Offsite construction can be an entry point for innovation that simplifies onsite assembly, provides cost savings, and offers superior performance. The sector has already implemented just-in-time job site production, reduced cycle time and inventory, and optimized vendor-managed processes. Offsite construction will evolve to increasingly integrated assemblies to further reduce site labor and utilize advanced automation. Significant innovation in offsite construction is finally pushing a large portion of the construction process from the jobsite into manufacturing plants. This course will cover what that innovation is and why the construction industry is ripe for change.
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.
Ventilation is a vitally important factor in the design, construction and operation of luxury kitchens. Without adequate ventilation and an ample supply of clean makeup air, no kitchen will operate efficiently or safely for the occupants. This course will discuss the different types of ventilation systems available and how to incorporate ventilation without sacrificing design and style. In addition, the course will address importance of ventilation for the space and occupant health.
The mission of healthcare organizations is to provide patient care that is effective, medically relevant, and operationally efficient in a comfortable, convenient environment where the patient-provider relationship is at the center. Surfaces play a key role in creating a positive tone within healthcare built environments, but surface quality is dependent on proper material selection, durability of design, and material performance. Designers must understand how to specify surfaces in healthcare settings that address disinfection, durability, and design challenges to achieve safety, efficiency, and patient comfort.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is an extremely versatile resilient flooring product that is commonly used both residentially and commercially, specifically in educational, healthcare, and corporate settings where long lasting performance is key. This course will explore the performance benefits, design features, and applications for luxury vinyl tile where durability, low maintenance, versatility, sustainability, and affordability are desired or required.
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.
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.
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.
Advanced faĆ§ade 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 āgreen premiumā is giving way to a business case for dynamic faĆ§ades.
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.