Targeting Carbon in the Fight Against Climate Change (Print Course)

The building industry is working to embrace its responsibility as a major contributor to climate change. More recently, the Architecture 2030 Challenge has added a Product Challenge to its overall mission to drive embodied carbon in buildings and building products down to zero by the year 2030.

Urging architects to help lead this major industry transformation, advocates are encouraging specifications of low- to no-carbon product alternatives in design specifications.

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Fire Protection for Steel Structures (Print Course)

While structural steel offers the best safety record of any framing material, a well-designed fire protection design must naturally accompany any project. Understanding the roles of an architect, structural engineer, and fire protection engineer, in addition to knowledge of the codes, and the pros and cons of the various prescriptive solutions and performance-based approaches, will help enable building teams to deliver the highest performance and most cost-effective designs.

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Evolution of Glass and Performance Coatings

This course will address glass basics and the part it can play in building performance. It covers the ways glass can enhance building performance and focuses on energy savings. It looks at the human experiences within the spaces that you create. Finally, we will discuss a set of considerations you’ll want to have in mind as you embark on your next building project involving glass, while highlighting some upcoming trends.

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Rapid Digital Prototyping and 3D Printing (Print Course)

This course presents the benefits of creating digital and physical 3D prototypes in the design process. Several examples describe projects where prototyping assisted in design for land-use, site analysis, safety and sustainability.

Three-dimensional prototyping and modeling can help create buildings that are better designed, easier to construct and safer to use.

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Specifying Large Scale Living Green Walls

This course discusses the proven benefits of exposure to nature, the ways living green walls contribute to LEED and other green rating systems. The heart of the course is a thorough examination of the different types of living green walls available, how systems are designed, installed, and maintained, and how they can be tailored to each individual situation.

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Top Daylighting: A Circadian Health and Wellness Perspective

This course illustrates how top daylighting (daylight penetration through the roof) design strategies produce positive biological responses affecting employee health and well-being. Learners will examine how exposure to “skydome dynamic daylight” throughout the workday provides all biologically relevant criteria for positive circadian system impact.

This course will help identify new ways of informing stakeholders of the payback analysis for top daylighting strategies when examined through the filter of employee health.

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Designing with Continuous Insulation for Thermal and Moisture Management

This course discusses some basic building science fundamentals, while looking at specific code requirements in the IRC, IBC and the international energy conservation code. It addresses why some of the trade-offs and differences exist between those two sets of code requirements.

Lastly, we'll work through an example and the decision making process to determine the continuous insulation and vapor retarder requirements for a project in a specific climate zone.

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Selecting Plumbing Fixtures for Commercial Restrooms in Healthcare Facilities (Print Course)

Healthcare facilities deal with diverse challenges, from the transmission of infectious diseases to the growing population of bariatric patients; they can help address these challenges and provide a healthier, safer environment through the use of specialized plumbing products and features.

This learning unit provides an overview of technologies and products specific to healthcare settings, discusses ADA requirements and reviews products that enhance the safety and comfort of patients and visitors.

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Life Cycle Assessment of Concrete Buildings (Print Course)

When looking at the environmental impact of a building, it is important to assess every stage of the environmental life cycle: from material extraction to product manufacturing, to building operations and maintenance, through end-of-life. Concrete offers environmental attributes that help reduce overall environmental life cycle impacts of a building. This course explores how life cycle assessment can be used to measure and lower the environmental impacts of buildings.

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Stain Resistant and Waterproof: Benefits of Sustainable Plastic Ceiling Tiles

Plastic ceiling tiles conquer moisture challenges in buildings and are designed for the health care, restaurant and hospitality markets or any facility with drop ceiling tiles. Plastic ceiling tiles are waterproof, mold resistant and can provide numerous sustainable design benefits.

This course reviews the history of dropped ceilings, dangers of moisture intrusion and mold growth in buildings, and benefits of choosing materials that meet these challenges.

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