Increasing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Architecture (Print Course)

The under-representation of many ethnic groups in architecture translates not only to inequities within the profession, but also to missed opportunities in business. Leveraging the benefits of a diverse workforce requires a culture of inclusion and equity, one that values differences among people and ensures a culture of fairness.

This article explores the barriers that people of color face in entering the design profession, the organizations working to mitigate several of these barriers, and internal firm initiatives to create a more equitable work environment.

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RMI's Innovation Center: First-Year Lessons Learned

The Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Innovation Center illustrates the potential of achieving net-positive-energy performance in a replicable manner, serving as a demonstration project for the design and construction industry. Its first year of operation has offered many lessons around technological incorporation, financial replicability and incentivizing an integrated design process.


With four decades of leadership and advocacy for hyper-efficient buildings and economies, RMI is the ultimate client and occupant for such an innovative project. First-hand staff video interviews will address design process, system integration, performance and occupant satisfaction. RMI researchers guide attendees through the building with interactive video technology, providing commentary to frame the experience. Observations will be contextualized by members of the architecture and engineering team, translating lessons that can—and should—be applied to the next generation of high-performance buildings.

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Propane Tankless Water Heating in Commercial Building Applications, Efficiency and Performance Benefits

Water heating is a major energy end-use in commercial buildings and is very significant in certain commercial building types. Many commercial building owners and operators have a critical need for water heating systems which are reliable, able to meet varying levels of demand, energy efficient, and able to fit within a building’s space constraints in order to maintain their business operations. Propane tankless water heaters are a flexible, energy-efficient technology which provides these attributes in many commercial applications.

This course will explore how commercial buildings use energy and the potential application of propane tankless systems to provide a solution for water heating needs.

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A Model Zoning Code for Resilient Communities

This course will provide learners with an understanding of how land use codes impact resiliency through barriers and incentives. It will help you gain an understanding of the positive impact on health and productivity from codes promoting resiliency, review case studies detailing principals of natural ventilation, daylighting and onsite energy production.

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Clarifying Product Transparencies - Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental and Health Product Declarations (Print Course)

The best route to a sustainable building is knowing what’s in the materials used to build it, but questions remain among manufacturers and buyers about how to evaluate and compare the environmental profiles of similar building products and materials.

Product transparency reports like Environmental Product Declarations, Health Product Declarations and Declare labels help meet this challenge.

This course will discuss how these tools collectively provide information about the environmental performance and impact of products and offer an objective means of comparing similar products.

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A Visual Imprint of Moving Air (Print Course)

Architectural acoustics may be a complicated and complex field today, but many of the basic principles began to take shape in the early part of the 20th century. This course covers the rise and fall of acoustical photography—its various benefits and drawbacks—and how it coincided with the development of acoustical principles in architecture.

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Principles of Grout

This course will introduce the basics of grouting, such as the needs and successful applications. It will cover why we do it, what we use, and how it is done.

The content includes an industry overview as well as discussion on grout technologies, installation procedures and tools of the trade.

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Solving Moisture Issues with Rapid Drying Concrete

This course will discuss moisture in concrete slabs and solutions to end slab moisture issues such as flooring failures, mold, warping or curling, and excessive drying times. One solution to these moisture related problems is utilizing a rapid drying concrete. Rapid Drying Concrete is a ready-mix concrete solution for preventing moisture-related floor covering failures, an industry-wide problem that costs millions of dollars annually in damage, downtime, repair and replacement.

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Understanding Hazard, Exposure and Risk in the Built Environment (Online Course)

This course will review the limitations of employing a hazard-only materials selection decision-making process and describe how to evaluate materials and ingredients based on multiple attributes. The course includes an overview of the various tools, guidance and considerations available to help builders, architects and designers weigh options and understand the impacts and trade-offs associated with materials selection decisions.

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Specifying the Ideal Synthetic Turf for Outdoor Sports and Indoor Applications

The goal of this learning unit is to provide architects, landscape architects and designers, contractors, building owners and property managers with the knowledge required to successfully select and specify for the use of artificial turf for use in sporting applications for any design project. It will provide an overview of today’s most sophisticated synthetic turf technologies and products, and case studies.

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