This course will discuss the overall advantages of choosing a custom-fabricated railing system built off-site compared to off-the-shelf products or locally fabricated railings. In addition to looking at the practical considerations of how different fabrication choices affect project time and budget, this course also identifies some ways to address health, safety, and building occupant welfare.
This course will provide the architect with an overview of different window materials and options available today, as well as an explanation of some of the main criteria used to evaluate windows.
This course will provide a thorough introduction to the relationship between windows and energy efficiency and the importance of installing appropriate windows with high performance technologies.
This course provides guidance for architects and builders on design and installation considerations relating to the use of Insulated Metal Panels and their suitability as the air barrier assembly of a building envelope. Topics covered include an introduction to air barriers and insulated metal panels, as well as an overview of code and regulatory requirements when designing for energy code compliance and common design and installation practices and techniques.
With the aid of this lesson, architects and builders will be armed with increased knowledge regarding enclosures and their component parts, the various options available, the relative advantages of insulated metal panels, particularly under certain circumstances, and key specifics and guidelines for specifying metal panels for code conformance.
This course examines the difference between universal design and accessibility required by law, and lists the types of people of varied abilities who benefit from universal design, particularly as it applies to homes. We then take a look at the 7 Principles of Universal Design, as developed by the North Carolina State University’s College of Design, and explore examples of each, from windows set low enough to offer views to a person in a wheelchair, to sliding doors that open with a touch to accommodate those with arthritis or other challenges. Finally, we look at the business side of universal design and discussing the principles with clients.
In the design of building enclosures an emerging alternative is the use of spray foam insulation as exterior continuous insulation featuring the ability to resist heat, water, vapor and air movement in an uninterrupted, continuous performance installation. A significant outcome is the control of moisture mechanisms in buildings.
How spray foam insulation’s water resistive, air barrier and insulation characteristics help to control moisture is examined in detail. That it is a proven option that offers such performance in addition to allowing for design freedom and flexible installation is also discussed.
Radiant barriers that come attached to structural sheathing provide an effective way to reduce energy loss through the roof assembly. This course will provide an overview of radiant barrier sheathing. It will explain the scientific principles behind heat transfer, and then explore the various applications and best installation practices for radiant barrier sheathing. Case studies will quantify the energy-saving benefits of using radiant barrier sheathing. Finally, this learning unit will explain how radiant barrier sheathing can contribute to green building and energy efficiency programs.
For the past decade plus, energy codes continuously increased their requirements for energy efficiency of buildings. Codes began by increasing insulation requirements and recently added an air barrier requirement to reduce air leakage of conditioned air.
The codes include prescriptive and performance requirements; however, the prescriptive requirements are what most designers utilize. Following the prescriptive requirements without consideration of the environmental conditions, both exterior and interior, can result in unintended performance of wall and roof systems. This article will discuss the current state of the code requirements, both prescriptive and performance, as well as when prescriptive requirements may result in inadequate performance.
This course is designed to increase your knowledge of integrated wall retrofit solutions for existing commercial buildings with masonry construction. The course will cover prior lab and field test results for a few retrofit solutions that aim to bring improved energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.
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