High-performing Weather-resistant Barriers: Moisture, Surfactant Resistance, and Specifying the Appropriate Material

Water and moisture intrusion can affect everything from a building’s structural durability to its indoor air quality. Understanding the material options, installation, and testing criteria for high-performing weather-resistant barriers can help specifiers manage present and future moisture concerns.

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Green, Complete and Smart: Build Green vs. Grey

Communities are turning to innovative stormwater management solutions to solve local and regional stormwater challenges. For example, in the nation’s capital, DC agencies recently modified a plan that predominately relied on grey infrastructure to instead partially replace the grey infrastructure with green infrastructure in targeted existing impervious areas. These green installations will serve to mitigate flooding and stormwater issues to the same capacity but with many more environmental and community benefits.

The panel will discuss stormwater challenges through several examples located throughout the country, and the impact of vegetated systems to manage stormwater in local and regional jurisdictions. One example that will be discussed is The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) proposed Green Street Demonstration Project in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington D.C. where the ASLA headquarters are based. The project seeks to serve as an example for such green, complete, and smart street design. The plan transforms an underperforming street corridor into a showpiece of both green infrastructure technologies and complete street approaches.

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Your Zero Net Energy Building May Destroy the Grid

With emerging standards requiring different forms of Zero Net Energy and aggressive owners developing ZNE buildings already it's an important time to look at the potential impacts net metered buildings can have on the historic grid structure and operations. High penetration of renewable energy can destabilize the grid operations and cause havoc for grid operators.

We'll provide a detailed discussion of the different definitions of ZNE and how they impact design and interaction with the grid. We'll outline current issues with high penetration of renewables on Hawaii's grid structure and how they may apply to ZNE building design for larger grid systems. We will provide building strategies that can enhance ZNE building design participation with the grid such as battery storage with renewables, demand response, thermal energy storage, and controls. Finally the team will outline ongoing changes to the grid structures and enhancements needed to prepare the grid for true ZNE buildings on a mass scale.

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Glass Railing Systems: Critical Code and Design Considerations (Print Course)

This course will provide an overview of various glass railing systems and their application including on balconies, ledges, ramps, and stairs. Product types and components of glass railing systems will be described, as well as how building codes affect the type of glass being used (i.e. monolithic tempered glass or laminated tempered glass).

The course will discuss how different code bodies can affect railing system design and costs. A thorough understanding of performance requirements, product manufacturer criteria, and installation methods will be obtained, including proper railing attachment, and manufacturer warranties and resources. Next, the course will analyze design considerations for cap rails/top rails, handrails, and other specialty components. Finally, participants will understand how to incorporate applicable codes and industry standards into glass railing projects to ensure safety optimization.

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Concrete Innovations (Print Course)

Concrete is the material of choice for the tallest buildings in the world and infrastructure designed to last centuries. To meet demands for these cutting-edge projects, concrete must be stronger, more durable and more workable than ever before. This article explores how new products, manufacturing methods and research are developing innovative concretes to meet these new challenges. Bendable concrete, smog eating concrete and carbon capture are just a few examples of new technologies enhancing a product that is nearly 5,000 years in development.

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Sustainable Curb Appeal (Print Course)

Whether in politics or in building design, transparency is an increasingly necessary element of modern life. We want to know where products come from before proceeding with future-altering decisions. When it comes to the materials and resources that make up the built environment, it's more important than ever to communicate about what's inside.


This course will talk about material health and product transparency, and what's driving this change. The difference between LEED v3 and LEED v4 related to materials will be analyzed in the context of the U.S. Green Building Code. Finally, the course will help learners understand and recognize the different types of reporting tools and resources that project teams have available, and how these reporting tools and resources are driving innovative market transformation.

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Managing Projects During a Labor Shortage and Rising Material Prices

Fluctuating markets, uncertainty surrounding tariffs, and the current labor shortage increases the financial risks for contractors, owners, architects, engineers, and other specifiers. Learning ways to mitigate such risks, including a better understanding of escalation clauses, value engineering, supply bonds, captive insurance, and subcontractor default insurance can help to protect specifiers from the unknown. Having greater insight into the current labor shortage, as well as adopting retention and recruitment strategies, can further help firms and businesses navigate uncertainty.

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The Future of Sustainability and Green Design: Health, Daylighting, and Material Selection (Print Course)

This course will examine biophilia and sustainable and green design, focusing on the ways in which these concepts have evolved to incorporate human health and well-being. It will also specifically focus on concepts such as daylighting, demonstrating how the incorporation of natural light in design can contribute to productivity and well-being.

Finally, the course will examine several case studies where different products helped to contribute to sustainable, green design as well as occupant health and well-being.

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The Creation of Experiential Building Environments Using Light-manipulating Materials

Individuals are deeply connected to their surroundings. When surroundings have the ability to inspire and encompass creativity, collaboration, innovation this connection can in turn foster health and well-being as well as a sense of contentment.

By utilizing light-manipulating materials in buildings, experiential spaces will not only promote occupant well-being but will also help projects achieve LEED and WELL credits and environmental stewardship.

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Create Beautiful Outdoor Spaces and Prevent Deforestation with Polymer and Composite Deck Material

This course will examine the ways in which the use of exotic wood in decking materials contributes to deforestation. It will also examine how some certifying bodies fall short of protecting tropical rainforests and fail to prevent illegally harvested wood from entering the United States. Finally, the course will outline the evolution of synthetic decking materials, compare them to exotic wood, and discuss the design and environmental advantages of specifying them.

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