EBook: Driving LBM Business Growth With Better Data

Business Intelligence (BI) refers to a range of software applications that are used to analyze raw data and support the important function of business analytics. Today’s business management systems come equipped with powerful analytics tools that can enable insights into your organization and positively impact growth.

With better data, your lumber and building materials (LBM) business can reduce costs, identify new opportunities, develop targeted strategies, and improve decision making.

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Designing Restrooms for Sustainable Operation (Print Course)

Designing restrooms for sustainable operation requires unique strategies beyond those typically associated with green building. This course does not discuss the details of LEED certification or environmentally responsible materials and related documentation. Instead, the focus of this course will be to educate architects and designers on operational approaches that encourage sustainable restroom project design.

Thoughtful product specification considers energy costs, battery usage, waste, and usage of consumables that in turn allow the architect or designer the opportunity to educate the client on the benefits and incentives that sustainable design creates for both building owners and occupants. While architects and building designers who specify sustainable design products must take into consideration the economical investment necessary from the client, specifying for sustainable operation allows a restroom to operate both sustainably and cost-effectively while retaining the architect’s aesthetic vision.

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Increasing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Architecture (Print Course)

The under-representation of many ethnic groups in architecture translates not only to inequities within the profession, but also to missed opportunities in business. Leveraging the benefits of a diverse workforce requires a culture of inclusion and equity, one that values differences among people and ensures a culture of fairness.

This article explores the barriers that people of color face in entering the design profession, the organizations working to mitigate several of these barriers, and internal firm initiatives to create a more equitable work environment.

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RMI's Innovation Center: First-Year Lessons Learned

The Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Innovation Center illustrates the potential of achieving net-positive-energy performance in a replicable manner, serving as a demonstration project for the design and construction industry. Its first year of operation has offered many lessons around technological incorporation, financial replicability and incentivizing an integrated design process.


With four decades of leadership and advocacy for hyper-efficient buildings and economies, RMI is the ultimate client and occupant for such an innovative project. First-hand staff video interviews will address design process, system integration, performance and occupant satisfaction. RMI researchers guide attendees through the building with interactive video technology, providing commentary to frame the experience. Observations will be contextualized by members of the architecture and engineering team, translating lessons that can—and should—be applied to the next generation of high-performance buildings.

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Energy Benchmarking Compliance

Energy benchmarking requirements affect buildings having as few as 5 units up to the largest properties. The experts at RealPage break it down for you making the complex rules understandable and helping you stay in compliance with these mandates.

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Green Building Data: The Map to Avoiding Legal Issues

As an expert on green buildings, you are probably handling large volumes of sensitive data on green buildings & sustainable infrastructure. Some of this data may include sensitive information such as company financials, employee health statistics and building design details to aggregated and non-sensitive information such as, internal energy usage patterns and performance metrics.

What is the route that this data takes? Are there any laws which prevent its sharing? Does this data need to be destroyed at some point? Can this data be published in academic writings or industry reports of the recipient? Is the “processed data” liable to be treated differently?

This course discusses data security needs & challenges across sectors and international boundaries.

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NFPA 285: A Focus on Assemblies (Print Course)

In this course, learners will be able to better understand NFPA compliance – from determining what needs tested to the testing procedures themselves. Other codes and tests related to fire safety will be reviewed as well. Different types of cladding and insulation will be examined in terms of materials, components, and fire safety. Finally, two fire case studies will be presented so that learners can evaluate the performance of those buildings.

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Incorporating Human Centric Lighting into Workplace Lighting Design (Print Course)

Human centric lighting is often part of design discussions by architects, interior designers, and lighting designers assigned the task of creating a modern workplace, but there is no consensus around what it means, as different people have different definitions. In addition, owners and clients want to create workplace environments that attract and retain top talent, but they are not quite aware of the value that human centric lighting brings to their businesses. Therefore, it is critical for architects and designers to understand how to design and sell the value of human centric lighting to their clients.


This course will position the architect or designer as a credible resource in creating modern workplace environments with human centric lighting. Moreover, it will keep the designer current in an evolving industry conversation.

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Understanding Wood – How Next-Generation Designers and Artists Impact the Global Forest Ecosystem (Print Course)

Social responsibility should be at the forefront of every designer’s practice, as their designs impact raw material use, land development, and the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants.

This course will discuss one natural resource that is facing a significant threat from exploitation and development: the global forest ecosystem.

We will discuss how building product manufacturers can offer material alternatives that do not further dwindle the world’s endangered wood species. We will also dive deep into a collaborative project between an engineered surfaces company, Interlochen Arts Academy, and visiting artists to return a pine plantation forest to its native state while studying ecology, creating art, and educating a future generation of artists.

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Entrenamiento en Seguridad para Escaleras

Este curso en seguridad para escaleras proporciona información diseñada para la protección de los profesionales en el lugar de trabajo. El curso examina cuatro elementos clave para prevenir lesiones relacionadas con el uso de escaleras: selección adecuada de escalera para cada trabajo, inspección adecuada de la escalera, manejo y transporte adecuado de escaleras, así como las mejores prácticas de seguridad para escaleras.

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