10 Hearth Innovations Architects Must Know (Print Course)

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy gazing into a warm fire, but many people hesitate to incorporate fireplaces into their homes, fearing high upkeep or space constraints. However, there has been tremendous innovation in the hearth industry over the past few years in venting and heat-management technologies, as well as more modern aesthetics and smart, connected fireplaces. This course will discuss 10 hearth innovations that architects should be aware of when helping clients decide which fireplace type, style, and features best suit their needs.

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Build Outside Expectations

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Expanding Outdoor Living: Propane for Outdoor Residential Use

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.

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Responding to the Increased Demand for Outdoor Living Spaces with Innovative Outdoor Quartz Surfaces

A ground-breaking outdoor quartz product provides the convenience of stain-resistant, easy-to-clean indoor quartz surfaces, while innovating a highly durable material proven to withstand UV rays and the most extreme environmental conditions over the long term. The new quartz product provides an answer for consumers’ desire to cook, dine, and entertain comfortably in an outdoor kitchen, come rain, snow, or shine. This course will examine how outdoor living spaces continue to be a very desirable amenity for homeowners and commercial properties and how designers and landscape architects can incorporate outdoor quartz surfaces into their plans. We will examine the performance benefits and design options for this new product, as well as applications in both residential and commercial projects.

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Keeping Tradition Alive: Resilient Benefits of Polymeric Exteriors

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.

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Architectural Mesh System Use in Commercial Building Design

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.

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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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Selecting the Right Fireplace: Steps to Success (Print Course)

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.

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Designing Outdoor Living Spaces: Well-being, Sustainability, and Material Selection

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.

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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.

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