Acoustic Considerations and Door Systems in Healthcare, Hospitality, Education, and Office Facilities

An architect that designs buildings with acoustics in mind will create better environments for the end user, improving everything from patient healthcare outcomes to student reading and test scores. However, a room is only as good as its weakest link, and while walls and ceilings often are discussed when it comes to acoustics, door systems seldom are.

Improving acoustics in commercial and institutional buildings can benefit occupants within healthcare, hospitality, education, and office environments. This course will discuss how door systems specifically play a vital acoustic role within each sector.

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The Evolution of Brick Continues: Mechanically Anchored Brick Rainscreen Assemblies (Print Course)

Over the millennia, uses of brick have evolved and adapted to a frequently changing market. Mechanically anchored brick rainscreen assemblies, which are different from both traditional brick and thin brick adhered veneer, offer aesthetic, durable, cost-effective solutions.


Fully engineered, anchored brick rainscreen systems are viable for Class A construction, meet the principles of ASHRAE 90.1, and are a fraction of the weight of traditional brick. They are mechanically and permanently anchored to trays or rails, eliminating both the reliance on adhesives as well as the problem of delimiting brick. The systems also provide continuous insulation, rear ventilation, and an uninterrupted air/moisture barrier, and the sub-framing is thermally broken. Brick rainscreens can be installed in any weather, so there is no need for tenting, and fewer journeymen are needed to install these assemblies. Mechanically anchored brick rainscreen assemblies are a high-performing solution that meets the demands of a challenging, changing market.

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NFPA 285: A Focus on Assemblies (Print Course)

In this course, learners will be able to better understand NFPA compliance – from determining what needs tested to the testing procedures themselves. Other codes and tests related to fire safety will be reviewed as well. Different types of cladding and insulation will be examined in terms of materials, components, and fire safety. Finally, two fire case studies will be presented so that learners can evaluate the performance of those buildings.

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Incorporating Human Centric Lighting into Workplace Lighting Design (Print Course)

Human centric lighting is often part of design discussions by architects, interior designers, and lighting designers assigned the task of creating a modern workplace, but there is no consensus around what it means, as different people have different definitions. In addition, owners and clients want to create workplace environments that attract and retain top talent, but they are not quite aware of the value that human centric lighting brings to their businesses. Therefore, it is critical for architects and designers to understand how to design and sell the value of human centric lighting to their clients.


This course will position the architect or designer as a credible resource in creating modern workplace environments with human centric lighting. Moreover, it will keep the designer current in an evolving industry conversation.

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Space Planning for a New Generation: Using BIM Software to Understand and Accommodate the Millennial Market (Print Course)

The way that people live is evolving, and it is important that AEC industry professionals are able to adjust their designs to better serve a new generation.

This course will help designers cater to a younger generation that is interested in maximizing smaller spaces, bringing elements of nature into urban settings, and communicating with technology.

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Understanding Wood – How Next-Generation Designers and Artists Impact the Global Forest Ecosystem (Print Course)

Social responsibility should be at the forefront of every designer’s practice, as their designs impact raw material use, land development, and the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants.

This course will discuss one natural resource that is facing a significant threat from exploitation and development: the global forest ecosystem.

We will discuss how building product manufacturers can offer material alternatives that do not further dwindle the world’s endangered wood species. We will also dive deep into a collaborative project between an engineered surfaces company, Interlochen Arts Academy, and visiting artists to return a pine plantation forest to its native state while studying ecology, creating art, and educating a future generation of artists.

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Aesthetically Designed, Durable Prefabricated Fireproof Columns Provide Passive Fire Protection

Structural fire protection guards essential structural components from the devastating effects of fire.

This course discusses the types of passive fire protection methods that are available and examines the composition, manufacture, finishes, design, and installation considerations of prefabricated fireproof structural columns designed for exposed exterior and interior load-bearing applications.

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High-Performance Flooring Solutions for Specialty Environments

High-performance flooring specified for specialty environments can add a colorful presence and enhance the aesthetic appeal of the space. High-performance flooring gives a concrete flooring system the look and feel of an attractive, state-of-the-art space.

Choosing to specify high-performance flooring is a useful option that is durable, hard to damage and can have minimal upkeep. In addition, this flooring contributes to green sustainability and LEED credits.

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Propane Tankless Water Heating in Commercial Building Applications, Efficiency and Performance Benefits

Water heating is a major energy end-use in commercial buildings and is very significant in certain commercial building types. Many commercial building owners and operators have a critical need for water heating systems which are reliable, able to meet varying levels of demand, energy efficient, and able to fit within a building’s space constraints in order to maintain their business operations. Propane tankless water heaters are a flexible, energy-efficient technology which provides these attributes in many commercial applications.

This course will explore how commercial buildings use energy and the potential application of propane tankless systems to provide a solution for water heating needs.

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How to Design, Price, and Build Pre-Engineered Floating Staircases

Floating stair systems are an architectural highlight that add dimension and beauty to any space. They provide an element of modern luxury and are adaptable to small spaces. Conventional floating stair systems are expensive; however. Pre-engineered floating staircases offer a unique advantage: custom-designed, easy to install, and affordable.

This course will help architects understand the system components and applications for pre-engineered floating staircases so they can easily communicate project applications to residential and commercial clients. Learners will study different design elements of floating stairs that can be applied to a range of custom builds in residential, light commercial, multifamily, and hospitality.

The course will go over the basic information regarding pricing, ordering, and installing custom floating stairs, and finally, architects will be able to identify the relevant building codes. Finally, four case studies will highlight the different stair configurations in residential and commercial applications.

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