Multigenerational design, also known as transgenerational design, is an increasingly important aspect of universal design and a major contemporary trend mirroring the dramatic societal and economic changes of the last decades. In particular, public restrooms illustrate these multigenerational trends because they serve such diverse populations. Designing them successfully is a growing challenge for architects and facility owners.
Archeological research reveals that insulating our homes using natural, renewable materials like fiber, wool, straw and cork, is actually as old as human history. And with good reason. Insulation is perhaps the most cost effective, straightforward path to peak functionality in the design and construction of buildings. And while many petroleum and chemical-based insulation strategies have risen up over the decades, we may be circling back around in a post-petroleum world to prefer insulation made from renewable, recycled and recyclable materials. This course describes the specification and use of these insulation materials.
High Performance Coatings and Colors Deliver Competitive Advantage in Retail and Restaurants (Print)
While restaurants and retail stores serve very different purposes, they have a few things in common when it comes to specifying coatings. Both include public spaces that must present an attractive, inviting appearance to customers, and both have “back of the house” areas that need hard-wearing, washable coatings that can handle a lot of abuse. This course will take a closer look at the types of high performance coatings that should be specified for these types of projects.
Post-frame buildings are highly engineered wood building systems that have expanded over the years from use in the agricultural sector to encompass many commercial, residential and institutional applications. Modern post-frame systems have a limitless range of interior and exterior appearances. In addition to functional and architectural flexibility, they also have excellent economic and performance benefits.
This course will examine post-frame building systems including their versatility, range of applications, structural features and key performance characteristics. The course will also present numerous case studies that demonstrate cost and time of construction for typical post-frame building projects.
Many architects want their projects to benefit from the beauty, sustainability and durability of diamond polished concrete floors. However, there are several ways to get the initial “look” of a diamond polished concrete floor without it actually being one. This educational unit teaches architects and specifiers what it takes to achieve an authentic diamond polished concrete floor, for both new constructions and renovations. Armed with this information, architects and specifiers will ensure their vision is turned into reality.
For most designers, architects and contractors, specifying for a luxury kitchen is a pleasure. With an expanded budget, savvy clients and continual innovation by appliance makers, upscale kitchens can reach toward perfection. However, keeping up with new and innovative kitchen features can be daunting. This course explores how to determine client needs and wants for a custom luxury kitchen, and then expands into products on the market, some new, some continually useful, that can truly customize the highest-functioning luxury kitchen for the each owner.
Almost everyone lives in a potential flood zone. In addition to the hurricanes and catastrophic floods that make national headlines, a damaging flood is happening somewhere in the U.S. every day, even in desert regions, caused by local heavy rainfall, dam failures, land development runoff, drainage problems, inland remnants of tropical storms and many other conditions. Nationwide, flooding is the leading cause of deaths related to severe weather, and it wipes out businesses, too. According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors after a flood disaster, because just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
In an increasing number of areas around the country, the risk of flood is even more acute. Over 178 million acres have been designated as floodplains by FEMA. These areas are growing steadily, and more people are finding themselves within a floodplain as flood maps are redrawn. The new maps reflect changes in conditions and new development, and also improvements in scanning technology, additional years of climate, flood and topographic data, and more advanced prediction models.
Building in floodplains, or Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) designated by FEMA, is strictly regulated by the NFIP, the International Building Code, ASCE national reference standards, and by local community codes, all of which are discussed in this course. Deciding on a non-residential building’s floodproofing strategy will have a direct connection to the project’s cost, to the safety of the building’s occupants and the survivability of the building itself, and to the risk of liability for the designer and builder in case of flood damage.
This course will explore two case studies of replacement schools in the Pacific Northwest – Cherry Crest Elementary and Riverview Elementary. The design of both schools embodies the concept of 21st Century Learning and the idea that learning can happen anywhere. Together, these projects tell a story of sustainability, ecological design and innovation in education architecture. Some schools turn their back on the natural environment. Riverview Elementary and Cherry Crest Elementary do the opposite by interconnecting their buildings to the outdoors. By using design to encourage curiosity about the natural environment, the buildings are part of the educational process – an innovative architectural concept in learning environments.
Without question, school environments take a lot of abuse. A standard architectural coating isn’t formulated to withstand the inevitable scuffs and abrasion that occur in hallways where hundreds of kids pass through every hour five days a week. Metal lockers that get stuffed with books, bags, and sports gear require hard, durable coatings that are tough enough to resist chipping or peeling. Showers and restrooms where damp conditions are the norm need paints formulated with mildewcides to resist the formation of mildew on the surface of the paint film and help maintain a fresh environment. School kitchens and cafeterias are exposed to constant cleaning to maintain proper sanitation standards, so the coatings specified for these areas have to be tough enough to resist harsh cleaning chemicals and detergents. In short, no single coating suits every application, and just as an educational curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students, the coatings you specify must address diverse conditions to perform successfully over time.
Luxury homes offer the architect, builder and buyer a unique opportunity to create dwellings that are distinctive, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Increasingly, sustainable design is becoming more important to luxury home owners. Opulence does not need to be wasteful of natural resources. Even large floor plans can prove to be conservation-minded if the architect, builder and homeowner decide to pursue a “green” route. Designing a luxury home that is environmentally responsible must take into account many aspects of the building process including design, construction practices, air sealing and insulation, and material selection. Windows sit at the crossroads of sustainable material selection and luxury design. The right window can reduce energy use, contribute to green building goals and also provide the touch of quality and beauty a luxury home requires.