Multifamily, Mid-Rise Buildings Using Wood Construction - A Cost-Effective and Sustainable Choice for Achieving High Performance Goals (Online Version)

Multifamily housing is an active part of design and construction activity across the U.S. Steel, concrete, and masonry typically come to mind as structural materials; in recent years wood construction has become popular due to its cost-effective, code-compliant, and sustainable attributes. This course will review reasons for the rising popularity of wood in multifamily buildings, review code compliance and fire safety considerations, and discuss techniques for successful wood building designs.

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Designing with Continuous Insulation for Thermal and Moisture Management

This course discusses some basic building science fundamentals, while looking at specific code requirements in the IRC, IBC and the international energy conservation code. It addresses why some of the trade-offs and differences exist between those two sets of code requirements. Lastly, we'll work through an example and the decision making process to determine the continuous insulation and vapor retarder requirements for a project in a specific climate zone.

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Building Resilience: Expanding the Concept of Sustainability (Online Version)

This course considers traditional wood framing and mass timber systems in the context of resilience, including performance during and after earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters, as well as the relevance of wood’s light carbon footprint and low embodied energy. It will describe how building codes and standards such as the National Design Specification for Wood Construction support resilience, and how wood structure can be utilized to meet evolving resilience objectives.

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In a v4 Materials Quandary? Solutions through Collaboration

A panel of three diverse experts representing the working group will discuss their experiences managing the LEED v4 materials credits. Participants will hear about identifying materials that meet the LEED v4 requirements, writing clear specifications, and compiling the appropriate documentation. The presenters will share the tools and processes they developed to incorporate the new materials requirements into the specifications and examine case studies, with an emphasis on how team collaboration is key in successfully completing LEED v4 projects.

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LEED-ND Platinum Plan, Kashiwa-no-ha, Innovation Campus

This session will explore the adaptation of a highly sustainable district with LEED-ND and Ecodistrict principles. The Panel will run a mock community engagement process consistent with NPD Credit Community Outreach and Involvement to help identify community and business interests to support an active civic realm. During this exercise, the attendees will explore ways to activate streets and connect diverse building activities consistent with NPD Credits Walkable Streets and Mixed Use Neighborhoods.

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Living Buildings: Affordable Housing on the Cutting Edge

Panelists from three California pilots will share specific examples of designs and systems that are emerging as best practices, discuss obstacles to achieving the LBC goals, and identify the cost/benefit of various options. They will also offer their experience dealing with California regulatory agencies.

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Green Codes & LEED: Do We Need Both?

How do we connect what has happened in LEED with green codes such as CALGreen, International Green Construction Code (IgCC) or ASHRAE Standard 189.1? In 2014, a harmonization of the sustainable building movement was announced - IgCC, ASHRAE 189.1, and LEED Rating System have aGreen to present a unified framework for voluntary and code level green building programs by 2018. So how do we marry codes with leadership standards? Can they coexist, and is there room for both in the private sector and in public policy?

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The Evolution of Continuous Insulation (Print Course)

During the past 20 years, the building sector has seen a significant shift around the use of continuous insulation (CI). Evolving from what was once perceived as an advanced greenbuilding, high-efficiency option, CI is now a standard method and materials practice across most climatic regions. This course will discuss what continuous insulation is, the driver behind its rise, performance benefits, codes and standards, and current material solutions.

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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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Building Resilience: Expanding the Concept of Sustainability with Wood Building Systems (Print Course)

This course will consider traditional wood framing and mass timber systems in the context of resilience, including performance during and after earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters, as well as the relevance of wood’s light carbon footprint and low embodied energy. It will describe how building codes and standards such as the National Design Specification® for Wood Construction support resilience, and consider how wood structures can meet evolving resilience objectives.

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