Building Materials Matter - Life Cycle View Supports Informed Choices, Contributes to Sustainable Design (Print Course)

A focus on energy efficiency has led to widespread improvements in structural building materials. With an abundance of information and competing environmental claims, determining a material’s true impacts is a challenge. This course examines materials throughout their life cycles and focuses on international research supporting the use of wood while considering some advantages of concrete and steel; it also touches on efforts of all three industries to lessen environmental impacts.

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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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Building Resilience: Expanding the Concept of Sustainability (Online Version)

This course considers traditional wood framing and mass timber systems in the context of resilience, including performance during and after earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters, as well as the relevance of wood’s light carbon footprint and low embodied energy. It will describe how building codes and standards such as the National Design Specification for Wood Construction support resilience, and how wood structure can be utilized to meet evolving resilience objectives.

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Multifamily, Mid-Rise Buildings Using Wood Construction - A Cost-Effective and Sustainable Choice for Achieving High Performance Goals (Print Course)

Multifamily housing is an active part of design and construction activity across the U.S. Steel, concrete and masonry typically come to mind as structural materials; in recent years wood construction has become popular due to its cost-effective, code-compliant, and sustainable attributes. This article will review reasons for the rising popularity of wood in multifamily buildings, review code compliance and fire safety considerations, and discuss techniques for successful wood building designs.

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Understanding Alternative Exterior Trim

This CEU will give learners an overview of alternative exterior trim products, while exploring the differences between the various types of alternative trim products available in today’s market. This course also compares different product attributes of exterior trim products. It will include information on the manufacturing processes, aesthetics, installation, maintenance and warranties.

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Let's Talk About PVC

In this session, a panel of leading industry experts will discuss how PVC has evolved, open a debate on the material's future in built environment applications, and consider the improvements being made to address long standing environmental and human concerns. The panel represents a wide variety of opinions on the subject of PVC use.

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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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How COP21 & LEED Can Energize A Low-Carbon Built Environment

The panelists will discuss strategies and case studies that unlock increased energy productivity with energy-efficient & smart technologies in buildings, cities and electricity grid to reduce demand side GHG emissions. The Paris Agreement, together with LEED's increased focus on energy efficiency and resilience, will incentivize and energize the necessary changes to deliver a full suite of climate, energy and economic benefits in the built and urban environments.

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California Challenges School Design: ZNE+W

For every new sustainable school building constructed in California, there are thousands of existing buildings with potential to be far more energy and water efficient. This course is about fundamentally changing the conversation about the multi-dimensional value of school campuses and the role of leadership in evaluating investment decisions. This session will give you need-to-know information to formulate your own case-study.

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Sustainability Roadmap: Leading Organizational Change

This session shares practical frameworks, roadmaps and proven methodologies to help you assess your current situation and identify strategic areas for improvement; develop change management strategies to ensure widespread adoption of new processes and project delivery methodologies and institutionalize systems and feedback loops for continuous improvement.

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