Built to Last: Composite and PVC Deck Boards as Wood-Alternative Cladding for Rainscreen Applications

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Fortress Building Products
Presented by William H. Ross

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the role cladding materials play in creating effective rainscreen systems.
  2. Explore the on-the-wall performance benefits of bamboo-based PVC and composite deck boards.
  3. Design with bamboo-based PVC and composite deck boards to achieve a similar aesthetic and ethos offered by natural materials.
  4. Explain the return on investment that high-performance deck boards offer in rainscreen applications.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
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
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

Known for their desirable wood-emulating aesthetic, PVC and composite deck boards have become popular building materials for outdoor living spaces because of their ability to withstand harsh climates and heavy foot traffic. This course will focus on how design professionals can utilize these durable deck boards as compelling alternatives to wood cladding in the design of high-performance, low-maintenance modern rainscreen systems. It will introduce bamboo-based composite and PVC offerings and how to specify them to improve on-the-wall fade- and weather-resistance. Lastly, the course will provide strategies for using these boards to deliver a contemporary aesthetic and low cost of ownership.

Built to Last

Photo courtesy of Fortress Building Products


As a leader in building design and construction, Bill Ross has a wealth of knowledge from nearly 40 years of experience in the building products industry. He has held product management and business development positions for leading manufacturers of lumber, concrete, composite decking and more. As the Director of Composites for Fortress Building Products, he works closely with building designers to lead the strategy and success of the company’s new composite cladding product lines. In addition to his own expertise on the course topic, he collaborates with a team of professional AIA course content developers to prepare this educational and informative course.


Fortress Building Products Fortress® is one of the strongest brands in the residential, multi-family and commercial building products industry. Explore our Total Solution of products, including decking, railing, fencing, framing, lighting, fasteners, cladding, pergolas and more at FortressBP.com


Originally published in May 2021