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.


Meeting Fire Codes with OSB

This course provides an overview of fire-rated cementitious coated OSB (FRCC OSB), sheathing. It looks at wall and roof sheathing applications in terms of its structural and performance properties, as well as its most common applications.


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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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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20/20: Evidence-Based Deep Retrofit Strategies for Smart Schools

This program is a review of multifaceted research that has been conducted in the past four years. It introduces a tool that architects, engineers and school principals can use to determine the best design strategies to retrofit schools and aid in early design decisions for new schools. Thousands of simulations were conducted and condensed to five controversial strategies that go against the grain of common tactics.


The Energy Efficiency Challenge: Understanding New Codes and Standards (UPDATED)

The current U.S. energy consumption is not sustainable and the impact of our energy consumption is driving unprecedented changes in housing design and construction methods to reduce home energy use, create greater efficiencies, improve comfort and reduce monthly expenses for the homeowner. This course will take a closer look at residential energy use and how the changes in building codes and standards are driving improved energy performance in homes. We will take a look at new design and construction methods, materials, and systems that can be used to help reduce the energy requirements of homes and make them more efficient.


Industry Bulletin: Affordable Housing Preparedness for TRACS 202D Modification

Lack of readiness for TRACS 202D compliance at the time of its release carries no fine or penalty, however major consequences arise for those not compliant by the end of the transition period.

If your organization has not made the necessary adjustments to remain compliant you will be unable to submit HAP vouchers after the final cutover date and as a result will not get paid by HUD.

Read this paper to find out what's new, the impact you and how you can get prepared.

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