Modern Innovative Designs and Lighting Strategies of LED Lighting

This learning unit provides a general overview of how new technologies allow for greater control of LED fixtures, light quality, and lumens. This unit also illustrates the benefits of LED lighting compared to other traditional bulb types. Finally, architects will learn how LED fixtures offer new options and benefits specifically intended to create unique and functional interior lighting designs.

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Continuous Insulation - Spray Polyurethane Foam vs. Rigid Foam Board

The design of exterior wall assemblies has become increasingly focused on performance for greater energy efficiency and resistance to air and water penetration. The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1 now requires insulation that is continuous in wall assemblies, (i.e. not interrupted by studs, framing, etc.) in all eight climate zones within the United States. This push for continuous insulation in exterior wall assemblies is also reflected in green building standards and the desires of building owners to reduce energy costs.

In this presentation, we will look at the performance, installation and cost advantages of medium density spray foam insulation compared to the commonly used rigid foam board in continuous insulation applications.

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Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation in Commercial Buildings

Open Cell Spray Foam insulation is a logical and proven choice for commercial buildings as it can reduce upfront costs by taking advantage of higher yield and also can reduce energy related operating costs for buildings. In addition to having the lowest environmental impact by being water-blown, Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation also contributes to improved indoor air quality within the building and overall building occupant comfort. Over the course of this presentation, you will learn about Open Cell Insulation’s air barrier and vapor permeability, fire ratings and code compliance, ability to enhance a building's longevity, and environmental and Green Building contributions, as well as all health and safety directions, recommendations and best practices.

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Lighting Fundamentals

This course will cover the fundamentals of lighting, with a focus on light emitting diodes (LEDs). The course will cover ways to measure light, the visual perception of light, how different light sources can render color, as well as the production of LEDs and industry standards for LED products.

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Designing the Bathroom as a Wellness Retreat: Style, Lighting, Flooring, Surfaces, Colors and Fixtures

The modern bathroom can be much more than a functional, utilitarian space. It can also be more than stylish and trendy. With input from a savvy designer, a bathroom can become a healing and rejuvenating retreat, a temporary yet powerful escape from care and worry. But a bathroom doesn’t become a healing retreat by accident. It is with a designer’s attention to lighting, colors, finishes, and fixtures that the bathroom can become a calming and healing bathroom retreat.

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Understanding Asymmetric Beam Angles

This learning unit provides a general overview of how new technologies allow for greater control of Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures, light quality, and light output. Also, this course defines asymmetrical beams, describes how they are created, and illustrates why LED light is an ideal technology for this new way to project light. Finally this learning unit gives guidelines for mounting and installing asymmetric beam fixtures.

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Interior Lighting Strategies

This learning unit covers three areas: (1) it provides a general overview of how lamps and fixture types have evolved over the past few decades; (2) it discusses the benefits of LED lighting when compared to other traditional lamp types; and (3) it explains how programmable LED fixtures in both recessed and suspension applications can help expand interior lighting options and offer new and innovative opportunities for both functional and aesthetically pleasing design strategies.

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Specifying for the Minimalist Luxury Kitchen: Aesthetically Pleasing, Technologically Advanced, Easy to Use

This course describes how kitchen styles have changed over the past 50 years and what demographic, cultural and social influences have brought us to this point. Based on insights from practicing kitchen designers, we look at the elements that make up a minimalist kitchen, including layout, styles, finishes and appliances.

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Fenestration in Contemporary Residential Applications

This course will present information about fenestration in contemporary residential architecture, characterized by large openings, spectacular views, and envelope treatment that blurs the border between the interior and exterior. Characteristics of both aluminum clad wood and pultruded fiberglass fenestration products will be addressed. The course will include design considerations, performance issues, and structural requirements when assembling large expanses of glass.

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Fenestration Installation for High Performance Residential Building Envelopes

Improper design and/or non-conforming application of building envelope materials has been demonstrated to cause premature building envelope failure. Architects may specify premium materials, but shortcuts and errors in the final installation can impact budgets, time frames, building life span, and increase legal liabilities.

As one of the elements that bisect the interior/exterior plane, window and door integrations are a critical element of the building envelope as a whole. Poor installations can carry significant liability, due to building envelope failure.

This course will review the components of a building envelope, their role in managing air and moisture infiltration, how windows and doors factor into this equation, and general installation processes for high performance residential fenestration.

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