The Future of Urbanization (Print Course)

Today, more than half of us live in cities, and by 2050, this proportion is expected to increase to 67%. As urbanization becomes a global trend, the struggle to efficiently and sustainably grow our cities will only intensify. More people need more buildings, more energy, and more infrastructure, and this puts increased pressure on resources and the environment.

The challenges we face can seem daunting, but the good news is that raw material suppliers, building material manufacturers, architects, and engineers are creating innovative solutions that can help the building industry rise to meet these challenges in order to build the sustainable and resilient cities of the future.

This course will explore what the future of urbanization could look like through the lens of energy reduction, power supply, and efficient construction. We will examine innovative materials and technologies that will help cities, and their citizens, thrive as we make our way through the 21st century.

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Western Red Cedar - The Renewable, Sustainable Choice (Print Course)

Today’s consumers are savvier about the environmental repercussions of their buying habits and are demanding to know where their goods come from and how they are manufactured. Companies, organizations, and entire industries must be conscious of the impact their supply chains, manufacturing processes, and working conditions are having on all aspects of society, including economic, environmental, and social. One example of an industry that has taken great strides over the past generation to transform their industry is lumber. They have improved their environmental performance, the sustainability of forest management and milling operations, and the use of forest fiber.

This course will examine the Western Red Cedar lumber industry, including the environmental benefits of Western Red Cedar versus alternative building products, Environmental Product Declarations available for the material, and case studies where it was used in various commercial applications.

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Making the Business Case for Building with Insulated Concrete Forms: Energy, Safety, and Savings (Print Course)

Combining the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with high performance rigid insulation, insulated concrete forms (ICFs) provide ideal solutions for developers of apartments, condos, hotels, dormitories, and assisted living facilities.

ICFs are cost competitive with wood frame construction on a first-cost basis and offer operational cost savings through lower energy bills and reduced insurance costs among other benefits such as fire resistance and noise reduction. This article makes the business case for building multi-family homes with ICFs.

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Exploring High-Performance Protective Coatings for Steel in Architectural Applications (Print Course)

High-performance coatings are used in a wide variety of industries to protect steel construction from corrosion. Corrosion protection coatings are an indispensable contribution to the long-term preservation of valuable capital investments worldwide. However, choosing the best corrosion protection system for the intended application is the most important consideration to achieve long-term protection. The coatings industry is continually innovating with new technologies for primers, basecoats, and topcoats. This course will examine how high-performance protective coatings prevent corrosion in the built environment and how they are increasingly being used for architectural applications.

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Designing the Deck Space for Strength, Usability and Beauty (Print Course)

More consumers view their home’s outdoor space as an extension of livable space and have higher expectations for its design and use. Among outdoor renovations, the most attention has been paid to renovating or overhauling decks.

Architects that understand the trends driving this change and the materials best suited for longevity and performance can help homeowners, developers, and builders create a better outdoor experience. Learners in this course will learn what these trends are, design practices for inclusive outdoor spaces, designing for safety, and innovative new products and materials for modern decks.

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High-Performance Water-Proof Wall Panel Systems Interiors (Print Course)

Due to the pandemic, remodeling projects are booming and health, safety, and welfare have become a very high priority when specifying surfaces. Now, more than ever, we are aware of the things around us and the surfaces we touch. Bathroom renovations continue to be one of the top improvements made in both residential and commercial projects. Wall options are often limited to beautiful but expensive materials like marble, or lower-cost, unattractive solutions like metal or fiberglass shower units.

Now, a water-proof, lightweight, high pressure decorative laminate wall panel system is available that is perfect for wet area applications and offers antimicrobial protection, benefitting occupant health and safety. The system’s large format and on-trend designs help create a space that fully reflects a project’s unique style. Water-proof wall panels are easy to install over gypsum board, green board, or fiberboard, and can even be installed over existing tile. Because it is a grout-free surface, it offers worry-free, easy maintenance and can help to mitigate moisture damage.

This course will compare water-proof wall panel systems to traditional tile installations, explore the features and performance benefits of the system, and identify how it can help to mitigate moisture damage in wet wall applications.

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Customizable Acoustical Solutions for Open Plenum Design (Print Course)

Modern open spaces create a unique set of challenges when it comes to acoustics, particularly because many new buildings are designed with open plans and open plenums. Fortunately, there are innovative acoustic systems on the market that are designed to integrate with open plenums that can help to overcome these challenges. This course will discuss customizable acoustical solutions for open plenum design, including baffles, beams, clouds, and acoustical wall panels, which are available in a variety of materials like metal, wood, fiberglass, and felt. The course will explore the importance of acoustical design and how these open plenum ceiling systems can transform a space aesthetically while maximizing acoustics.

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Propane and Building Design for Commercial Businesses

Architects, engineers, developers, and facilities managers have numerous choices when determining fuel sources for commercial buildings, whether those choices involve the practicalities of space and water heating, the aesthetics of fireplaces, fire pits, and outdoor lighting, or the functionalities of building site energy needs.

Combined with these choices is the ever-increasing need to build and plan not only cost-effectively, but with sustainability in mind. This course will help specifiers compare the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of fuel sources and storage options, as well as examining the flexibility and reliability of propane, so that they can more readily determine which fuel source best meets the needs of individual commercial projects.

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Exterior Color Trends CONTINUING AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS 2021–2024 (Print Course)

This course aims to help architects, developers, colorists, and other specifiers understand which current popular exterior colors to continue using, which new colors to begin introducing, and what combinations will ensure successful palettes. The major design shifts in current U.S. regions as well as the cultural and consumer influences behind color trends will be referenced for the purpose of enhancing the knowledge course participants have regarding the color trends for the coming years.

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