Architecting Change: Design Strategies for a Healthy, Resilient, Climate Smart Future (Print Course)

Over the past decade, the architectural, construction and engineering (AEC) sector has grappled with unprecedented technological and socioeconomic changes along with an unprecedented confluence of challenges to the health of our communities, our cities and our planet. Climate change is accelerating—the 10 years leading up to 2020 was the warmest decade on record. Buildings and their construction account for 39% of global carbon dioxide emissions.

At the same time, the built environment is growing at a record pace in the US. It is estimated that 2.5 million new housing units are needed to make up for the nation’s housing shortage, a trend that has not abated in the face of a global pandemic. Technological gains within the built environment are making zero-carbon construction attainable, dramatic energy savings achievable and taller mass timber construction possible. Industry research, along with bold demonstration projects, is expanding the sector’s understanding of carbon sequestration, life cycle assessment (LCA), Passive House principles, and biophilic and health-centered design. In this course you’ll learn from design teams who are embracing these strategies and delivering solutions that begin to address some of the most pressing global challenges of our times.

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Keeping Tradition Alive: Resilient Benefits of Polymeric Exteriors

The session involves a brief discussion of the basic how-and-why of traditional neighborhoods, including iconic platting elements like small front yards and public spaces, and the design of individual units with an eye on the block-face to achieve harmonious streetscapes. This program will touch on various elements of sustainability, Green, OSHA requirements, fire safety, wind load, and other general code matters associated with vinyl siding and trim.

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Designing Beneficial Spaces for Living, Working and Well-being (Print Course)

It’s a common human reaction; we turn to nature in uncertain times. Nature nurtures, as they say. With the 2020 global pandemic and the limited access to the outdoors it has meant for many, people are looking at their surroundings with new appreciation – and an increased desire for buildings that help them feel good as they spend more time indoors.

While we know that good architecture doesn’t guarantee good health, evidence is growing that a well-designed building can lead to an improved overall sense of well-being for occupants. And, since wood has a natural connection with nature, there is increasing evidence that wood can contribute to the well-being of building occupants when it is left where it can be seen and even smelled. This CEU explores the trend towards architecture designed to improve the well-being of building occupants.

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The Therapeutic Benefits of Perceived Open Space for Healthcare Patients and Staff

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. In this course we explore the impact that healthcare environments can have on patient and staff wellness. We examine the role natural daylight and perceived open space play in modulating cognitive function, and how we can engage our past memories of natural environments to create a therapeutic patient experience. The course introduces a cognitive approach to design that underscores the restorative value of perceived open space as a healing attribute that can engage our biophilic memory.

Two spatial reference frames present in nature, the perceived zenith, the highest point above the observer, and the perceived horizon line, the farthest point before the observer, can be recreated in an enclosed interior space by staging an appropriate illusion to alter our perception of space. Recreating these fundamental spatial maps through an effective illusion enables a range of wellness benefits normally associated with interiors applying more traditional biophilic design principles.

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Uses, Safety Guidelines, and Innovations of Engineered Quartz Surfaces

This course aims to further explore quartz surfacing materials, including fabrication, cleaning, maintenance, and new products that have recently entered the market. A key focus will be educating project teams about the potential implications of respirable crystalline silica dust, OSHA Silica Standards, and best practices for reducing the risk of dust inhalation when fabricating quartz surfaces.

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Kitchen Design Pros Fast Facts

Kitchen Design Pros will give you the resources to stand out from the competition and will simplify the process of kitchen design and remodeling.

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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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Designing the Outdoor Oasis: Ensuring Client Satisfaction through Effective Project Management (Print Course)

This course will analyze design trends and approaches to outdoor space design that enhance the homeowner’s experience in the outdoor living area. By examining project management skills that impact homeowner satisfaction with the project team, homeowners deciding to explore outdoor projects will have enhanced satisfaction with the experience.

In addition, the course will identify best practices and challenges with outdoor space design to provide architects and designers with knowledge on how to specify for safety, moisture control, sustainable design, and enhanced project value. Finally, the course will explore features and benefits of specifying outdoor composite and PVC decking metal deck framing and railing solutions, and outdoor LED lighting to increase client satisfaction and project success.

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The Impact of Noise in Society and Typical High Performance Solutions for Room Acoustic Applications

The impacts of noise on occupancy health and wellness must be taken seriously. By understanding the importance of good noise control, learners will be able to understand the link between acoustic control and health, well-being, learning and productivity. This course will describe different scenarios like healthcare facilities, schools and offices.

The course will give you an insight into the different sound absorbing materials that can be used to improve room acoustics. In addition, we will discuss best practices using different solutions such as incorporating Melamine Foam as a sound absorbing material in different scenarios.

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5 Critical Take-Aways from the 2020 BUILDER Concept Home

Hear Sekisui House, Ltd., Marketing General Manager Norio Adachi on what bringing Chōwa to the United States market means to Sekisui House, its leaders, its partners, and its worldwide team of associates.

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