Merging the Outdoors with Kitchen Design: Creating the Luxury Outdoor Kitchen Oasis

Combining outdoor in both indoor and outdoor spaces is a key request from homeowners in today’s building market. As revealed in a recent survey of architects, rooms that have seen particularly strong growth in popularity over the past year include outdoor living areas and rooms. Almost 63 percent of residential architects surveyed report that interest in outdoor living areas/rooms are increasing, while fewer than 2 percent report interest to be declining. The increased enthusiasm in outdoor living has pushed this special function room to the top of the most popular list.

Architects and designers are being asked to specify outdoor spaces, in particular kitchen spaces, that are not only functional but aesthetically pleasing. With the renewed energy surrounding biophilic design concepts, architects and designers must understand best practices for outdoor kitchen design, as well as appliance considerations that are available. Overall, the form and function of the outdoor kitchen space must be well thought out and designed in a way that promotes safety and wellness for the homeowners who enjoy it.

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Timeline is Everything: The Path to CarbonPositive

The climate emergency requires us to act now. What are the challenges of the building sector now and over the next 30 years? What are the critical interim and long term carbon targets? How do we begin to address them through planning and policy, design and practice, building and manufacturing?


Over the next 4 decades, the world is projected to construct 230 billion square meters (2.5 trillion square feet) of buildings, an area roughly equal to the current worldwide building stock, or the equivalent of adding another New York City to the planet every 34 days for the next 40 years.



CarbonPositive outlines an immediate and comprehensive plan of action for rapidly decarbonizing all aspects of the building sector, and strategies for planning, designing, building and manufacturing a future where buildings, developments and entire cities are constructed to use sustainable resources, generate surplus renewable energy, and convert atmospheric carbon into durable materials and products.



This content was produced thanks to funding from the AIA California as part of the CarbonPositive Conference, a partnership between Architect Magazine and Architecture 2030.


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2030 is the New 2050: How to Speed Delivery on Global Promises Now

The next 10 years are critical to the global climate movement. How far behind are we on delivering on the promise of the Paris Agreement? Why is the building sector poised to make a difference? How can we take action in our cities and local communities? And how can we best support immediate and impactful actions and policies on the international stage?


This content was produced thanks to funding from the AIA California as part of the CarbonPositive Conference, a partnership between Architect Magazine and Architecture 2030.


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Building Sustainability With Fiber Cement Cladding

Cladding protects the building envelope and building occupants from the weather, while also defining the aesthetic of the building. A challenge for specifiers is to choose cladding that is environmentally sensitive over their entire lifespans. Such goals not only require a sustainable product but one that also has the flexibility to function in a broad range of climate zones as well as offer expansive design options. This course explores the ways in which fiber cement cladding is able to fulfill these demands for commercial and residential buildings throughout various climate zones.

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Selecting the Right Fireplace: Steps to Success (Print Course)

This course aims to look at the fireplace category as a tiered good, better, best structure while providing knowledge about the aesthetic and performance characteristics that qualify a model at each level. "Grades" or tiers of fireplace will be analyzed to determine what will work best for various homeowners and projects.

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Fire Engineering for Structural Steel Buildings (Print Course)

The value of prescriptive specifications versus performance-based design is currently under debate in the AEC community in the U.S. A prescriptive approach can be taken where the architect or fire protection engineer will determine the minimum fire-resistance rating for the elements in the building. While prescriptive approaches have been the norm for many years, more and more building teams are recognizing the benefits of a performance-based approach to fire and life safety design.

Based on the principle that a building structure, as a whole, will perform better than its individual elements, performance-based design approaches the building based on how it will perform, as opposed to the prescriptive approach that focuses on how the building is constructed. This course will provide learners with the knowledge pertinent to fire engineering for structural steel buildings.

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5 Critical Take-Aways from the 2020 BUILDER Concept Home

Hear Sekisui House, Ltd., Marketing General Manager Norio Adachi on what bringing Chōwa to the United States market means to Sekisui House, its leaders, its partners, and its worldwide team of associates.

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The Restroom of the Future Designing Connected, User-Friendly, and Sustainable Commercial Restrooms (Print Course)

The A&D industry, plumbing manufacturers, and municipalities are conducting a great deal of research and development into technological advancements, sustainable features, design trends, and the social implications of today’s commercial restrooms. The Internet of Things (IoT) facilitates sweeping changes to restrooms of the future, and sustainability initiatives are pushing energy efficiency and water conservation to the forefront of restroom design.

This course will discuss these issues and more, including forward-thinking restroom designs and innovative technologies that will help you design connected, user-friendly, and sustainable commercial restrooms.

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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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Thermal Bridging Solutions for Buildings

Thermal bridging is a common occurrence in many mid-rise, high-rise, and multifamily structures, particularly if there are balconies. The effects of thermal bridging can range from occupant discomfort to the accumulation of mold and condensation to energy loss and inefficiency. By understanding the terminology associated with thermal bridging and learning how to identify where in a wall assembly thermal bridging occurs, specifiers can better mitigate its effects. One strategy that can help earn LEED credits, as well as adhere to code, is to include thermal breaks in the design strategy.

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