Conserving Water through the Latest Updates to High-Efficiency Plumbing Fixtures in Commercial Restrooms

Water scarcity is getting worse in many parts of the U.S. and the world, which has led to an increase in "green" legislation, codes, and standards, as well as greater recognition and adoption of LEED certification. In turn, this has led to a continued increase in sales of High-Efficiency Toilet (HET) and High-Efficiency Urinal (HEU) fixtures. This drive for water conservation and demand for high-efficiency plumbing products will only increase over time. This course will discuss how manufacturers are responding to this need with new toilet and urinal technologies.

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Electronic Sensor Faucets Improve Hygiene and Conserve Water in Commercial Restrooms (Print Course)

Sensing technologies based on electronics are often used for hands-free activation of plumbing fittings such as faucets to improve user accessibility, overall hygiene, and restroom cleanliness. Electronic plumbing fittings offer sanitary, touch-free operation, while conserving water and energy because they only dispense water when the sensor detects a user and can also limit water delivery duration.
The advantages of sensor-operated faucets extend beyond the public restroom to almost any other type of handwashing station, especially in applications requiring the highest levels of cleanliness. This course will cover how electronic sensor faucets improve hygiene in commercial settings and contribute to water conservation. Electronic sensor faucet technologies, applications, and industry regulations will be discussed.

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Understanding Regulatory Compliance for Water Efficiency in Commercial Plumbing

This course seeks to inform architects and LEED professionals, as well as plumbing engineers and designers, about the various aspects of regulatory compliance for plumbing fixtures. The course will review the history and adoption of plumbing codes, standards, and certifications. The course will also provide detailed analysis of how these can help reduce water consumption while maintaining maximum performance.

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Conserving Water with Reclaimed Water Flushometers

Commercial facilities using reclaimed water for flushing toilets and urinals should be mindful of the negative impact this harsher water can have on the plumbing systems, including flushometers. New flushometers are available that have been specifically engineered for reclaimed water applications.

This course will cover the importance of water conservation, how reclaimed water contributes to water conservation, the risks that reclaimed water poses for traditional flushometers, and how new reclaimed water flushometers address these risks, as well as reclaimed water flushometer options available on the market today.

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Home Building Crossroads -- Energy Codes and High Performance (Online Course)

This course offers a discussion on the changes in the 2015 IECC as they relate to the Building Enclosure and on how performance components of insulation, water management, air leakage, and HVAC relate to a whole as the building enclosure. It will discuss how meeting the new code can be challenging, and help the learner come to understand the opportunities available in meeting these challenges.

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Understanding Stone Wool Insulation in Exterior Wall and Rainscreen Applications

The course identifies what stone wool insulation is and how it is produced. It discusses mineral wool in Commercial applications with an emphasis on Rainscreen cladding design and in exterior cavity walls. It highlights key benefits when used in the field versus some of the other insulating materials traditionally used in the market today as it pertains to NFPA 285 requirements and new ASHRAE 90.1 2010 continuous cavity insulation requirements.

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Understanding Advancing Wall System Design around Continuous Insulation

This course covers the latest in building enclosure technology for energy efficient buildings. It provides an in-depth discussion of emerging wall systems that provide durable, cost effective and thermally efficient performance.

The seminar will cover all building types and construction materials, with a few highlights and lessons learned from building science researchers.

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Detailing Continuity in Building Enclosure Systems

This course will identify the importance of detailing continuity in maintaining the integrity of the four control layers of the building enclosure. We will then explore some different methods for identifying the areas where continuity can be disrupted and the solutions for maintaining a control layer continuity in these areas.

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Understanding Hazard, Exposure and Risk in the Built Environment (Online Course)

This course will review the limitations of employing a hazard-only materials selection decision-making process and describe how to evaluate materials and ingredients based on multiple attributes. The course includes an overview of the various tools, guidance and considerations available to help builders, architects and designers weigh options and understand the impacts and trade-offs associated with materials selection decisions.

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Air Distribution: Commercial Design and Architecture

The purpose of this course is to educate building owners, architects and developers on modern, innovative commercial building air-conditioning systems that use water as the primary medium to transfer heat energy to and from the building interior efficiently. It will also focus on the consideration for occupant comfort and health.

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