Innovative Green Concrete for Sustainable Construction

This course will provide learners with an introduction to Green Concrete. In addition, the course will examine the key components of Green Concrete Mixtures, illustrate some performance attributes of High-performance Green Concrete, and demonstrate the need for a process and methodology for quantifying sustainable concrete. Finally, the course will look at various project profiles that specified Green Concrete mixtures and how architects can incorporate this material to specify Green Concrete with a comparative life cycle assessment or Eco-Efficiency Analysis.

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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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Specifying for Sustainable Design with Architectural Zinc Roofing and Wall Cladding

Titanium-Zinc, as a building material, is consistently chosen as a green alternative to many other materials. It is efficient to produce, has almost no waste, lends itself to a variety of design styles, and requires little to no maintenance once installed.

This course will provide an overview of the Titanium-Zinc alloy used in sustainable architectural applications; a study of the metal’s properties, aesthetics, technical aspects, manufacturing process, and appropriate design applications. An overview of the environmental aspects of zinc and how to choose a manufacturer completes the agenda.

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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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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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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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