Lighting Your Architecture: Using Tools of Light and Tools of Shadow

LED lighting systems and technologies have many distinct advantages that make them ideal for most architectural applications. They are also available in holistic product families that offer design cohesion and full-building integration. True “architectural lighting” creates harmony with the space it illuminates. This course explores an approach to lighting design that focuses not just on meeting the specific lighting requirements of a space, but on communicating with your design project.

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Polycarbonate Roofing and Glazing Highlights

Lightweight, impact resistant and easily moldable, plastic polycarbonate is an extremely versatile and effective building material. As a highly viable alternative to glass, the material is long lasting and exceptionally durable at less than half the weight of glass. This learning unit outlines the advantages of polycarbonate construction applications, outlining the benefits offered through solar performance, durability as well as thermal and acoustic performance of polycarbonate rooftop systems.

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Understanding the Value of Proper HVLS Fan Specifications to a Project (Print Course)

Learn how to specify and install HVLS fans for specific industrial and commercial applications to reduce maintenance costs while maximizing building performance and supporting occupant comfort and well-being. This course will guide you in selecting, customizing, and placing HVLS fan systems and will also address controls, settings, and meeting user needs.

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Pre-Finished Steel Roofing for Residential and Light Commercial Buildings

This course will explore benefits, applications and installation considerations for pre-finished steel roofing, a product that is engineered for maximum strength and durability on new and existing structures. Building on a history of centuries-old metal roofs throughout the world, modern steel roofing is an innovative material with many sustainable and high-performance attributes. Several residential and commercial case studies where steel roofing was specified will be discussed.

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Stain Resistant and Waterproof: Benefits of Sustainable Plastic Ceiling Tiles

Plastic ceiling tiles conquer moisture challenges in buildings and are designed for the health care, restaurant and hospitality markets or any facility with drop ceiling tiles. Plastic ceiling tiles are waterproof, mold resistant and can provide numerous sustainable design benefits. This course reviews the history of dropped ceilings, dangers of moisture intrusion and mold growth in buildings, and benefits of choosing materials that meet these challenges.

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Understanding Sustainable Insulation and LEED v4 (Print Course)

Green building is about architectural and human performance and LEED v4 and other green programs can drive market transformation. This course demonstrates how LEED requirements are changing to increasingly emphasize materials and health, and how new credits with higher standards for health and performance are raising the bar for project teams and the sustainable buildings they design. Case studies where insulation products were used in green buildings will be discussed.

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ICFs Today: The Essential Update

This seminar is a one-stop update on all the important recent developments with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs). You’ll learn about the recent ground-breaking test results that finally and categorically prove the actual thermal performance impact of an ICF’s concrete core. You’ll also see the latest head-to-head case studies versus wood-frame and CMU and you’ll be updated on all the latest market trends as well as all the recent product innovations. This one hour seminar is a must-see for anyone considering building or designing with ICFs.

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Using the AWI Quality Certification Program (Print Course)

Complying with the Architectural Woodwork Standards can be a challenge for architects and builders. Third-party programs such as the Quality Certification Program, which was founded by AWI, are specifically designed for builders and architects hoping to achieve AWS compliance. This article will discuss how these programs work and how they can be leveraged to better achieve QCP certification and protect all stakeholders in the process.

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Emerging Trends in Commercial Flooring

Most current trends in tile, vinyl and wood flooring are the result of emerging technical advances, offering designers and architects enormous flexibility to create unique looks in non-traditional applications. Tiles that simulate real wood, vinyl flooring with a natural stone appearance, and wood flooring that can be used in wet areas are just some of the latest advancements. In this course contractors, designers and architects will learn how to apply current trends in tile, vinyl and wood flooring to gain a competitive advantage.

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Pultruded Fiberglass Windows and Doors

Composite materials have been used for thousands of years and new applications are identified each year. As one of the first modern composite materials, fiberglass is at the forefront of this innovation. This course will familiarize you with the basic aspects of fiberglass composites, specifically pultruded fiberglass, and target their usefulness and environmental advantages in the window and door industry.

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