occupant safety.
  4. Communicate the role of expansion joint covers in protecting buildings from damage including water and fire barriers.
  5. Incorporate expansion joint cover systems for performance while minimizing aesthetic disruptions.

This course is part of the Mastering Movement™ Academy

The world around us is in a constant state of movement. Buildings must be designed to anticipate movement and provide the flexibility to ebb with this natural state of flow. This course will discuss the multiple types of building movement, impacts to the building, and how a properly installed expansion joint cover system is vital to structural integrity, occupant safety, and optimal facility functioning.

Expansion Joints

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SALESFORCE TRANSIT CENTER Expansion joint covers around the base of each column allow building movement to happen safely and without impacting the surrounding finishes

Construction Specialties Founded in 1948, Construction Specialties (CS) is a specialty building products manufacturer. CS provides solutions to complex challenges architects, designers, building owners, facility managers, and contractors face every day. Since inventing the first extruded louver, CS has become a global leader in interior wall protection, impact-resistant doors, entrance mats & grids, expansion joint covers, architectural louvers & grilles, sun controls, explosion & pressure relief vents, cubicle curtains & tracks and stairs, awnings & balconies. CS draws upon extensive expertise to design high-quality products—many of which are Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program. For more information please visit:


Originally published in November 2021