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How Home Builders Can Navigate Lumber Demand and Pricing Volatility

Lumber supply and demand has taken home builders on a ride throughout the last year and a half with wild swings in pricing.

To understand where lumber prices will go from here, and what builders can do to adjust to ongoing market volatility, industry experts from building material leader 84 Lumber and commodities tracker Fastmarkets unpack the specifics of what caused the whipsawing in the market over the last 18 months - and provide clues for what may lie ahead.

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Multifamily Resident Survey: A Renter's View

Package Concierge® commissioned Zogby Analytics to conduct an online survey of over 2,000 multifamily residents on their priorities for amenities and apartment searching in a time that is anything but business as usual. The comprehensive study shows over half of renters have changed the way they prioritize amenities, with one quarter saying it has changed significantly.

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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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The Neurobiology of Biophilia & Spatial Cognition

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course explores the neurobiology behind Biophilia’s most healing attribute: a visual connection to nature, which also happens to be the feature with the most robust peer-reviewed research backing its therapeutic qualities. We learn about the connection between the immune system and sensory processing, as well as how environmental features precipitate a neural chemistry that modulates our attraction/aversion to the built environment.

The course unveils the healing potential of indoor sky illusions and how cognitive mechanisms map out our body’s location in relation to our immediate surroundings, as well as to perceived connections to nature. This understanding of how distinct areas of the brain assemble our embodied sense of place provide valuable insights in the design of enclosed interiors for human wellness.

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Seamless Wall-to-Ceiling Transitions in Open Plenum Design

As open plenum design has become increasingly popular in public, office and even residential buildings, so has the need for seamless wall-to-ceiling transitions that complement its use - as well as address the challenges. Read about three projects which highlight the benefits, but also present challenges and solutions of seamless transitions.

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Enhancing Value of Remodeling Projects with Propane

This course provides an overview of the home remodeling industry, including industry growth trends, demographic insights, and typical project types. The course also explores the potential role of propane technologies in different remodeling applications, illustrating key performance characteristics and how they can add value to remodeling projects. The course concludes by describing the options for propane storage in residential applications.

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Six Ways Presentation Software Can Deliver an Impressive ROI

In sales and marketing, efficiency is indicated when revenue exceeds the money spent dollar for dollar. The higher the number, the better the ROI for your efforts. Efficiency also comes from consistency in materials that present the company’s story and showcase its products and services. Using the right presentation software can help companies develop a better connection with prospects, leads and existing clients.

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Cultivating Successful Collaboration (Print Course)

Architecture has always involved some form of collaboration – and the process begins with the client. Whether working with a developer, an institution, a family, or an individual, clients help determine everything from the location to the budget and often weigh in on form and function. In addition to clients, other stakeholders include engineers, builders, interior designers, and consultants.

Often overlooked, however, are the collaborative efforts between architects – sometimes from different firms – and interdisciplinary teams that result in groundbreaking, innovative structures. This course will examine the benefits and difficulties of collaboration, including the ways in which collaboration can help to address climate change and sustainable practices, as well as how various theories on collaboration apply to architecture.

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