Understanding Regulatory Compliance for Water Efficiency in Commercial Plumbing

This course seeks to inform architects and LEED professionals, as well as plumbing engineers and designers, about the various aspects of regulatory compliance for plumbing fixtures. The course will review the history and adoption of plumbing codes, standards, and certifications. The course will also provide detailed analysis of how these can help reduce water consumption while maintaining maximum performance.

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Subfloor Construction Adhesives: Solvent Based, Water Based and Reactive - Why Weather and Substrates Can Cause a Reference Standard Alone to Miss the Mark (ONLINE course)

This course will look at the differences between construction adhesives based on their core chemical makeup. It will compare and contrast VOC regulations and restrictions for indoor air versus those for outdoor air. It will compare the most commonly referenced subfloor adhesive performance specifications, identify their similarities and differences, and point out how lab conditions can differ from “real world” field conditions. The course will finally look at podium construction and the challenges created for adhesives due to varying manufactured wood based substrates and due to VOC restrictions.

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Performance Fabrics in Sustainable Design

Windows, views, and openings in buildings present the classic battle between form and function. The designer naturally wants the building’s occupants to enjoy views and light, but the solar heat gain from these openings can wreak havoc on sustainable goals; however, sophisticated and high-performing solar control fabrics can help reconcile the form and function of light, views, and sustainability.

There are many solar control fabrics on the market; wading through them can be overwhelming. This course aims to help educate the designer about what performance fabrics are, the content of various fabrics, how they work, and the benefits to a sustainable design in meeting and maximizing your goals of occupant health, safety, wellbeing, and sustainability.

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Patio Doors and Moving Glass Walls: Choosing the Best Option for the Project

This course looks at the latest technologies and offerings in the marketplace of patio doors and sliding glass walls for new and existing homes. Patio doors include sliding doors, as well as in-swing and out-swing doors. Sliding glass walls include stacking, bi-fold, and pocket operational styles.

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A Rainscreen Solution Using Fiber Cement Architectural Wall Panels (on-line version)

Moisture intrusion in a wall system can cause numerous building defects as well as health ailments for building occupants. This course will review the cause and effects of moisture intrusion and will discuss how fiber cement panels can be used as a rainscreen to mitigate this moisture. We will identify different rainscreen technologies and ASTM and AAMA testing standards that measure their performance. By the end of the course you will understand basic design approaches and guidelines for installing fiber cement panels as a rainscreen.

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Western Red Cedar: A Proven Material Offers Sustainable Warmth for Contemporary Architecture (Print Course)

From an upscale sports stadium, to a global chain of trendy stores, to luxury custom homes, the specification of Western Red Cedar as a statement-making feature has seen a steady increase. The reasons are many, including the warmth this proven, natural product brings to modern architecture, its recognized sustainable forestry practices, its proven performance over centuries, as well as its surprising affordability for large projects. This course explores the reasons that Western Red Cedar is increasingly a major design factor in significant architectural projects.

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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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