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.
System Integration between lighting control and solar adaptive shades creates a comfortable and flexible work environment that fosters communication and collaboration while saving time and energy.
Numerous case studies and full lifecycle assessments based on real sustainability criteria demonstrate that PVC windows provide measurable benefits and solve many of the problems architects and owners face with alternative window systems.
This course will explore the use of PVC windows in multifamily housing and will discuss market forces driving demand as well as the environmental, economic, and functional impacts of integrating PVC windows. This learning unit will also provide guidelines for helping architects select PVC window profiles that best meet a project’s performance, aesthetic, and budgetary criteria.
Not your grandmother’s artificial grass…Heightened environmental awareness and the soaring costs and inconvenience of natural grass landscaping have given rise to a new generation of synthetic turf systems that are beneficial for increasingly diverse applications. A common thread is the connection between reduced environmental impact and increased economic benefits.
This course will provide the background and history of synthetic turf systems stems and their common uses and will address the numerous benefits of synthetic versus artificial turf. In addition, this learning unit will explain how to select a high-quality synthetic turf system as a sustainable way to conserve resources while saving time and money.
The Payback calculator will quickly scope out just what you can save based on wattage, hours of operation, number of fixtures and other parameters.
The City of Los Angeles upgrades streetlights to Cree LEDway luminaries to achieve an estimated energy and maintenance cost savings of 10million annually.
Not all concrete paving materials are created equal. To withstand harsh environments and heavy use with minimal color and surface wear, paving products should employ the latest technologies and manufacturing processes available. This will ensure that the architect, landscape architect, or engineer is specifying highly durable concrete pavers. Today, the range of color and finish options are greater than ever before, allowing the designer to explore creative options with a supportive manufacturer. This course explores how to recognize, design, and build with the highest quality concrete pavers available in the industry.
Sensing technologies based on electronics are often used for hands-free activation of plumbing fittings such as faucets to improve user accessibility, overall hygiene, and restroom cleanliness. Electronic plumbing fittings offer sanitary, touch-free operation, while conserving water and energy because they only dispense water when the sensor detects a user and can also limit water delivery duration.
The advantages of sensor-operated faucets extend beyond the public restroom to almost any other type of handwashing station, especially in applications requiring the highest levels of cleanliness. This course will cover how electronic sensor faucets improve hygiene in commercial settings and contribute to water conservation. Electronic sensor faucet technologies, applications, and industry regulations will be discussed.
Conserving Water through the Latest Updates to High-Efficiency Plumbing Fixtures in Commercial Restrooms (Print Course)
Water scarcity is getting worse in many parts of the U.S. and the world, which has led to an increase in "green" legislation, codes, and standards, as well as greater recognition and adoption of LEED certification. In turn, this has led to a continued increase in sales of High-Efficiency Toilet (HET) and High-Efficiency Urinal (HEU) fixtures. This drive for water conservation and demand for high-efficiency plumbing products will only increase over time. This course will discuss how manufacturers are responding to this need with new toilet and urinal technologies.
It has become very important for architects to understand how to choose a sustainable window and window frame system that will promote comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and longevity through quality construction. Learn more about Sustainable Design for Windows and how choosing an ENERGY STAR® rated window can contribute towards LEED for Homes credit.
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