A Visual Imprint of Moving Air (Print Course)

Architectural acoustics may be a complicated and complex field today, but many of the basic principles began to take shape in the early part of the 20th century. This course covers the rise and fall of acoustical photography—its various benefits and drawbacks—and how it coincided with the development of acoustical principles in architecture.

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Principles of Grout

This course will introduce the basics of grouting, such as the needs and successful applications. It will cover why we do it, what we use, and how it is done. The content includes an industry overview as well as discussion on grout technologies, installation procedures and tools of the trade.

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Solving Moisture Issues with Rapid Drying Concrete

This course will discuss moisture in concrete slabs and solutions to end slab moisture issues such as flooring failures, mold, warping or curling, and excessive drying times. One solution to these moisture related problems is utilizing a rapid drying concrete. Rapid Drying Concrete is a ready-mix concrete solution for preventing moisture-related floor covering failures, an industry-wide problem that costs millions of dollars annually in damage, downtime, repair and replacement.

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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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How To Win Good Architecture Projects Consistently

Attendees of this course will discover a little-known but highly effective 3 step process to attract and to win high quality clients and projects for their firm without spending a lot of time and money with ineffective networking, or using traditional advertising and marketing methods that may be unproductive.

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Variable Refrigerant Flow: A Versatile HVAC Solution for K-12 Educational Facilities (Print Course)

This course aims to provide architects in the education sector with the knowledge to design with VRF HVAC systems. VRF provides educational facilities control over personal comfort while reducing energy usage and costs, and addresses strict IAQ requirements. VRF’s quiet operation is the ideal solution for educational environments, requires minimal maintenance, and can meet the varying load needs of educational buildings, from larger gymnasiums and cafeterias to individual classrooms.

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The Anatomy of an Asphalt Shingle

This course describes asphalt shingles and the raw materials that go into them. Although there are many styles and colors of asphalt shingles, they by and large share the same raw materials. This course will explain the functional reason for each raw material and offer insights to their sourcing and production.

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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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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. 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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Specifying the Ideal Synthetic Turf for Outdoor Sports and Indoor Applications

The goal of this learning unit is to provide architects, landscape architects and designers, contractors, building owners and property managers with the knowledge required to successfully select and specify for the use of artificial turf for use in sporting applications for any design project. It will provide an overview of today’s most sophisticated synthetic turf technologies and products, and case studies.

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