Where Tomorrow Lives – The Future of Health and Well-Being at Home

This white paper, inspired by the BUILDER KB Home ProjeKt identifies opportunities to design, develop and market homes focused on creating healthier, more comfortable homes that contribute to overall improved well-being for the occupants.
The research in the paper analyzes data to demonstrate how healthier housing is and will continue to be a prime business opportunity.

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Integral Hardening Admixture for Wear-Resistant Concrete

Wear resistance is required to provide abrasion and erosion protection in order to prolong the service life of concrete. An integral hardening admixture is critical for a functional, superior and long-lasting structure. This educational unit examines exactly how concrete hardening technologies work, differing features and benefits, so the best abrasion and erosion resistant methods can be specified for each project.

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Light for Satisfaction!

This course dives into lighting as a key factor of wellness. Two current building industry trends - Human Health + Wellness and Transparency – are compelling designers to gain a better understanding of daylighting, the impact of light on our circadian rhythms, and related tools available to designers. The course will explore a few of the building standards that take a deeper dive into lighting as it connects to the human being, as well as technology and strategies that allow designers to better mimic the 24-hour circadian clock within the built environment.

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Design Flexibility and Performance with Welded Wire Reinforcement

This course will provide an overview of the history and role of welded wire reinforcement in concrete construction. It will help architects and designers understand the benefits of WWR in creating high-performance buildings and will explore best practices in specifying WWR to realize cost and time savings in construction that ultimately benefit the owner and all project stakeholders.

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A Comparative Analysis of Residential Heating Systems

Builders, contractors, and homeowners today face a myriad of options for home heating systems. Furnaces, heat pumps - both air-source and ground-source, and even hybrid furnace-heat pump combination systems are all options. Sorting out the best choices requires taking a close look at system costs, efficiency levels, energy prices, comfort impacts, the severity of the climate, and any applicable incentives. This course summarizes the key findings from an extensive technical analysis of the energy, economic, and environmental results of using various heating systems in different locations throughout the U.S., and updates the prior study from 2013 with more current energy pricing, system specs, and modeling data.

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Architectural Ultra High-Performance Concrete For Pre-Fabricated Wall Assemblies (Print Course)

This course investigates the current applications of panelized Architectural Ultra High-Performance Concrete (A|UHPC) in pre-fabricated wall systems and additional potential uses and innovations possible with A|UHPC’s mechanical properties, characteristics, and manufacturing methods. Architectural Ultra High-Performance Concrete (A|UHPC) in thin cladding panels has been established as a highly suitable material for high-performance Back Ventilated and Drained Cavity (BVDC) wall facades. A|UHPC offers new capabilities for structural and aesthetic architectural applications.

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Benefits of High-Performance Windows in Historic Preservation and Renovation (Print Course)

Historic preservation projects require a significant amount of care and attention to detail. Although window replacements are traditionally seen as a last resort to repair and ongoing maintenance, working with the right partners can improve the building’s energy efficiency while preserving its legacy. Windows can have the most significant architectural impact on a building’s aesthetics, and architects and designers should understand how to balance the needs of multiple stakeholders. This is achieved through knowledge of windows’ role in both sustainability and preservation, increased building operational efficiency, various design options to meet strict historic renovation criteria, and how to manage federal, state, and local building codes and tax incentives.

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Better and Best Moisture Management: Drainable Wraps and Rainscreens (Print Course)

Water and moisture related construction defects are some of the leading causes of building failures, call-backs, and construction litigation in the US. One ASHRAE statistic states that 90% of construction defects ligation is due to water and moisture problems. ASTM estimates that water-related defects cost Americans over 9 billion per year in finish and structural damage. This course will look at the better and best ways to manage moisture through drainable wraps and rainscreens.

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Affordable and Low-Maintenance Dark Windows

In the past, darker window frames were limited to painted wood, aluminum, aluminum-clad, or composite material frames due to the higher price point. Affordable, low-maintenance materials such as vinyl were limited to white and tan because of the colors’ low reflectivity and resistance to heat build-up from sun exposure. However, advances in vinyl pigments and new, thermal-resistant paints now provide architects with a wider array of dark colored window material options that are more affordable. This course will explore the basic aesthetics and trends of dark colors and provide a detailed discussion of choosing available dark window styles.

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SPECIFYING HIGH PERFORMING VENTILATION FOR LUXURY KITCHENS

Ventilation is a vitally important factor in the design, construction and operation of luxury kitchens. Without adequate ventilation and an ample supply of clean makeup air, no kitchen will operate efficiently or safely for the occupants. This course will discuss the different types of ventilation systems available and how to incorporate ventilation without sacrificing design and style. In addition, the course will address importance of ventilation for the space and occupant health.

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