Designing Architectural Wall Panels as Rainscreens That Better Account for Wind (Print Course)

Moisture intrusion in a wall system can cause building defects, as well as health ailments for building occupants, making rainscreens a very important tool in water mitigation. This course will review causes of moisture intrusion, specifically forces that drive rainwater into a building. We will identify rainscreen technologies, testing standards for rainscreens, the importance of considering wind loads and how commercial architectural wall panels can be used as a rainscreen.

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Aluminum Railing Systems for Commercial Projects

When designing and building a multifamily structure or other commercial project, outdoor railing is an important consideration. While railing’s key purpose is safety, you must also keep in mind other factors such as aesthetics, cost, and durability. The purpose of this course is to help you make the right choices for your railing project that will result in a long-lasting product that is safe, beautiful, and cost effective.

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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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Complete Wall Systems: Maintaining Continuous Insulation and WRBs at Transitions (Print Course)

Wall assembly components such as CI and WRBs are now required across the country, requiring in-depth understanding of wall systems. Improper design of transition details can lead to detrimental and expensive issues in wall assemblies. This course reviews building science fundamentals for complete wall systems with CI and WRBs, important considerations when designing transitions and penetrations, and common issues that arise from errors in sequencing, material compatibility and design verification.

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Save the Planet ECONOMICALLY using Baseline Green Codes!

This presentation will explain how to build green - and save money for your clients in the long run - by following the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and ASHRAE 189.1 High Performance Building Standard, pointing out baseline measures that complement LEED v4 BD+C: New Construction, and justifying them on an economic basis. By the end of the session, participants will understand how following IgCC/189.1 can benefit the communities that choose to adopt them, lead to green LEED v4 certified buildings, AND provide an economically attractive return on investment for their clients.

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Resilient Design Charrette: Applying the LEED Pilot Credits

This interactive two-hour session will provide attendees with a deep understanding of the new LEED resilient design pilot credits IPpc98, IPpc99, IPpi100 LEED BD+C v4 for new construction, including how to use the credits in achieving greater resilience in new construction projects. Four of the leaders who developed the credits will lead the group in a series of sketch problems based in the Los Angeles area that demonstrate how to apply the credits. Attendees will learn the credits' scope and how to incorporate the credits-and resilient design-in their work.

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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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