Greater Heights and Innovative Design: A New Generation of ICF Buildings (Print Course)

Insulated concrete forms (ICF) have been in use in North America since the 1960s. First known as “Foam Form,” contemporary ICF combines reinforced concrete with expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation to create walls that meet or exceed code as it relates to fire and extreme weather events. ICF also offers superior noise mitigation and energy efficiency.

This course will examine the performance characteristics of ICF as well as case studies that demonstrate its uses in commercial, industrial, residential, and institutional settings.

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Advantages of Concrete in Low- to Mid-Rise Multifamily

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Look around and you’ll see many 5 to 7 story residential projects being built today with one or two floors of concrete, supporting up to 5 floors of steel or wood frame. These “pedestal” projects are assumed to be the cheapest way to build while longer term ownership implications of these designs are not well understood. This 1-hour presentation dispels the myths that are driving the popularity of pedestal construction and demonstrates the ownership value concrete provides including lower operating costs, less maintenance, and improved tenant retention.

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Code Compliant Exterior Systems for Wood Framed Building Envelopes

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course investigates the most recent code changes emphasizing building envelope performance. We will explore next generation integrated solutions that simultaneously provide protection against moisture penetration, air leakage, and thermal bridging. Installation benefits and on-site quality control issues related to multi-solution integrated systems will also be evaluated in this course.

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An Alternative to Traditional Low-Slope Roofs: Insulated Roof Deck System Overview and Case Studies (Print Course)

This course will address main characteristics and design details of insulated roof deck systems, an alternative to metal decking for low-slope roofs on commercial and industrial buildings. Two case studies involving the new construction of a 53,000-square-foot freezer facility and a roof replacement on a 24,900-square-foot climate-controlled facility will be explored in detail. Learners will better understand design considerations for specific commercial/industrial roof projects and practical applications of insulated roof deck systems, including installation efficiency, safety, sustainability, and building performance.

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Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together: The Design Challenges of Multifamily Residential

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. The country is in dire need of more housing—and affordable housing in particular. Multifamily developers are responding as much as they can, but have many challenges and obstacles. This session dives into design practices that deliver multifamily housing projects that are equitable, supportive of occupant well-being, and sensitive to the natural environment.

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The Biggest and Best Design Trends in Hospitality and Entertainment

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. The pandemic ravaged the entertainment industry, changing the event experience forever. As the world opens back up, the public has a wide range of comfort levels regarding human interaction and activities. These architects are rethinking the event and hospitality experience with designs that showcase the best of technology, safety, and user experience.

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Glazing for Schools: Determining the Right Glass Solution for Your Education Project

Schools have unique design needs. In this CEU, you’ll learn the value that glass can bring to educational facilities sparking learning and inspiration, providing a safe haven for children's welfare, and promoting healthy living and physical development of the occupants.  In addition, this course will educate architects and designers on how to specify a glazing unit specific to its needs—enhancing functionality, user experience and energy efficiency.

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Interior PVC Wall Cladding Systems: Performance, Specification, and Installation Considerations

PVC wall cladding is a superior option for interior surfaces in a wide variety of applications, including healthcare, hospitality, commercial and public facilities, and more. It’s a lightweight, customizable, sustainable solution that outperforms other cladding options. This course will explore different types of interior wall cladding and explain the benefits of PVC, including an active antimicrobial panel system. Learners will also explore specific applications for interior PVC cladding and review installation best practices to ensure a successful project.

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Designing with Metal Wall Panels

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. After completing this course, one will know how to define metal wall panel substrates and coatings, and explain the basic requirements of a wall assembly. This course will also provide you with the knowledge to be able to describe the different types of metal wall panels and understand the basic detailing and flashing components.

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Email: The Seven Deadly Sins

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Emails are part of the oxygen of our daily professional lives. They are a primary path of communication and we use them to get things done. Yet given the litigious nature of our world, it is critical to treat this common form of communication with the attention it needs and think very carefully about what we write and why we write it.

This program presents examples of self-implicating and subsequently weaponized emails and guidelines for writing appropriate, shorter, clearer messages.

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