The Top 10 Ways to Reduce Concrete’s Carbon Footprint (Print Course)

Concrete is the building block of modern society and the most widely used building material. Nearly every structure built today, including buildings, bridges, homes, and infrastructure uses concrete in some way. It provides us with shelter along with places to work, learn and play. It connects us through roads and rapid transit and airports. Water is delivered and treated in concrete structures. Concrete is economical, available everywhere, durable, and versatile.

As demand for building construction continues to increase, it is likely the demand for concrete will also increase. Like all building products, however, concrete has a carbon footprint. This course will analyze the top ten strategies to take advantage of concrete’s benefits while ensuring the lowest possible carbon footprint.

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Strength Through Transparency: How Concrete EPDs are Driving Down Carbon Footprint (Print Course)

Concrete is the most commonly used man-made material and comes second only to water as the most widely used substance on earth. It can be found in nearly every building project, from structural components to sidewalks and parking lots. As populations continue to grow and the building sector continues to experience exponential growth, the concrete industry is taking the lead in driving initiatives toward a sustainable future through transparency and innovative concrete solutions.

By better understanding concepts and terminology relevant to a sustainable future; assessing LEED v4, ASHRAE 189.1, and the International Green Construction Code; learning how to specify concrete for LEEDv4; and discovering innovative concrete technologies and products, those in the AEC industry will be better positioned to achieve carbon emissions reduction goals and contribute to the creation of a more sustainable built environment.

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Redefining Kitchen Design While Improving Health and Wellness

Whether you are taking this course in 2020 or beyond, you have lived through an unprecedented global pandemic that has changed how we approach life. What it means to work, socialize with friends and family, and even prepare a meal altered drastically within the space of a few weeks. People who barely knew how to turn on their oven started experimenting in the kitchen; others, accustomed to dining out, found themselves food prepping for weeks at a time; and many people with families, partners, or roommates found themselves once again gathering together at meal times. Included in all of its life-altering impacts, the pandemic has changed the way we live at home, including how we utilize our kitchens, home offices, and technology.

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The Sustainability of Synthetic Materials Used for Decking, Trim, and Patio Projects

Post-consumer plastic water bottles, bags, and detergent containers - once slated for overburdened landfills - are instead being recycled into polymer decking, trim and patio materials. By understanding the life cycle assessments (LCAs), sustainable materials management (SMM), and sustainable manufacturing processes, architects, designers and builders will be better equipped to specify sustainable decking materials that are durable and meet a variety of aesthetic needs.

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Mineral Wool Insulation Application: Considerations and Specification Standards for Fire Performance

Mineral wool is becoming well-known for its beneficial properties in thermal performance, energy efficiency, and sustainability. It is also widely used for fire protection as the raw ingredients are naturally fire-resistant. When combined with fire-rated assemblies, mineral wool insulation helps improve the fire performance of the building and enhances occupant safety.

This course will provide an overview of mineral wool insulation’s benefits, applicable fire performance building regulations, various occupant safety needs in different building occupancies, and discuss specific code-related applications where it can be used.

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Waterproof and Stain Resistant: Benefits of Sustainable Plastic Wall Panels and Ceiling Tiles

Traditional fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) ceiling tiles and wall panels have been used since the 1950’s and 1960’s in building nationwide. Innovations in new plastic ceiling tiles and non-fiberglass reinforced plastic (NRP) wall panels offer an excellent alternative. New plastic ceiling tiles are waterproof, mold-resistant, and can provide numerous sustainable design benefits. At the same time, NRP improves on the benefits of FRP such as mold, bacteria, moisture, chemical and stain resistance. It is also a sustainable product with fewer health hazards.

This course will compare materials used for ceiling tiles and wall panels, as well as describe their importance in mitigating moisture issues and designing sustainable, healthy buildings.

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Best Practices of Lighting Design Using Customizable RLM Lighting

This course will help learners understand the various features and benefits of modern RLM lighting fixtures and their configurations, explore how RLM lighting fixtures can be used, and best practices for specifying light output. An overview of related lighting considerations including light design and light pollution is also provided, as well as a demo of an online custom RLM configuration tool.

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Breaking In: Designing and Strategizing for Successful Multifamily Housing Projects

Drawing from the experiences of established architects, this course explores strategies for transitioning from single-family to multifamily projects. It also discusses the possibility of becoming an architect-developer and ways to engage, enhance, and create communities. Different challenges, such as those involved with designing affordable housing as well as litigation considerations, will also be assessed. Finally, drivers of multifamily trends will be analyzed.

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Addressing the Pains of Increased Disinfection Protocols on Architectural Wall Coatings in Healthcare: A Prescription for Success (Print Course)

Microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria present a significant set of challenges for hospital and healthcare professionals because of their ability to spread on surfaces in healthcare facilities. Rigorous disinfection protocols can accelerate degradation of painted wall surfaces in rooms of healthcare facilities that are considered higher risk. This learning unit will serve to educate the architectural reader about specific healthcare infrastructure disinfection guidelines, methods, and materials and how they can affect architectural coatings.

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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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