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.

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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.

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The Future of Urbanization (Print Course)

Today, more than half of us live in cities, and by 2050, this proportion is expected to increase to 67%. As urbanization becomes a global trend, the struggle to efficiently and sustainably grow our cities will only intensify. More people need more buildings, more energy, and more infrastructure, and this puts increased pressure on resources and the environment.

The challenges we face can seem daunting, but the good news is that raw material suppliers, building material manufacturers, architects, and engineers are creating innovative solutions that can help the building industry rise to meet these challenges in order to build the sustainable and resilient cities of the future.

This course will explore what the future of urbanization could look like through the lens of energy reduction, power supply, and efficient construction. We will examine innovative materials and technologies that will help cities, and their citizens, thrive as we make our way through the 21st century.

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Western Red Cedar - The Renewable, Sustainable Choice (Print Course)

Today’s consumers are savvier about the environmental repercussions of their buying habits and are demanding to know where their goods come from and how they are manufactured. Companies, organizations, and entire industries must be conscious of the impact their supply chains, manufacturing processes, and working conditions are having on all aspects of society, including economic, environmental, and social. One example of an industry that has taken great strides over the past generation to transform their industry is lumber. They have improved their environmental performance, the sustainability of forest management and milling operations, and the use of forest fiber.

This course will examine the Western Red Cedar lumber industry, including the environmental benefits of Western Red Cedar versus alternative building products, Environmental Product Declarations available for the material, and case studies where it was used in various commercial applications.

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Modern Architectural Benefits and Design Considerations of Molded Brick

Learners will understand the role of brick in construction and design, as well as its benefits and contemporary applications. An overview of the manufacturing process and sustainability properties will be discussed, followed by a thorough review of ASTM brick standards and classifications. The course will provide an understanding of brick sizes, shapes, and orientation, and recommendations for specifying and designing with brick.

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