Engaging Clients: Communication Strategies for Better Project Management

Communication is a key, but often overlooked, aspect of the architect’s role. Understanding what constitutes effective communication, as well as having an awareness of the tools that can aid communication, can enhance the architect’s role and enable projects to run more smoothly. Effective communication can also translate to more satisfied clients, repeat business, and projects that remain on-time and on-budget.

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The Psychology of Human Health and the Built Environment: Using Folding, Sliding, and Swing Doors as Wall Systems in Biophilic Design

Biophilic design has the ability to blur boundaries between the indoors and outdoors, creating spaces that contribute to occupant cognitive, physiological, and psychological well-being. Incorporating advanced door systems into biophilic design can help specifiers to adhere to biophilic tenets while optimizing the health of occupants and contributing to the functionality and beauty of a space.

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Strategic Development and Business Basics:  Crafting a Business Plan that Creates Opportunities

New architects often aspire towards the day when they can open their own firms. For that to come to fruition, however, years of experience are not enough. Sound business development strategies are also needed to achieve the goal of opening a firm.

This course will teach budding architects strategic opportunities for business development, including marketing strategies to develop new opportunities, learning how to build alliances with outside sources, and understanding the importance of superior customer service. The course will impart how to develop and maintain a competitive edge.

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Rating the Building Envelope: Fenestration Testing and Certification

Learners will be able to understand the history and various aspects of 2017 edition of AAMA/WDMA/CSA101/I.S.2/A440—North American fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights (NAFS), including testing, performance class, performance grade, gateway performance requirements, and optional performance requirements.

By the end of the course, learners should also understand the differences between laboratory and field testing.

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High Tech Wood Windows: Design Challenges and Solutions

Wood windows remain immensely popular with designers and homeowners alike and have evolved over the decades. They are remarkable for their warmth and aesthetic appeal. The modern versions are also more impervious to environmental conditions and can achieve extremely high energy saving ratings with high-tech glass. Most importantly, wood windows have design flexibility that can accomplish the aesthetic program of any architectural style, from contemporary to traditional to ornate and custom.

This course teaches designers what is possible when wood windows are specified, and delves into how the wood for these windows is grown and then used in manufacturing for durability and conservation.

The course discusses how wood treatments have evolved to the superior state of strength possible today and explains how windows are tested and rated. These principles are illustrated via case studies showing the potential for wood windows specified to satisfy modern architectural challenges.

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DOE: Building America Solution Center - Energy Star Windows

Select and install high-performance windows, preferably windows that are ENERGY STAR rated or that meet or exceed the ENERGY STAR program requirements for windows, doors, and skylights. If you are seeking certification under the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program or the U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Home program, read this for more specific guidance.

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DOE: Characterization of Energy Savings and Thermal Comfort Improvements Derived from Using Interior Storm Windows

This report records the results of a field study conducted in a historic home in Seattle, Washington, to document the performance of interior storm window inserts. The energy use and thermal performance of the house were monitored before and after the installation of the inserts. Using the defined analysis approach, it was determined that the interior storm windows produced a 22% reduction in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning energy use and reduced building envelope leakage by 8.6%. Learn more.

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DOE: Window and Frame Replacement – Code Compliance Brief

The intent of this brief is to provide additional information to help assure the measure will be deemed in acceptance with the code. Providing notes for codes officials on how to plan review and field inspect can help the builder or remodeler with the proposed designs and provide the jurisdiction with information for acceptance. Providing the same information to all interested parties (i.e., code officials, builders, designers) is expected to result in increased compliance and fewer innovations being questioned at the time of plan review and/or field inspection.

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6 Ways to Incorporate Contemporary Design into Your Home E-book

At its roots, contemporary design embraces straight lines and natural elements. Sleek, casual and inviting, contemporary design is simple yet stunning. This e-book provides insights on six ideas for contemporary looking spaces: Natural light; Interior and exterior synergies; Simplicity and minimalism; Tone-on-tone palettes; Form follows function; and An element of surprise.

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Specifying Custom Fiberglass Doors: The Performance of Fiberglass and the Aesthetic of Real Wood

Exterior fiberglass doors that have the look, feel, weight, and—when knocked on, even the sound— of hardwood doors handcrafted by true artisans may be the ultimate combination of form and function.

This course discusses the many benefits of fiberglass doors and the process of creating fiberglass doors using molds made from real wood species. The testing and rating of fiberglass doors is followed by a gallery of ideas for different styles of architecture, various types of wood and decorative accents.

The course will demonstrate how to customize fiberglass to create an aesthetically pleasing space that is also functional.

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