The Impact of Wood Use on North American Forests (Print Course)

As green building has evolved beyond its initial emphasis on energy efficiency, greater attention has been given to the choice of structural materials and the degree to which they influence a building’s environmental footprint. Increasingly, wood from sustainably managed forests is viewed as a responsible choice. Drawing from a wide range of research publications, this course will examine the current state of North American forests, modern forest practices, and criteria for sustainability, and consider some of the challenges that could profoundly impact the future of the forest resource.

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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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Designing Outdoor Living Spaces: Well-being, Sustainability, and Material Selection

Outdoor living spaces have the potential to contribute to human health and well-being through biophilic design. By choosing the appropriate materials and systems, particularly for decks and porches, outdoor living spaces offer benefits beyond aesthetics and can further help meet sustainability goals. Lifecycle, safety, and eco-friendly materials should all be considered when designing for outdoor living.

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Engaging Clients: Communication Strategies for Better Project Management

Communication is a key, but often overlooked, aspect of the architect’s role. Understanding what constitutes effective communication, as well as having an awareness of the tools that can aid communication, can enhance the architect’s role and enable projects to run more smoothly. Effective communication can also translate to more satisfied clients, repeat business, and projects that remain on-time and on-budget.

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Privacy and Protection: Using Motorized Retractable Screens to Blend Indoor and Outdoor Living Spaces

The move toward healthy homes & buildings has pushed design professionals to blend indoor/outdoor spaces and increase the number and size of exterior openings. As the trends for outdoor living continue to be a top consideration for homeowners, motorized retractable screen specification provides an option for building professionals to help clients maximize their livable space while managing daylight, solar heat gain, and ventilation.

These screens benefit occupancy wellness by providing excellent thermal benefits, airflow, and the ability to control humidity. This course will provide an overview of motorized retractable screens, discussing the design and installation requirements, the different applications where these screens can be used, as well as the thermal benefits of using solar mesh and clear vinyl options.

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Specifying Automatic Pedestrian Entryways that Support Universal Design and Exceed ADA Standards (Print Course)

Architects and designers continue to adopt and share strategies to boost universal design for doorways and entrances. Rather than aiming for minimum compliance, which is enforced by codes and ADA, these savvy building professionals are thinking about universal design and user preferences, and differentiating their buildings by leveraging appropriate technologies.

The keys to success include: *Choosing and designing appropriate entries, openings and doors for people with varied abilities. *Applying those door systems to meet and exceed all ADA requirements for entries in buildings of certain sizes. *All while complying with published building codes and standards.

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Fire Safety In High-Rise Structures (Print Course)

This course will provide an understanding of life safety as related to perimeter fire containment in high-rise structures where a non- rated exterior wall adjoins a rated floor assembly. Discussion points will include basic philosophy of fire containment, tested assemblies, and code requirements. Additionally, engineering judgments as related to best practices and IFC guidelines will be discussed.

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Walkable, Waterproof Roof Deck Membrane Systems Improve Outdoor Living and Mitigate Moisture Damage

This course provides an overview of walkable roof deck membranes and roofing systems, including a discussion of the key principles of deck design, design considerations, and how to install and specify roof deck membrane systems. The course will focus on how walkable roof deck membrane systems support outdoor living trends and moisture mitigation in building assemblies.

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Residential Heat Management Solutions and the Wellness Benefits of Gas Fireplaces (Print Course)

Fireplaces have long evoked feelings of comfort and coziness, but traditionally aren’t energy efficient or cost-effective to maintain. Modern gas fireplaces with direct vent and heat management technology provide homeowners with a wide range of home heating solutions. These technologies – both mechanical and passive - improve whole-home comfort, reduce energy consumption, and improve the safety of operating a fireplace. Consumer demand for fireplaces is high, and builders and architects with the most updated knowledge on modern fireplace and home heating solutions can help customers improve the value of their home.

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Net Zero Energy Building Design in High Density Urban Cities

Net Zero Energy solutions suitable for urban settings will be increasingly important but there are unique policy and technical challenges to implementing these solutions in large urban buildings in hot and humid climate. Addressing these concerns could open up the possibility of achieving Positive Energy Low Rise, Zero Energy Medium Rise and Super Low Energy High Rise Buildings in the near future.

How do we overcome limited site and roof spaces for renewable energy in urban cities? How do we drive passive design for free cooling in high density environment? How do we reduce the consumption level of plug loads leveraging off the IoT? How do we use the advanced modelling approach to create designs that can achieve Net Zero Energy and then manage the delivery process so that Net Zero Energy performance? How do we move from demonstration phase projects to successful solutions for all buildings?

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