This course looks at the latest technologies and offerings in the marketplace of patio doors and sliding glass walls for new and existing homes. Patio doors include sliding doors, as well as in-swing and out-swing doors. Sliding glass walls include stacking, bi-fold, and pocket operational styles.
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.
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.
Energy-efficient appliances have the combined benefit of a reduced environmental footprint and low operating costs—two top priorities for new homebuyers and renters. To accommodate this, builders and property managers have an opportunity to appeal to customers and benefit stakeholders by choosing the most efficient appliances and equipment for their properties. Learning to promote and market these features, though, is the differentiator.
Appliances may account for only a small fraction of a developer’s budget, but they represent a larger piece of the value proposition for potential buyers. Consumers will often judge the value of a home by the quality of the appliances. Savvy builders will leverage this perception to add value to their properties, putting thought into the appliance selection. When it comes to appliances, it’s all about planning ahead.
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.
Excessive and unrestricted light from bollards, columns, and post tops can negatively impact people, animals, and the environment. However, fixtures that are designed to Dark Sky specifications can dramatically reduce the amount of sky glow and light pollution while saving energy and mitigating impact on the environment. This learning unit will explore the concept of Dark Sky and how architects can specify luminaires to help reduce light pollution and encourage a healthier and more responsible approach to lighting.
Sears Commercial is uniquely positioned to provide builders a totally integrated solution designed to meet the needs of their business. With our comprehensive product offering, logistics support, customized billing, financing options, and comprehensive services, we can help our customers achieve financial and operational goals.
Wood and Indoor Environment - Creating Beneficial Spaces for Living, Working, Well-Being (Print Course)
The objectives of sustainable design are broader than just environmental effects, having come to embrace issues of human health and performance. Many factors influence whether a building has a positive or negative impact on its occupants. This course highlights remarkable buildings where the use of wood as a structural or finish material has made a unique contribution, with a focus on indoor air quality, acoustics, physical health, and a natural, positive human response to wood that has always been intuitive, but is increasingly being proven by research and experience.
The Payback calculator will quickly scope out just what you can save based on wattage, hours of operation, number of fixtures and other parameters.