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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Integrating Structural Elements for Innovative Design (Print Course)

Architectural design has grown increasingly complex with the evolution of structural technology. Successful architects embrace and emphasize structural elements to articulate their ideas and define space. However, increasing complexity also presents numerous design, workflow, and communication challenges as well as opportunities for progressive and transformative built environments.

This course will explore how architects can use BIM software to take their ideas from concept to refinement to presentation and implementation while benefiting from seamless workflow, collaboration, and communication. The CEU will also address the various issues associated with modern building practices and structural complexity and present examples of projects that exemplify a structure-based process and mindset.

Take Course to Earn: AIA Credit: 1 LU/HSW

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Thermal Bridging Solutions to Improve Building Envelope Performance

Thermal bridging is a big concern in the building industry, it has been recognized as a significant factor in building envelope heat loss. By reducing heat flow through a building’s thermal envelope we can reduce energy consumption as well as prevent potential condensation issues. Building codes have increased requirements of building enclosures requiring ‘continuous insulation’ without thermal bridging. Thermal break materials can be used to reduce heat loss in wall assemblies, transitions and structural connections throughout the building envelope. They can minimize building energy loss and improve building envelope performance.

This course will provide an overview to thermal bridging, discussing the reasons why it occurs as well as how it can be prevented. This course will also compare building details with and without thermal break solutions to highlight the importance of determining accurate values of thermal transmittance.

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Building with Engineered Steel Headers

The primary target audience for this course consists of architects, builders, and government (local, county and federal) agencies who desire or are required to see a reduction in thermal loss, wood usage, and material waste in the construction of single and multifamily housing.

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Architectural Aluminum Railing Systems

This course will introduce the learners to the performance capabilities and finish specifications used in architectural aluminum railing systems, including architectural design features available for aluminum railing fabrications, as well as introduction to specifications for punched and welded architectural aluminum railing systems. The course will also review common architectural aluminum railing system applications including balcony, roof railing, retaining walls, ramps and stairs.

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Fabric Structures with Rigid Steel Frame Construction (Print Course)

This learning unit will examine the traditional methods and materials used in fabric structure design and construction, and then will introduce the reader to newer styles and building technologies available today. This course will also explore the benefits of rigid steel frame construction and demonstrate how these attributes are similar in both conventional buildings and fabric structures. Finally, this course will discuss the merits of using rigid steel framing in fabric structure construction when considering added architectural features, building supplies, collateral loads, the support of conveyors and cranes and deflection limits.

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Cast Steel Structural Connections (PRINT COURSE)

Architects and engineers have the opportunity and freedom to create architecturally exposed steel structures that yield new aesthetics, exceptional performance, and economical buildings. Cast steel connections provide an exciting outlet for creativity in design and can be a key to achieving successful end results by helping to produce designs that are structurally adequate, architecturally appropriate, and readily constructed. By working with professionals in this field preferably in the design process but certainly in the construction process, choices can be made that result in economical yet elegant casting designs that enhance the full building.

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Re-Thinking Steel - A Logical Choice for High-Rise Residential Design (PRINT)

For those involved in the design and construction of high-rise residential buildings, it is clear that fundamental design decisions need to be made in order to address a range of building criteria. A design program is defined in consultation with the owner or developer of the property to determine the intended market or occupancy mix. That feeds into the overall design of the individual living units, including features and amenities to be preferred or avoided. With this conceptual framework in hand, the design team can then start to shape and define the appropriate building.

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Rebuilding Ground Zero with Doka Formwork

Ground Zero Building Professionals from Navillus Concrete and Roger and Sons Concrete share their experiences working with innovative concrete formwork systems on the 9/11 Memorial and Tower 4 projects at the World Trade Center construction site.

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Sustainable Application and Design using Titanium Zinc Roofing and Cladding

Titanium-Zinc, as a building material, is consistently chosen as a green alternative to many other materials. It is efficient to produce, has almost no waste, lends itself to a variety of design styles, and requires little to no maintenance once installed. This course will provide an overview of the Titanium-Zinc alloy used in sustainable architectural applications; a study of the metal’s properties, aesthetics, technical aspects, manufacturing process, and appropriate design applications.

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