The Role of Wood Products in Green Building (Print Course)

This course will help you understand that sustainable design begins with sustainable building materials. Because there are many factors to consider in assessing a building’s sustainability, it can be challenging to fully understand the long-term impacts of choosing one building material over another. However, material choice greatly affects the environmental impact of buildings, both during construction and over the building’s lifecycle.

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A More Transparent Shade of Green: Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) Drive Restrooms to the Lead in Green Design

As both sustainability and efficiency advance in the built environment, architects, specifiers, and buyers are increasingly concerned with purchasing products that are environmentally friendly and can achieve project performance and client welfare goals. Architects and designers are, in essence, visionaries.

This course explores options that architects and designers have when choosing products that accurately support and fuel their passion for possibilities while maintaining the health, safety, and welfare of the clients needs. Definition for PCRs, LCAs, and EPDs are discussed and various case studies are examined.

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Residensity: Urban Land Use and Growth

How is the material construction of individual buildings tied to larger patterns of land use and planning at the urban and regional scales? What will be the impact of carbon sequestering building material production on natural resources? What determines the bearing capacity of cities to accommodate the growth that is expected in coming decades? What are the leading examples of responsible and sustainable growth from around the world?

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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Panel Discussion: Revisiting Restroom Hygiene & Planning: Design Strategies in the Post-COVID Era

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Understanding design strategies for restroom hygiene and planning is a critical component for architects and designers as we approach the current pandemic crisis. Most notably, what does the restroom space look like post-COVID? This course will provide learners with information necessary for understanding hygiene challenges, determining the best products to specify, and space and design planning for restroom optimization.

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Modern Buildings: The Role of Exterior & Interior Glass with Enclosed Blinds

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course will provide an exploration of today’s modern buildings, from exteriors to interiors, and how they must provide their occupants within, operational owners, and our greater planet “health + well-being.” The course will identify roles that we, as developers, planners, architects, interior designers + manufacturers, play in collective responsibility. Architectural elements, from Design, to products, and materials playing an active role in this responsibility and this course will focus on how architectural glass windows with enclosed blinds and contribute to this overarching need.

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Understanding Low-E Coatings

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course will enable you to be able to define the solar energy spectrum and common glass performance measures, discuss the manufacturing processes for pyrolytic and MSVD low-e coatings, identify how passive and solar control low-e coatings differ and impact glass performance measures, and how low-e coatings improve energy efficiency and earn LEED® credit contributions.

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Innovative Design Applications Using Advanced Fire Rated Glazing Technology

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Architects have always pushed the limits of what building products can do, and fire rated glazing is no exception. This program shows how fire rated glazing has evolved from small door lites and openings using wired glass and ceramics to floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall, multi-tasking fire resistive glazing systems. Case studies showing these innovative design applications in real-word settings will be used to show participants how architects continue to push the boundaries of what fire rated glass can do.

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Acoustic and Aesthetic Suspended Ceiling Solutions Using Stone Wool

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Architects, Specifiers, Interior Designers, and Building Science professionals all have a long history of specifying stone wool for their insulation and sound absorption needs. Fire resistance, sound resistance, water resistance, thermal resistance and dimensional stability are all features and benefits of stone wool. This presentation will provide learners with information regarding the features and benefits of using stone wool acoustical ceiling tiles. In addition, the course will provide basic information on acoustics as well as the acoustical challenges and resolutions faced in commercial buildings.

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Silicone Coatings: A Risk Mitigation Strategy for Thermal Stress Breakage

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course will provide architects, specifiers, and façade consultants education about silicone-based spandrel glass coating technologies. Attendees will learn about the risks of thermal stress breakage due to ceramic frit’s weakening effects on heat-treated glass. Testing methodology and industry standards will also be addressed. Alternative coating solutions will be introduced as a strategy to reduce risk of thermally induced breakage in glass facades.

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Efficient Design Utilizing Decorative Guardrails

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. When it comes to railing systems, there is no need to compromise a beautiful aesthetic for function and safety; systems can deliver both. This course examines guardrails in terms of their structure, safety, and style. Applicable sections of the International Building Code (IBC) are discussed, as are materials, finishes, and infill options, and how they affect the project budget.

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