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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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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Building Innovation and Performance in Schools – High Performance Systems Improve the Learning Environment (Print Course)

There is a proven and strong correlation between students’ academic performance and a school’s physical condition. Distractions and health issues arise when indoor air quality, lighting, acoustics, or thermal comfort is poor. Improving these environmental factors enhances learning, results in higher test scores, and increases daily attendance. High performance HVAC systems as well as innovative renewable energy sources can play a large role in creating an environment conducive to learning, while also serving as a teaching tool for students.

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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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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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