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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3D Printing Automates Precast Concrete Fabrication Process in Large Mixed-Use Development (Print Course)

Precast concrete is a widely used prefabricated component used to lower costs, speed construction, and increase safety. This course will examine precast concrete and explore a case study where 3D printing technology was used to fabricate precast concrete forms for concrete panels on a large mixed-use project in Brooklyn, NY.

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Optimize Wall Panel Performance with Next Generation Precast Concrete Insulated Wall Panels (Print Course)

The U.S. Department of Energy identified precast concrete systems as the optimal wall panel system for developing more energy efficient, resilient places where people live and work. This course will examine how the precast concrete industry and Oakridge National Laboratory are collaborating on a research project that will advance building envelopes using lightweight, more energy efficient precast concrete insulated wall panels.

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Strategic Development and Business Basics:  Crafting a Business Plan that Creates Opportunities

New architects often aspire towards the day when they can open their own firms. For that to come to fruition, however, years of experience are not enough. Sound business development strategies are also needed to achieve the goal of opening a firm.

This course will teach budding architects strategic opportunities for business development, including marketing strategies to develop new opportunities, learning how to build alliances with outside sources, and understanding the importance of superior customer service. The course will impart how to develop and maintain a competitive edge.

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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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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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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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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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Specifying FSC Certified Wood for Sustainable Projects

As a designer, it is crucial to know where the wood you specify for projects comes from to ensure the wood is responsibly harvested. This course will help you to speak knowledgeably about FSC requirements and credits that can be earned for projects seeking green building certifications.

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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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