Best Practices of Lighting Design Using Customizable RLM Lighting

This course will help learners understand the various features and benefits of modern RLM lighting fixtures and their configurations, explore how RLM lighting fixtures can be used, and best practices for specifying light output. An overview of related lighting considerations including light design and light pollution is also provided, as well as a demo of an online custom RLM configuration tool.

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Building Sustainably: Fire Safety and Design Solutions for Building with Heavy Timber

Heavy timber has been used in the building industry for centuries. This course provides a description and definition of heavy timber and its subcomponents and how these components can be utilized for the benefit of the occupants. Sustainability and Fire Safety are primary concerns of Heavy Timber and this course will explain specifics on these topics. In addition, this course will provide an overview of the design process as it relates to avoiding delays due to unnecessary design changes.

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New Options for Insulating and Ventilating Wood Framed Sloped Roofs

This course will discuss control layers of a sloped wood framed roof assembly. We will be talking about code provisions for roofs and sustainable building practices. We will also discuss the differences between ventilated and unventilated assemblies. To wrap up, we will look at some changes outlined in the 2018 code and look at different systems that integrate the functions of air, water and thermal performance in different assemblies.

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How Building Firms Can Optimize Their Customer Experience

For builders and contractors, a better customer experience can turn clients into brand advocates.

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Waterproof and Stain Resistant: Benefits of Sustainable Plastic Wall Panels and Ceiling Tiles

Traditional fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) ceiling tiles and wall panels have been used since the 1950’s and 1960’s in building nationwide. Innovations in new plastic ceiling tiles and non-fiberglass reinforced plastic (NRP) wall panels offer an excellent alternative. New plastic ceiling tiles are waterproof, mold-resistant, and can provide numerous sustainable design benefits. At the same time, NRP improves on the benefits of FRP such as mold, bacteria, moisture, chemical and stain resistance. It is also a sustainable product with fewer health hazards.

This course will compare materials used for ceiling tiles and wall panels, as well as describe their importance in mitigating moisture issues and designing sustainable, healthy buildings.

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Engineering a High-Performance Roofing System for Steep Pitch Roofs (Print Course)

Learners will closely evaluate steep-slope roofs, examining materials and practices that improve roof performance. By the end of the course, they will be able to identify key characteristics of roofing systems that prevent roof deterioration and damage, providing protection to the occupants within the structure. Finally, learners will evaluate best practices in detailing steep slope roof systems to mitigate water, ice, or weather damage to the structure.

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Fire Engineering for Structural Steel Buildings (Print Course)

The value of prescriptive specifications versus performance-based design is currently under debate in the AEC community in the U.S. A prescriptive approach can be taken where the architect or fire protection engineer will determine the minimum fire-resistance rating for the elements in the building. While prescriptive approaches have been the norm for many years, more and more building teams are recognizing the benefits of a performance-based approach to fire and life safety design.

Based on the principle that a building structure, as a whole, will perform better than its individual elements, performance-based design approaches the building based on how it will perform, as opposed to the prescriptive approach that focuses on how the building is constructed. This course will provide learners with the knowledge pertinent to fire engineering for structural steel buildings.

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The Empire Building Renovation

One of the main requirements for doing this project included making sure the building exterior was restored to what it had before. Special attention needed to be paid to the historical details and accouterments not just the windows, but everything surrounding the windows and how they integrated into the structure to preserve the historical context.

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Thermal Bridging Solutions for Buildings

Thermal bridging is a common occurrence in many mid-rise, high-rise, and multifamily structures, particularly if there are balconies. The effects of thermal bridging can range from occupant discomfort to the accumulation of mold and condensation to energy loss and inefficiency. By understanding the terminology associated with thermal bridging and learning how to identify where in a wall assembly thermal bridging occurs, specifiers can better mitigate its effects. One strategy that can help earn LEED credits, as well as adhere to code, is to include thermal breaks in the design strategy.

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Sound Isolation and Noise Control in Steel-Framed Buildings (Print Course)

This article examines the principles associated with acoustic comfort in steel-framed buildings. We will review the basic principles of sound, including transmission, reflection, and absorption. We will then discuss means by which noise is controlled in steel-framed buildings and review case studies representing best practices.

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