Home Hot Spots That Influence the Purchase

This course covers a research study that identifies how dealers, architects, builders and remodelers can increase the salability of their projects, and elevate their reputations among homeowners and homebuyers. This research is combined with turn-key design ideas developed by Visbeen architects. Emerge with a fresh understanding of how today’s homeowners envision various rooms, how they can be made more appealing via design and amenities like fireplaces and outdoor living products.

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Roofing Options: Alternative Roofing Systems

Roofing Options is a review of the many different roof system options available to the designer. It provides a basic examination of the most common types of low-slope commercial roofing systems including each system’s strengths and weaknesses, life cycle expectations, installation and cost considerations, energy conservation impacts and other sustainable considerations.

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An Introduction to Steel Window & Door Systems

This course will review the primary considerations for steel window & door systems, and will focus on materials and methods that influence performance and longevity. Some of the topics covered include types of steel, sustainability of steel, rust protection methods, profile construction methods, finishing methods, glazing methods, and energy efficiency methods.

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Case Study: Incorporating Low-Energy Ventilation Solutions - Acacia Building Washington, DC

Natural ventilation is cost-effective, uses low-energy and aesthetically pleasing. Read how the architects and engineers responsible for the upgrade of several Washington, DC buildings incorporated a natural ventilation system into their plans.

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Code Compliant Exterior Systems for Wood-framed Building Envelopes

This course investigates the most recent code changes emphasizing building envelope performance. We will explore some next generation integrated solutions that simultaneously provide protection against moisture penetration, air leakage, and thermal bridging. Installation benefits and on-site quality control issues related to multi-solution integrated systems will also be evaluated in this course.

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Architectural Cast-In-Place Concrete and White Cement

Material selection is one of the most important choices you will make to the overall outcome of your construction projects. Understanding how different material options impact your bottom line leads to better informed decision-making. This course highlights the advantages that durable, non-combustible, low-maintenance materials and finishes bring to your projects, why architectural and decorative concrete is the smart choice for buildings and floors, and why concrete is a sustainable option.

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Building Information Modeling

The use of building information modeling (BIM) is becoming more of an industry standard when specifying and designing projects. Traditional drafting methods and tools were two-dimensional designs either done by hand or using simple design software. While these methods historically were sufficient for most architects, today a greater demand for faster and more accurate blueprints has prompted a change in the design industry.

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Case Study: University Sports Arena

Engineers overcome 55 year old venue’s HVAC equipment space limitations and design/installation challenges with new 60 inch diameter fabric duct. The consulting engineer/architecture firm spearheading the HVAC portion of the $72 million renovation found that fabric duct, which was 90% lighter than metal duct, was the solution to both the project’s roof load-bearing limitations along with the many added advantages of fabric compared to the metal alternative.

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SkeleCore Pull-Tight Fabric HVAC Ductwork

SkeleCore Pull-Tight is a suspension/retention system for fabric ductwork utilizing a combination of internal hoops and tensioning baskets to help maintain fabric shape. SkeleCore's Pull-Tight technology supports the fabric with 360 degrees of tensioning eliminating noise, sagging, and wrinkles. SkeleCore Pull-Tight can be suspended from either a tension cable or track suspension system and is tensioned "externally" utilizing a tension cable lock. Pull-Tight improves startup performance and aesthetics when compared to multiple row, horizontal suspension systems.

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New Ideas in LED Lighting

This learning unit will discuss the benefits of LED lighting when compared to other traditional bulb types and will provide a general overview of how new technologies allow for greater control of LED fixtures, light quality, and lumens. Architects will also learn how LED fixtures are including new options and benefits specifically intended to create unique and functional interior lighting designs. This learning unit will also explore the next generation of LED fixtures made possible by innovative contemporary designs, improved secondary optics, and wireless technology, and OLEDs. Finally, this learning unit will glimpse into the future, exploring developing technologies such as laser diodes and battery free sensors.

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