Pretty is as Pretty Does - and Universal Design Does it Really Well

Universally designed products do their good works quietly: You won’t even notice how well they function—what you will notice is simple, beautiful and smart design.

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Beauty and The Beast: Good looks and accessibility can play together to create spaces that are as handsome as they are functional.

When designing commercial projects, it is easier than ever to create, at all price points, accessible spaces that look as good as they perform. While accessibility rules on both state and federal levels, with their stringent dimensional requirements governing maneuverability and reach, come into play in commercial multifamily projects, those rules don’t have to be a hindrance in creating beautiful bathrooms.

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A Rainscreen Solution Using Fiber Cement Architectural Wall Panels (on-line version)

Moisture intrusion in a wall system can cause numerous building defects as well as health ailments for building occupants. This course will review the cause and effects of moisture intrusion and will discuss how fiber cement panels can be used as a rainscreen to mitigate this moisture. We will identify different rainscreen technologies and ASTM and AAMA testing standards that measure their performance. By the end of the course you will understand basic design approaches and guidelines for installing fiber cement panels as a rainscreen.

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Western Red Cedar: A Proven Material Offers Sustainable Warmth for Contemporary Architecture (Print Course)

From an upscale sports stadium, to a global chain of trendy stores, to luxury custom homes, the specification of Western Red Cedar as a statement-making feature has seen a steady increase. The reasons are many, including the warmth this proven, natural product brings to modern architecture, its recognized sustainable forestry practices, its proven performance over centuries, as well as its surprising affordability for large projects. This course explores the reasons that Western Red Cedar is increasingly a major design factor in significant architectural projects.

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Robust Walls with Continuous Foam Plastic Insulation (Print Course)

This article demonstrates that foam plastic insulation (polyiso board and spray polyurethane foam) can be used in code-approvable wall assemblies that work in cold, warm, marine and humid climates. Architects will be able to create alternatives to vapor permeable wall assemblies that address three main concerns: NFPA 285 flame spread tests, mitigating moisture retention within walls, and delivering higher insulating performance with greater levels of comfort.

As buildings use less and less energy to heat and cool by owner demand, HVAC systems offer increasingly less assistance in drying out walls. The HVAC systems are no longer designed to take on additional loads caused by moisture in walls that needs to be removed. However, energy bills may increase beyond expectations to address wall moisture issues with no discernable benefit to the occupants if moisture in walls is not addressed.

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Accessibility from the First Step - Designing Automatic Pedestrian Entryways to Exceed ADA Standards (Print Course)

This course will cover the evolution of doorway systems and how new design solutions allows project teams to improve the functionality, accessibility, and safety of today’s building entrances.

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Advanced Heating Technology: Applying VRF in Cold Climates (Print Course)

This course is designed to increase your knowledge of advanced heating technology used in Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems and their application and use in cold climates for commercial and residential buildings. The course will cover the performance capabilities, functions, benefits, and energy efficiencies of VRF heat pumps with advanced heating technology.

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Metrostudy - Land Plan Optimization

Heralded as a “Moneyball” revolution for the real estate industry, Land Plan Optimization (LPO) delivers the definitive product mix and unit counts that will deliver the greatest possible return on investment.
Listen as Mark Boud, architect of LPO and Chief Economist of Metrostudy, shares how LPO brings mathematical rigor to the land planning process and calculates the land plan that delivers the absolute highest return on your investment.
Field tested over more than two decades, we always provide our clients yield improvement, with an average land value increase of 20% over the original land plan.

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Enhancements to Natural Stone Veneer through Dry Cast Technology

This course will cover why you should use manufactured stone veneer, including its features and benefits, as well as design and installation considerations for the product. It will explain the dry cast thin veneer manufacturing process and technology, as opposed to wet cast thin veneer, and the differences that lie between the two.

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Conserving Water with Reclaimed Water Flushometers

Commercial facilities using reclaimed water for flushing toilets and urinals should be mindful of the negative impact this harsher water can have on the plumbing systems, including flushometers. New flushometers are available that have been specifically engineered for reclaimed water applications.

This course will cover the importance of water conservation, how reclaimed water contributes to water conservation, the risks that reclaimed water poses for traditional flushometers, and how new reclaimed water flushometers address these risks, as well as reclaimed water flushometer options available on the market today.

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