This course discusses some basic building science fundamentals, while looking at specific code requirements in the IRC, IBC and the international energy conservation code. It addresses why some of the trade-offs and differences exist between those two sets of code requirements. Lastly, we'll work through an example and the decision making process to determine the continuous insulation and vapor retarder requirements for a project in a specific climate zone.
This course will discuss the benefits of utilizing hot-dip galvanized steel on projects throughout North America. Steel is a durable and efficient building material that has been used since the Industrial Revolution.
It's cost effective, aesthetically pleasing, sustainable, and strong. If it has one weakness, it is the fact it corrodes when exposed to the atmosphere; therefore, it is important to consider corrosion protection methods when constructing projects with exposed steel.
This course provides an overview of the use of steel siding products for building enclosures, and in particular, steel siding products with pre-finished steel siding panels.
Included in this learning unit is background material covering the history of the use of siding as building enclosure, the various types of steel sidings available on the market and their advantages as building enclosures, detailed information regarded pre-finished steel siding panels, and design and installation guidance on pre-finished steel siding panels.
Propane as a Solution to Meeting Code and Above-Code Programs â€“ Using High Efficiency Propane Systems as a Compliance Strategy
Nothing is driving greater change in the home building industry than energy efficiency, but prior to 2015 the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) didnâ€™t address mechanical equipment such as furnaces and water heaters. The 2015 IECC now includes a new compliance path called the Energy Rating Index allowing builders more choices in how to meet the energy code.
This course will take a closer look at how high efficiency propane equipment such as furnaces and water heaters provide flexibility in meeting 2015 IECC standards and help reduce a homeâ€™s HERS Index, in addition to helping projects gain points in above-code programs such as LEED and the National Green Building Standard.
Daylighting Inside and Out: Unconventional Ways to Bring More Natural Light Into and Throughout a Building
Exposure to natural light is beneficial for building occupants on many levels. We all know it intuitively and we feel better in interior spaces with natural light. Plus, studies conclusively demonstrate measurable benefits for health, moods, learning, and productivity.
The time-honored method for allowing natural light into a building is, of course, through windows. However, there are many more strategies for bringing natural light into and throughout a building. This course explores the sometimes-overlooked strategies for the flow of natural light into and throughout a building, including light tubes in closets, French doors in interiors, natural-light-flooded stairwells, sliding glass walls, and more.
Worldwide, there has been increasing focus on the carbon footprint of buildings and recognition that design professionals are uniquely positioned to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by creating high-performance structures.
This course examines the environmental impacts of wood productsâ€”from the global scale of the worldâ€™s forests to the individual scale of efficient, adaptable, and innovative buildingsâ€”using real-world examples from two U.S. carbon calculators as well as the latest research on LCA.
Home for Life is designed to showcase the concepts of universal design and aging in place—a hot topic for remodelers and consumers alike.