Selecting materials and finishes is an integral part of specifying site furniture products. This course reviews typical conditions inherent to outdoor environments, along with the potential impact on materials, products and installed projects. A range of materials commonly used outdoors, including wood, metal, concrete and glass, is examined against a selection framework that compares conventional materials with high-performance options, and considers material durability, performance, aesthetics, and environmental impact. Several site furniture projects are also examined.
Selecting Materials for Outdoor Applications: Choice of Materials - and Product Suppliers - Matters on Many Levels (Print Course)
This article provides a general overview of the technology of modern high performance windows as well as information on traditional glazing options, features and benefits. In addition, it explores improvements to conventional mirrored and tinted glazing and look at how color, style and glazing options impact not only occupants but also aesthetics of a project. Finally, we examine recent advancements in electrochromic coatings, how they work and how programmable tinting can positively impact occupants and energy efficiency in commercial buildings.
Laminated glass has been used in a variety of architectural applications ranging from office buildings and schools to institutional and high security buildings. A variety of clear and tinted interlayers are available, providing post-breakage glass retention, UV filtration and impact resistance. This course presents the history and development of laminated glass from its inception as an automotive product to more advanced structural glass applications.
As we explore the outdoor living trend you will learn how this works to improve indoor air quality and healthy living conditions. Integration of indoor-outdoor living space increases daylight into the living space.
As a proven natural building material, glass block can add beauty and inspiration to a project, while playing a significant role in sustainable design. Glass block is 100% recyclable, low- maintenance, and highly durable, yet its’ dynamic relationship with light provides architects the opportunity to create both aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient spaces. With low construction waste, glass block is considered an environmentally preferable product, made largely from sand, an abundant raw material, and limestone. Because of its versatility, it can be used in a wide variety of projects, and offers a universal appeal.
Conservatories are more than add-on glass structures for the home or stand-alones for parks and gardens. This CEU addresses the numerous benefits of creating custom conservatory environments which save energy and maximize space and enjoyment for all users. The course also helps architects and builders understand how to select a vendor and specify a structure based on an array of factors including client needs, climate, and functional requirements.
Photography and other digital images are increasingly popular choices for incorporating design elements into indoor and outdoor laminated glass features. This course explores vector graphics in detail, examines their use in laminated glass, and describes the new technologies and tools designers can use to create vector designs from a wider array of images and in large-scale applications. Project samples are included.
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