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.
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)
Western Red Cedar: A Proven Material Offers Sustainable Warmth for Contemporary Architecture (Print Course)
From an upscale sports stadium, to a global chain of trendy stores, to luxury custom homes, the specification of Western Red Cedar as a statement-making feature has seen a steady increase. The reasons are many, including the warmth this proven, natural product brings to modern architecture, its recognized sustainable forestry practices, its proven performance over centuries, as well as its surprising affordability for large projects. This course explores the reasons that Western Red Cedar is increasingly a major design factor in significant architectural projects.
Acetylation has been studied by scientists around the world for more than 90 years. This course will take a closer look at acetylated wood and the acetylation process that it goes through. This course will then explain the benefits and key characteristics of acetylated wood. We will look at the different testing done on the acetylated wood, such as durability, joints, canal lining, and termite testing. This course will then take a look at the use of acetylated wood in different case studies to show real world applications.
Building Resilience: Expanding the Concept of Sustainability with Wood Building Systems (Print Course)
This course will consider 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 consider how wood structures can meet evolving resilience objectives.
This course is intended for architects and engineers seeking current information on mass timber, including products, research related to structural performance and life safety, and available resources. It answers common questions regarding strength, fire protection, and durability, and highlights examples of mass timber buildings in different occupancy groups to illustrate both design trends and the extent to which mass timber has captured the imagination of North American building designers.
Wood and Indoor Environment - Creating Beneficial Spaces for Living, Working, Well-Being (Print Course)
The objectives of sustainable design are broader than just environmental effects, having come to embrace issues of human health and performance. Many factors influence whether a building has a positive or negative impact on its occupants. This course highlights remarkable buildings where the use of wood as a structural or finish material has made a unique contribution, with a focus on indoor air quality, acoustics, physical health, and a natural, positive human response to wood that has always been intuitive, but is increasingly being proven by research and experience.
Mid-Rise Wood Construction: A Cost-Effective and Sustainable Choice For Achieving High-Performance Goals (Print Course)
Cost-effective, code-compliant and sustainable, mid-rise wood construction is gaining the attention of design professionals nationwide, who see it as a way to achieve higher density housing at lower cost—while reducing the carbon footprint of their projects. Yet, many familiar with wood construction for two- to four-story residential structures are not aware that the International Building Code (IBC) allows wood-frame construction for five stories and more in building occupancies that range from business and mercantile to multi-family, military, senior, student and affordable housing.
As green building has evolved beyond its initial emphasis on energy efficiency, greater attention has been given to the choice of structural materials and the degree to which they influence a building’s environmental footprint. Increasingly, wood from sustainably managed forests is viewed as a responsible choice—for a number of reasons. Wood grows naturally by harnessing energy from the sun, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. It is renewable and a carbon sink, and outperforms other materials in terms of embodied energy, air and water pollution, and other impact indicators.
Worldwide, there has been increasing focus on the carbon footprint of buildings and recognition that design professionals are uniquely positioned to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by creating high-performance structures. This course examines the environmental impacts of wood products—from the global scale of the world’s forests to the individual scale of efficient, adaptable, and innovative buildings—using real-world examples from two U.S. carbon calculators as well as the latest research on LCA.
With growing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, building designers are increasingly being called upon to balance functionality and cost objectives with reduced environmental impact. Wood can help to achieve that balance. This continuing education course examines key green building rating programs and how wood building materials and components are rated within each. Increased reliance on LCA and environmental product declarations (EPDs), and the implications for wood construction, are also explored.
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