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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Multi-Family Executive - Concept Community Report

Multifamily developers and operators use this guide as you research and invest in smart home technologies for residents and game-changing technologies that streamline multifamily operations and development.

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Concrete Restoration and Repair

The course begins by identifying the basic components of concrete, including air, cement, water, and fine aggregate or sand, and course aggregate or stone. Next, the course analyzes the causes and effects of concrete deterioration that necessitate repair. After understanding the reasons for repair, the course will provide learners with the knowledge to assess the condition of a space and the ability to engineer the appropriate solution. Finally, the course will describe concrete repair fundamentals including surface preparation, placement, and curing.

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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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Uncovering a Building’s Heartbeat Sensormatically

While energy use is a key component in building management, it is important that resource use not overshadow a building's purpose: to provide an adequate (or even enhanced) space for humans or machines to operate. Managing this interdependency between comfort and energy is not easy, but it's essential for high performance spaces as changing occupant comfort demands can consume significant amounts of energy. While optimizing each in isolation is simpler, the results could lead to less than ideal outcomes.

As managers seek to optimize both energy use and comfort, well-placed sensors and data collection systems can provide objective, useful, and actionable information. Building energy meters separated by panel, circuit, or receptacle are useful in determining, where, when, and how energy is being used. Comfort can be divided into visual, thermal, acoustic, and air quality categories. Sensors are able to measure each category in order to determine which aspects of comfort might be insufficient. Ultimately, the sensor data can be analyzed to establish linkages and tradeoffs and can lead to solutions that optimize both factors. Four different projects are presented to demonstrate how energy and comfort can be balanced at a building, campus, and program level.

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The Psychology of Human Health and the Built Environment: Using Folding, Sliding, and Swing Doors as Wall Systems in Biophilic Design

Biophilic design has the ability to blur boundaries between the indoors and outdoors, creating spaces that contribute to occupant cognitive, physiological, and psychological well-being. Incorporating advanced door systems into biophilic design can help specifiers to adhere to biophilic tenets while optimizing the health of occupants and contributing to the functionality and beauty of a space.

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Planning for Disaster with Expansion Joint Covers (Print Course)

Natural and man-made disasters can not only “cause considerable damage to the built environment, resulting in serious disruptions to normal human activities and billions of dollars in property damages,” but such disasters can also “reveal vulnerabilities in infrastructure design and construction and test to the limit the planning, design, and construction abilities” of architects, engineers, and contractors. This course will provide an understanding of the types of disasters that may affect the built environment along with the techniques used to mitigate those disasters.

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A Holistic View of Carbon in the Built Environment

This course examines the principles associated with carbon emissions over the life of a building. The carbon footprint of a building does not begin when the building becomes operational but rather during design and continues through demolition or deconstruction. The role that design and construction professionals play in regard to product transparency will also be discussed.

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Concrete Flooring Contractor Exceeds Expectations in $100 Million Museum Restoration/Expansion

Read how this contractor seamlessly knit together old and new concrete flooring across 60,000 sq ft of new and renovated space in a 78-year-old art museum.

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Make the Most of Your Polished Concrete Overlay Opportunities

Polished concrete overlay floor systems have moved quickly from a niche flooring segment into a flooring category all its own. With polished overlays spec’d into more RFQs, are you getting your fair share of this business?

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