Glass Railing Systems: Critical Code and Design Considerations (Print Course)

This course will provide an overview of various glass railing systems and their application including on balconies, ledges, ramps, and stairs. Product types and components of glass railing systems will be described, as well as how building codes affect the type of glass being used (i.e. monolithic tempered glass or laminated tempered glass).

The course will discuss how different code bodies can affect railing system design and costs. A thorough understanding of performance requirements, product manufacturer criteria, and installation methods will be obtained, including proper railing attachment, and manufacturer warranties and resources. Next, the course will analyze design considerations for cap rails/top rails, handrails, and other specialty components. Finally, participants will understand how to incorporate applicable codes and industry standards into glass railing projects to ensure safety optimization.

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Best Practices for Designing Kitchen Islands

A well-designed kitchen island is much more than an afterthought; preferably, it is an integral part of the kitchen’s ability to serve the occupant’s needs. Over the years, kitchen islands have evolved to offer homeowners and designers more than just extra counter space; instead, the kitchen island has become a unique opportunity for customization.

When specifying a kitchen island, the first step is determining the function of the island. The ideal kitchen island requires as much planning and consideration as the rest of a well-designed kitchen. This multi-purpose space provides designers with creative options, such as a cooking workstation, a prep workstation, seating for guests, a breakfast bar, or even home office area.

This course begins with an overview of the kitchen island’s purpose and then narrows down to best practices for specification of storage, countertops, and undercounter appliances, as well as lighting, ventilation, specialty appliances, and computer charging stations.

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Sustainable Curb Appeal (Print Course)

Whether in politics or in building design, transparency is an increasingly necessary element of modern life. We want to know where products come from before proceeding with future-altering decisions. When it comes to the materials and resources that make up the built environment, it's more important than ever to communicate about what's inside.


This course will talk about material health and product transparency, and what's driving this change. The difference between LEED v3 and LEED v4 related to materials will be analyzed in the context of the U.S. Green Building Code. Finally, the course will help learners understand and recognize the different types of reporting tools and resources that project teams have available, and how these reporting tools and resources are driving innovative market transformation.

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Transforming Home Design, Value and Margins for the Pro

Learn why an online cabinetry dealer has become the proven alternative for these company owners, saving them time, money and helping them differentiate themselves from their competition.

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LED Lighting for Exterior Architecture (Print Course)

Landscape lighting is a key feature that can set a building or landscape apart, as it plays with light and dark, creating contrast, shadows, and silhouettes. It provides curb appeal at night, introducing drama and intimate spaces softly washed in light, or well-lit spaces that invite you to sit and stay. This course will show you how to set a scene and create lines of light with exterior LED landscape lighting technologies.

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Succession Planning for the LBM Dealer

Planning for succession in a small business can be a difficult situation. This whitepaper is a high-level guide on how to implement a succession plan and how to get your business in the best shape possible before the transition. Ideally, you want to end up with a thorough plan, in writing, with which all involved parties agree.

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Build Your LBMH Business for Success in Any Economy

Economic forces pressure businesses to adapt in order to survive. The result is an economy built on businesses that have made themselves immune to downturns. For the lumber, building materials, and hardware industry, the outcome has been a movement toward technological progress. LBMH businesses that have seized market share following shifts in the economy have shared common evolutionary advantages.

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Cash Is King: Improving Cash Flow with Efficient Accounts Receivable

The relationship between a company’s profitability and its cash flow isn’t always fully understood. Many businesses tend to manage operations from the bottom line, believing that if sales are increasing, the business is profitable and success is guaranteed. The problem with this thinking is that businesses don’t pay their vendors from the bottom line, they pay from positive cash flow. Read more about improving cash flow with effective Accounts Receivable.

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14 Ways to Compete Against the Big Boxes

It’s no secret that Big Box retailers have emerged in almost every sector, including lumber and hardware. Big Box stores offer an assortment of products and, due to the volume, lower prices. The advent of the Big Box retailer has put independent establishments of all types out of business and forever changed American communities. However, many independents have survived by competing intelligently. Having a plan for competition can only help your chances for success.

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EBook - 7 Myths of Cloud Computing: Debunked!

There remains a great deal of uncertainty among business owners about whether moving to a cloud-based solution is right for their businesses. Let’s examine the myths holding businesses back from moving to the cloud.

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