Designing the Deck Space for Strength, Usability and Beauty (Print Course)

More consumers view their home’s outdoor space as an extension of livable space and have higher expectations for its design and use. Among outdoor renovations, the most attention has been paid to renovating or overhauling decks.

Architects that understand the trends driving this change and the materials best suited for longevity and performance can help homeowners, developers, and builders create a better outdoor experience. Learners in this course will learn what these trends are, design practices for inclusive outdoor spaces, designing for safety, and innovative new products and materials for modern decks.

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Defend Against the Ordinary: Creating an Innovation Mindset in Commercial and Residential Construction and Design (Print Course)

Building and design professionals have been faced with substantial challenges in 2020. COVID-19 altered the construction industry’s forecasts and disrupted the market like nothing seen before. Now, being innovative isn’t a choice, it’s a requirement.

This course will help building and design professionals understand the trends facing the industry, how they can adapt, and stay ahead of the curve. The course will also introduce innovation management principles and the skills needed to implement them, plus provide an overview of new and innovative products hitting the market.

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Designing the Outdoor Oasis: Ensuring Client Satisfaction through Effective Project Management (Print Course)

This course will analyze design trends and approaches to outdoor space design that enhance the homeowner’s experience in the outdoor living area. By examining project management skills that impact homeowner satisfaction with the project team, homeowners deciding to explore outdoor projects will have enhanced satisfaction with the experience.

In addition, the course will identify best practices and challenges with outdoor space design to provide architects and designers with knowledge on how to specify for safety, moisture control, sustainable design, and enhanced project value. Finally, the course will explore features and benefits of specifying outdoor composite and PVC decking metal deck framing and railing solutions, and outdoor LED lighting to increase client satisfaction and project success.

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Smarter Innovation: Understanding Theories of Exnovation to Adopt New Innovations, Overcome Risk Aversion, and Build Better Decks (Print Course)

The AEC industry is notorious for being risk averse. At the same time, innovation and disruption are hailed as the hallmarks of an organization’s or industry’s success. This course will examine a fundamental value of innovation, as well as identify categories of risks and strategies for overcoming risk aversion. Finally, the course will introduce learners to innovative, bamboo-based composite decking products that meet or exceed current standards and enhance the performance and aesthetic goals of residential and commercial projects.

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Designing Outdoor Living Spaces: Well-being, Sustainability, and Material Selection

Outdoor living spaces have the potential to contribute to human health and well-being through biophilic design. By choosing the appropriate materials and systems, particularly for decks and porches, outdoor living spaces offer benefits beyond aesthetics and can further help meet sustainability goals. Lifecycle, safety, and eco-friendly materials should all be considered when designing for outdoor living.

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