Technology and Disruption in Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Design

The AEC industry has frequently been criticized for being slow to adopt and adapt to new technologies. For some firms and companies, this equates to loss of revenue, as well as retention and recruitment issues. By understanding emerging technologies, those in the AEC industry can capitalize on disruption whether it involves start-ups, modern methods of prefabrication, home automation, or the Internet of Things.

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Acoustics, Daylighting, and Material Selection

Acoustics and daylighting have the ability to provide occupants with comfort, health, and well-being and can affect everything from employee productivity to student learning, patient well-being, and energy savings. Poor acoustics and unmanaged daylighting, however, can have the opposite effects. By understanding the role of material selection in acoustics and daylighting, specifiers can maximize the attributes of both.

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Benefits of Mineral Wool as Continuous Insulation (Print Course)

Insulation can help to increase overall energy efficiency, improve occupant comfort, manage risks of mold and mildew, and even minimize the spread of fire. When designing exterior wall assemblies, the type and placement of insulation is critical. To address thermal performance, wall systems almost always feature insulation – once predominantly in the form of batts friction fit between framing members. However, batts alone have been demonstrated not to provide enough thermal resistivity for the wall.

Continuous insulation in conjunction with batt insulation in the stud cavity is now a building code requirement across the country to optimize thermal performance. Mineral wool continuous insulation is an inorganic, noncombustible solution to building energy efficient wall assemblies that protect occupants from exterior temperatures, moisture, noise, and even fire.

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Collaborating for Sustainability in Leased Space

Energy efficiency and sustainability have multiple benefits for commercial building occupants. Now, many forward-thinking corporations are employing sustainability tactics and focusing real estate strategy to attract and retain top talent, minimize operating expenses, and drive occupant comfort, health, and productivity. New technologies, a rapidly developing business case, and increasing research are making it easier for more organizations, across sectors, to leverage sustainability to capitalize on the same trends that are rapidly becoming the norm in top-of-the-market, class-A real estate. However, as tenants progress from site selection to occupancy, it becomes increasingly difficult to invest in sustainability. Tenants and landlords should collaborate early to maximize sustainability throughout the life of the tenant-landlord relationship.

In 2015, Congress passed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, which directed several federal agencies, including EPA and DOE to identify and employ appropriate strategies to incentivize and engage commercial landlords and tenants to collaborate towards energy efficiency. This panel will discuss the opportunities that legislation will create for tenants and corporate occupiers to leverage energy efficiency and sustainability to meet corporate social responsibility goals and earn public recognition for their success. Panelists will also introduce a variety of tools and resources that are currently available to the market.

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Exploring Advanced Technology of Modern Energy Efficient Gas Fireplaces

Gas fireplaces are an energy efficient and sustainable home heating solution. This course will provide a clear understanding of gas fireplaces, home heat management, and the associated benefits, including home energy savings, safety considerations, installation options, and common gas fireplace solutions. After taking this course, architects, designers and builders will be able to deliver informative solutions to clients about heat management and gas fireplace installations in their homes.

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Specifying FSC Certified Wood for Sustainable Projects

As a designer, it is crucial to know where the wood you specify for projects comes from to ensure the wood is responsibly harvested. This course will help you to speak knowledgeably about FSC requirements and credits that can be earned for projects seeking green building certifications.

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Testing, Certification, and Installation of Commercial Roofing Products that Meet Thermal, Fire, Wind, and Impact Standards (Print Course)

Metal roofing materials must meet code requirements, testing standards, and ultimately be UL certified to ensure they perform under thermal, fire, wind, and hail conditions. This course will discuss key regulations for roofing products, the testing necessary to meet those requirements, and design and installation considerations to ensure roof installation complies with codes and standards.

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Design and Construction of Taller Wood Buildings (Print Course)

The properties of wood buildings, such as sustainability and a low carbon footprint; structural, thermal, acoustic, and seismic performance; and fire and life safety, are contributing to an evolution of building taller with mass timber. New materials and design strategies are enabling a centuries-old practice to address modern building concerns and technologies. Code, too, is evolving to recognize the attributes of building with wood, and the 2021 International Building Code contains new provisions for building taller wood structures. This course delves deeper into this evolution, exploring why and how to design taller wood buildings.

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High-performing Weather-resistant Barriers: Moisture, Surfactant Resistance, and Specifying the Appropriate Material

Water and moisture intrusion can affect everything from a building’s structural durability to its indoor air quality. Understanding the material options, installation, and testing criteria for high-performing weather-resistant barriers can help specifiers manage present and future moisture concerns.

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Green, Complete and Smart: Build Green vs. Grey

Communities are turning to innovative stormwater management solutions to solve local and regional stormwater challenges. For example, in the nation’s capital, DC agencies recently modified a plan that predominately relied on grey infrastructure to instead partially replace the grey infrastructure with green infrastructure in targeted existing impervious areas. These green installations will serve to mitigate flooding and stormwater issues to the same capacity but with many more environmental and community benefits.

The panel will discuss stormwater challenges through several examples located throughout the country, and the impact of vegetated systems to manage stormwater in local and regional jurisdictions. One example that will be discussed is The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) proposed Green Street Demonstration Project in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington D.C. where the ASLA headquarters are based. The project seeks to serve as an example for such green, complete, and smart street design. The plan transforms an underperforming street corridor into a showpiece of both green infrastructure technologies and complete street approaches.

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