Kitchen Design for the Next Generation: Sustainability, Planned Durability, and Mindfulness (Print Course)

Different generations often have different values, priorities, and spending habits. By understanding some of the fundamental characteristics of those aged 30-44, a generational cross-section of Gen Xers and Millennials, design professionals can better cater to their needs. Everything from home size to social media use to environmental concerns impact the way younger Gen Xers and older Millennials build, renovate, and think about design.

Having a basic understanding of how this age group engages with the design process, as well as having a solid grasp of mindful design, sustainable kitchen design, and planned durability, will enable specifiers to attract, connect with, and propose solutions that align with their clients’ goals.

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Kitchens of the Future: Healthy, Sustainable, and Connected

The kitchen has been trending toward minimalism, sustainability, and the increasing desire of consumers to eat healthy foods, often cooked at home. Homeowners are now more aware of the importance of sustainable, healthy building materials, and designers are reimagining the kitchen from the standpoint of storage, prep, cooking, disposal, consumption, and social activity. This course will look to the future of kitchen design, including how connected appliances will change the way we interact in the kitchen.

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A Whole New Meaning to Low-Cost Luxury

It’s time to remove the price attached to creating a rich living space. Residents want luxury living experiences in their communities, and you don't want to break the bank. Get high-end style without the price - all without skimping on quality.

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Let Affordable Design Work Its Lease-Up Magic

You don’t have to look far for the latest on the multifamily amenity wars. The battle zone isn’t confined to just class A properties, either. In order to compete with style-fussy millennials and Gen Z’ers, class B and C properties are upping their game too.

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Redefining Kitchen Design While Improving Health and Wellness

Whether you are taking this course in 2020 or beyond, you have lived through an unprecedented global pandemic that has changed how we approach life. What it means to work, socialize with friends and family, and even prepare a meal altered drastically within the space of a few weeks. People who barely knew how to turn on their oven started experimenting in the kitchen; others, accustomed to dining out, found themselves food prepping for weeks at a time; and many people with families, partners, or roommates found themselves once again gathering together at meal times. Included in all of its life-altering impacts, the pandemic has changed the way we live at home, including how we utilize our kitchens, home offices, and technology.

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Sensory Design and Eliciting Emotion: Theories of Home, Living, and What it Means to Experience a Space (Print Course)

The built environment, in some ways, is a transition. In terms of homes, it’s a segue from public life to private. External to internal. Various philosophers, including Martin Heidegger and Gaston Bachelard, have put forth influential theories on home and living, romanticizing country life and condemning the city. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, some contemporary architects and designers have embraced the philosophers’ spatial and sensory theories while rejecting the idea that “home” can only be created in rural areas.

This course will examine Heidegger’s and Bachelard’s theories alongside contemporary homes in both the country and city. It will also analyze the ways in which design can elicit emotion and create experiences. Lastly, it will propose that a sense of balance and form can arise out of objects regardless of their origin, whether organic or man-made.

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World-Class Style with Surprisingly Affordable Design:

Next-generation Peerless® Faucet reinvents what’s expected in the kitchen and bathroom

The challenges on multifamily owners and operators to attract and retain quality tenants have never been greater. Whether it’s renovating properties or constructing affordable market-rate housing, owners must balance resident expectations with NOI requirements. Read why Peerless® is an increasingly popular choice for design, quality and price in the multifamily space.

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Whole House Appliances: Designing an Innovative, Multi-Purpose Laundry Room

The laundry room is getting more attention from interior designers, appliance manufacturers, and homeowners. The space has traditionally been an afterthought but is quickly evolving into a multipurpose room thanks in part to shifting homeowner demand and technology advances in washers and dryers.

This course will examine how modern laundry rooms are being used, what architects and builders should look for when designing the laundry space, considerations on how to connect washers and dryers with the rest of the home, and how builders can begin to integrate a whole-home appliance approach into new, custom homes.

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Improving Guest Satisfaction with Proper PTAC/PTHP System Specification (Print Course)

As the hospitality industry continues to evolve, there is a greater focus on the guest experience. With increasing customer expectations for comfortable, quiet rooms, the Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) and Packaged Terminal Heat Pump (PTHP) play a vital role in overall guest satisfaction. This CEU demonstrates the level of quality that PTAC/PTHP systems offer the hospitality environment. You will also learn the benefits of the product, why it offers maximum efficiency, what factors and accessories help the system operate more effectively, and what makes PTAC/PTHP systems so reliable.

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Merging the Outdoors with Kitchen Design: Creating the Luxury Outdoor Kitchen Oasis

Combining outdoor in both indoor and outdoor spaces is a key request from homeowners in today’s building market. As revealed in a recent survey of architects, rooms that have seen particularly strong growth in popularity over the past year include outdoor living areas and rooms. Almost 63 percent of residential architects surveyed report that interest in outdoor living areas/rooms are increasing, while fewer than 2 percent report interest to be declining. The increased enthusiasm in outdoor living has pushed this special function room to the top of the most popular list.

Architects and designers are being asked to specify outdoor spaces, in particular kitchen spaces, that are not only functional but aesthetically pleasing. With the renewed energy surrounding biophilic design concepts, architects and designers must understand best practices for outdoor kitchen design, as well as appliance considerations that are available. Overall, the form and function of the outdoor kitchen space must be well thought out and designed in a way that promotes safety and wellness for the homeowners who enjoy it.

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