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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Panel Discussion: Revisiting Restroom Hygiene & Planning: Design Strategies in the Post-COVID Era

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Understanding design strategies for restroom hygiene and planning is a critical component for architects and designers as we approach the current pandemic crisis. Most notably, what does the restroom space look like post-COVID? This course will provide learners with information necessary for understanding hygiene challenges, determining the best products to specify, and space and design planning for restroom optimization.

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Sink Selection for Sustainability and Accessibility (On-Demand Webinar)

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course reviews restroom design trends for commercial buildings by focusing on sink/lavatory system technology and the sustainability and accessibility trends surrounding them.

The program will discuss the expanding role architects and designers play in accessible designs – striking a balance between hand washing needs and design flexibility. The program compares a variety of sink/lavatory systems and corresponding components. It discusses how each component can enhance the sustainably of hand washing functions while still providing style within a space. Additionally the course will cover appropriate ADA, LEED and Wellness design criteria.

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A Planning Guide for Accessible Restrooms

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) set the minimum requirements for newly designed and constructed or altered state and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

Many projects must also follow the provisions of the 2009 revision of ANSI Standard ICC A117.1, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.

This course will identify the benefits of accessibility standards and the prescriptive requirements for accessible restrooms set by the ADA.

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Merging the Outdoors with Kitchen Design: Creating the Luxury Outdoor Kitchen Oasis

Combining outdoor in both indoor and outdoor spaces is a key request from homeowners in today’s building market. As revealed in a recent survey of architects, rooms that have seen particularly strong growth in popularity over the past year include outdoor living areas and rooms. Almost 63 percent of residential architects surveyed report that interest in outdoor living areas/rooms are increasing, while fewer than 2 percent report interest to be declining. The increased enthusiasm in outdoor living has pushed this special function room to the top of the most popular list.

Architects and designers are being asked to specify outdoor spaces, in particular kitchen spaces, that are not only functional but aesthetically pleasing. With the renewed energy surrounding biophilic design concepts, architects and designers must understand best practices for outdoor kitchen design, as well as appliance considerations that are available. Overall, the form and function of the outdoor kitchen space must be well thought out and designed in a way that promotes safety and wellness for the homeowners who enjoy it.

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Design Solutions for Restroom Privacy (Print Course)

A large proportion of today’s restroom users, from millennials to caregivers to individuals with personal medical needs, view privacy as a key amenity. Additionally, as all-gender restrooms rise in popularity and may even be required by law in public facilities in some states, privacy has taken a lead role in dialogues surrounding restroom design.

Although there are several avenues through which privacy can be achieved, toilet partition design offers a balance of practicality and privacy that other solutions cannot. This course will review the factors that have contributed to the rise of privacy as an expectation, offer design solutions that can achieve various levels of privacy in commercial restrooms, and consider the impact of privacy solutions on various ADA compliance considerations.

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The Restroom of the Future Designing Connected, User-Friendly, and Sustainable Commercial Restrooms (Print Course)

The A&D industry, plumbing manufacturers, and municipalities are conducting a great deal of research and development into technological advancements, sustainable features, design trends, and the social implications of today’s commercial restrooms. The Internet of Things (IoT) facilitates sweeping changes to restrooms of the future, and sustainability initiatives are pushing energy efficiency and water conservation to the forefront of restroom design.

This course will discuss these issues and more, including forward-thinking restroom designs and innovative technologies that will help you design connected, user-friendly, and sustainable commercial restrooms.

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Creating a Wellness Space in the Master Bath

Hydrotherapy is the practice of using water treatments to improve physical, physiological, and mental health. As trends in at-home self-care rituals are growing, there is an increased desire among homeowners to transform the master bath into a personalized wellness retreat. Incorporating at-home hydrotherapy treatments like spa tubs, saunas, or steam showers can be accomplished in almost every type of master bathroom.


This course will help learners understand what hydrotherapy is, how it’s beneficial, and why it’s important in new home design and renovations, as well as specification considerations for experience baths, saunas, and steam rooms and/or showers.

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Sink Selection for Sustainability and Accessibility (Print Course)

This course reviews restroom design trends for commercial buildings by focusing on sink/lavatory system technology and the sustainability and accessibility trends surrounding them. The program will discuss the expanding role architects and designers play in accessible designs – striking a balance between hand washing needs and design flexibility.

The program compares a variety of sink/lavatory systems and corresponding components. It discusses how each component can enhance the sustainably of hand washing functions while still providing style within a space. Additionally the course will cover appropriate ADA, LEED and Wellness design criteria.

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Technology and Disruption in Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Design

The AEC industry has frequently been criticized for being slow to adopt and adapt to new technologies. For some firms and companies, this equates to loss of revenue, as well as retention and recruitment issues. By understanding emerging technologies, those in the AEC industry can capitalize on disruption whether it involves start-ups, modern methods of prefabrication, home automation, or the Internet of Things.

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