Multi-Family, Mid-Rise Wood Buildings A Code-Compliant, Cost-Effective and Sustainable Choice (Print Course)

One of the most fundamental decisions facing a multi-family design team is choosing the building’s structural material. While dominant in single family residential construction, the cost-effective, code compliant and sustainable attributes of wood construction apply to mid-rise multi-family projects too. This course explores the reasons for the increasing popularity of wood in multifamily buildings, reviews code compliance and fire safety technical considerations, and discusses techniques for successful wood building designs. In addition, it addresses trends expanding the opportunities for wood use in multi-story design.

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Creating High Visual Impact Concrete with Architectural Form Release Agents

Concrete form release agents are often overlooked when designing and specifying concrete structures. In addition, many wrongly believe that form release agents are all one in the same, but in reality, there are a wide variety of agents with different performance characteristics.

Recent innovations in form release technology have introduced more sustainable products to the market, and higher performing release agents that result in more beautiful concrete structures. Do not let form release agents be an afterthought. Specifying the appropriate formula from a reputable manufacturer will help to achieve a concrete building that is as beautiful as envisioned.

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Kitchens of the Future: Healthy, Sustainable, and Connected

The kitchen has been trending toward minimalism, sustainability, and the increasing desire of consumers to eat healthy foods, often cooked at home. Homeowners are now more aware of the importance of sustainable, healthy building materials, and designers are reimagining the kitchen from the standpoint of storage, prep, cooking, disposal, consumption, and social activity. This course will look to the future of kitchen design, including how connected appliances will change the way we interact in the kitchen.

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The Building Science of Floor Systems

All of the same moisture and vapor drive dynamics that occur in wall assemblies can also take place in a wood framed floor assembly, especially over a crawl space. This course will take a closer look at the building science of vapor drive that can lead to moisture issues in wood floor assemblies when proper sequencing of materials to allow drying is not accounted for in design. It will address the use of some of the most common construction and material options in wood-framed flooring assemblies. It will also look at some guidelines and best practices to help reduce the likelihood of developing problems over the life of the building.

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The Importance of Improving Hygiene in Commercial Restrooms (Print Course)

When specifying commercial restroom fixtures, whether in new construction or renovations, project teams sometimes focus on the aesthetics of a restroom rather than the importance of hygiene for building occupants. Fortunately, both goals can be accomplished with beautiful fixtures that are sensor-operated, include antimicrobial surfaces where applicable, and offer touch-free dispensing of water, soap, dryers, and hand sanitizer. Not only do these products preserve user health, but they also help to conserve water for a more sustainable restroom design. Incorporating these features into commercial restrooms, whether in schools, offices, or airports, is particularly important now more than ever, as everyone is thinking twice about what they touch.

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Specifying Code-Compliant Toilet Partitions (Print Course)

This course will enable learners to better select and specify code-compliant toilet partitions for commercial restrooms. By the end of the course, learners will have gained familiarity with fire codes and accessibility standards as well as how to write more comprehensive toilet compartment specifications that leave little room for error.

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Uses, Safety Guidelines, and Innovations of Engineered Quartz Surfaces

This course aims to further explore quartz surfacing materials, including fabrication, cleaning, maintenance, and new products that have recently entered the market. A key focus will be educating project teams about the potential implications of respirable crystalline silica dust, OSHA Silica Standards, and best practices for reducing the risk of dust inhalation when fabricating quartz surfaces.

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The Role of Wood Products in Green Building (Print Course)

This course will help you understand that sustainable design begins with sustainable building materials. Because there are many factors to consider in assessing a building’s sustainability, it can be challenging to fully understand the long-term impacts of choosing one building material over another. However, material choice greatly affects the environmental impact of buildings, both during construction and over the building’s lifecycle.

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A More Transparent Shade of Green: Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) Drive Restrooms to the Lead in Green Design

As both sustainability and efficiency advance in the built environment, architects, specifiers, and buyers are increasingly concerned with purchasing products that are environmentally friendly and can achieve project performance and client welfare goals. Architects and designers are, in essence, visionaries.

This course explores options that architects and designers have when choosing products that accurately support and fuel their passion for possibilities while maintaining the health, safety, and welfare of the clients needs. Definition for PCRs, LCAs, and EPDs are discussed and various case studies are examined.

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Strategizing for Sustainability: Climate Change, Building Performance, and Better HVAC

Buildings and the environment have a symbiotic relationship: not only does the environment impact the materials, design, and lifespan of a building, but buildings play a role in climate change. This puts architects, engineers, designers, and others in the AEC industry in the unique position of being able to contribute to sustainability initiatives, helping to mitigate climate change through sustainable practices, including adopting innovative HVAC technologies that will positively impact future generations.

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