Architect’s Guide to Specifying and Installing Gas Fireplaces: Finding the Right Fit

Gas fireplaces remain top of mind for U.S. homeowners, yet many architects may not fully understand how to specify them. This course will help architects understand the different types of gas fireplaces on the market today, design considerations, installation mistakes and best practices, and recent advances in gas fireplace technology.

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Ceiling Systems for High-Performing Schools

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. The informed specification of ceiling systems can contribute to high speech intelligibility, minimal noise, a naturally lit environment, and good air quality. This leads to better behavior and an enhanced learning process.

This course demonstrates the importance of ceiling systems to a high-performing school, and therefore to the development of high-performing students, and the well-being of educators and administrators. To improve the performance of schools and students, just look up. It could be as simple as that.

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Improving Designs by Way of Constructability (Print Course)

Constructability encourages collaboration throughout a project, including the conceptual design, design, and construction stages. It spurs creative solutions, focusing on simplicity, economy, and speed of construction. By understanding their roles within the structural steel supply chain, architects, engineers, and designers can better leverage the benefits of constructability and work more smoothly with the owner, service center, steel fabricator, and others within the supply chain.

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A Pro's Guide to Fireplace & Flat-Panel TV Design

It’s always a struggle when you have two big personalities in the room - but the synergy between two show-stopping items can be truly amazing. The flat-panel tv, with it’s sleek profile and install versatility allowed architects, designers, and builders to pair a TV and fireplace together in more harmonious ways. Today you find the two teamed together on countless living room walls.

What TV and fireplace configuration makes sense for your next project? Here’s an illustrated look at three popular design strategies with expert recommendations.

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Innovative Pavers for Innovative Projects

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. In this presentation, we’ll discuss unit paver development as it leads to unique and innovative paving options. We will identify unit paver advantages while increasing your knowledge of unit paver uses and limitations from applications ranging from on-grade entranceways to elevated plazas and roof ballast applications. A variety of installation methods will be examined as it pertains to each application type. It is our hope that at the conclusion of this presentation you will have gained a better understanding of unit pavers and hardscape products.

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Introduction to Lighting and Lighting Design

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Join our introductory webinar to learn more about key lighting spec points, such as CRI and Lumen output. Get a better understanding of lighting control and why dimmer compatibility is so crucial. We will wrap up the presentation by reviewing lighting design techniques to effectively layer lighting and create a comfortable environment. Learn more about how to best utilize lighting and how simple it is to incorporate lighting layers into your space.

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The Science of Fire: Reaction and Resistance with Insulated Metal Panel

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course will provide a holistic view into the fundamental difference between metal panels and insulated metal panels. The goal is to understand how performance needs based on building types play a key role in selecting the appropriate Insulated Panel system.

To begin, the course will explore common misconceptions between metal panels and insulated metal panels. The course will describe how the core type for insulated metal panels (or panes) can vary from highly combustible to non-combustible. Next, the course will analyze the difference between reaction to fire and fire resistance and the importance of considering both alongside fire spread behavior to ensure holistic approval to fire-safe design. Finally, the course will examine the rationale for testing full systems which are preferable over small-scale material testing.

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Settling In: Sustainable Strategies for Designing Affordable Multifamily Housing Programs (Print Course)

”Affordability restrictions are set to expire on more than 250,000 multifamily units across the country” and “unsubsidized affordable rental housing continues to decline,” notes the U.S. Department of Energy. These facts, in addition to stagnant salaries and rising rental prices, has made affordable multifamily housing an area of concern for developers, architects, designers, communities, and potential residents alike.

This course seeks to provide specifiers with strategies to design sustainable, affordable multifamily housing by understanding code basics, leveraging zoning laws, and considering material durability. A case study examining the potential of affordable multifamily housing projects to become Living Building Challenge certified will also be examined.

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A Holistic View of Carbon in the Built Environment

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course examines the principles associated with carbon emissions over the life of a building. The carbon footprint of a building does not begin when the building becomes operational but rather during design and continues through demolition or deconstruction. The role that design and construction professionals play in regard to product transparency will also be discussed.

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Solid Surface Solutions for Wash Stations

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. In this presentation you’ll learn how solid surface can enhance hygiene and cleanliness in the restroom while adding to the overall aesthetics of the space. We’ll discuss the important properties and benefits of using solid surface material in commercial restroom handwashing stations including a comparison of other available materials.

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