Optimization Through Life Cycle Analysis and Environmental Product Declarations.

This course looks at using Life Cycle Analysis and Environmental Product Declarations as optimization tools for designers and contractors. The course will discuss how Life Cycle Analysis has been incorporated into LEED v4 and how it can be used to analyze an entire building, as well as inform design decisions.


Material Health: Solving the Right Problems

This course looks at the critical problems of toxicity of the built environment. This course will help learners understand the economic benefits of greening their business, and also the importance to push manufacturers to make non-toxic ingredient decisions.


Health Matters. And Green Building Can Help

This course looks at the relationship between the built environment and the health of U.S. citizens. The course covers issues such as health challenges of the 21 century; includes numerous health statistics related to health care expenditures, life expectancy, obesity, lack of exercise, and poor food choices; and proposes principles for building healthy places.


Designing for the Post-Carbon Economy: It's Zero or Nothing

This course looks at how the study of nature as a designer (biomimicry) can help to transform the built environment. It discusses how to achieve bio-inspired designs to solve some of the building industry’s most difficult challenges, and shows actual design solutions that have been modeled on designs found in nature.


Green Building Post-Mortem: What Went Wrong?

This course looks at common building failures observed by commissioning agents and envelope specialists, and discusses the importance of building commissioning.


Introducing LEED v4: Lessons from the LEED v4 Beta Program

This course looks at how the Beta Program was used to help improve LEEDv4 and the user experience. It looks closely at a few projects that were submitted through the Beta Program and compares and contrasts how buildings would be certified in the newest version of LEED, as opposed to the previous version. This course will also cover the new program support and tools to help with submitting your project under LEEDv4.


An Introduction to ETFE Architecture (PRINT VERSION)

Tensile structures have been used for thousands of years. Their simplicity and efficiency have brought about a recent increased awareness of, and demand for, tensile architecture. Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, or ETFE, is a relatively new product within the tensile membrane industry in the United States, and it is growing in popularity. It is a fluorine based plastic that was developed to be strong across a wide range of temperatures and be highly resistive to corrosion. This course provides a brief background on the following: ETFE architecture; the benefits of ETFE structures over traditional building techniques; identifying the complete design through construction process for creating an ETFE structure; as well as learning how to select the correct ETFE system and the key properties and performance measures of each.


Specifying Doors for Indoor/Outdoor Living Spaces

This course will provide the architect with the basic knowledge of how to specify doors to create unique, functional, and aesthetically pleasing indoor/outdoor living spaces. The incorporation of outdoor living spaces into the residential home was once common in warm and moderate climates, but often proved to be a challenge in colder areas with heavy precipitation and plunging temperatures. Today window and door manufacturers have crafted attractive and functional expansive door systems that are opening the outside world to the architect. Modern doors with innovative designs and high performance glazing can be incorporated in traditional and luxury home designs to increase the functional living space, provide healthful eating, entertaining, and work areas, and include a unique and aesthetically pleasing feature to a home.


Specifying Auxiliary Appliances for a Luxury Kitchen

Looking beyond the standard kitchen appliances of sink, range and refrigerator, consider auxiliary appliances that will elevate a kitchen to luxury status, even in a smaller home. Dishwashers, wall ovens, warmer drawers, ventilation solutions, microwaves, compactors and beverage storage are some of the auxiliary appliances that add form and function to a modern kitchen. This course will discuss the features of each of these Electrolux appliances and how they can be integrated into kitchen design for optimal function and beauty and to meet the needs of today’s families who use their kitchen not only for cooking, but for dining, gathering and working.


Aging in Place: Implications for Remodeling

The dramatic aging of the U.S. population in coming decades is expected to have important implications for the home remodeling industry. Of the over 25 million households age 65 and over today, the Joint Center estimates that 44 percent have some need for home accessibility features due to disability or difficulty using components of the home, such as kitchen or bathroom facilities.

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