Buyer's Guide to Construction Software

Choosing a construction software solution is an important decision, the investment is significant in terms of cost, time and resources. Having the right information is vital in the selection you choose for your business.

This manual will help with essential questions to keep in mind as you decide which solution is best to fit your business objectives and company goals.

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Keeping your Technology Up to Date

Technology’s rate of change can be overwhelming, but by using a few key criteria to vet products and determine the best fit for your company’s needs you can select a solution that provides long-term benefits and evolves with your business.

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Know Your Porcelain

Porcelain is beautiful, strong, durable, has a better lifecycle cost, low maintenance, and will last a lifetime when properly installed. This course looks at what makes a material certified porcelain, and why this is important when selecting porcelain. We will walk through the process of how porcelain is made, and what its common applications are. This course discusses common patterns used and how they can create a unique look for a project.

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The Impact of Wood Use on North American Forests (Print Course)

As green building has evolved beyond its initial emphasis on energy efficiency, greater attention has been given to the choice of structural materials and the degree to which they influence a building’s environmental footprint. Increasingly, wood from sustainably managed forests is viewed as a responsible choice—for a number of reasons. Wood grows naturally by harnessing energy from the sun, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. It is renewable and a carbon sink, and outperforms other materials in terms of embodied energy, air and water pollution, and other impact indicators.

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Sound-Mitigating Steel: How to detail structural steel systems for optimized acoustics (Print)

Good acoustics is such a major issue among building occupants that a 2014 Associated Press article ranked noise as the No. 1 quality-of-life complaint in New York City. Similarly, an American Society of Interior Designers-commissioned study reported that 70 percent of surveyed office workers believe productivity would increase if office noise decreased. Although steel naturally acts as a conductor for sound, this course will look at how properly designing and detailing a steel framed building can ensure good acoustics.

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Modern Innovative Designs and Lighting Strategies of LED Lighting

This learning unit provides a general overview of how new technologies allow for greater control of LED fixtures, light quality, and lumens. This unit also illustrates the benefits of LED lighting compared to other traditional bulb types. Finally, architects will learn how LED fixtures offer new options and benefits specifically intended to create unique and functional interior lighting designs.

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Power Up Profitability

Put the right strategy in place and watch your profits take off!

Improve your operational efficiencies to increase ROI with your vendors and increase their spending.

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Meeting Fire Codes with OSB

This course provides an overview of fire-rated cementitious coated OSB (FRCC OSB), sheathing. It looks at wall and roof sheathing applications in terms of its structural and performance properties, as well as its most common applications.

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Water Feature Renaissance

BluWorld has managed to take health risk off the table and offer a closed, hospital-safe water feature solution that exceeds regulatory standards and kept it virtually maintenance free.

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The Timeless Look of Natural Stone

Natural stone is used in a variety of applications from rustic cabins to minimalist modern interiors and can be specified in many sizes, shapes and colors. This presentation reviews the differences between sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic stone products including the differences between a variety of natural stones and their best applications. An overview of numerous finishes, installations and appropriate maintenance techniques will provide information on how to select the right stone for any surface. Honed, tumbled, polished, split faced, brushed are just some of the finishes explained and illustrated in this presentation. This overview demonstrates why stone has numerous environmental benefits to architects who design buildings that are long lasting.

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