Evolution of Glass and Performance Coatings

This course will address glass basics and the part it can play in building performance. It covers the ways glass can enhance building performance and focuses on energy savings. It looks at the human experiences within the spaces that you create. Finally, we will discuss a set of considerations you’ll want to have in mind as you embark on your next building project involving glass, while highlighting some upcoming trends.

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Designing Better Spaces Series: Customized, Personalized Windows & Doors

The purpose of this course is to present the customization that is possible with windows and doors to personally align with the client’s needs, wants and lifestyle.

Learn how to incorporate specific window and door products and options that will enhance the outcome of the project. Aesthetics and performance will include specifics to each region of the country.

You will see some truly remarkable ideas that have become reality.

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Understanding Sustainable Insulation and LEED v4 (Print Course)

Green building is about architectural and human performance and LEED v4 and other green programs can drive market transformation. This course demonstrates how LEED requirements are changing to increasingly emphasize materials and health, and how new credits with higher standards for health and performance are raising the bar for project teams and the sustainable buildings they design. Case studies where insulation products were used in green buildings will be discussed.

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Building Materials Matter - Life Cycle View Supports Informed Choices, Contributes to Sustainable Design (Print Course)

A focus on energy efficiency has led to widespread improvements in structural building materials. With an abundance of information and competing environmental claims, determining a material’s true impacts is a challenge.

This course examines materials throughout their life cycles and focuses on international research supporting the use of wood while considering some advantages of concrete and steel; it also touches on efforts of all three industries to lessen environmental impacts.

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Life Cycle Assessment of Concrete Buildings (Print Course)

When looking at the environmental impact of a building, it is important to assess every stage of the environmental life cycle: from material extraction to product manufacturing, to building operations and maintenance, through end-of-life. Concrete offers environmental attributes that help reduce overall environmental life cycle impacts of a building. This course explores how life cycle assessment can be used to measure and lower the environmental impacts of buildings.

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The Evolution of Continuous Insulation (Print Course)

During the past 20 years, the building sector has seen a significant shift around the use of continuous insulation (CI). Evolving from what was once perceived as an advanced greenbuilding, high-efficiency option, CI is now a standard method and materials practice across most climatic regions. This course will discuss what continuous insulation is, the driver behind its rise, performance benefits, codes and standards, and current material solutions.

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Building Resilience: Expanding the Concept of Sustainability with Wood Building Systems (Print Course)

This course will consider traditional wood framing and mass timber systems in the context of resilience, including performance during and after earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters, as well as the relevance of wood’s light carbon footprint and low embodied energy.

It will describe how building codes and standards such as the National Design Specification® for Wood Construction support resilience, and consider how wood structures can meet evolving resilience objectives.

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Innovative Insulation Technologies and their Fitness for Use (Print Course)

Insulation has come a long way from bulky foams, fiberglass and mineral fiber products. Today’s rigid insulation board technologies offer architects products that can optimize energy efficiency, moisture resistance and fire performance – and provide thinner walls to increase leasable space and ROI. Specific rigid insulation board technologies are suitable for foundations, floors, walls, and soffits so architects can select the best insulation type for each part of a project.

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Understanding the Value of Proper HVLS Fan Specifications to a Project (Print Course)

Learn how to specify and install HVLS fans for specific industrial and commercial applications to reduce maintenance costs while maximizing building performance and supporting occupant comfort and well-being. This course will guide you in selecting, customizing, and placing HVLS fan systems and will also address controls, settings, and meeting user needs.

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Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction (Print Course)

Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), combining the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with the versatility and energy efficiency of rigid insulation, provide an ideal solution for commercial and institutional buildings. With a lower first cost than wood and steel construction, ICFs improve occupant safety, fire resistance and noise transmission for office, hospital, school and retail buildings, among others. This article will address how the thermal properties of ICFs, combining the high R-value of rigid insulation with the thermal mass of concrete, offer building owners significant energy savings over the long term. The article will also provide guidance on how to minimize the cost of ICF construction to take full advantage of these benefits, resulting in investments that are secure and generate long-term value.

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