Robust Walls with Continuous Foam Plastic Insulation (Print Course)

This article demonstrates that foam plastic insulation (polyiso board and spray polyurethane foam) can be used in code-approvable wall assemblies that work in cold, warm, marine and humid climates. Architects will be able to create alternatives to vapor permeable wall assemblies that address three main concerns: NFPA 285 flame spread tests, mitigating moisture retention within walls, and delivering higher insulating performance with greater levels of comfort.

As buildings use less and less energy to heat and cool by owner demand, HVAC systems offer increasingly less assistance in drying out walls. The HVAC systems are no longer designed to take on additional loads caused by moisture in walls that needs to be removed. However, energy bills may increase beyond expectations to address wall moisture issues with no discernable benefit to the occupants if moisture in walls is not addressed.

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Accessibility from the First Step - Designing Automatic Pedestrian Entryways to Exceed ADA Standards (Print Course)

This course will cover the evolution of doorway systems and how new design solutions allows project teams to improve the functionality, accessibility, and safety of today’s building entrances.

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Advanced Heating Technology: Applying VRF in Cold Climates (Print Course)

This course is designed to increase your knowledge of advanced heating technology used in Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems and their application and use in cold climates for commercial and residential buildings. The course will cover the performance capabilities, functions, benefits, and energy efficiencies of VRF heat pumps with advanced heating technology.

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Enhancements to Natural Stone Veneer through Dry Cast Technology

This course will cover why you should use manufactured stone veneer, including its features and benefits, as well as design and installation considerations for the product. It will explain the dry cast thin veneer manufacturing process and technology, as opposed to wet cast thin veneer, and the differences that lie between the two.

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Conserving Water with Reclaimed Water Flushometers

Commercial facilities using reclaimed water for flushing toilets and urinals should be mindful of the negative impact this harsher water can have on the plumbing systems, including flushometers. New flushometers are available that have been specifically engineered for reclaimed water applications.

This course will cover the importance of water conservation, how reclaimed water contributes to water conservation, the risks that reclaimed water poses for traditional flushometers, and how new reclaimed water flushometers address these risks, as well as reclaimed water flushometer options available on the market today.

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Blending Design and Sustainability Using MDF Doors (Print Course)

This course is designed to increase your knowledge of MDF doors and their application and use in commercial and residential building design considerations. The course will cover door components, construction methods, design options, market applications, sustainability, and future trends that will impact the industry.

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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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Quartz Surfacing – Features and Benefits

This course covers the fundamentals of quartz surfacing including its performance attributes vs. alternative products and typical applications. The course provides an overview of the production, testing and quality-assurance processes in the quartz surfacing industry. This will include an explanation of the supply chain and route to market, from raw material to the end consumer or project, as well as best practices in fabrication and installation of quartz surfacing.

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Using Low Voltage Systems for General Lighting

Low voltage distribution systems (LVDS) can offer an efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional high voltage systems, but until recently were relegated to path lighting and decorative accents. With the advancement of LED technologies, LVDS can finally move inside and be utilized as the backbone for a general lighting strategy. LV lighting systems have voltages that are lower than 30 volts DC and use a Class 2 power source, and they are considered much safer during installation, maintenance, and use. Consequently, these systems carry different and more lenient electric safety code requirements.

This course will explain the background context of traditional and low voltage systems, including their common uses and code requirements, and will explore the benefits of combining a LV distribution system with LED lighting for general lighting systems. Also, this learning unit will address installation, insulation, maintenance, and potential cost savings associated with specifying an LVDS for general lighting. Finally, this course will look at how LV systems can be used effectively to address emergency lighting requirements.

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Design Professionals Forecast Luxury Kitchen Trends: Features for Function and Form

When an architect or designer meets with a luxury client, an insider’s knowledge of kitchen design trends adds value to the relationship. To discover those trends, the winners and judges from a global kitchen design contest were recently asked for their insights. The contest is sponsored each year by a major manufacturer of high-end appliances. The biggest trend: function is first, then form.
This course educates architects and designers about what kitchen design professionals in the field consider the hottest, trendiest and most requested enhancements to functionality in a luxury kitchen, as well as the most requested design styles, layouts, green features, and appliances.

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