Light for Satisfaction!

This course dives into lighting as a key factor of wellness. Two current building industry trends - Human Health + Wellness and Transparency ā€“ are compelling designers to gain a better understanding of daylighting, the impact of light on our circadian rhythms, and related tools available to designers. The course will explore a few of the building standards that take a deeper dive into lighting as it connects to the human being, as well as technology and strategies that allow designers to better mimic the 24-hour circadian clock within the built environment.

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Quantifying Sustainability for Concrete Construction

Sustainability is a key element in product decision making. This presentation will provide you with information to support decision making for sustainable solutions, an understanding of key elements associated with quantifying sustainability and the need for holistic thinking. This course covers life cycle thinking for product selection and use, the components for sustainability as a balanced solution, specific elements that quantify sustainable results and the objective for multi-attribute decision making.

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Sound Control in Architecture: Sound Absorption

Sound is primarily controlled through two passive methods: absorption and isolation. This course will focus on sound absorption in architecture and discuss how it is measured. This course will cover the different types of absorptive materials used today, and help the learner to select a ceiling panel based on the desired acoustical performance of the space.

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Designing Sustainable, Prefabricated Wood Buildings (Print Course)

Prefabricated wood buildings should be considered when designing and building both multi-family and commercial buildings, as prefabrication is an efficient and sustainable building practice. Prefabricated wood components can help to solve many design and engineering challenges such as material and process efficiency, environmental performance and life safety. This course will demonstrate the advantages of prefabrication, specifically how it relates to both light wood frame and mass timber construction.

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Dynamic FaƧades' Measurable Contributions to Human Well-Being (Print Course)

Advanced faƧade designs improve light quality, airflow control, nature views, acoustics, and other variables affecting the quality of workplace life. Most firms spend more on personnel than on facilities. High-performance features still involve upfront costs, but as the relations of health, absenteeism, productivity, and the full range of returns on investment become clearer, austerity toward the ā€œgreen premiumā€ is giving way to a business case for dynamic faƧades.

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Optimizing Acoustic Performance of Wood Buildings (Print Course)

Design teams must integrate building systems to create a high performance building that also enhances the health and wellbeing of occupants. This course will explore how to achieve optimal acoustic performance in wood building systems with proper design of walls and floors/ceilings. The course will examine acoustical codes, integrating acoustics into sustainable design, construction detailing and case studies where acoustics were prioritized to optimize indoor environmental quality.

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A New Approach to Acoustics using Sound Masking as a Design Platform (Print Course)

Background sound is key to providing building occupants with improved speech privacy, noise control, and acoustic comfort. When used as the starting point for interior planning, sound masking lets building professionals set the base of background sound throughout a facility, more accurately specify the blocking and absorptive elements used in their design, allowing it to be delivered in a cost-effective manner, and with greater assurance of achieving the intended results.

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Transforming Aging in Place to Aging with Grace in the Kitchen and Bath

This course discusses the dangers of the typical home of aging people or those with mobility or other challenges. It discusses solutions to safety and accessibility issues, based on both the 7 Principles of Universal Design, as well as ADA standards. The course shows the benefits of creating a home that is safe and accessible for people of all generations, without sacrificing style.

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Optimizing Occupant Experience with Wood (Print Course)

This course will examine how wood structures and finishings can help meet tenancy trends and the benefits wood provides to owners and occupants, such as aesthetics, high-performance and life safety. Two different types of wood structural systems are discussed, as are the qualities that make a building desirable. Case studies demonstrate how value was maximized and occupant well-being was optimized in wood structures.

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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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