A Holistic View of Carbon in the Built Environment

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course examines the principles associated with carbon emissions over the life of a building. The carbon footprint of a building does not begin when the building becomes operational but rather during design and continues through demolition or deconstruction. The role that design and construction professionals play in regard to product transparency will also be discussed.

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Multi-Family, Mid-Rise Wood Buildings A Code-Compliant, Cost-Effective and Sustainable Choice (Print Course)

One of the most fundamental decisions facing a multi-family design team is choosing the building’s structural material. While dominant in single family residential construction, the cost-effective, code compliant and sustainable attributes of wood construction apply to mid-rise multi-family projects too. This course explores the reasons for the increasing popularity of wood in multifamily buildings, reviews code compliance and fire safety technical considerations, and discusses techniques for successful wood building designs. In addition, it addresses trends expanding the opportunities for wood use in multi-story design.

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The Role of Wood Products in Green Building (Print Course)

This course will help you understand that sustainable design begins with sustainable building materials. Because there are many factors to consider in assessing a building’s sustainability, it can be challenging to fully understand the long-term impacts of choosing one building material over another. However, material choice greatly affects the environmental impact of buildings, both during construction and over the building’s lifecycle.

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A More Transparent Shade of Green: Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) Drive Restrooms to the Lead in Green Design

As both sustainability and efficiency advance in the built environment, architects, specifiers, and buyers are increasingly concerned with purchasing products that are environmentally friendly and can achieve project performance and client welfare goals. Architects and designers are, in essence, visionaries.

This course explores options that architects and designers have when choosing products that accurately support and fuel their passion for possibilities while maintaining the health, safety, and welfare of the clients needs. Definition for PCRs, LCAs, and EPDs are discussed and various case studies are examined.

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Residensity: Urban Land Use and Growth

How is the material construction of individual buildings tied to larger patterns of land use and planning at the urban and regional scales? What will be the impact of carbon sequestering building material production on natural resources? What determines the bearing capacity of cities to accommodate the growth that is expected in coming decades? What are the leading examples of responsible and sustainable growth from around the world?

This content was produced thanks to funding from the AIA California as part of the CarbonPositive Conference, a partnership between Architect Magazine and Architecture 2030.


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CHOWA Concept Home-Journey to Completion Video

The design of the Chowa Home is focused on balance and harmony, derived from the Japanese meaning of the word. This video shows you how the collaborative effort between Japanese and US Builders created a luxury concept home that provides solutions for creative building through flexible design and better building processes.

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Towards Half - Designing for a Carbon Positive Future

MASS Design Group’s Kigali office is increasingly responsible for some of the world’s leading climate positive buildings and large scale developments. How might the methods of highly sustainable construction explored in these projects be a model for the unprecedented construction and urbanization we will see in coming decades - in Africa, the Global South, the West? To realize a more sustainable future, how might we begin to reconsider our approach to materiality, supply chains, labor forces, and the fundamentals of design practice?

This content was produced thanks to funding from the AIA California as part of the CarbonPositive Conference, a partnership between Architect Magazine and Architecture 2030.


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It's Electrifying! Decarbonization Policies for Achieving ZERO Now

Quickly achieving zero carbon in building operations is a critical dimension of a CarbonPositive future. This session covers the recent policies for decarbonizing both new construction and the existing building stock, including the ZERO Code, all-electric new construction, and greenhouse gas emissions performance standards for existing buildings.

This content was produced thanks to funding from the AIA California as part of the CarbonPositive Conference, a partnership between Architect Magazine and Architecture 2030.


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Wood Window Walls Achieve Biophilic, Sustainable Design in Contemporary Architecture (Print Course)

Contemporary architecture attempts to maximize daylight, minimize ornamentation, and connect interiors to the outdoors (biophilia). Fenestration plays a great role in achieving this aesthetic. This course will discuss how to fill very large openings with mulled windows, punched-opening window walls, moving walls with large doors, and timber curtain walls. The course will identify window and door styles, design options, and performance measures that must be considered when specifying oversized openings for both residential and commercial projects.

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Network for Change: The Embodied Carbon Movement

What are the critical levers in policy, manufacturing, design and construction practice for advancing low carbon construction quickly and globally? What are the movement's successes and what challenges still lie ahead? How do we create and sustain collective action?


This content was produced thanks to funding from the AIA California as part of the CarbonPositive Conference, a partnership between Architect Magazine and Architecture 2030.


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