Towards Half - Designing for a Carbon Positive Future

MASS Design Group’s Kigali office is increasingly responsible for some of the world’s leading climate positive buildings and large scale developments. How might the methods of highly sustainable construction explored in these projects be a model for the unprecedented construction and urbanization we will see in coming decades - in Africa, the Global South, the West? To realize a more sustainable future, how might we begin to reconsider our approach to materiality, supply chains, labor forces, and the fundamentals of design practice?

This content was produced thanks to funding from the AIA California as part of the CarbonPositive Conference, a partnership between Architect Magazine and Architecture 2030.


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Virtual Education Summit 2020, Day 3 - July 30th

Join Hanley Wood University, in partnership with AIA, for this LIVE 3-day webinar event. Day 3 sessions include:


  • 11am EDT - Understanding Low-E Coatings
    Credits: AIA 1 LU|HSW | Sponsored by Vitro

  • 1pm EDT - Silicone Coatings: A Risk Mitigation Strategy for Thermal Stress Breakage.
    Submitted for AIA CES Credit | Sponsored by: ICD High Performance Coatings

  • 3pm EDT - Understanding Shooter/Attack-Resistant Door Opening Solutions.
    Credits: AIA 1 LU|HSW | Sponsored by: Masonite

  • 5pm EDT - Modern Buildings - Health and Wellbeing: The Role Of Exterior + Interior
    Glass with Enclosed Blinds
    Submitted for AIA/IDCEC CES Credit | Sponsored by: Blink Blinds + Glass

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Virtual Education Summit 2020, Day 2 - July 29th

Join Hanley Wood University, in partnership with AIA, for this LIVE 3-day webinar event. Day 2 sessions include:


  • 11am EDT - Efficient Design Utilizing Decorative Guardrails
    Submitted for AIA/IDCEC Credit | Sponsored by: Trex Commercial

  • 1pm EDT - Vegetative and Protective Membrane Roof Assemblies: What Lies Beneath
    Credits: AIA 1 LU|HSW | Sponsored by: Owens Corning

  • 3pm EDT - Acoustic and Aesthetic Suspended Ceiling Solutions Using Stone Wool
    Credits: AIA 1 LU|HSW; Submitted for IDCEC Credit | Sponsored by: Rockfon

  • 5pm EDT - Sink Selection for Sustainability and Accessibility CEU
    Credits: AIA 1 LU|HSW; IDCEC 0.1 CEU HSW; ASPE 0.1 CEU, GBCI 1 General CE Hour | Sponsored by: Sloan

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Virtual Education Summit 2020, Day 1 - July 28th

Join Hanley Wood University, in partnership with AIA, for this LIVE 3-day webinar event. Day 1 sessions include:


  • 11am EDT - Keynote with Robert Ivy, CEO of The American Institute of Architects

  • 1pm EDT - Panel Discussion: Revisiting Restroom Hygiene & Planning: Design Strategies
    in the Post-COVID era
    Credits: AIA 1 LU|HSW; Submitted for IDCEC Credit | Sponsored by: Bobrick

  • 3pm EDT - Innovative Design Applications Using Advanced Fire Rated Glazing Technology
    Credits: AIA 1 LU|HSW | Sponsored by: Safti First

  • 5pm EDT - Sustainable Design with Redwood Timbers
    Submitted for AIA CES Credit | Sponsored by: Humboldt Redwood

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2020 Vision for Multifamily Property Physical Security: Five Statistics to Focus Your Energy This Year

Property owners and managers like you are expected to answer some big questions as you create short and long-term strategies for your properties. To better understand the market need, Brivo and Security Management Magazine recently surveyed more than 500 security professionals on their vision to improve physical security practices and make better security decisions. This report shares the goals, challenges and positive impacts revealed in the survey.

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It's Electrifying! Decarbonization Policies for Achieving ZERO Now

Quickly achieving zero carbon in building operations is a critical dimension of a CarbonPositive future. This session covers the recent policies for decarbonizing both new construction and the existing building stock, including the ZERO Code, all-electric new construction, and greenhouse gas emissions performance standards for existing buildings.

This content was produced thanks to funding from the AIA California as part of the CarbonPositive Conference, a partnership between Architect Magazine and Architecture 2030.


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The Impact of Noise in Society and Typical High Performance Solutions for Room Acoustic Applications

The impacts of noise on occupancy health and wellness must be taken seriously. By understanding the importance of good noise control, learners will be able to understand the link between acoustic control and health, well-being, learning and productivity. This course will describe different scenarios like healthcare facilities, schools and offices.

The course will give you an insight into the different sound absorbing materials that can be used to improve room acoustics. In addition, we will discuss best practices using different solutions such as incorporating Melamine Foam as a sound absorbing material in different scenarios.

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Building the Perfect Envelope with Insulated Metal Panels

Understanding building physics is critical to proper building envelope design. This course takes a relatively complex subject and reduces it to a level that teaches practical concepts for the building designer. This course will examine how various cladding systems perform across different climate zones and applications. Basic concepts including environmental control layers and hygrothermal loads are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the concept of the “Perfect/Universal Wall”, and how utilizing the proper sequence of wall components can greatly simplify wall design in all climate zones. Insulated metal panels (IMPs) are a unique form of the “Perfect/Universal Wall”, and we will investigate how they perform the same functions as multi-component systems, simplifying wall system design and installation.

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New Options for Insulating and Ventilating Wood Framed Sloped Roofs

This course will discuss control layers of a sloped wood framed roof assembly. We will be talking about code provisions for roofs and sustainable building practices. We will also discuss the differences between ventilated and unventilated assemblies. To wrap up, we will look at some changes outlined in the 2018 code and look at different systems that integrate the functions of air, water and thermal performance in different assemblies.

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Designing with Architectural Insulated Metal Wall Panels

Insulated Metal Panels are manufactured in a variety of styles and sizes depending on application. Steel is the predominant facing material, providing economy with excellent durability. The facings provide aesthetic appeal, act as control layers, protect the foam core from damage and ensure long term thermal performance, lower construction, operating and maintenance costs throughout the life span of the facility.

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