Sealing the Envelope with Insulated Metal Panels (Print Course)

Insulated metal panels are a single-component solution to effectively seal the building envelope. IMPs can function in all climate zones and achieve the goals of a perfect or universal wall. They are manufactured as a single-component solution to prevent water, air, and vapor intrusion and effectively manage heat flow between control layers and the interior and exterior of a building. IMPs also act as a continuous insulation in an energy-efficient building assembly. This course will describe how IMPs control water, air, vapor, and heat transfer and their role in continuous insulation, as well as how they fit into a perfect wall assembly.

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The Value of Factory-Glazed Curtain Wall and Window Wall Systems and When to Use Them

Prefabrication has progressed from a condition born of necessity to a customizable manufacturing process that expedites timelines and provides a response to the current labor shortage. Prefabrication processes have addressed issues with environmental, supply chain, sustainability, and waste concerns.

Today, curtain wall and window wall systems are building components that can be prefabricated as a unitized system or put together on site as a stick system. Recognizing when to specify each can help to mitigate risk and delay, as well as contribute to a building’s overall aesthetic.

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Achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals via Architecture and Design (Print Course)

To help cities, urban planners, public institutions, and private entities ride the wave of global population growth and shifting market dynamics, and face the enormous challenges of sustainable growth and technology integration, the United Nations recently set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These goals are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by addressing the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. This course will introduce you to the 17 SDGs and dive deeper in the five SDGs that specifically affect the architecture and design industries.

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Cost-Justifying Green Buildings to Skeptics

Many are concerned about what might happen to the green building market when climate change denial is seeing a political resurgence in the US and UK. Yet there is a way to defend green buildings using a business and economics lens palatable even to the biggest green building skeptic. Long used in the world of large-cap infrastructure projects, "cost-benefit analysis" is the gold standard when it comes to weighing different design options for their Net Present Value, Life Cycle Cost, Return on Investment, etc.

Over the past year, two real estate industry leaders, Prologis and San Francisco International Airport, have recently taken that approach and improved upon it, using rigorous economic methodologies from academia and industry alike to also translate into dollar terms the non-financial value of their green building designs, including enhanced occupant health and productivity from improved IEQ and lighting, increased property value and reduced flood risk from green infrastructure, and improved community support from preserving local air and water quality.

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Exploring Fenestration Materials: Wood, Vinyl, Composite, and Hybrid

Windows no longer simply let light into a space; they can affect everything from biophilic design to circadian rhythm and energy efficiency. Having a solid understanding of performance grades, classifications, ratings, and testing products, as well as the manufacturing process, performance benefits, and design options of various window types can help specifiers choose the best product for their project.

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Sink Selection for Sustainability and Accessibility (Print Course)

This course reviews restroom design trends for commercial buildings by focusing on sink/lavatory system technology and the sustainability and accessibility trends surrounding them. The program will discuss the expanding role architects and designers play in accessible designs – striking a balance between hand washing needs and design flexibility.

The program compares a variety of sink/lavatory systems and corresponding components. It discusses how each component can enhance the sustainably of hand washing functions while still providing style within a space. Additionally the course will cover appropriate ADA, LEED and Wellness design criteria.

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Technology and Disruption in Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Design

The AEC industry has frequently been criticized for being slow to adopt and adapt to new technologies. For some firms and companies, this equates to loss of revenue, as well as retention and recruitment issues. By understanding emerging technologies, those in the AEC industry can capitalize on disruption whether it involves start-ups, modern methods of prefabrication, home automation, or the Internet of Things.

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Acoustics, Daylighting, and Material Selection

Acoustics and daylighting have the ability to provide occupants with comfort, health, and well-being and can affect everything from employee productivity to student learning, patient well-being, and energy savings. Poor acoustics and unmanaged daylighting, however, can have the opposite effects. By understanding the role of material selection in acoustics and daylighting, specifiers can maximize the attributes of both.

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Benefits of Mineral Wool as Continuous Insulation (Print Course)

Insulation can help to increase overall energy efficiency, improve occupant comfort, manage risks of mold and mildew, and even minimize the spread of fire. When designing exterior wall assemblies, the type and placement of insulation is critical. To address thermal performance, wall systems almost always feature insulation – once predominantly in the form of batts friction fit between framing members. However, batts alone have been demonstrated not to provide enough thermal resistivity for the wall.

Continuous insulation in conjunction with batt insulation in the stud cavity is now a building code requirement across the country to optimize thermal performance. Mineral wool continuous insulation is an inorganic, noncombustible solution to building energy efficient wall assemblies that protect occupants from exterior temperatures, moisture, noise, and even fire.

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Collaborating for Sustainability in Leased Space

Energy efficiency and sustainability have multiple benefits for commercial building occupants. Now, many forward-thinking corporations are employing sustainability tactics and focusing real estate strategy to attract and retain top talent, minimize operating expenses, and drive occupant comfort, health, and productivity. New technologies, a rapidly developing business case, and increasing research are making it easier for more organizations, across sectors, to leverage sustainability to capitalize on the same trends that are rapidly becoming the norm in top-of-the-market, class-A real estate. However, as tenants progress from site selection to occupancy, it becomes increasingly difficult to invest in sustainability. Tenants and landlords should collaborate early to maximize sustainability throughout the life of the tenant-landlord relationship.

In 2015, Congress passed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, which directed several federal agencies, including EPA and DOE to identify and employ appropriate strategies to incentivize and engage commercial landlords and tenants to collaborate towards energy efficiency. This panel will discuss the opportunities that legislation will create for tenants and corporate occupiers to leverage energy efficiency and sustainability to meet corporate social responsibility goals and earn public recognition for their success. Panelists will also introduce a variety of tools and resources that are currently available to the market.

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