Advanced Environmental Finishes for Windows & Doors – Field Performance and the Application Process (Print Course)

This course will discuss the painting and anodizing process, as well as considerations for architectural specifications for each finish. The course will cover the strengths and weaknesses of the two coatings and will demonstrate how each is applied to ensure a quality end product.

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Advancements in Window Glazing

This article provides a general overview of the technology of modern high performance windows as well as information on traditional glazing options, features and benefits. In addition, it explores improvements to conventional mirrored and tinted glazing and look at how color, style and glazing options impact not only occupants but also aesthetics of a project. Finally, we examine recent advancements in electrochromic coatings, how they work and how programmable tinting can positively impact occupants and energy efficiency in commercial buildings.

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Building Innovation and Performance in Schools – High Performance Systems Improve the Learning Environment

There is a proven and strong correlation between students’ academic performance and a school’s physical condition. Distractions and health issues arise when indoor air quality, lighting, acoustics, or thermal comfort is poor. Improving these environmental factors enhances learning, results in higher test scores, and increases daily attendance. High performance HVAC systems as well as innovative renewable energy sources can play a large role in creating an environment conducive to learning, while also serving as a teaching tool for students.

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Sustainable Extruded Aluminum Trim Profiles Deliver Aesthetics and Durability (Print Course)

With today’s focus on green materials, detailing needs to meet both an architectural design aesthetic and sustainability requirements. Specifying trim for use with fiber cement siding is one instance where a knowledge of detailing can contribute to both. Available in a number of configurations, extruded aluminum trim can add architectural distinction to both the interiors and exteriors of a wide range of building types. This course will identify the sustainability features of extruded aluminum architectural trim, as well as its benefits, design options and moisture management considerations.

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PVC 101: The Benefits and Uses of Cellular PVC (Print Course)

This article will explore the performance properties of cellular PVC trim and its varied uses within the building industry. It will cover best practices for preparation and installation, as well as applications in markets ranging from residential construction to historic preservation. Finally, the article will explore the different green properties of cellular PVC, as well as two case studies.

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Century Bank Chooses Efficiency

By replacing their old HVAC system Century Bank & Trust have greatly reduced their energy bill.

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Residential Water Heaters under the New 2015 Federal Standards

Water heaters are often the second largest energy user in the home, costing residents hundreds of dollars each year. Beginning in April 2015, the updated “NAECA” standards from the U.S. Department of Energy increased water heater efficiency requirements, driving major product changes in the U.S. market. “NAECA” stands for the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act and includes the federal regulations for water heater minimum efficiency levels.

Against this backdrop of new standards, products, and decision-making factors, this course will review a detailed analysis of water heating systems. This analysis compares water heating technologies based on their energy, economic, and environmental performance, with a focus on the performance of propane-based systems relative to electric and heating oil alternatives. The course also reviews the new federal standards for water heaters, and describes the market implications for both new construction and replacements.

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Kitchen Planning for the Generations

Appliance technologies and the kitchen’s place in the home have changed drastically over the past twenty years. Modern kitchens have grown in size and are now the heart of the home for entertaining, dining and working. Many times there are several people cooking at the same time. Given these scenarios, it is important to consider the entire range of users, from young children to the elderly.

In this course we will discuss how kitchen planning can serve the needs of three generations, from Generation Y (aka Millennials) to the Baby Boomers. We will focus on how these groups differ in their vision of how a kitchen should function, style preferences, appliance requests, acceptance or integration of technology into the space, and universal design.

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Architectural Stone Veneer - Style and Substance (Print Course)

This article will address the benefits of specifying architectural stone veneer in your design projects, and also provide information on proper installation techniques. Topics include a breakdown of the innovative mold technology used by the industry’s leading manufacturers of architectural stone veneer and what to look for in a high quality product. The course will examine a variety of uses for architectural stone veneer, from interiors and exteriors, to residential, commercial and industrial settings. The course will also explain the proper installation techniques over the most common substrates and demonstrate the impact of multiple grout techniques available and how those change the appearance of stone work.

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2015 Cost Vs. Value Report Webinar: Winners, Losers and Predicting Trends

The 2015 edition of the Cost vs. Value Report Webinar compares changes in job costs with Realtors’ perceptions of what those remodeling jobs bring to a home’s value at resale. Explore changes, winners, losers and trends in the home remodeling market.

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