Moisture Durability Opportunities in Green Standards / Codes

Many green standards lack sufficient measures to ensure long-term durability of wall assemblies. Unfortunately, some energy efficient designs, while code compliant may adversely impact durability. The importance of increase moisture management capabilities, such as effective drainage, will be demonstrated using tools and simulations to assist in designing energy-efficient and durable walls.


Product Rules

In the spirit of Michael Pollan’s book, “Food Rules”, Product Rules will provide 12 basic rules for selecting better, healthier, more environmentally responsible and LEED MR and EQ credit compliant products and materials.


Understanding Tax Benefits of 179D for Design Firms (Print Course)

This article will describe the historical relevance of Section 179D and how this tax incentive can positively impact the individual business models for architects, engineers, contractors, energy service company (ESCO), or any building professional who provides the technical specifications for a new or retrofitted property where energy efficiency is specifically addressed. Also this learning unit will outline the process required to take advantage of the Section 179D deduction and provide suggestions for successfully completing the process. Finally, this article will discuss some of the recent updates of the extension of Section 179D along with the recent ASHRAE changes for 2016 projects.


Intelligent Design for Code Compliant Bathing Facilities

From assisted living and healthcare facilities to hospitality, universities, and multi-family construction, large commercial projects have unique demands and many must be fitted with barrier free, ADA, UFAS and ANSI compliant bathing products. This course will provide an overview of intelligent design solutions with regard to relative code.


Energy Calculator

The Milgard Energy Calculator provides a quick and easy way to help you select windows and doors that can meet local energy codes and project requirements.

The tool gives you the flexibility to select the required ENERGY STAR® zone, u-factor, SHGC or VT, and determine which Milgard window and door products meet the selected requirements.

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Understanding Climate Driven R-Value in Commercial Roofing Insulation

This course will provide an understanding of the attributes of stone wool roofing insulation when compared to other types of insulation and will examine the importance of considering climate driven R-value when specifying commercial roofing insulation.


Fiberglass Manufacturing and Window Performance Testing

Fiberglass windows & doors were developed as the demand for a strong, durable and low maintenance frame type that would be more sustainable and environmentally friendly than vinyl, wood or aluminum frames. The global green building movement is spurring demand for sustainable products with low life cycle costs—and more mainstream window and door manufacturers are introducing fiberglass profiles to meet the demands of most architects and designers.


Plumbing Codes and Considerations

Codes are critical to the engineering and installation of plumbing systems - existing as a guide for jurisdictions everywhere. Staying educated on relevant codes, changes and updates is an important part of every professional's job.

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A Civic Engagement Model for Sustainable Initiatives

Stakeholders from Syracuse, NY address being a post-industrial “legacy city” that is rebuilding for the future. The Connective Corridor project is the largest civic infrastructure project in more than three decades. It will connect Syracuse University to downtown business creating a cultural district that benefits students and permanent residents alike. This program discusses the partnerships, collaboration and strategies that have brought this project to life.


Insights on Multifamily Benchmarking from EPA & Fannie Mae

There is an increasing demand for performance data in the green marketplace. But it’s been difficult to quantify, normalize and put a label on performance across building types, occupancy types, locations, and amenities. ENERGY STAR has partnered to create a performance scale for multifamily spaces. This program discusses the importance of benchmarking from performance and financial perspectives for developers, owners, property managers, designers, and tenants.