A Planning Guide for Accessible Restrooms

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) set the minimum requirements for newly designed and constructed or altered state and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

Many projects must also follow the provisions of the 2009 revision of ANSI Standard ICC A117.1, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.

This course will identify the benefits of accessibility standards and the prescriptive requirements for accessible restrooms set by the ADA.

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Creating a Wellness Space in the Master Bath

Hydrotherapy is the practice of using water treatments to improve physical, physiological, and mental health. As trends in at-home self-care rituals are growing, there is an increased desire among homeowners to transform the master bath into a personalized wellness retreat. Incorporating at-home hydrotherapy treatments like spa tubs, saunas, or steam showers can be accomplished in almost every type of master bathroom.


This course will help learners understand what hydrotherapy is, how it’s beneficial, and why it’s important in new home design and renovations, as well as specification considerations for experience baths, saunas, and steam rooms and/or showers.

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The Impact of Wood Use on North American Forests (Print Course)

As green building has evolved beyond its initial emphasis on energy efficiency, greater attention has been given to the choice of structural materials and the degree to which they influence a building’s environmental footprint. Increasingly, wood from sustainably managed forests is viewed as a responsible choice. Drawing from a wide range of research publications, this course will examine the current state of North American forests, modern forest practices, and criteria for sustainability, and consider some of the challenges that could profoundly impact the future of the forest resource.

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Thermal and Ignition Barrier Requirements for Spray Polyurethane Foam

This course focuses on the use of Spray polyurethane insulation (SPF) in regard to fire safety and testing requirements. Emphasis is placed on code compliance when using a spray foam material building insulation. This course will also discuss the key differences between thermal barriers versus ignition barriers and the importance of these differences when determining the proper product to use.

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Rigid Board Insulation:  Providing Real Space Value in Commercial Real Estate (Print Course)

The usable space within a building is a fundamental metric in understanding the valuation of real estate. Properties with greater internal floor area command a higher rental return and could give rise to a greater ROI when investing in premium insulation, which allows for thinner wall constructions and additional internal square footage.

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Fire Safety In High-Rise Structures (Print Course)

This course will provide an understanding of life safety as related to perimeter fire containment in high-rise structures where a non- rated exterior wall adjoins a rated floor assembly. Discussion points will include basic philosophy of fire containment, tested assemblies, and code requirements. Additionally, engineering judgments as related to best practices and IFC guidelines will be discussed.

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Walkable, Waterproof Roof Deck Membrane Systems Improve Outdoor Living and Mitigate Moisture Damage

This course provides an overview of walkable roof deck membranes and roofing systems, including a discussion of the key principles of deck design, design considerations, and how to install and specify roof deck membrane systems. The course will focus on how walkable roof deck membrane systems support outdoor living trends and moisture mitigation in building assemblies.

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Maximizing the Design Benefits of Podium Construction (Print Course)

By the end of this course, learners will demonstrate a deeper understanding of podium structures and approaches to their design and construction. In addition, the course will examine 2018 IBC code provisions applicable to multi-story podiums. Additionally, the benefits of using timber in podium construction will be analyzed along with case studies that demonstrate the ways in which this construction typology is suited to urban infill applications.

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Specifying Sustainable Concrete (Print Course)

Concrete is used in nearly every structure we build today, including buildings, bridges, homes and infrastructure. With greater emphasis placed on sustainability, design professionals are faced with the challenge of meeting traditional design criteria with evolving criteria that support green building and efforts to reduce impact on climate change.

Performance-based specifications for concrete represent an important synergy with sustainability initiatives because they provide the opportunity to optimize mixtures for performance that can also reduce environmental impacts. Prescriptive specifications often adversely impact the environmental footprint of concrete structures. This article outlines how concrete performance can be improved while lowering environmental footprint by implementing performance-based specifications.

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Residential Heat Management Solutions and the Wellness Benefits of Gas Fireplaces (Print Course)

Fireplaces have long evoked feelings of comfort and coziness, but traditionally aren’t energy efficient or cost-effective to maintain. Modern gas fireplaces with direct vent and heat management technology provide homeowners with a wide range of home heating solutions. These technologies – both mechanical and passive - improve whole-home comfort, reduce energy consumption, and improve the safety of operating a fireplace. Consumer demand for fireplaces is high, and builders and architects with the most updated knowledge on modern fireplace and home heating solutions can help customers improve the value of their home.

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