Minimizing Risk and Optimizing Construction Management with Rainscreen Specification (Print Course)

Between the mid-1980s and early 2000s, close to 160,000 multi-family, wood-frame housing units were built in British Columbia, Canada. A confluence of factors resulted in 45% of those housing units experiencing issues with water infiltration and led to the issue being dubbed the “Leaky Condo Crisis.” Lengthy litigation processes and billions of dollars later, the crisis is still not fully resolved.

Failure to mitigate moisture can lead to a host of problems for homeowners, architects, and builders. By understanding the benefits of rainscreens, including new rainscreen technologies like a 3-in-1 water resistive barrier system, as well as best installation practices, specifiers can decrease project time and avoid unnecessary litigation.

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A Planning Guide for Accessible Restrooms

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) set the minimum requirements for newly designed and constructed or altered state and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

Many projects must also follow the provisions of the 2009 revision of ANSI Standard ICC A117.1, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.

This course will identify the benefits of accessibility standards and the prescriptive requirements for accessible restrooms set by the ADA.

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Smarter Innovation: Understanding Theories of Exnovation to Adopt New Innovations, Overcome Risk Aversion, and Build Better Decks (Print Course)

The AEC industry is notorious for being risk averse. At the same time, innovation and disruption are hailed as the hallmarks of an organization’s or industry’s success. This course will examine a fundamental value of innovation, as well as identify categories of risks and strategies for overcoming risk aversion. Finally, the course will introduce learners to innovative, bamboo-based composite decking products that meet or exceed current standards and enhance the performance and aesthetic goals of residential and commercial projects.

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The Transformative Function of Fire Rated Glass – Case Studies in Innovation (Print Course)

Fire rated glass can help designers achieve their goals for a space while still accomplishing its most important function as a life safety product. This course will highlight eight case studies that demonstrate unique applications for fire rated glass and how it can enhance the design and intended function of a space or building. Commercial, residential, hospitality, education, office, and institutional applications will be discussed, as will the importance of daylighting, sight lines, and security features in fire resistive glazing systems.

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Strength Through Transparency: How Concrete EPDs are Driving Down Carbon Footprint (Print Course)

Concrete is the most commonly used man-made material and comes second only to water as the most widely used substance on earth. It can be found in nearly every building project, from structural components to sidewalks and parking lots. As populations continue to grow and the building sector continues to experience exponential growth, the concrete industry is taking the lead in driving initiatives toward a sustainable future through transparency and innovative concrete solutions.

By better understanding concepts and terminology relevant to a sustainable future; assessing LEED v4, ASHRAE 189.1, and the International Green Construction Code; learning how to specify concrete for LEEDv4; and discovering innovative concrete technologies and products, those in the AEC industry will be better positioned to achieve carbon emissions reduction goals and contribute to the creation of a more sustainable built environment.

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Design Solutions for Restroom Privacy (Print Course)

A large proportion of today’s restroom users, from millennials to caregivers to individuals with personal medical needs, view privacy as a key amenity. Additionally, as all-gender restrooms rise in popularity and may even be required by law in public facilities in some states, privacy has taken a lead role in dialogues surrounding restroom design.

Although there are several avenues through which privacy can be achieved, toilet partition design offers a balance of practicality and privacy that other solutions cannot. This course will review the factors that have contributed to the rise of privacy as an expectation, offer design solutions that can achieve various levels of privacy in commercial restrooms, and consider the impact of privacy solutions on various ADA compliance considerations.

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Improve Occupant Wellness & Productivity with Solar Shading Fabrics

Solar shading devices, while available in numerous weaves, textures, and colors, go beyond contributing to the aesthetics of a space. Specified correctly, solar shading devices can maximize daylighting benefits and contribute to occupant well-being, productivity, and engagement while mitigating the detrimental effects of UV rays and glare.

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Glass Performance – Understanding Commercial Applications and Design

This course provides an overview of insulating glass units and laminated glass, including terminology helpful to specifiers when determining energy efficiency and aesthetics.

The course will enable learners to gain a better understanding of glass substrates, coating technologies, and the ways in which they enhance both performance and aesthetics. Finally, the examination of new technologies and case studies will help learners to discover the innovative ways in which commercial glass products can be used.

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Creating a Wellness Space in the Master Bath

Hydrotherapy is the practice of using water treatments to improve physical, physiological, and mental health. As trends in at-home self-care rituals are growing, there is an increased desire among homeowners to transform the master bath into a personalized wellness retreat. Incorporating at-home hydrotherapy treatments like spa tubs, saunas, or steam showers can be accomplished in almost every type of master bathroom.


This course will help learners understand what hydrotherapy is, how it’s beneficial, and why it’s important in new home design and renovations, as well as specification considerations for experience baths, saunas, and steam rooms and/or showers.

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The Impact of Wood Use on North American Forests (Print Course)

As green building has evolved beyond its initial emphasis on energy efficiency, greater attention has been given to the choice of structural materials and the degree to which they influence a building’s environmental footprint. Increasingly, wood from sustainably managed forests is viewed as a responsible choice. Drawing from a wide range of research publications, this course will examine the current state of North American forests, modern forest practices, and criteria for sustainability, and consider some of the challenges that could profoundly impact the future of the forest resource.

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