The Environmental and Economic Benefits of Synthetic Grass

Not your grandmother’s artificial grass…Heightened environmental awareness and the soaring costs and inconvenience of natural grass landscaping have given rise to a new generation of synthetic turf systems that are beneficial for increasingly diverse applications. A common thread is the connection between reduced environmental impact and increased economic benefits.

This course will provide the background and history of synthetic turf systems stems and their common uses and will address the numerous benefits of synthetic versus artificial turf. In addition, this learning unit will explain how to select a high-quality synthetic turf system as a sustainable way to conserve resources while saving time and money.

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Merging Architecture and Landscape Designs (Print Course)

This article will explore the growing trend of fusing landscape design and architecture. Design that blends the lines between “indoor” and “outdoor” spaces is becoming increasingly popular both in an aesthetic and sustainable sense. This learning unit will look at the advantages of designing with a holistic approach to building and land, and the sustainability benefits of merging site design with architectural design.

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Proper Brick Masonry Detailing (PRINT COURSE)

Proper detailing of brick masonry goes along with proper construction, appropriate material selection and maintenance to provide the longevity that masonry is typically known for. This course provides information on the basic details to allow for brick masonry to resist moisture penetration and cracking. It also provides details to create interesting designs in brick without costing a lot of money.

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Energy-Producing Landscape: Harvesting Power of Urban Locales

Presenters examine high performance landscapes and discuss how landscapes can help create energy, offset energy demand and integrate water, sky and earth elements that make cities and districts more livable and more sustainable. Highlights from three existing projects are discussed.

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Learning Can Happen Anywhere (Print Version)

This course explores the concept of 21st Century Learning and the idea that learning can happen anywhere. Education architecture can enhance sustainability, ecological design, and innovation through space planning and site design.

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Designing the Building - Landscape Interface (Print)

This article originally appeared in the July 2011 print and digital editions of ARCHITECT magazine. As borders between buildings and their natural landscapes become more permeable, experts see green surfaces and related features as functional components of building systems, evolving standards, clearer metrics and definable benef This article discusses where technologies such as green roofs, living walls and green walls are now, how they will become integrated into future designs and what the potential benefits may be.

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LED "Easy Plug" Stair Lighting Kits

All of i-lighting's LED "Easy Plug" systems Each year in the United States, there are over 1 million accidents on stairs that result in injury. The stair light kits come complete with everything you need to complete the job including "Easy Plug" wiring, an LED fixture designed at a 22? angle to shine on the tread, color matched stainless steel screws and staples to neatly tie up wiring. i-lighting's stair lighting kits provide the solution to meeting code and providing a safe environment for friends and family.

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LED "Easy Plug" Landscape & Masonry

It's simple to make the "Easy Plug" system a profitable extension of your business. i-lighting's revolutionary LED "Easy Plug" landscape and masonry lighting is reasonably priced and installs in half the time as traditional systems. All of our fixtures come with built in "Y" connectors, LED bulbs, stakes and poles. The entire system consists of three steps.
1. Order fixtures with "Y" connectors.
2. Order "Easy Plug" extension cable's.
3. Order the DC power supply.

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LED "Easy Plug" System

All of i-lighting's LED "Easy Plug" systems simply plug together--there is no need for cutting, crimping, striping wire, or wire nutting. You get everything you need to do the job in half the time as standard systems, allowing you to profitably incorporate stair, post, landscape, and masonry lights into all of your projects.

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Designing a Fully Functional Outdoor Kitchen

Cooking and eating outside are not only enjoyable, but contribute to good health and a good mood. Outdoor kitchens and outdoor spaces are growing in popularity, according to architects. But in order for the kitchen to truly serve the client, and add benefit to their lives, the space must be well designed for functionality. The course will review the specifics for designing a successful and complete kitchen, including ascertaining the clients’ needs, assessing the site, determining the construction technique, specifying appliances, and making sure all the details of lighting, heating, cooling, and aesthetics are wisely specified. With intelligent and thoughtful design of a fully functional outdoor kitchen, you are likely to provide a place your clients will use and enjoy for many years.

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