5 Critical Take-Aways from the 2020 BUILDER Concept Home

Hear Sekisui House, Ltd., Marketing General Manager Norio Adachi on what bringing Chōwa to the United States market means to Sekisui House, its leaders, its partners, and its worldwide team of associates.

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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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Designing with Light: Adding Function and Beauty with Extruded Aluminum Channels for Tape

Lighting, perhaps one of the most overlooked elements of the design process, has the ability to affect occupancy mood, productivity, and ability to learn. Building professionals and designers have the ability to use new technology and lighting features to affect mood while enhancing the value and the aesthetic appeal of a space in residential and commercial design.


This course will introduce you to best practices for lighting design and technology for lighting. In addition, the course will demonstrate the functions of new LED technology when incorporated with extruded aluminum tape channels to increase the versatility of a space, as well as improve ambience.

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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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Innovative Materials Help Energy Innovation Center Earn LEED Platinum Certification and Historic Tax Credits (Print Course)

The newly renovated, LEED Platinum Energy Innovation Center (EIC), is a collaborative hub that supports the Pittsburgh region’s emerging clean technologies. High-tech building materials can be found throughout the historic facility, showcasing chemistry as a sustainable solution and helping the Energy Innovation Center maintain its sustainable footprint.

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Precision and Performance with Manufactured Stone Veneer

Manufactured stone veneer is an inspirational design element, born from innovative technology and creative solutions. Also known as MSV, manufactured stone veneer is a lightweight, non-load bearing building material used as a decorative wall covering for exterior or interior surfaces in both residential and commercial construction.

Manufactured stone veneer products adhere to any structurally sound surface and require a simple installation process of lath, scratch coat, mortar, and grout. Each color and texture uses a blend of Portland cement, lightweight natural aggregates, and iron oxide pigments. Even on close examination, manufactured stone looks and feels like natural stone.

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Affordable and Low-Maintenance Dark Windows

In the past, darker window frames were limited to painted wood, aluminum, aluminum-clad, or composite material frames due to the higher price point. Affordable, low-maintenance materials such as vinyl were limited to white and tan because of the colors’ low reflectivity and resistance to heat build-up from sun exposure. However, advances in vinyl pigments and new, thermal-resistant paints now provide architects with a wider array of dark colored window material options that are more affordable. This course will explore the basic aesthetics and trends of dark colors and provide a detailed discussion of choosing available dark window styles.

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The Future of Kitchen Design: Incorporating Style, Technology, and Wellness

The kitchen is the gathering place of the home. What factors are influencing design transformation over the next few years, and how can kitchen appliances contribute to a more connected, multifunctional space? This course will explore the state of the kitchen industry, results from a national kitchen and bath design trends survey, examples of smart appliances and their role in a connected kitchen, and the impact of wellness and sustainability on kitchen design.

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