The Environmental Impacts of Building Materials: Comparing Concrete, Steel and Wood (Print Course)

In addition to performance, budget and aesthetics, design professionals are now being asked to evaluate the environmental burdens of their design choices. Measuring the impacts of buildings, assemblies and products can be complex. Every design decision, from material and product selection to envelope design and construction can have an impact on the environment and the methods used to evaluate those decisions are still not widely understood. This article will address critical issues the design professional should consider as he/she evaluates the environmental impacts of building materials to maximize performance and deliver lasting value.

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Dynamic FaƧades' Measurable Contributions to Human Well-Being (Print Course)

Advanced faƧade designs improve light quality, airflow control, nature views, acoustics, and other variables affecting the quality of workplace life. Most firms spend more on personnel than on facilities. High-performance features still involve upfront costs, but as the relations of health, absenteeism, productivity, and the full range of returns on investment become clearer, austerity toward the ā€œgreen premiumā€ is giving way to a business case for dynamic faƧades.

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Vibration Control with Structural Steel (Print Course)

Concrete has been the traditional choice for most buildings where vibration must be kept to a minimum, but steel is emerging as a preferred solution. Factors unrelated to vibration control often make steel a preferable structural option. This course will look at how vibration affects occupants' comfort and peace of mind, and how steel can be used in a design to accommodate human perception of vibration.

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Fire Protection for Steel Structures (Print Course)

While structural steel offers the best safety record of any framing material, a well-designed fire protection design must naturally accompany any project. Understanding the roles of an architect, structural engineer, and fire protection engineer, in addition to knowledge of the codes, and the pros and cons of the various prescriptive solutions and performance-based approaches, will help enable building teams to deliver the highest performance and most cost-effective designs.

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Pre-Finished Steel Roofing for Residential and Light Commercial Buildings

This course will explore benefits, applications and installation considerations for pre-finished steel roofing, a product that is engineered for maximum strength and durability on new and existing structures. Building on a history of centuries-old metal roofs throughout the world, modern steel roofing is an innovative material with many sustainable and high-performance attributes. Several residential and commercial case studies where steel roofing was specified will be discussed.

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Aluminum Railing Systems for Commercial Projects

When designing and building a multifamily structure or other commercial project, outdoor railing is an important consideration. While railingā€™s key purpose is safety, you must also keep in mind other factors such as aesthetics, cost, and durability. The purpose of this course is to help you make the right choices for your railing project that will result in a long-lasting product that is safe, beautiful, and cost effective.

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Redefining High Performance Metalescent Coating Systems for Architectural Metal (Print Course)

Valspar Architectural Metal Coatings is now Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings. Architects specifying metal coatings for building exteriors want the highest performing and most aesthetically pleasing coating available on the market. Due to significant advancements in technology over the past 50 years, these coatings are far superior to those of prior generations. This course will discuss metallic and pearlescent coating systems, especially modern mica coatings, to clear up some common myths and misconceptions and discuss their performance benefits and design options.

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Extruded Aluminum Trim: Innovative Solutions for Interior Applications (Print Course)

This course is designed to increase your knowledge of extruded aluminum trim systems as applied to interior applications. The course will cover aluminum trim features, ways to create a modern aesthetic with aluminum trims, available aluminum trim profiles and finish options, specific installation methods, and considerations for working with extruded aluminum trim systems.

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Case Studies in Multifamily Housing Design Using Extruded Aluminum Trim Systems (Print Course)

This course is designed to increase your knowledge of extruded aluminum trim systems as applied to multifamily building construction. The course will cover multifamily design trends, ways to create a modern aesthetic with aluminum trims, available aluminum trim options, and three case studies related to multifamily construction with extruded aluminum trim systems.

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An Introduction to Steel Window & Door Systems

This course will review the primary considerations for steel window & door systems, and will focus on materials and methods that influence performance and longevity. Some of the topics covered include types of steel, sustainability of steel, rust protection methods, profile construction methods, finishing methods, glazing methods, and energy efficiency methods.

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