Breaking the Rules of Boring Roofs: New ideas take root up top (PRINT COURSE)

This article originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of ARCHITECT magazine.

Commercial roofs are often thought of a simple necessity and are hardly ever given an opportunity to be more than a functional part of the structure. However, with a little creative thinking, material selection, and thoughtful design, roofs can accomplish more than simply keeping out the rain.

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Understanding Chemistry in Building and Construction

The B&C market is important to the business of chemistry, and you as materials decision makers are a key audience. We know that you face many different kinds of building design and questions on a daily basis, and today we want to help cut through some of the complexity and provide an executive overview that will help you understand how chemical ingredients are used to enhance the performance of products. This course will discuss a comprehensive method for measuring benefits. It will provide information to help inform your product selection and will also provide a primer on how chemicals are regulated in the marketplace.

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Specification of Flooring Surfaces (PRINT COURSE)

Specifying the right flooring and installation products for the appropriate application can be challenging. Whether specifying tile, hardwood, carpet, or resilient flooring, there are basic specification considerations that encompass the very broad category of flooring. From flooring type and auxiliary products to surface preparation, installation, maintenance and accessibility, specifiers have many decisions to make that they then must clearly convey in a specification. This learning unit will cover the range of considerations such as function, performance, application, cost, environmental impacts and aesthetics that can all influence a flooring specification.

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Operable Partitions for a Sustainable World

This course looks at operable partitions and how they help with sustainable spaces. It covers the different materials used in operable partitions, along with how they can bring daylighting and functionality into rooms.

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Propane Gas Systems: Considerations for Residential Construction

Propane heats homes, water and outdoor spaces, fuels clean, comforting fireplaces, cooks food, and dries clothes. Propane is also environmentally friendly, emitting fewer greenhouse gases than other fossil fuels and electricity. When planning and designing homes, architects should know that more than 12.6 million U.S. households rely on propane for their primary energy needs. Propane can be stored above ground or in underground propane tanks, an option many builders are choosing in order to fuel homes off the natural gas mains. This course will cover important considerations when planning for propane use in residential construction.

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Flex Space City: A Tour of Today’s Operable Wall Systems

This program covers the variety of movable partition configurations currently available. You will learn how operable partitions achieve their acoustical ratings and how the use of glasswalls may earn points for LEED accreditation.

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Industry Trends in Kitchen Design

This course will identify key trends on the horizon that relate to kitchen design and product specification. The course will cover advances in appliance, fixture, finish and material technology, as well as trends in space planning and kitchen connectivity.

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Fleet Management Solutions

With GPS Fleet Telematics you have a 360 degree view of your vehicles along with real-time actionable data to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Having this information available gives you the power to organize, manage and share important vehicle data so you are able to implement a disciplined, focused approach to your fleet management.

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Protecting Your Work: Specifying Proper Temporary Surface Protection During Construction

Surface protection is insurance against damage to a project’s installed materials, saving time and money by keeping job-site cleanup and repair to a minimum. Proper surface protection protects the bottom line, and keeps the profit in the project. It helps ensure the finished project meets the architect's and client's vision, and it keeps the job-site safer for workers.

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7-Step Phone Skills Training for Your Leasing Agents

Ensure your staff is providing quality service to incoming prospects. Proper phone skills will allow your team to move the sales process along. See how these 7 steps will help focus your agents in handling phone leads.

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