Specifying Western Red Cedar: Sustainable Building Products

Western Red Cedar (WRC) aesthetic, economic, and environmental benefits are just some of the reasons why builders and designers are increasingly gravitating to this species of wood. Presented here are modern, historical, and cultural uses of western red cedar, as well as its performance characteristics, grade specification, and finishes. Also discussed are sustainable forest management practices and certification agencies, and how sustainably sourced wood can contribute to LEED® credits.

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Architectural Mesh System Use in Commercial Building Design

Architectural mesh systems can provide customizable, unique solutions for a variety of needs encompassing both form and function. Depending on the model chosen, these include providing sustainable daylighting solutions, acting as interior privacy screens, and even withstanding hurricane-force winds. This course will describe the composition and applications of architectural mesh systems as well as review case studies demonstrating their versatile use.

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The Sustainability of Synthetic Materials Used for Decking, Trim, and Patio Projects

Post-consumer plastic water bottles, bags, and detergent containers - once slated for overburdened landfills - are instead being recycled into polymer decking, trim and patio materials. By understanding the life cycle assessments (LCAs), sustainable materials management (SMM), and sustainable manufacturing processes, architects, designers and builders will be better equipped to specify sustainable decking materials that are durable and meet a variety of aesthetic needs.

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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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Designing the Outdoor Oasis: Ensuring Client Satisfaction through Effective Project Management (Print Course)

This course will analyze design trends and approaches to outdoor space design that enhance the homeowner’s experience in the outdoor living area. By examining project management skills that impact homeowner satisfaction with the project team, homeowners deciding to explore outdoor projects will have enhanced satisfaction with the experience.

In addition, the course will identify best practices and challenges with outdoor space design to provide architects and designers with knowledge on how to specify for safety, moisture control, sustainable design, and enhanced project value. Finally, the course will explore features and benefits of specifying outdoor composite and PVC decking metal deck framing and railing solutions, and outdoor LED lighting to increase client satisfaction and project success.

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Smarter Innovation: Understanding Theories of Exnovation to Adopt New Innovations, Overcome Risk Aversion, and Build Better Decks (Print Course)

The AEC industry is notorious for being risk averse. At the same time, innovation and disruption are hailed as the hallmarks of an organization’s or industry’s success. This course will examine a fundamental value of innovation, as well as identify categories of risks and strategies for overcoming risk aversion. Finally, the course will introduce learners to innovative, bamboo-based composite decking products that meet or exceed current standards and enhance the performance and aesthetic goals of residential and commercial projects.

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Designing Outdoor Living Spaces: Well-being, Sustainability, and Material Selection

Outdoor living spaces have the potential to contribute to human health and well-being through biophilic design. By choosing the appropriate materials and systems, particularly for decks and porches, outdoor living spaces offer benefits beyond aesthetics and can further help meet sustainability goals. Lifecycle, safety, and eco-friendly materials should all be considered when designing for outdoor living.

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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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Create Beautiful Outdoor Spaces and Prevent Deforestation with Polymer and Composite Deck Material

This course will examine the ways in which the use of exotic wood in decking materials contributes to deforestation. It will also examine how some certifying bodies fall short of protecting tropical rainforests and fail to prevent illegally harvested wood from entering the United States. Finally, the course will outline the evolution of synthetic decking materials, compare them to exotic wood, and discuss the design and environmental advantages of specifying them.

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Motorized Pergola Systems: Optimizing Outdoor Spaces in Hotels, Restaurants, and High-end Residential Projects

This course will examine the ways in which motorized pergola systems can help to create memorable, adaptable outdoor spaces. The health benefits of being outdoors, as well as biophilic design in hotels, restaurants, and high-end residential projects, will also be discussed.

In addition, the course will help learners determine the ways in which retractable and louvered pergola systems provide solar protection and adaptive lighting for outdoor spaces.

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