This course will offer a basic understanding of the benefits of specifying cellular PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride) railing systems, pergolas and gutters for residential construction projects. Railing systems in residential construction and remodeling have long been considered both decorative and functional however options have been historically limited to architects. Traditional railing materials like natural lumber, vinyl, and composite materials have been the standard choices available for years, but these materials pose several challenges in aesthetics, durability, affordability, and limited design options. Today railing systems can be created using cellular PVC which offers many advantages over traditional railing.
As a proven natural building material, glass block can add beauty and inspiration to a project, while playing a significant role in sustainable design. Glass block is 100% recyclable, low- maintenance, and highly durable, yet its’ dynamic relationship with light provides architects the opportunity to create both aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient spaces. With low construction waste, glass block is considered an environmentally preferable product, made largely from sand, an abundant raw material, and limestone. Because of its versatility, it can be used in a wide variety of projects, and offers a universal appeal.
Water is scarce in many parts of the world, and as the population grows, water use is increasing. The One-Water movement seeks to reduce potable water waste by reusing and capturing water that is not treated to drinking standards. This two hour session identifies opportunities to accomplishing a one-water approach, as well as identifies barrier sand constraints that are facing leaders in this effort. Barriers exist at micro and macro levels, and incentives to adopt a new water use approach may help the cause. Speakers identify priority steps to achieve a more resourceful water management strategy.
Stakeholders from Syracuse, NY address being a post-industrial “legacy city” that is rebuilding for the future. The Connective Corridor project is the largest civic infrastructure project in more than three decades. It will connect Syracuse University to downtown business creating a cultural district that benefits students and permanent residents alike. This program discusses the partnerships, collaboration and strategies that have brought this project to life.
Climate change continues to drive a discussion on how, and if we can better use our built environment. Whether you believe in climate change or not, local governments and municipalities can take steps to ensure that their communities are better connected through reasonably simple planning. Leveraging LEED-ND as a planning guide will help neighborhoods become more sustainable, whether certification is the goal. This program identifies how communities can use LEED-ND as a planning tool to make developments more sustainable.
Daylighting professionals explain daylighting design principles, criteria and metrics you can use to optimize daylight use for your projects. Specific examples from projects on the University of Washington campus demonstrate tools and techniques used to analyze, manipulate and maximize daylight performance in different types of spaces. They found their inspiration from an unlikely source: lichen growing on a rock.
MAX Rebar Tier - Battery-powered hand tools that will automatically tie rebar in less than one second. This tool simplifies tying with increased speed while minimizing the health risks that go along with manual tying.
Through this course you will learn how skylights can contribute and provide the benefits of natural ventilation, daylight and energy efficiency to ensure good health and wellbeing in residential applications.
Indoor climate combines all the elements of temperature, humidity, lighting, air quality and ventilation in residential buildings. Most of these elements relate closely to energy balance, health and comfort effects on building occupants.
Co-construct is the #1 rated Cloud-based project management software for custom home builder and remodelers. Co-construct manages the entire lifecycle of your projects from leads, to active projects to warranty. Whether you’re working on a computer in the office or a smartphone or tablet in the field, Co-construct’s solution will empower your team and sub-constructors to more effectively deal with selections, changes orders, scheduling, communications, tracking leads, share photos and files and integrate with accounting software such as QuickBooks and Xerox.
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