Simplifying Architectural Design, Redefining Comfort and Efficiency

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning technology is transforming the way commercial buildings are cooled and heated. This smart, energy-efficient, and fully customizable HVAC technology not only provides customized comfort to occupants, but also opens design possibilities for architects and maximizes profitability for building owners.

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Designing for Healing and Infection Control (Print Version)

This course will analyze two case studies where laminate and solid surface materials were applied in healthcare settings to the benefit of patients, staff, and visitors. One case study explores hospital design and how site selection, color, surfaces, and open space can significantly impact healing and recuperation of hospital patients. The other case study examines a new solid surface material that is being tested for efficacy in combating the spread of pathogens known to contribute to hospital acquired infections. A groundbreaking clinical trial began in March of this year to apply this material throughout a hospital setting to determine to what degree it can minimize HAIs.

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BillQuick - Integrated Time Billing & Project Management

BillQuick is a time billing and project management software that provides key metrics without adding additional data entry. Sophisticated algorithms allows more time for day to day business processes and to streamline the most common tasks.

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ARCHIOFFICE - OFFICE & PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR ARCHITECTS

ArchiOffice is a time tracking and project management software made by architects, for architects. It eases your unique demands of managing projects and people with an intuitive, streamlined design.

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Spot Cooling: Performance Attributes and Applications (Print Version)

This course provides an overview of spot cooling and its appropriate uses and benefits, including the cooling of people, equipment, and processes. The course describes various spot cooling options, compares air-cooled and water-cooled units, and discusses the advantages of portable and ceiling-mount spot cooling.

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Multigenerational Restrooms: Better Designs for One and All (Print Version)

Multigenerational design, also known as transgenerational design, is an increasingly important aspect of universal design and a major contemporary trend mirroring the dramatic societal and economic changes of the last decades. In particular, public restrooms illustrate these multigenerational trends because they serve such diverse populations. Designing them successfully is a growing challenge for architects and facility owners.

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Specifying Sustainable Insulation for Thermal and Acoustic Control (Print Version)

Archeological research reveals that insulating our homes using natural, renewable materials like fiber, wool, straw and cork, is actually as old as human history. And with good reason. Insulation is perhaps the most cost effective, straightforward path to peak functionality in the design and construction of buildings. And while many petroleum and chemical-based insulation strategies have risen up over the decades, we may be circling back around in a post-petroleum world to prefer insulation made from renewable, recycled and recyclable materials. This course describes the specification and use of these insulation materials.

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High Performance Coatings and Colors Deliver Competitive Advantage in Retail and Restaurants (Print)

While restaurants and retail stores serve very different purposes, they have a few things in common when it comes to specifying coatings. Both include public spaces that must present an attractive, inviting appearance to customers, and both have “back of the house” areas that need hard-wearing, washable coatings that can handle a lot of abuse. This course will take a closer look at the types of high performance coatings that should be specified for these types of projects.

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The Good News about Strong-Margin Remodeling Projects

The U.S. Census Bureau reports the home remodeling industry grew 3.1 percent in 2013. Even better, the average DreamMaker® Bath & Kitchen Interior Remodeling franchise grew more than 23 percent in 2013. Read more to learn what sets DreamMaker® apart from the rest.

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