Propane gas is considered to be a clean alternative fuel by the EPA; it is a versatile and environmentally safe fuel source for healthy and sustainable living. Many people use propane to fuel their outdoor grills or barbecues, but its much more versatile than a cooking fuel in residential outdoor applications. This learning unit will explore alternative uses for propane, specifically for outdoor use in and around a home.
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.
Architectural mesh systems can provide customizable, unique solutions for a variety of needs encompassing both form and function. Depending on the model chosen, these include providing sustainable daylighting solutions, acting as interior privacy screens, and even withstanding hurricane-force winds. This course will describe the composition and applications of architectural mesh systems as well as review case studies demonstrating their versatile use.
Combining outdoor in both indoor and outdoor spaces is a key request from homeowners in todayâ€™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.
This course aims to look at the fireplace category as a tiered good, better, best structure while providing knowledge about the aesthetic and performance characteristics that qualify a model at each level. "Grades" or tiers of fireplace will be analyzed to determine what will work best for various homeowners and projects.
Outdoor living spaces have the potential to contribute to human health and well-being through biophilic design. By choosing the appropriate materials and systems, particularly for decks and porches, outdoor living spaces offer benefits beyond aesthetics and can further help meet sustainability goals. Lifecycle, safety, and eco-friendly materials should all be considered when designing for outdoor living.
Privacy and Protection: Using Motorized Retractable Screens to Blend Indoor and Outdoor Living Spaces
The move toward healthy homes & buildings has pushed design professionals to blend indoor/outdoor spaces and increase the number and size of exterior openings. As the trends for outdoor living continue to be a top consideration for homeowners, motorized retractable screen specification provides an option for building professionals to help clients maximize their livable space while managing daylight, solar heat gain, and ventilation.
These screens benefit occupancy wellness by providing excellent thermal benefits, airflow, and the ability to control humidity. This course will provide an overview of motorized retractable screens, discussing the design and installation requirements, the different applications where these screens can be used, as well as the thermal benefits of using solar mesh and clear vinyl options.
2cm porcelain pavers are an innovative product of the tile market, introduced in the past five years. The product was developed to compete with traditional exterior hardscape surfaces. The 2cm (3/4") thickness, as opposed to a typical 3/8" thickness, allows the productâ€™s use in more application types and with superior performance measures.
This course will compare and contrast 2cm porcelain pavers with other hardscape substrates, and provide an average cost analysis of materials, proving that 2cm porcelain is the ideal option for exterior paving. After taking this course, landscape and hardscape designers will be able to make an informed value judgement based on performance, life cycle, and cost.
Designing Building Spaces that Integrate Building Design and the Outdoors with Oversized Fenestration Products (Print Course)
Finding ways to bring the outdoors inside is a modern building design trend that continues to influence the specification process. Consumersâ€™ desire to blend nature with the built environment incorporates a desire to increase the amount of natural lighting and nature inside the home or commercial space.
Research continues to evolve demonstrating the need for nature to be incorporated in the built environment, not simply as a luxury, but as an investment in health and productivity. Mounting pressure for building and design professionals to not only meet LEED standards and current codes, but exceed them, continues to leverage the need for sustainability, green building manufacturing, and products that address the needs and wants of the consumer.
Up until recently, it can be said that only luxury markets could afford the type of oversized windows and doors that permit the most amount of sunlight due to intricate design, complicated installation, and maintenance of oversized windows and doors. However, new products on the market are making this design and lifestyle trend more accessible and with more choices than ever.
Motorized Pergola Systems: Optimizing Outdoor Spaces in Hotels, Restaurants, and High-end Residential Projects
This course will examine the ways in which motorized pergola systems can help to create memorable, adaptable outdoor spaces. The health benefits of being outdoors, as well as biophilic design in hotels, restaurants, and high-end residential projects, will also be discussed.
In addition, the course will help learners determine the ways in which retractable and louvered pergola systems provide solar protection and adaptive lighting for outdoor spaces.
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