Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Technology in Hospitality Design (Print Course)

This course will examine the ways in which Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology can provide the hospitality industry with benefits beyond conventional HVAC systems. Key topics include identifying the unique challenges hospitality designers face when specifying HVAC systems, technology behind VRF systems, the performance and design benefits of VRF systems, and ways VRF systems were used to maximize occupant comfort and design flexibility.

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Solving Design Challenges with Advanced Fire-Rated Glazing Assemblies (Print Course)

The technical properties and performance characteristics of fire-rated glazing systems often cause confusion in the building industry. In addition, fire-rated glazing products have become more sophisticated to align with today’s increasingly complex building designs, so it is important to understand your options and how to use fire-rated glazing assemblies to solve design challenges that arise in areas with strict fire and life safety criteria, such as sight lines, glazing size, glass clarity, aesthetic discrepancies, and increasingly complex building designs.

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The Art and Science of Patterns

Patterns have played a key role in design, have surprising histories, and both their uses and meanings have evolved over time.

In this learning unit, we will look at some popular patterns and trace their histories and evolution. We’ll also explore how patterns fulfill a multitude of functions, from creating a certain mood to helping people navigate through buildings.

Finally, this learning unit will explore trends in patterns today, including nature-inspired patterns that lower stress and contribute to occupant well-being.

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The Balanced Design Approach to Fire Safety: How Concrete Building Systems Can Help Reduce Risk (Print Course)

Structure fires and wildfires result in significant loss of life and property in the U.S. each year. In addition to the direct losses of fighting fires, relocating residents and rebuilding, large fire events can cause substantial indirect losses to communities. There has been an increase in single-family and multifamily structure fire losses, partly due to increased use of combustible construction methods. This article investigates the causes of these fires and provide balanced design recommendations using both active and passive fire protection strategies. It will suggest several noncombustible concrete building systems to help reduce the risk of fire loss in buildings.

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Adding Value and Innovation to Remodeling Projects With Propane

This course provides an overview of the home remodeling industry, including industry growth trends, demographic insights, and typical project types.

The course also explores the potential role of propane technologies in different remodeling applications, illustrating key performance characteristics and how they can add value to remodeling projects.

The course concludes by describing the options for propane storage in residential applications.

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Keep a Tight Lid on It

Allotting for installation of an HVAC system within the thermal envelope is a key maximize a building’s space and minimize air leakage to the outside. Using spray foam insulation within an unvented attic creates a continuous air barrier and insulation layer that saves energy and money. Spray foam insulation (both open-cell and closed-cell) adds structural strength, sound-dampening qualities, high R-value, and the control of outdoor pollutants for both commercial and residential buildings.

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Sound Control in Architecture: Sound Absorption

Sound is primarily controlled through two passive methods: absorption and isolation. This course will focus on sound absorption in architecture and discuss how it is measured.

This course will cover the different types of absorptive materials used today, and help the learner to select a ceiling panel based on the desired acoustical performance of the space.

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The Art and Science of Polished Concrete (Print Course)

Part of the appeal of polished concrete is the honest expression of the material. The base color of the cement paste (and aggregates if exposed) combined with the natural mottling, creates a unique visual element for each project. Designers can choose appearance and gloss levels, ranging from a soft satin to a highly polished reflection. Today, a broad palette of color created through the use of integral color and modern stains and dyes is available, and the designs can incorporate stenciling, etching, and custom graphics. This course focuses on normal-weight concrete slabs-on-grade.

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Deck Covering: A look at the why's and what's

When building a deck, you have a few primary considerations to maximize its usefulness. This course looks at the following considerations: Waterproofing, Slip resistance, Splinter-proofing, Maintenance, and Aesthetics. We'll take at a look at different types of coverings, their lifespan, and advantages and disadvantages to using it for your deck covering. Finally, this course takes a closer look at installing a vinyl deck membrane, focusing on the details around the seams, drains, posts, and edges.

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Exploring Trim Options and Uses for Multifamily Design that Engage Millennials (Print Course)

Based on the millennial design preferences, designers and building professionals must specify products that attract this generation to the space. In this course, we will examine the impact of the millennial generation to multifamily space design and how extruded aluminum trim can provide design aesthetic, while being a smart choice economically.

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