Optimizing Acoustic Performance of Wood Buildings (Print Course)

Design teams must integrate building systems to create a high performance building that also enhances the health and wellbeing of occupants. This course will explore how to achieve optimal acoustic performance in wood building systems with proper design of walls and floors/ceilings.

The course will examine acoustical codes, integrating acoustics into sustainable design, construction detailing and case studies where acoustics were prioritized to optimize indoor environmental quality.

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Simplifying Air and Water Resistive Barriers

Failure of a building’s barrier system can have serious consequences for everyone involved. Choosing a system that is simple to specify, easy to install and has been independently validated to comply with code requirements resolves challenges related to AWRB installation.

This program will cover the various barrier systems, important aspects of the building and energy codes and review the characteristics of a high-performance barrier system.

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Home Building Crossroads -- Energy Codes and High Performance (Online Course)

This course offers a discussion on the changes in the 2015 IECC as they relate to the Building Enclosure and on how performance components of insulation, water management, air leakage, and HVAC relate to a whole as the building enclosure.

It will discuss how meeting the new code can be challenging, and help the learner come to understand the opportunities available in meeting these challenges.

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Understanding Stone Wool Insulation in Exterior Wall and Rainscreen Applications

The course identifies what stone wool insulation is and how it is produced. It discusses mineral wool in Commercial applications with an emphasis on Rainscreen cladding design and in exterior cavity walls. It highlights key benefits when used in the field versus some of the other insulating materials traditionally used in the market today as it pertains to NFPA 285 requirements and new ASHRAE 90.1 2010 continuous cavity insulation requirements.

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Understanding Advancing Wall System Design around Continuous Insulation

This course covers the latest in building enclosure technology for energy efficient buildings. It provides an in-depth discussion of emerging wall systems that provide durable, cost effective and thermally efficient performance.

The seminar will cover all building types and construction materials, with a few highlights and lessons learned from building science researchers.

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Optimizing Occupant Experience with Wood (Print Course)

This course will examine how wood structures and finishings can help meet tenancy trends and the benefits wood provides to owners and occupants, such as aesthetics, high-performance and life safety.

Two different types of wood structural systems are discussed, as are the qualities that make a building desirable. Case studies demonstrate how value was maximized and occupant well-being was optimized in wood structures.

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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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Using the AWI Quality Certification Program (Print Course)

Complying with the Architectural Woodwork Standards can be a challenge for architects and builders. Third-party programs such as the Quality Certification Program, which was founded by AWI, are specifically designed for builders and architects hoping to achieve AWS compliance. This article will discuss how these programs work and how they can be leveraged to better achieve QCP certification and protect all stakeholders in the process.

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Understanding Window, Door and Skylight Certification

This course will outline window, door and skylight standards and building code requirements and how certifications can help architects, remodelers, and specifiers deliver work of the highest caliber.

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Performance Fabrics in Sustainable Design

Windows, views, and openings in buildings present the classic battle between form and function. The designer naturally wants the building’s occupants to enjoy views and light, but the solar heat gain from these openings can wreak havoc on sustainable goals; however, sophisticated and high-performing solar control fabrics can help reconcile the form and function of light, views, and sustainability.

There are many solar control fabrics on the market; wading through them can be overwhelming. This course aims to help educate the designer about what performance fabrics are, the content of various fabrics, how they work, and the benefits to a sustainable design in meeting and maximizing your goals of occupant health, safety, wellbeing, and sustainability.

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