Enabling Innovation through Offsite Construction (Print Course)

Offsite construction can be an entry point for innovation that simplifies onsite assembly, provides cost savings, and offers superior performance.

The sector has already implemented just-in-time job site production, reduced cycle time and inventory, and optimized vendor-managed processes.

Offsite construction will evolve to increasingly integrated assemblies to further reduce site labor and utilize advanced automation. Significant innovation in offsite construction is finally pushing a large portion of the construction process from the jobsite into manufacturing plants.

This course will cover what that innovation is and why the construction industry is ripe for change.

Register

Data Drives Everything: The Value of Accurate Cost Data

Accurate construction cost data, coupled with in-house data, can mitigate harmful trends or other external factors to maximize opportunity. It can offer valuable insight into budgets, estimates, and scheduling; it also takes into account political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental factors to help reduce risk and create well-informed bids.

Accurate construction cost data further facilitates value engineering and avoiding cost overruns. The value of construction cost data from expert third parties can be seen in every stage of a project’s lifecycle.

Register

The Art and Science of Polished Concrete (Print Course)

Part of the appeal of polished concrete is the honest expression of the material. The base color of the cement paste (and aggregates if exposed) combined with the natural mottling, creates a unique visual element for each project. Designers can choose appearance and gloss levels, ranging from a soft satin to a highly polished reflection. Today, a broad palette of color created through the use of integral color and modern stains and dyes is available, and the designs can incorporate stenciling, etching, and custom graphics. This course focuses on normal-weight concrete slabs-on-grade.

Register

Enhancing the Built Environment with Architectural Metal Fabric

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Architectural metal fabric is a dynamic exterior material that can be used to create beautiful and functional facades, balustrades, and screening for libraries, academic buildings, parking garages, stadiums, and other public and commercial buildings. This course will discuss exterior applications for metal fabric and its performance benefits including safety, security, solar management and sustainability. We will also explore coatings and graphics technologies that can be incorporated into metal fabrics to create a building and brand’s visual identity.

Register

Case Studies in Chemical Innovations that Support the UN Sustainable Development Goals

This course will introduce the six United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are specifically related to architecture and design, and will examine technologies and practices that the chemical industry is implementing to support these initiatives. We will explore the SDGs through the lens of several case studies that seek to improve energy efficiency, long term durability, and air quality through design.

Register

Building Acoustics: Making Architects Visions a Reality

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course is designed to provide an introduction to acoustics and will highlight the link between acoustics and the architects vision for a space at the design phase. Understanding how sound travels in buildings is crucial to creating a smart and acoustically sound environment. Architects and building owners invest heavily into designing aesthetics and functionality into a building that represents their vision for its use. However, poor acoustics can disrupt and distract occupants from the architects’ vision for a space.  Understanding how sound travels in buildings and how it interacts with various surfaces will provide the knowledge needed to avoid acoustical issues when designing a space. In the event that the building is already experiencing issues, strategies for remediating the issues will also be discussed.

Register

Reducing Fire Risk at the Perimeter of High Rise Structures

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. High rise fires are not new to us. In fact, we have seen an increase in fire incidents in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East in the last 5-10 years that have amplified awareness on fire safety performance of taller structures. High rise buildings present a greater risk with an increased number of occupants that have a limited means of escape in the event of a fire. That is why the time element for containing a fire is so critical. Also, as we have seen in actual fires, vertical fire spread at the exterior façade can rapidly overwhelm fire fighters means of interceding the fire from ground level. As the fire accelerates and upward spread progresses, it often reaches a height beyond the reach of fire services water streams. That is why containing a fire and preventing if form spreading vertically is so critical for both occupant and first responder safety.

Register

Making the Business Case for Building with Insulated Concrete Forms: Energy, Safety, and Savings (Print Course)

Combining the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with high performance rigid insulation, insulated concrete forms (ICFs) provide ideal solutions for developers of apartments, condos, hotels, dormitories, and assisted living facilities.

ICFs are cost competitive with wood frame construction on a first-cost basis and offer operational cost savings through lower energy bills and reduced insurance costs among other benefits such as fire resistance and noise reduction. This article makes the business case for building multi-family homes with ICFs.

Register

Designed for Life – Modular Wall and Floor-Mounted Shelving Systems

This course will discuss a modular, wall-mounted, and freestanding shelving system that has quickly become a modern classic in retail stores, hotels, offices, and other commercial applications. The system provides the perfect background for shelving, signage, space definition, and product display, while also providing hidden and accessible storage. With a range of design options in finishes such as fabric, metal, or wood panels, light boxes, and power integration, these modular systems can be specified to match virtually any brand’s aesthetic. The course will examine the history of modular shelving systems and explore the components, design options, and applications for the product.

Register

Designing the Deck Space for Strength, Usability and Beauty (Print Course)

More consumers view their home’s outdoor space as an extension of livable space and have higher expectations for its design and use. Among outdoor renovations, the most attention has been paid to renovating or overhauling decks.

Architects that understand the trends driving this change and the materials best suited for longevity and performance can help homeowners, developers, and builders create a better outdoor experience. Learners in this course will learn what these trends are, design practices for inclusive outdoor spaces, designing for safety, and innovative new products and materials for modern decks.

Register