Home Building Crossroads -- Energy Codes and High Performance (Online Course)

This course offers a discussion on the changes in the 2015 IECC as they relate to the Building Enclosure and on how performance components of insulation, water management, air leakage, and HVAC relate to a whole as the building enclosure.

It will discuss how meeting the new code can be challenging, and help the learner come to understand the opportunities available in meeting these challenges.

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How Vinyl Window & Door Products Meet the Unique Goals of Multifamily Housing Projects

This course will explore the benefits of using vinyl window products to meet the unique goals of multifamily housing. It will also provide guidelines to help architects specify vinyl window systems that best meet a project’s performance, aesthetic needs, and budget criteria while benefiting the owners, occupants, and the environment.

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Detailing Continuity in Building Enclosure Systems

This course will identify the importance of detailing continuity in maintaining the integrity of the four control layers of the building enclosure.

We will then explore some different methods for identifying the areas where continuity can be disrupted and the solutions for maintaining a control layer continuity in these areas.

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The Benefits of Radiant Gas Heat Fireplaces

Gas fireplace systems that take advantage of radiant heat technology provide a greater degree of comfort, control, efficiency, and design flexibility compared to standard gas fireplaces. This course will explore best practices in radiant heat gas fireplace design as well as benefits and safety features. It will also address how architects and designers can have design flexibility when specifying for a range of applications including new construction and renovations.

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Air Distribution: Commercial Design and Architecture

The purpose of this course is to educate building owners, architects and developers on modern, innovative commercial building air-conditioning systems that use water as the primary medium to transfer heat energy to and from the building interior efficiently. It will also focus on the consideration for occupant comfort and health.

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Targeting Carbon in the Fight Against Climate Change (Print Course)

The building industry is working to embrace its responsibility as a major contributor to climate change. More recently, the Architecture 2030 Challenge has added a Product Challenge to its overall mission to drive embodied carbon in buildings and building products down to zero by the year 2030.

Urging architects to help lead this major industry transformation, advocates are encouraging specifications of low- to no-carbon product alternatives in design specifications.

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The Benefits of Mineral Wool Insulation

Insulation is one of the most important elements of a building. It conserves energy, reduces sound and resists fire. Mineral wool comes in many forms including batts, board, rolls, loose fill, and acoustical products and is suitable for a wide range of applications, from exterior curtain walls to interior acoustical ceiling tiles or panels.

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Evolution of Glass and Performance Coatings

This course will address glass basics and the part it can play in building performance. It covers the ways glass can enhance building performance and focuses on energy savings. It looks at the human experiences within the spaces that you create. Finally, we will discuss a set of considerations you’ll want to have in mind as you embark on your next building project involving glass, while highlighting some upcoming trends.

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Designing Better Spaces Series: Customized, Personalized Windows & Doors

The purpose of this course is to present the customization that is possible with windows and doors to personally align with the client’s needs, wants and lifestyle.

Learn how to incorporate specific window and door products and options that will enhance the outcome of the project. Aesthetics and performance will include specifics to each region of the country.

You will see some truly remarkable ideas that have become reality.

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Understanding Sustainable Insulation and LEED v4 (Print Course)

Green building is about architectural and human performance and LEED v4 and other green programs can drive market transformation. This course demonstrates how LEED requirements are changing to increasingly emphasize materials and health, and how new credits with higher standards for health and performance are raising the bar for project teams and the sustainable buildings they design. Case studies where insulation products were used in green buildings will be discussed.

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