Variable Refrigerant Flow: A Versatile HVAC Solution for K-12 Educational Facilities (Print Course)

This course aims to provide architects in the education sector with the knowledge to design with VRF HVAC systems. VRF provides educational facilities control over personal comfort while reducing energy usage and costs, and addresses strict IAQ requirements. VRF’s quiet operation is the ideal solution for educational environments, requires minimal maintenance, and can meet the varying load needs of educational buildings, from larger gymnasiums and cafeterias to individual classrooms.

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The Anatomy of an Asphalt Shingle

This course describes asphalt shingles and the raw materials that go into them. Although there are many styles and colors of asphalt shingles, they by and large share the same raw materials. This course will explain the functional reason for each raw material and offer insights to their sourcing and production.

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Building Information Modeling

The use of building information modeling (BIM) is becoming more of an industry standard when specifying and designing projects. Traditional drafting methods and tools were two-dimensional designs either done by hand or using simple design software. While these methods historically were sufficient for most architects, today a greater demand for faster and more accurate blueprints has prompted a change in the design industry.

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Thermal Bridging Solutions to Improve Building Envelope Performance

Thermal bridging is a big concern in the building industry, it has been recognized as a significant factor in building envelope heat loss. This course will provide an overview to thermal bridging, discussing the reasons why it occurs as well as how it can be prevented.


This course will also compare building details with and without thermal break solutions to highlight the importance of determining accurate values of thermal transmittance.

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Propane Tankless Water Heating in Commercial Building Applications, Efficiency and Performance Benefits

Water heating is a major energy end-use in commercial buildings and is very significant in certain commercial building types. Many commercial building owners and operators have a critical need for water heating systems which are reliable, able to meet varying levels of demand, energy efficient, and able to fit within a building’s space constraints in order to maintain their business operations. Propane tankless water heaters are a flexible, energy-efficient technology which provides these attributes in many commercial applications.

This course will explore how commercial buildings use energy and the potential application of propane tankless systems to provide a solution for water heating needs.

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Aesthetically Designed, Durable Prefabricated Fireproof Columns Provide Passive Fire Protection

Structural fire protection guards essential structural components from the devastating effects of fire.

This course discusses the types of passive fire protection methods that are available and examines the composition, manufacture, finishes, design, and installation considerations of prefabricated fireproof structural columns designed for exposed exterior and interior load-bearing applications.

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Designing for a Lifetime: How to Specify Timeless and Trendy Products (Print Course)

This course will provide architects and designers with knowledge that will enhance their ability to identify key trends in kitchen design and product specification. Specifying products for clients that are both timeless and trendy drives client satisfaction and enhances the project portfolio.

By examining feedback from industry experts regarding the future of kitchen design, this course will demonstrate how to effectively incorporate space planning, appliances, connectivity, and technology into the project.

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Community Propane Systems, An Energy and Technology Solution for Developers, Builders, and Homeowners

Gas appliances like ranges, fireplaces, and furnaces are important amenities that many home buyers want in a new home. However in some residential developments, natural gas access may not be feasible and on-site propane storage may also have challenges. Community Propane Systems offer an innovative method for supplying propane to the all of the homes in a community through a centralized delivery system.

Community Propane Systems give developers an option for offering gas access to building lots; they allow builders to offer gas appliance amenities to buyers; and they give home buyers the opportunity to get the technologies they want in a new home. This course discusses how community propane systems work, the use cases for these systems, the value propositions, and the performance benefits of common propane applications that can be used.

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