Exploring a Revolutionary, Systems-Based Approach to Downdraft Ventilation (Print Course)

Proper ventilation while cooking is vital for indoor air quality and must be addressed early in the building process. Downdraft ventilation offers flexibility in design and aesthetics, but it suffers from a poor reputation due to performance issues in early iterations of the technology.

This course covers the importance of indoor air quality, a brief history of cooktop ventilation, and historical challenges with downdraft ventilation. It will discuss a revolutionary, systems-based approach to downdraft ventilation that addresses these challenges, including specification and installation considerations for this new innovation.

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Redefining the High-End Healthy Home

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Architects, designers, and developers who work on residential single- and multi-family projects have always considered the effect of design on the health and wellbeing of occupants. But this area of study has received new focus in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has heightened the demand on residences to serve as spaces for working, entertaining, gathering, and cooking, as well as for rest and exercise. Combined with this demand is the always present need to balance dedicated single-function spaces with flexible ones that can adapt to occupant needs over time.

This course will help specifiers and developers understand the major principles that guide the design of healthful spaces, such as biophilia, indoor air quality, infection control, indoor/outdoor balance, and versatility. The course will examine the usefulness of these principles for guiding design decisions in a post-pandemic setting, as well as discuss areas where new thinking has or will be developed.

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The State of Wellness in Restroom Design Standards, Strategies & Solutions for a Post-COVID World

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course reviews the current state of hygiene, health and wellness expectations in commercial and public restrooms. Presenters will share quantitative insights from building industry and design professionals and explore emerging health and wellness certification standards, such as WELL Certified and GBAC STAR. Restroom touchpoint and problem areas will be reviewed, along with relevant solutions.

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Adopting Sensor Technology Throughout Commercial Restrooms to Optimize Hygiene and Sustainable Design (Print Course)

Plumbing manufacturers are laser-focused on hygiene, sanitation, and accessibility, developing products that play an essential role in fighting disease. Anything that eliminates or reduces the number of surfaces the user touches cuts down the potential for cross-contamination, be it bacteria, virus, bodily fluids and waste, chemicals, and more. Sensor-operated restroom fixtures that prevent the need to touch surfaces are an important component of hygienic restroom design. These sensor-based, touch-free products include faucets, flushometers, soap dispensers, and hand dryers. This course will explore these sensor technologies, including their history and cutting-edge advancements that can help projects optimize hygiene and meet sustainability goals.

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Designing Touchless Solutions for Proper Hand Hygiene in Commercial Restrooms

This course will begin with the broad concepts of hygienic restroom design and hand hygiene, then focus in on the role of hand dryers and the future of commercial restroom design.

The course will discuss how bathroom design supports health and wellbeing and contributes to sustainability in the commercial restroom environment.

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Game Changer

Bathroom design has moved beyond the traditional sink, toilet and tub. Here is the technology that will take your bathroom projects to the next level.

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Solid Surface Solutions for Wash Stations

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. In this presentation you’ll learn how solid surface can enhance hygiene and cleanliness in the restroom while adding to the overall aesthetics of the space. We’ll discuss the important properties and benefits of using solid surface material in commercial restroom handwashing stations including a comparison of other available materials.

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Kitchen Design for the Next Generation: Sustainability, Planned Durability, and Mindfulness (Print Course)

Different generations often have different values, priorities, and spending habits. By understanding some of the fundamental characteristics of those aged 30-44, a generational cross-section of Gen Xers and Millennials, design professionals can better cater to their needs. Everything from home size to social media use to environmental concerns impact the way younger Gen Xers and older Millennials build, renovate, and think about design.

Having a basic understanding of how this age group engages with the design process, as well as having a solid grasp of mindful design, sustainable kitchen design, and planned durability, will enable specifiers to attract, connect with, and propose solutions that align with their clients’ goals.

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Kitchens of the Future: Healthy, Sustainable, and Connected

The kitchen has been trending toward minimalism, sustainability, and the increasing desire of consumers to eat healthy foods, often cooked at home. Homeowners are now more aware of the importance of sustainable, healthy building materials, and designers are reimagining the kitchen from the standpoint of storage, prep, cooking, disposal, consumption, and social activity. This course will look to the future of kitchen design, including how connected appliances will change the way we interact in the kitchen.

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The Importance of Improving Hygiene in Commercial Restrooms (Print Course)

When specifying commercial restroom fixtures, whether in new construction or renovations, project teams sometimes focus on the aesthetics of a restroom rather than the importance of hygiene for building occupants. Fortunately, both goals can be accomplished with beautiful fixtures that are sensor-operated, include antimicrobial surfaces where applicable, and offer touch-free dispensing of water, soap, dryers, and hand sanitizer. Not only do these products preserve user health, but they also help to conserve water for a more sustainable restroom design. Incorporating these features into commercial restrooms, whether in schools, offices, or airports, is particularly important now more than ever, as everyone is thinking twice about what they touch.

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