Building Healthy Homes Requires Paying Attention to Water Quality

Residential home builders have made much progress in improving air quality issues that can arise in today’s tightly built, energy efficient homes. While air quality gets the majority of the attention, there’s another potential hazard hidden in today’s homes: water quality.

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Residential Water Heaters under the New 2015 Federal Standards - An Analysis of Energy, Economics, and Emissions

Water heaters are often the second largest energy user in the home, costing residents hundreds of dollars each year. Beginning in April 2015, the updated “NAECA” standards from the U.S. Department of Energy increased water heater efficiency requirements, driving major product changes in the U.S. market. “NAECA” stands for the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act and includes the federal regulations for water heater minimum efficiency levels.

Against this backdrop of new standards, products, and decision-making factors, this course will review a detailed analysis of water heating systems. This analysis compares water heating technologies based on their energy, economic, and environmental performance, with a focus on the performance of propane-based systems relative to electric and heating oil alternatives. The course also reviews the new federal standards for water heaters, and describes the market implications for both new construction and replacements.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Sustainable and Renewable Coastal Softwood Timbers – The Environmental Choice

Western red cedar (WRC) is a widely popular softwood species throughout North America for use in residential and commercial buildings, but there are other important sustainable and renewable coastal softwood species you should know about. Yellow cedar, western hemlock (hem-fir), and Douglas fir have similar performance characteristics and can be used in the same applications as western red cedar. This course will discuss where these species grow, their identifiable characteristics, and where to use coastal softwood appearance lumber in green building projects. We will also explore how these coastal softwood species are a highly sustainable and renewable product that should be considered for use in sustainable design.


Smart Security Trends Report: Physical Security Disruption in the Covid Era

The impacts of COVID continue to plague organizations and force them to adapt to the realities of today. Luckily, the massive work-from-home movement is now a regular routine. But as greater portions of the nation become vaccinated and businesses begin to start reopening their doors to employees, customers, and students, it’s important to take a look at key trends that will help organizations rebound better.

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Digital Transformation and the Future of the Smart Home: How To Choose a Smart Apartment Provider for Your Projects

There is a lot of chatter about digital transformation these days, but what does it really mean? Defining digital transformation will look different in each application, but in essence, it’s the employment of digital technology to all areas of our everyday life. This paper investigates some of the growing demands residents are making on their management companies and how you can deliver on those needs.

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