Optimizing Occupant Experience with Wood (Print Course)

This course will examine how wood structures and finishings can help meet tenancy trends and the benefits wood provides to owners and occupants, such as aesthetics, high-performance and life safety.

Two different types of wood structural systems are discussed, as are the qualities that make a building desirable. Case studies demonstrate how value was maximized and occupant well-being was optimized in wood structures.

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Understanding Hazard, Exposure and Risk in the Built Environment (Online Course)

This course will review the limitations of employing a hazard-only materials selection decision-making process and describe how to evaluate materials and ingredients based on multiple attributes. The course includes an overview of the various tools, guidance and considerations available to help builders, architects and designers weigh options and understand the impacts and trade-offs associated with materials selection decisions.

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Structural Wood Building Systems – Choosing the Right Material for a Sustainable, Safe and Resilient Project (Print Course)

This course examines the key differences between light frame and mass timber systems. We will highlight the applications, code considerations and performance benefits of each system, including fire protection, seismic stability and wind resistance.

In addition, the sustainability and resiliency of both of these systems will be demonstrated through three case studies that feature environmentally sensitive design.

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The Case for Residential Water Filtration and Treatment

The goal of this learning unit is to educate architects, specifiers, and designers on the current issues, concerns, benefits and influences on potable water in the United States. In addition, this course will educate participants on the different types of systems and solutions available for residential water filtration and treatment.

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The Benefits of Radiant Gas Heat Fireplaces

Gas fireplace systems that take advantage of radiant heat technology provide a greater degree of comfort, control, efficiency, and design flexibility compared to standard gas fireplaces. This course will explore best practices in radiant heat gas fireplace design as well as benefits and safety features. It will also address how architects and designers can have design flexibility when specifying for a range of applications including new construction and renovations.

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Windows and Doors For Coastal Challenges: What Lighthouse Restorations Can Teach Us About Coastal Resiliency

The climate of the planet is changing and designers, engineers, and builders must change along with it. Resiliency to natural and man-made disasters is increasingly discussed in the design/build industry.

This course highlights the need for resilient buildings, and the features in windows and doors that can make them resilient, with a focus on restored lighthouses as our guide. That includes frame materials, impact resistant glazing, and proper installation.

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Designing with Continuous Insulation for Thermal and Moisture Management

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.

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Performance Fabrics in Sustainable Design

Windows, views, and openings in buildings present the classic battle between form and function. The designer naturally wants the building’s occupants to enjoy views and light, but the solar heat gain from these openings can wreak havoc on sustainable goals; however, sophisticated and high-performing solar control fabrics can help reconcile the form and function of light, views, and sustainability.

There are many solar control fabrics on the market; wading through them can be overwhelming. This course aims to help educate the designer about what performance fabrics are, the content of various fabrics, how they work, and the benefits to a sustainable design in meeting and maximizing your goals of occupant health, safety, wellbeing, and sustainability.

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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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