Air Barrier Applications Utilizing Insulated Metal Panels (Online Course)

This course provides guidance for architects and builders on design and installation considerations relating to the use of Insulated Metal Panels and their suitability as the air barrier assembly of a building envelope. Topics covered include an introduction to air barriers and insulated metal panels, as well as an overview of code and regulatory requirements when designing for energy code compliance and common design and installation practices and techniques.

With the aid of this lesson, architects and builders will be armed with increased knowledge regarding enclosures and their component parts, the various options available, the relative advantages of insulated metal panels, particularly under certain circumstances, and key specifics and guidelines for specifying metal panels for code conformance.

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Designing for Energy Performance (Print Course)

For the past decade plus, energy codes continuously increased their requirements for energy efficiency of buildings. Codes began by increasing insulation requirements and recently added an air barrier requirement to reduce air leakage of conditioned air.

The codes include prescriptive and performance requirements; however, the prescriptive requirements are what most designers utilize. Following the prescriptive requirements without consideration of the environmental conditions, both exterior and interior, can result in unintended performance of wall and roof systems. This article will discuss the current state of the code requirements, both prescriptive and performance, as well as when prescriptive requirements may result in inadequate performance.

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Air Barrier Applications Utilizing Insulated Metal Panels (Print Course)

This course provides guidance for architects and builders on design and installation considerations relating to the use of Insulated Metal Panels and their suitability as the air barrier assembly of a building envelope. Topics covered include an introduction to air barriers and insulated metal panels, as well as an overview of code and regulatory requirements when designing for energy code compliance and common design and installation practices and techniques.

With the aid of this lesson, architects and builders will be armed with increased knowledge regarding enclosures and their component parts, the various options available, the relative advantages of insulated metal panels, particularly under certain circumstances, and key specifics and guidelines for specifying metal panels for code conformance.

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

This article will review basic concepts that could change how you look at materials and your materials specification processes. It begins with understanding the differences between hazard, exposure and risk or danger – the importance of considering product use and exposure and the limitations of using a hazard-only decision making process when selecting building materials. This article also will describe some tools, guidance and resources available for evaluating products and materials to help achieve both a high quality construction project, and one that is safe for building occupants. Finally, this article will provide information to help you use building materials safely.

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Thermal Bridging Solutions to Improve Building Envelope Performance

Thermal bridging is a big concern in the building industry, it has been recognized as a significant factor in building envelope heat loss. By reducing heat flow through a building’s thermal envelope we can reduce energy consumption as well as prevent potential condensation issues. Building codes have increased requirements of building enclosures requiring ‘continuous insulation’ without thermal bridging. Thermal break materials can be used to reduce heat loss in wall assemblies, transitions and structural connections throughout the building envelope. They can minimize building energy loss and improve building envelope performance.

This course will provide an overview to thermal bridging, discussing the reasons why it occurs as well as how it can be prevented. This course will also compare building details with and without thermal break solutions to highlight the importance of determining accurate values of thermal transmittance.

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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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Performance Fabrics in Sustainable Design

Windows, views, and openings in buildings present the classic battle between form and function. The designer naturally wants the building’s occupants to enjoy views and light, but the solar heat gain from these openings can wreak havoc on sustainable goals; however, sophisticated and high-performing solar control fabrics can help reconcile the form and function of light, views, and sustainability.

There are many solar control fabrics on the market; wading through them can be overwhelming. This course aims to help educate the designer about what performance fabrics are, the content of various fabrics, how they work, and the benefits to a sustainable design in meeting and maximizing your goals of occupant health, safety, wellbeing, and sustainability.

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Involving Caregivers in the Design Process

When homeowners need modifications of their living space following an accident or diagnosis of a degenerative disease process, one of the smartest things they can do is involve an occupational therapist (OT) into the remodeling design process.

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Aging in Place vs. the Housing Stock

Most people over age 50 desire to remain in their homes as they age, but the homes they live in may preclude that from happening. Learn more about accessibility needs.

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Pretty is as Pretty Does - and Universal Design Does it Really Well

Universally designed products do their good works quietly: You won’t even notice how well they function—what you will notice is simple, beautiful and smart design.

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