Enhancing Value of Remodeling Projects with Propane

This course provides an overview of the home remodeling industry, including industry growth trends, demographic insights, and typical project types. The course also explores the potential role of propane technologies in different remodeling applications, illustrating key performance characteristics and how they can add value to remodeling projects. The course concludes by describing the options for propane storage in residential applications.

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10 Hearth Innovations Architects Must Know (Print Course)

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy gazing into a warm fire, but many people hesitate to incorporate fireplaces into their homes, fearing high upkeep or space constraints. However, there has been tremendous innovation in the hearth industry over the past few years in venting and heat-management technologies, as well as more modern aesthetics and smart, connected fireplaces. This course will discuss 10 hearth innovations that architects should be aware of when helping clients decide which fireplace type, style, and features best suit their needs.

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Heating Oil Conversion: Exploring Propane as a Viable Alternative Energy Source

Heating oil, also known as fuel oil or Number 2 oil, has been a popular choice for homeowners since the early 1900s. As an alternative to coal or wood as a fuel source for boilers and domestic hot water production, heating oil proved to be a reliable, clean, and economical choice for millions of consumers, especially in the Northeast where other fuel types were often more difficult to acquire or were more expensive.

But it is not an environmentally conscious fuel choice. Propane gas has the same remote fuel benefit, coupled with fewer emissions and higher efficiency equipment. This course details economic and environmental reasons why switching from heating oil to propane is a good choice for homeowners, residential builders or remodelers.

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Enduring Beauty: High Performing Polymer Cladding Systems

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course encourages participants to think outside the box and consider using polymer cladding as a material to create aesthetic, enduring, and moisture resistant rainscreens that will better protect buildings and its occupants. We will discuss other more commonly used products and the issues faced with each. We will also consider life cycle costs of various cladding options, including polymer. Finally, participants will leave with a thorough understanding of how to install polymer extrusions as cladding. We will explore doing so on different substrates, detailing around openings, transitions between differing cladding materials and how to handle joints between cladding components with the goal of using polymer as a resource to promote health, safety, and welfare of both people and the environment.

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Insulated Roof Deck System Provides an Innovative, Streamlined Alternative to Traditional Low-Slope Roofing Materials (Print Course)

A new, all-in-one insulated roof deck system is revolutionizing the commercial roofing industry. Providing superior benefits to traditional roofing materials, new insulated roof deck panels are suitable for almost any application. This course will compare the innovative new solution to traditional low-slope roofing methods; explain its features and benefits, and how the diaphragm design is part of a building’s structural integrity; and explore design and installation considerations for a successful project.

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Chemistry in Context: Materials Science in Building and Construction

Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) professionals are asked to make informed materials decisions on an almost-daily basis – decisions which call for a foundational understanding of how those materials are made and their potential impact on the building’s health, sustainability and resiliency. This course will help architects, engineers, designers, and contractors navigate the complexity of materials selection by providing an overview of the role of chemistry in enhancing the product and building performance. The course will provide a review of key methodologies for measuring benefits and relevant information to help inform product selection. Further, it will provide a primer on how chemicals are regulated in the marketplace.

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Using Technologically Advanced Metal Building Products in LEED, Net Zero, and Passive Buildings (Print Course)

LEED, Net Zero, and Passive House structures contribute to global efforts to reduce energy consumption and mitigate climate change. Adopting principles espoused by LEED, Net Zero, and Passive House can lead, for instance, to water conservation, the prioritization of safer building materials, and lower operating and maintenance costs. Metal roofing products such as solar air heating panels, insulated metal panels, solar-ready roof systems, cool roofing, and above sheathing ventilation (ASV) technology can all contribute to net zero and passive design strategies as well as to the earning of LEED credits. This course will examine the design principles behind LEED, Net Zero, and Passive House and the ways in which metal building products can help architects, engineers, and builders achieve sustainability goals.

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Exploring a Revolutionary, Systems-Based Approach to Downdraft Ventilation (Print Course)

Proper ventilation while cooking is vital for indoor air quality and must be addressed early in the building process. Downdraft ventilation offers flexibility in design and aesthetics, but it suffers from a poor reputation due to performance issues in early iterations of the technology.

This course covers the importance of indoor air quality, a brief history of cooktop ventilation, and historical challenges with downdraft ventilation. It will discuss a revolutionary, systems-based approach to downdraft ventilation that addresses these challenges, including specification and installation considerations for this new innovation.

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Daylighting with Light-Transmitting Polycarbonate for Roofing and Facades

Daylighting has already been proven to increase a building’s energy efficiency and occupant well-being. Material choice matters. This course will explore the role of daylighting as part of sustainable project design and how to maximize the availability of natural light.

Substantial attention will be given to the role of polycarbonates in daylighting strategy, including product choices and applications. Case studies are also included and examine the use of polycarbonates in various daylighting settings, ranging from a five-year comparative study to an internationally renowned sports stadium, higher education, and a condo in Florida.

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Analysis of Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Homeowners, builders, contractors, and weatherization agencies today have a wide range of energy efficiency upgrades to choose from for existing homes. This course compares the popular upgrades and systems available to help you make the best choice for your projects. Making good decisions about improving an existing home's energy efficiency and lowering its energy costs can be challenging for a consumer. There are a wide variety of options available, all with certain benefits and costs. Homeowners and building professionals frequently ask, What are the most cost effective changes that I can make to improve energy efficiency?

This course is intended to serve as a guide in answering questions about prioritizing energy efficiency investments for existing homes. By closely examining a study commissioned by the Propane Education & Resource Council, the Analysis of Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Existing Homes, this course will provide objective information about the most effective measures and/or equipment choices across five climate regions.

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