Specifying Western Red Cedar: Sustainable Building Products

Western Red Cedar (WRC) aesthetic, economic, and environmental benefits are just some of the reasons why builders and designers are increasingly gravitating to this species of wood. Presented here are modern, historical, and cultural uses of western red cedar, as well as its performance characteristics, grade specification, and finishes. Also discussed are sustainable forest management practices and certification agencies, and how sustainably sourced wood can contribute to LEED® credits.

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Environmental Performance of Redwood Lumber

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course offers insight into the environmental performance of Redwood Lumber. The details and results of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing Redwood and plastic/composite decking options will be shared as will information about Redwood’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). The course also provides comparisons between Redwood Lumber and other wood species, as well as details about the sustainability of modern Redwood forestry management practices. Finally, this course provides details on important product attributes of Redwood Lumber including grades, fire performance, strength, and finishing options among others.

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How to Calculate the Wood Carbon Footprint of a Building (Print Course)

Are we able to dive deeper into these numbers to find ways to reduce a building’s carbon footprint in meaningful ways? What are the methods used to measure building material carbon footprint and do they tell the whole story? Are there simple tools to assess material choices? This course seeks to address these and other questions by explaining the principal methods and tools that are used to assess carbon footprint in the context of building materials.

It includes a primer on product terminology, including life cycle assessment (LCA), environmental product declarations (EPDs), carbon footprint, embodied carbon, and whole building LCA (WBLCA) tools. It explains how biogenic carbon is treated in standard LCA methodology and dives into the forest side of the equation, explaining basics of the sustainable forestry cycle. This course also highlights some ways to track and assure wood comes from sustainable forests in North America and why demand for wood products supports investment in forest management.

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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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Ceiling Systems for High-Performing Schools

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. The informed specification of ceiling systems can contribute to high speech intelligibility, minimal noise, a naturally lit environment, and good air quality. This leads to better behavior and an enhanced learning process.

This course demonstrates the importance of ceiling systems to a high-performing school, and therefore to the development of high-performing students, and the well-being of educators and administrators. To improve the performance of schools and students, just look up. It could be as simple as that.

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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 Role of Wood Products in Green Building (Print Course)

This course will help you understand that sustainable design begins with sustainable building materials. Because there are many factors to consider in assessing a building’s sustainability, it can be challenging to fully understand the long-term impacts of choosing one building material over another. However, material choice greatly affects the environmental impact of buildings, both during construction and over the building’s lifecycle.

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A More Transparent Shade of Green: Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) Drive Restrooms to the Lead in Green Design

As both sustainability and efficiency advance in the built environment, architects, specifiers, and buyers are increasingly concerned with purchasing products that are environmentally friendly and can achieve project performance and client welfare goals. Architects and designers are, in essence, visionaries.

This course explores options that architects and designers have when choosing products that accurately support and fuel their passion for possibilities while maintaining the health, safety, and welfare of the clients needs. Definition for PCRs, LCAs, and EPDs are discussed and various case studies are examined.

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Strategizing for Sustainability: Climate Change, Building Performance, and Better HVAC

Buildings and the environment have a symbiotic relationship: not only does the environment impact the materials, design, and lifespan of a building, but buildings play a role in climate change. This puts architects, engineers, designers, and others in the AEC industry in the unique position of being able to contribute to sustainability initiatives, helping to mitigate climate change through sustainable practices, including adopting innovative HVAC technologies that will positively impact future generations.

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Residensity: Urban Land Use and Growth

How is the material construction of individual buildings tied to larger patterns of land use and planning at the urban and regional scales? What will be the impact of carbon sequestering building material production on natural resources? What determines the bearing capacity of cities to accommodate the growth that is expected in coming decades? What are the leading examples of responsible and sustainable growth from around the world?

This content was produced thanks to funding from the AIA California as part of the CarbonPositive Conference, a partnership between Architect Magazine and Architecture 2030.


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