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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Designing Tall Walls— Unique Issues And Engineered Wood Products

This course provides an overview of the issues and code provisions associated with tall or “designed” walls. This course also includes a review of how engineered wood lumber, which is also referred to as EWP, are ideal products for tall wall applications due to their strength, stiffness, and dimensional stability.

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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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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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A Comparative Analysis of Residential Siding Products

This course will provide a survey of the most common residential siding options, including an in-depth exploration of treated engineered wood siding. This learning unit will identify the pros and cons of each residential siding option, and will also explore the environmental impacts of each throughout its life cycle. Finally, this course will explore ways in which treated engineered wood siding can contribute to earning points or meeting standards of leading green building certification programs.

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Sustainable Design for Windows

It has become very important for architects to understand how to choose a sustainable window and window frame system that will promote comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and longevity through quality construction. Learn more about Sustainable Design for Windows and how choosing an ENERGY STAR® rated window can contribute towards LEED for Homes credit.

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Green Qualities of Spray Foam Insulation (Print Course)

Spray foam is an alternative to traditional fiberglass insulation. Its unique qualities make it extremely effective, environmentally friendly, and cost-efficient. This course will provide an overview of how spray foam insulation compares to traditional insulation materials. The course will define spray foams for interior and exterior use, explain how spray foam insulation functions in residential and commercial buildings, and provide detailed information about the advantages of spray foam as a tool for reducing energy consumption and carbon footprints. The course will also discuss the use of recycled, renewable, and green materials in the production and application of spray foam.

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