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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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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Modern Architectural Benefits and Design Considerations of Molded Brick (Print Course)

Learners will understand the role of brick in construction and design, as well as its benefits and contemporary applications. An overview of the manufacturing process and sustainability properties will be discussed, followed by a thorough review of ASTM brick standards and classifications. The course will provide an understanding of brick sizes, shapes, and orientation, and recommendations for specifying and designing with brick.

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Commercial Door Operators: A UL 325 Safety Standard Review

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course will review UL 325 Safety Standards in relation to commercial door operators. It begins with an in depth look at the functions of various stiles of commercial doors and explores the various types of commercial door operators. The course goes on to discuss the features of reduction systems and solenoid brakes, as well as the NEMA ratings for enclosures and the requirements of UL 325 and how it contributes to the safe operation of commercial doors. Finally the devices that meet the UL standards will be discussed as well as their features.

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Strengthening Your Business Model and Mission for 2021 and Beyond

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Learn how AEC industry design practices can help strengthen business models and operations in a dramatically changed world. Discover how the industry can also support the health and wellness of its employees as well as the local communities it serves. This session brings in some of our industry’s most influential thought leaders to share their business insights and strategies.

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Customizable Acoustical Solutions for Open Plenum Design (Print Course)

Modern open spaces create a unique set of challenges when it comes to acoustics, particularly because many new buildings are designed with open plans and open plenums. Fortunately, there are innovative acoustic systems on the market that are designed to integrate with open plenums that can help to overcome these challenges. This course will discuss customizable acoustical solutions for open plenum design, including baffles, beams, clouds, and acoustical wall panels, which are available in a variety of materials like metal, wood, fiberglass, and felt. The course will explore the importance of acoustical design and how these open plenum ceiling systems can transform a space aesthetically while maximizing acoustics.

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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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Making the Business Case for Building with Insulated Concrete Forms: Energy, Safety, and Savings (Print Course)

Combining the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with high performance rigid insulation, insulated concrete forms (ICFs) provide ideal solutions for developers of apartments, condos, hotels, dormitories, and assisted living facilities.

ICFs are cost competitive with wood frame construction on a first-cost basis and offer operational cost savings through lower energy bills and reduced insurance costs among other benefits such as fire resistance and noise reduction. This article makes the business case for building multi-family homes with ICFs.

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Designing Beneficial Spaces for Living, Working and Well-being (Print Course)

It’s a common human reaction; we turn to nature in uncertain times. Nature nurtures, as they say. With the 2020 global pandemic and the limited access to the outdoors it has meant for many, people are looking at their surroundings with new appreciation – and an increased desire for buildings that help them feel good as they spend more time indoors.

While we know that good architecture doesn’t guarantee good health, evidence is growing that a well-designed building can lead to an improved overall sense of well-being for occupants. And, since wood has a natural connection with nature, there is increasing evidence that wood can contribute to the well-being of building occupants when it is left where it can be seen and even smelled. This CEU explores the trend towards architecture designed to improve the well-being of building occupants.

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Building Acoustics: Making Architects Visions a Reality

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course is designed to provide an introduction to acoustics and will highlight the link between acoustics and the architects vision for a space at the design phase. Understanding how sound travels in buildings is crucial to creating a smart and acoustically sound environment. Architects and building owners invest heavily into designing aesthetics and functionality into a building that represents their vision for its use. However, poor acoustics can disrupt and distract occupants from the architects’ vision for a space.  Understanding how sound travels in buildings and how it interacts with various surfaces will provide the knowledge needed to avoid acoustical issues when designing a space. In the event that the building is already experiencing issues, strategies for remediating the issues will also be discussed.

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