Propane as a Solution to Meeting Code and Above-Code Programs – Using High Efficiency Propane Systems as a Compliance Strategy

Nothing is driving greater change in the home building industry than energy efficiency, but prior to 2015 the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) didn't address mechanical equipment such as furnaces and water heaters. The 2015 IECC now includes a new compliance path called the Energy Rating Index allowing builders more choices in how to meet the energy code.

In addition, builders can determine how to use propane to their maximum advantage under the ERI pathway by determining their homes’ Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index. The HERS Index predicts the energy performance of a home versus a "typical new home" benchmarked at a score of 100.

This course will take a closer look at how high efficiency propane equipment such as furnaces and water heaters provide flexibility in meeting 2015 IECC standards and help reduce a home’s HERS Index, in addition to helping projects gain points in above-code programs such as LEED and the National Green Building Standard.

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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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Specification Considerations for Architectural Wood Doors (Print Course)

This course is designed to increase your knowledge of architectural wood door construction needed for product specification. The course will cover door components and construction, manufacturing processes, core options, door assembly, face materials, and finish options, as well as industry standards.

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Making a Home Greener with Replacement Windows and Patio Doors

The definition of a green or sustainable home has broadened and deepened over the decades. Experience, knowledge, and innovations developed by architects, contractors, and manufacturers have produced a set of criteria which signals that a house is thoughtfully designed and built. During a renovation, features and assets that were not considered when the home was first built can now be included. Those sustainable criteria to consider specifying in a renovation include durability, energy efficiency, comfort, and health. We’ll start out discussing each of them as they apply to windows and patio doors, and clarify the details that make a window efficient.

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Thin Large Format Porcelain Tile

Thin, large format porcelain panels provide all of the beneficial characteristics of porcelain tile but in a product that is less than ¼ inch thick and lighter in weight. Its technical capabilities allow it to be used in more interior and exterior applications, it is more environmentally friendly than thicker and heavier products, and it is appropriate for use in both new construction and renovation projects. This course will cover the characteristics of thin, large format porcelain tile, interior and exterior applications, specification and installation considerations, and green building contributions of the product.

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Custom Water Feature Installed at St. Rita's Medical Facility

At St. Rita’s Regional Medical Center they incorporated a custom water feature in their healthcare facility that brings a soothing calmness to its visitors.

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Making Sustainable, Life Inspiring, Low Energy Dwellings Normal

Housing is the root and stalk of civilization, yet the current American standard is a highly defective, regressive, underperforming product. We can do better. If we’re going to house ourselves in the manner that reflects the hopes and capabilities of the 21st century, then we need to change everything.

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Improving Multifamily Engagement Through Human Dimension

This course looks at how to optimize multifamily energy efficiency savings using psychosocial research results. It will help you understand the value of uncovering program participant’s intrinsic motivations. Finally, this course will help you to see how NYSERDA’s multifamily program reflected deep human insights in messaging and engagement strategies designed to support the complex set of actions associated with deep retrofit programs.

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