Composite Stone and the Evolving Exterior Stone Category

This one hour course will provide an overview of stone cladding in exterior construction. Specifically, an in depth look at the characteristics, features and benefits of the Composite Stone Category.

Labor shortages in the market are causing many projects to take longer and run over budget. However, by specifying products like composite stone that do not require specialized labor to install, projects can remain on time and come in under budget. Composite Stone is a light-weight, and cost-effective solution for residential, multi-family and commercial applications alike.

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Community Propane Systems, An Energy and Technology Solution for Developers, Builders, and Homeowners

Gas appliances like ranges, fireplaces, and furnaces are important amenities that many home buyers want in a new home. However in some residential developments, natural gas access may not be feasible and on-site propane storage may also have challenges. Community Propane Systems offer an innovative method for supplying propane to the all of the homes in a community through a centralized delivery system.

Community Propane Systems give developers an option for offering gas access to building lots; they allow builders to offer gas appliance amenities to buyers; and they give home buyers the opportunity to get the technologies they want in a new home. This course discusses how community propane systems work, the use cases for these systems, the value propositions, and the performance benefits of common propane applications that can be used.

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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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Designing for a Lifetime: How to Specify Timeless and Trendy Products (Print Course)

This course will provide architects and designers with knowledge that will enhance their ability to identify key trends in kitchen design and product specification. Specifying products for clients that are both timeless and trendy drives client satisfaction and enhances the project portfolio.

By examining feedback from industry experts regarding the future of kitchen design, this course will demonstrate how to effectively incorporate space planning, appliances, connectivity, and technology into the project.

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Aesthetically Designed, Durable Prefabricated Fireproof Columns Provide Passive Fire Protection

Structural fire protection guards essential structural components from the devastating effects of fire.

This course discusses the types of passive fire protection methods that are available and examines the composition, manufacture, finishes, design, and installation considerations of prefabricated fireproof structural columns designed for exposed exterior and interior load-bearing applications.

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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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