Keeping Tradition Alive: Resilient Benefits of Polymeric Exteriors

The session involves a brief discussion of the basic how-and-why of traditional neighborhoods, including iconic platting elements like small front yards and public spaces, and the design of individual units with an eye on the block-face to achieve harmonious streetscapes. This program will touch on various elements of sustainability, Green, OSHA requirements, fire safety, wind load, and other general code matters associated with vinyl siding and trim.

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Designing Beneficial Spaces for Living, Working and Well-being (Print Course)

It’s a common human reaction; we turn to nature in uncertain times. Nature nurtures, as they say. With the 2020 global pandemic and the limited access to the outdoors it has meant for many, people are looking at their surroundings with new appreciation – and an increased desire for buildings that help them feel good as they spend more time indoors.

While we know that good architecture doesn’t guarantee good health, evidence is growing that a well-designed building can lead to an improved overall sense of well-being for occupants. And, since wood has a natural connection with nature, there is increasing evidence that wood can contribute to the well-being of building occupants when it is left where it can be seen and even smelled. This CEU explores the trend towards architecture designed to improve the well-being of building occupants.

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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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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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Managing Condensation and Thermal Performance with Continuous Insulation

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Building codes and green building standards are continuing to raise the bar on energy efficiency and high performance in buildings. In wood-framed buildings designing for thermal and moisture management in wall cavities, as well as the air tightness of the building enclosure, are all core components to creating advanced building enclosures. This presentation will discuss the need for exterior insulation to manage heat transfer and reduce condensation in exterior walls by providing step-by-step examples of how to determine the amount of continuous insulation required to meet prescriptive code requirements depending on climate zone.

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Glass Production, Processing and Performance

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Glass Production, Processing & Performance provides an introduction to the different types of glass that are available and how to use them. Significant emphasis is placed on coated glasses, including the common types of low-e application processes and the impacts on energy and environmental performance. The different types of flat glass processing and fabrication methods, as they relate to specifying glass, are also covered.

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A Return to Natural: Designing with Western Red Cedar (Print Course)

This course will discuss how designers are incorporating more natural wood products into their designs and how Western Red Cedar contributes to this return to nature, the biophilia effect, sustainability, and health and wellness.

It will also examine exterior and interior uses for the product and new Western Red Cedar products have recently entered the market that will transform how the material is used in both residential and commercial buildings.

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