This course will discuss the benefits of specifying high-performance architectural glass to improve the energy efficiency of buildings while reducing their operating costs and carbon emissions. An understanding of solar energy spectrum and common glass performance measures, in addition to the manufacturing processes for pyrolytic and magnetron sputter vacuum disposition low e-coating. The course will help learners to differentiate between passive and solar control low-e coatings and different glass performance measures. Finally, the course will analyze how low-e coatings can improve energy efficiency and assist with earning LEED credit contributions.
Historic preservation projects require a significant amount of care and attention to detail. Although window replacements are traditionally seen as a last resort to repair and ongoing maintenance, working with the right partners can improve the building’s energy efficiency while preserving its legacy. Windows can have the most significant architectural impact on a building’s aesthetics, and architects and designers should understand how to balance the needs of multiple stakeholders. This is achieved through knowledge of windows’ role in both sustainability and preservation, increased building operational efficiency, various design options to meet strict historic renovation criteria, and how to manage federal, state, and local building codes and tax incentives.
In the past, darker window frames were limited to painted wood, aluminum, aluminum-clad, or composite material frames due to the higher price point. Affordable, low-maintenance materials such as vinyl were limited to white and tan because of the colors’ low reflectivity and resistance to heat build-up from sun exposure. However, advances in vinyl pigments and new, thermal-resistant paints now provide architects with a wider array of dark colored window material options that are more affordable. This course will explore the basic aesthetics and trends of dark colors and provide a detailed discussion of choosing available dark window styles.
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.
Exterior fiberglass doors that have the look, feel, weight, and—when knocked on, even the sound— of hardwood doors handcrafted by true artisans may be the ultimate combination of form and function.
This course discusses the many benefits of fiberglass doors and the process of creating fiberglass doors using molds made from real wood species. The testing and rating of fiberglass doors is followed by a gallery of ideas for different styles of architecture, various types of wood and decorative accents.
The course will demonstrate how to customize fiberglass to create an aesthetically pleasing space that is also functional.
Many people think of humble warehouses when they hear the term, “metal building,” but metal buildings are not limited to boxy designs. However, metal buildings range in both design and materials used to construct them.
This course will introduce you to the elements of metal building systems and the flexible design options that enhance the aesthetic look and feel of the building. In addition, the course will demonstrate how metal buildings are resilient against high-wind events.
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.
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.
This course will enable you to be able to define the solar energy spectrum and common glass performance measures, discuss the manufacturing processes for pyrolytic and MSVD low-e coatings, identify how passive and solar control low-e coatings differ and impact glass performance measures, and how low-e coatings improve energy efficiency and earn LEED® credit contributions.