#BuildersAreEssential webinar series— The Big Reset—Supply, Demand, and Animal Spirits - Episode 5

Are we there yet? Have we hit bottom? What does recovery look like?

Watch a data-driven, evidence-based look at near- and longer term trends emerging from COVID-19, and what that means to cash, expenses, and mid-term investment. The key speakers include Robert Dietz, Chief Economist, NAHB and Ali Wolf, Chief Economist, Meyers Research.

A 6-part web town-hall series from the Hanley Wood Media Coronavirus Construction Center, #BuildersAreEssential explores what’s happening as the coronavirus pandemic sends shock waves through our society – on the public health front, through the very foundations of our economy, and at every level of the construction industry, which stands as one of society’s vital resource streams in good times and bad. We give voice, builder to builder, on what’s timely, how to respond, how to stay safe, and how to keep work in process moving forward in this time of great challenge.

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A Planning Guide for Accessible Restrooms

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) set the minimum requirements for newly designed and constructed or altered state and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

Many projects must also follow the provisions of the 2009 revision of ANSI Standard ICC A117.1, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.

This course will identify the benefits of accessibility standards and the prescriptive requirements for accessible restrooms set by the ADA.

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Electrochromic Glass: Promoting Occupant Wellness by Optimizing Daylight and Views (Print Course)

Specifying electrochromic glazing for buildings in which solar control is a challenge is a preferred solution for many applications. From classroom settings to healthcare facilities, commercial office, and retail spaces, these applications make sense to feature electrochromic glazing to showcase atriums and skylights. Electrochromic glazing creates a wellness space through achieving energy performance and enhancing the occupancy experience. In addition, electrochromic glazing offers design flexibility, occupant benefits, and contributes to sustainability and energy savings.

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#BuildersAreEssential webinar series—Site Safety, Mid-COVID-19

Episode 4 of the #BuildersAreEssential webinar series—Site Safety, Mid-COVID-19—is now available on-demand. As economies—local, regional, and national—push to reopen, reset, and reboot the urgent new normal, here’s insight and resources on technology, tactics, process remapping, practices, scheduling, logistics to protect builder health and safety.

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Network for Change: The Embodied Carbon Movement

What are the critical levers in policy, manufacturing, design and construction practice for advancing low carbon construction quickly and globally? What are the movement's successes and what challenges still lie ahead? How do we create and sustain collective action?


This content was produced thanks to funding from the AIA California as part of the CarbonPositive Conference, a partnership between Architect Magazine and Architecture 2030.


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Fiber Cement Panels as Rain Screens

Moisture intrusion in a wall system can be the cause of building defects, as well as health ailments for the building's occupants, making rainscreens a very important tool in water mitigation. This course will review the cause and effects of moisture intrusion, and more specifically the forces that drive rainwater into a building. We will identify different rainscreen technologies and ASTM testing standards that measure their performance. We will discuss fiber cement panels and how they can be used as a rainscreen to reduce moisture build-up, rotting interior walls and mold growth. By the end of the course you will understand basic design approaches and guidelines for installing fiber cement panels as a rainscreen.

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Improving Guest Satisfaction with Proper PTAC/PTHP System Specification (Print Course)

As the hospitality industry continues to evolve, there is a greater focus on the guest experience. With increasing customer expectations for comfortable, quiet rooms, the Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) and Packaged Terminal Heat Pump (PTHP) play a vital role in overall guest satisfaction. This CEU demonstrates the level of quality that PTAC/PTHP systems offer the hospitality environment. You will also learn the benefits of the product, why it offers maximum efficiency, what factors and accessories help the system operate more effectively, and what makes PTAC/PTHP systems so reliable.

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Innovative Green Concrete for Sustainable Construction

This course will provide learners with an introduction to Green Concrete. In addition, the course will examine the key components of Green Concrete Mixtures, illustrate some performance attributes of High-performance Green Concrete, and demonstrate the need for a process and methodology for quantifying sustainable concrete. Finally, the course will look at various project profiles that specified Green Concrete mixtures and how architects can incorporate this material to specify Green Concrete with a comparative life cycle assessment or Eco-Efficiency Analysis.

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The 5G Playbook for Multifamily Communities

Technology continues to rapidly transform the way we live, work and play. The convergence of two powerful data delivery platforms are ushering in a remarkable time for multifamily planners.

5G and Wi-Fi 6 are here! This paper delivers what you need to know in order to take control of your network and prepare for the next decade of renters.

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Merging the Outdoors with Kitchen Design: Creating the Luxury Outdoor Kitchen Oasis

Combining outdoor in both indoor and outdoor spaces is a key request from homeowners in today’s building market. As revealed in a recent survey of architects, rooms that have seen particularly strong growth in popularity over the past year include outdoor living areas and rooms. Almost 63 percent of residential architects surveyed report that interest in outdoor living areas/rooms are increasing, while fewer than 2 percent report interest to be declining. The increased enthusiasm in outdoor living has pushed this special function room to the top of the most popular list.

Architects and designers are being asked to specify outdoor spaces, in particular kitchen spaces, that are not only functional but aesthetically pleasing. With the renewed energy surrounding biophilic design concepts, architects and designers must understand best practices for outdoor kitchen design, as well as appliance considerations that are available. Overall, the form and function of the outdoor kitchen space must be well thought out and designed in a way that promotes safety and wellness for the homeowners who enjoy it.

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