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Built to Last

Next Airing: Sun, Jul 22nd, 2018 at 5:30 AM on UEN-TV

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Building a residential or commercial structure is a complicated process. This 13 episode television series gives us a comprehensive look at the professionals and practices that are involved in every level of construction from the ground up in order to give us insight to the construction process. Host Jana Petersen will guide us as we learn about the manufacture and installation of interior and exterior products, from foundations and siding to insulation and hardware finishes.


  • Roofing & Shingles

    We are on the outside looking in at the latest innovative roofing materials available. We talk to experts and manufacturers about different types of shingles and how to fabricate and install new gutter systems on a new residential home construction.

    Next Airing: Sun, Jul 22nd, 2018 at 5:30 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:23
    Usage rights: 5/19/2016 to 5/18/2019
  • Plugging the Holes Part 1: Tightening the Building Envelope

    In this episode we are taking a look at the building envelope, which consists of all the perimeter components of a building working as one system to keep the elements out through advances in building materials and proper installation.

    Next Airing: Wed, Jul 25th, 2018 at 5:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:37
    Usage rights: 5/26/2016 to 5/25/2019
  • Plugging the Holes Part 2: Testing and Improving Building Performance

    We are continuing our look at the building envelope as we talk to construction professionals in the building sciences as they explain the benefits of keeping a building envelope airtight and, thus, energy efficient.

    Next Airing: Wed, Aug 1st, 2018 at 5:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:42
    Usage rights: 6/2/2016 to 6/1/2019
  • Water Conservation and Management

    Architect Bruce Obora discusses with community planners how vital water is to us and visits several water treatment facilities. Later, we head to a training center to detail how millwrights play a critical role in machinery maintenance at the water-treatment facilities.

    Next Airing: Wed, Aug 8th, 2018 at 5:31 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:42
    Usage rights: 6/9/2016 to 6/8/2019
  • Green Building Interior Design

    The building materials and finishes play an important role in the overall maintenance and efficiencies of the structure. In this episode of Built to Last we'll explore construction projects that incorporate the latest techniques for interior design.

    Next Airing: Wed, Aug 15th, 2018 at 5:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:23
    Usage rights: 6/16/2016 to 6/15/2019
  • Millwork and Commercial Interiors

    In this episode we visit a union mill shop where craftsmanship and technology share the stage to produce fabricated custom cabinetry. Next we go on site to get a step-by-step explanation from skilled flooring professionals of the latest in flooring products, and the importance of flooring prep work and the installation process for commercial buildings.

    Next Airing: Wed, Aug 22nd, 2018 at 5:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:18
    Usage rights: 6/23/2016 to 6/22/2019
  • Renewable Energy Systems

    The environmental effects and scarcity of fossil fuels have challenged us to find better ways of using energy and transitioning to renewable energy systems. This episode showcases how the skill training of the carpenters and millwrights within the construction industry helps maximize renewable energy systems. Later, we head to a skill-training facility to explain how the carpenters and millwrights work as a team constructing wind turbine systems.

    Next Airing: Wed, Aug 29th, 2018 at 5:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:54
    Usage rights: 6/30/2016 to 6/29/2019
  • Case Studies: Children's Center

    In this episode we'll take an in-depth look at a building from its idea stage to completion, with a visit to a neighborhood where the LEED construction of a new children's center has leveraged sustainable materials to exceed design needs.

    Next Airing: Wed, Sep 5th, 2018 at 5:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:42
    Usage rights: 7/7/2016 to 7/6/2019
  • One Trade, Many Crafts

    In this episode we will look at the various specialty trades and the training of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters as they work together using the newest and best practices, turning skill and hard work into the driving force of the sustainable building industry.

    Next Airing: Wed, Sep 12th, 2018 at 5:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:22
    Usage rights: 7/14/2016 to 7/13/2019
  • Foundations

    In this episode we are starting from the bottom up to get a better understanding of structural foundations. We'll look at robotic total station technology and visit a job site where human skill and massive machinery come together to showcase the work of the pile driver.

    Length: 00:26:44
    Usage rights: 5/5/2016 to 5/4/2019
  • Framing Practices and Materials Architect

    Bruce Obora takes viewers on site for the latest in carpentry framing techniques, showing how efficiently wall panel systems take shape. Later, we head to a Carpenters' training center for a demonstration of metal framing techniques.

    Length: 00:26:20
    Usage rights: 5/12/2016 to 5/11/2019
  • Why Build Green

    In the third-season premiere, host and architect Bruce Obora will take a closer look at the technologies and techniques in sustainable building through on-site demonstrations and interviews with design professionals from the building industry including the U.S. Green Building Council.

    Length: 00:26:27
    Usage rights: 4/28/2016 to 4/27/2019