Exploring a Revolutionary, Systems-Based Approach to Downdraft Ventilation (Print Course)

Proper ventilation while cooking is vital for indoor air quality and must be addressed early in the building process. Downdraft ventilation offers flexibility in design and aesthetics, but it suffers from a poor reputation due to performance issues in early iterations of the technology.

This course covers the importance of indoor air quality, a brief history of cooktop ventilation, and historical challenges with downdraft ventilation. It will discuss a revolutionary, systems-based approach to downdraft ventilation that addresses these challenges, including specification and installation considerations for this new innovation.

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Peralta New Mexico Case Study

All Terrain Sewer has proven to be a less disruptive and cost effective alternative to traditional sewer systems allowing for a smaller construction footprint. See how this EPA award winning technology was used to in an aging neighborhood in New Mexico.

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Daylighting with Light-Transmitting Polycarbonate for Roofing and Facades

Daylighting has already been proven to increase a building’s energy efficiency and occupant well-being. Material choice matters. This course will explore the role of daylighting as part of sustainable project design and how to maximize the availability of natural light.

Substantial attention will be given to the role of polycarbonates in daylighting strategy, including product choices and applications. Case studies are also included and examine the use of polycarbonates in various daylighting settings, ranging from a five-year comparative study to an internationally renowned sports stadium, higher education, and a condo in Florida.

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Analysis of Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Homeowners, builders, contractors, and weatherization agencies today have a wide range of energy efficiency upgrades to choose from for existing homes. This course compares the popular upgrades and systems available to help you make the best choice for your projects. Making good decisions about improving an existing home's energy efficiency and lowering its energy costs can be challenging for a consumer. There are a wide variety of options available, all with certain benefits and costs. Homeowners and building professionals frequently ask, What are the most cost effective changes that I can make to improve energy efficiency?

This course is intended to serve as a guide in answering questions about prioritizing energy efficiency investments for existing homes. By closely examining a study commissioned by the Propane Education & Resource Council, the Analysis of Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Existing Homes, this course will provide objective information about the most effective measures and/or equipment choices across five climate regions.

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Natural Slate Rainscreen Cladding Systems

Natural slate is long–lived, durable, fire resistant and waterproof. This revolution in cladding applications offers a modern, sustainable and easy to install alternative with unique character.

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Innovative Green Concrete for Sustainable Construction

This course will provide learners with an introduction to Green Concrete. In addition, the course will examine the key components of Green Concrete Mixtures, illustrate some performance attributes of High-performance Green Concrete, and demonstrate the need for a process and methodology for quantifying sustainable concrete. Finally, the course will look at various project profiles that specified Green Concrete mixtures and how architects can incorporate this material to specify Green Concrete with a comparative life cycle assessment or Eco-Efficiency Analysis.

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Single-Family Homebuilder Upholds Reputation for Reliability with FlowGuard® Gold CPVC

Read how this builder grew their reputation in the community partially because of their dedication to choosing products with proven quality and reliability. Since making the switch to CPVC, Cristo has constructed hundreds of homes without any plumbing problems, making the company one of the most trusted homebuilders in the area.

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Top 100 Home Builder Knows FlowGuard® Gold CPVC Ensures Consistent Performance

Read how this builder has earned success through their commitment to providing high-quality homes to buyers - and avoided common mistakes that left other builders open to warranty and water quality issues. Throughout their growth, Homes by WestBay has trusted FlowGuard® Gold CPVC exclusively in all their homes.

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How Plumbing Materials Can Influence Water Quality

This article focuses on the risks that pipes and materials chosen can present risks to water quality themselves. Water quality can be impacted when compounds from within the pipe are released into the water, as water flows through, a process called leaching.

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Understanding the Risks of Chemical Permeation in Residential Water Systems

In this article, we’ll examine another issue that can impact residential water quality: chemical permeation. Permeation is the process by which an outside chemical passes through a pipe material resulting in water contamination.

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