Effective Concrete Waterproofing Technologies (Print Course)

This course will provide an overview of effective concrete waterproofing technologies and how they improve the durability and lifespan of structures. It also includes a discussion on water penetration, system selection, membrane protection, and various types of waterproofing materials including sheet-applied, fluid-applied, and cementitious waterproofing.

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Moisture Mitigation with Rainscreen Technologies (Print Course)

There is no such thing as a water-tight structure. Because water takes the path of least resistance, it will find even the smallest opening in the building envelope, allowing moisture to enter the wall system, no matter how many layers of protection are provided. Therefore, in addition to keeping water out with various weather resistive barriers (WRB), systems must be put in place to allow water to exit the envelope once it inevitably does get in.

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Rethinking Wood as a Material of Choice: Costs Less, Delivers More (Print Course)

Designers today are finding new possibilities in one of the oldest building materials on earth. Wood has always been valued for its beauty, abundance and practicality, but many of wood’s inherent characteristics are rising to very current challenges. Wood’s traditional values and newest technologies meet in the projects presented in this course, illustrating the advantages of wood to in four areas: cost-effectiveness in a wide range of projects; adaptability for use in challenging, visionary new designs; lower environmental costs throughout its life cycle, from its source in renewable, carefully managed forests, through an energy-efficient service life, and often on to a new, recycled and reimagined use; and a unique human-nature connection that has always been intuitive, but is now being documented in research.

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Constructible Dreams: Making the World's High Profile, High-Performance Facades (Print Course)

Today’s high-performance facades are simulated and perfected long before they are ever built. Sometimes, even, thanks to social media and global connectivity, a building’s swooping form or glistening glass walls become the darling of the public eye years before it is ready for occupants, raising the bar even further on the aesthetics and function of new landmarks. Designer, fabricator, and installer must work in tandem to achieve the desired results, using collaborative design approaches that would have been unimaginable even a few years ago.
In this article, we will look at the research and development being done in emerging areas of façade materials, design, and performance, and examine real-world projects that combine research innovation, collaborative design processes, and construction feasibility to improve not only façade performance, but also human comfort.

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Achieving Effective Acoustics (Print Course)

The first part of this course introduces the goals of acoustic design, methods of noise control and how various interior design elements can help achieve good acoustic performance in an office setting. The second part explains, in acoustical terms, several of the principles behind the use of these techniques and materials. Through examples of how sound masking works in conjunction with absorptive elements, it also demonstrates that a combination of acoustic treatments is key to achieving the desired results.

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Persistence is a Virtue: Energy Efficiency M&V

The term Measurement and Verification (M&V) means using pre-determined data to quantifiably measure performance and then comparing this to a predicted outcome. This course will discuss why it is important to evaluate outcomes for every energy efficiency project, and the importance of picking the appropriate type of M&V process and tools to meet a project’s needs. Learners will be able to use the M&V concepts immediately to bring transparency and expectation setting to their projects.

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What's Green Worth?

This course covers a situation analysis of green valuation in relation to property, along with the misconceptions of “green” in the marketplace. It discusses what’s new in green valuation, and takes a closer look at the Appraisal Institute’s efforts in the green space.

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AAMA Standards for Fenestration: Substrates and Finishes

This course will review various fenestration substrates and surface finishes, with an in-depth look at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) standards and test procedures for fenestration products.

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2015 Fleet and Vehicle Management Survey Report

More than 1,100 business owners, fleet operators, and general managers participated in a recent survey regarding their biggest fleet management challenges – and how they use technology to solve them. Responses indicate the many benefits that GPS telematics provides.

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Designing for All through Public Interest Design

This program will challenge our conventional triple-bottom-line definition of sustainability. Is sustainable design really sustainable if construction of such features leads to death or permanent injury? Is sustainable design really sustainable if the community is not involved? LEED Pilot Credits for Social Equity are reviewed and a detailed introduction to SEED demonstrates how the two missions can be paired for the greater good. An inspiring case study of community revitalization in Kansas City’s “killing zip code” demonstrates the power of collaboration in social equity design.

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