Designing and Building High Performance Homes with Propane

Over the last 15 years, the U.S. homebuilding industry has seen a remarkable transformation. Residential building systems have rapidly evolved to offer unprecedented levels of efficiency and performance. This course provides a data-driven look at the role of propane as an energy option in today's high-performance homes. The course compares propane with other available energy sources in terms of its availability, applications, and environmental footprint. At the technology level, the course examines 12 different propane applications in terms of their functionality, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and environmental impact.

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Acoustic and Aesthetic Suspended Ceiling Solutions Using Stone Wool

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Architects, Specifiers, Interior Designers, and Building Science professionals all have a long history of specifying stone wool for their insulation and sound absorption needs. Fire resistance, sound resistance, water resistance, thermal resistance and dimensional stability are all features and benefits of stone wool. This presentation will provide learners with information regarding the features and benefits of using stone wool acoustical ceiling tiles. In addition, the course will provide basic information on acoustics as well as the acoustical challenges and resolutions faced in commercial buildings.

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Specifying Western Red Cedar: Sustainable Building Products

Western Red Cedar (WRC) aesthetic, economic, and environmental benefits are just some of the reasons why builders and designers are increasingly gravitating to this species of wood. Presented here are modern, historical, and cultural uses of western red cedar, as well as its performance characteristics, grade specification, and finishes. Also discussed are sustainable forest management practices and certification agencies, and how sustainably sourced wood can contribute to LEED® credits.

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Unitizing Structural Skylights: An Evolution in Daylighting

This course will focus on the use of unitized skylights to enhance the well-being of the occupants within the build environment. The course will look at how skylights are incorporated and considerations that impact their use. In addition, the course will analyze how skylights can provide superior performance standards, meet fire testing requirements, enhance energy efficiency and provide creative solutions for the built environment. In addition, various applications and case studies will be described to help learners understand how the use of skylights impacted the health and wellness of the occupants.

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Extended Joints for Slabs on Grade

This technology is a proven solution to the shrinking and cracking that plague extension joints in concrete slabs. See examples of where it has been used, how it can reduce safety hazards and why it extends the life of the slab.

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Redefining the High-End Healthy Home

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Architects, designers, and developers who work on residential single- and multi-family projects have always considered the effect of design on the health and wellbeing of occupants. But this area of study has received new focus in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has heightened the demand on residences to serve as spaces for working, entertaining, gathering, and cooking, as well as for rest and exercise. Combined with this demand is the always present need to balance dedicated single-function spaces with flexible ones that can adapt to occupant needs over time.

This course will help specifiers and developers understand the major principles that guide the design of healthful spaces, such as biophilia, indoor air quality, infection control, indoor/outdoor balance, and versatility. The course will examine the usefulness of these principles for guiding design decisions in a post-pandemic setting, as well as discuss areas where new thinking has or will be developed.

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Propane as a Solution to Meeting Code and Above-Code Programs – Using High Efficiency Propane Systems as a Compliance Strategy

Nothing is driving greater change in the home building industry than energy efficiency, but prior to 2015 the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) didn’t address mechanical equipment such as furnaces and water heaters. The 2015 IECC now includes a new compliance path called the Energy Rating Index allowing builders more choices in how to meet the energy code. This course will take a closer look at how high efficiency propane equipment such as furnaces and water heaters provide flexibility in meeting 2015 IECC standards and help reduce a home’s HERS Index, in addition to helping projects gain points in above-code programs such as LEED and the National Green Building Standard.

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Propane Gas Systems: Considerations for Residential Construction

Propane heats homes, water and outdoor spaces, fuels clean, comforting fireplaces, cooks food, and dries clothes. Propane is also environmentally friendly, emitting fewer greenhouse gases than other fossil fuels and electricity. When planning and designing homes, architects should know that more than 12.6 million U.S. households rely on propane for their primary energy needs. Propane can be stored above ground or in underground propane tanks, an option many builders are choosing in order to fuel homes off the natural gas mains. This course will cover important considerations when planning for propane use in residential construction.

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Expanding Outdoor Living: Propane for Outdoor Residential Use

Propane gas is considered to be a clean alternative fuel by the EPA; it is a versatile and environmentally safe fuel source for healthy and sustainable living. Many people use propane to fuel their outdoor grills or barbecues, but its much more versatile than a cooking fuel in residential outdoor applications. This learning unit will explore alternative uses for propane, specifically for outdoor use in and around a home.

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Fire and Sound Rated Building Joints & the Effects of Structural Movement

This course will compare and contrast methods of preventing fire, smoke, and sound passage within/between wall assemblies. We'll explore different types of structural movement that may occur and the impact to building components and their connections over time. Next, we will examine how movement impacts interior finishes and identify solutions, and the steps that must be taken to prevent damage from movement to building components. By the end of the course, the learner will be able to make more informed decisions in the marketplace of fire and sound rated solutions designed for wall joints.

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