Advanced faĆ§ade designs improve light quality, airflow control, nature views, acoustics, and other variables affecting the quality of workplace life. Most firms spend more on personnel than on facilities. High-performance features still involve upfront costs, but as the relations of health, absenteeism, productivity, and the full range of returns on investment become clearer, austerity toward the āgreen premiumā is giving way to a business case for dynamic faĆ§ades.
Design teams must integrate building systems to create a high performance building that also enhances the health and wellbeing of occupants. This course will explore how to achieve optimal acoustic performance in wood building systems with proper design of walls and floors/ceilings.
The course will examine acoustical codes, integrating acoustics into sustainable design, construction detailing and case studies where acoustics were prioritized to optimize indoor environmental quality.
Background sound is key to providing building occupants with improved speech privacy, noise control, and acoustic comfort. When used as the starting point for interior planning, sound masking lets building professionals set the base of background sound throughout a facility, more accurately specify the blocking and absorptive elements used in their design, allowing it to be delivered in a cost-effective manner, and with greater assurance of achieving the intended results.
This course discusses the dangers of the typical home of aging people or those with mobility or other challenges. It discusses solutions to safety and accessibility issues, based on both the 7 Principles of Universal Design, as well as ADA standards.
The course shows the benefits of creating a home that is safe and accessible for people of all generations, without sacrificing style.
This course will examine how wood structures and finishings can help meet tenancy trends and the benefits wood provides to owners and occupants, such as aesthetics, high-performance and life safety.
Two different types of wood structural systems are discussed, as are the qualities that make a building desirable. Case studies demonstrate how value was maximized and occupant well-being was optimized in wood structures.
This course will review the limitations of employing a hazard-only materials selection decision-making process and describe how to evaluate materials and ingredients based on multiple attributes. The course includes an overview of the various tools, guidance and considerations available to help builders, architects and designers weigh options and understand the impacts and trade-offs associated with materials selection decisions.
Structural Wood Building Systems ā Choosing the Right Material for a Sustainable, Safe and Resilient Project (Print Course)
This course examines the key differences between light frame and mass timber systems. We will highlight the applications, code considerations and performance benefits of each system, including fire protection, seismic stability and wind resistance.
In addition, the sustainability and resiliency of both of these systems will be demonstrated through three case studies that feature environmentally sensitive design.
The goal of this learning unit is to educate architects, specifiers, and designers on the current issues, concerns, benefits and influences on potable water in the United States. In addition, this course will educate participants on the different types of systems and solutions available for residential water filtration and treatment.
Gas fireplace systems that take advantage of radiant heat technology provide a greater degree of comfort, control, efficiency, and design flexibility compared to standard gas fireplaces. This course will explore best practices in radiant heat gas fireplace design as well as benefits and safety features. It will also address how architects and designers can have design flexibility when specifying for a range of applications including new construction and renovations.
Windows and Doors For Coastal Challenges: What Lighthouse Restorations Can Teach Us About Coastal Resiliency
The climate of the planet is changing and designers, engineers, and builders must change along with it. Resiliency to natural and man-made disasters is increasingly discussed in the design/build industry.
This course highlights the need for resilient buildings, and the features in windows and doors that can make them resilient, with a focus on restored lighthouses as our guide. That includes frame materials, impact resistant glazing, and proper installation.