Subfloor Construction Adhesives: Solvent Based, Water Based and Reactive - Why Weather and Substrates Can Cause a Reference Standard Alone to Miss the Mark (ONLINE course)

This course will look at the differences between construction adhesives based on their core chemical makeup. It will compare and contrast VOC regulations and restrictions for indoor air versus those for outdoor air. It will compare the most commonly referenced subfloor adhesive performance specifications, identify their similarities and differences, and point out how lab conditions can differ from “real world” field conditions. The course will finally look at podium construction and the challenges created for adhesives due to varying manufactured wood based substrates and due to VOC restrictions.

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Custom Water Feature Installed at St. Rita's Medical Facility

At St. Rita’s Regional Medical Center they incorporated a custom water feature in their healthcare facility that brings a soothing calmness to its visitors.

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Gundersen Health System's Journey to Energy Independence

In this course, you will learn how and why a major US Health Care System achieved benchmark performance in energy and environmental stewardship. Through examining the journey of Gundersen Health System, understand how to approach and balance a goal of energy independence that relies on both energy efficiency and renewable energy generation. Understand some of the tools available to get the job done, while being environmentally and fiscally responsible.

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Impact of Green Building on Cognitive Function and Health

This course will be broken into three portions. The first part will look at the existing state of knowledge on buildings and health. Next, it will move on to discuss measuring cognitive function. Finally, the course will wrap up by looking at the COGfx study and discuss it in a greater detail.

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Making Our Spaces Great for People and Bad for Pests

GreenPro is a pest management service standard recognized by USGBC. In 2015, GreenPro changed to allow pest management firms to submit their green pest management programs for certification. Attendees of this session will evaluate various pest management services for compliance with GreenPro (and thus eligibility for LEED credits). Attendees will leave this session with a greater understanding of the tasks performed and tools used by pest management professionals so that we can work with pest management professionals to make schools, offices, and homes great for people, but bad for pests.

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A Tribute to Performance Arrows - Improving Indoor Quality

This session invites you to think of an integrated approach that combines building performance with space aesthetics. By analyzing both qualitative and quantitative outcomes, we can optimize occupants’ multi-comfort in a new integrated design process. We will share results from a number of in-depth post-occupancy evaluations concluding with verified design strategies that improved IEQ in buildings.

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Sustainability and Window Materials 101: Choosing the Best Window Material to Achieve Sustainability Goals

Windows play a significant role in the function and comfort of a building, from providing natural light and ventilation, to adding architectural features. Windows also play a large part in the sustainability of a structure.
The most common factors when discussing the sustainability of windows are durability, energy efficiency, and resource efficiency. In this course, we look at the four most common window frame materials – vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum, and wood – and discuss the factors that contribute to sustainability for each of them. Finally, we look at the factors that contribute to the sustainability of window manufacturing operations.

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Acoustic Privacy Within the Built Environment (Print Course)

Current privacy legislation tends to focus on securing access to information stored on computers or within filing cabinets, but attention also needs to be paid to our built environment. When examined in this context, privacy has both an acoustic and a visual component. This article primarily focuses on the former, except insofar as it is affected by the latter.

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Compliance without Compromise

The Rise of Next Generation Water Features in Hospitals.

Blu-Guard sets the standard on safety offering encapsulated water feature solutions that eliminate pathogenic concerns. They are FGI compliant and virtually maintenance free.

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Daylighting Inside and Out: Unconventional Ways to Bring More Natural Light Into and Throughout a Building

Exposure to natural light is beneficial for building occupants on many levels. We all know it intuitively and we feel better in interior spaces with natural light. Plus, studies conclusively demonstrate measurable benefits for health, moods, learning, and productivity.
The time-honored method for allowing natural light into a building is, of course, through windows. However, there are many more strategies for bringing natural light into and throughout a building. This course explores the sometimes-overlooked strategies for the flow of natural light into and throughout a building, including light tubes in closets, French doors in interiors, natural-light-flooded stairwells, sliding glass walls, and more.

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