Exploring Advanced Technology of Modern Energy Efficient Gas Fireplaces

Gas fireplaces are an energy efficient and sustainable home heating solution. This course will provide a clear understanding of gas fireplaces, home heat management, and the associated benefits, including home energy savings, safety considerations, installation options, and common gas fireplace solutions. After taking this course, architects, designers and builders will be able to deliver informative solutions to clients about heat management and gas fireplace installations in their homes.

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Specifying FSC Certified Wood for Sustainable Projects

As a designer, it is crucial to know where the wood you specify for projects comes from to ensure the wood is responsibly harvested. This course will help you to speak knowledgeably about FSC requirements and credits that can be earned for projects seeking green building certifications.

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Testing, Certification, and Installation of Commercial Roofing Products that Meet Thermal, Fire, Wind, and Impact Standards (Print Course)

Metal roofing materials must meet code requirements, testing standards, and ultimately be UL certified to ensure they perform under thermal, fire, wind, and hail conditions. This course will discuss key regulations for roofing products, the testing necessary to meet those requirements, and design and installation considerations to ensure roof installation complies with codes and standards.

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Design and Construction of Taller Wood Buildings (Print Course)

The properties of wood buildings, such as sustainability and a low carbon footprint; structural, thermal, acoustic, and seismic performance; and fire and life safety, are contributing to an evolution of building taller with mass timber. New materials and design strategies are enabling a centuries-old practice to address modern building concerns and technologies. Code, too, is evolving to recognize the attributes of building with wood, and the 2021 International Building Code contains new provisions for building taller wood structures. This course delves deeper into this evolution, exploring why and how to design taller wood buildings.

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High-performing Weather-resistant Barriers: Moisture, Surfactant Resistance, and Specifying the Appropriate Material

Water and moisture intrusion can affect everything from a building’s structural durability to its indoor air quality. Understanding the material options, installation, and testing criteria for high-performing weather-resistant barriers can help specifiers manage present and future moisture concerns.

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Green, Complete and Smart: Build Green vs. Grey

Communities are turning to innovative stormwater management solutions to solve local and regional stormwater challenges. For example, in the nation’s capital, DC agencies recently modified a plan that predominately relied on grey infrastructure to instead partially replace the grey infrastructure with green infrastructure in targeted existing impervious areas. These green installations will serve to mitigate flooding and stormwater issues to the same capacity but with many more environmental and community benefits.

The panel will discuss stormwater challenges through several examples located throughout the country, and the impact of vegetated systems to manage stormwater in local and regional jurisdictions. One example that will be discussed is The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) proposed Green Street Demonstration Project in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington D.C. where the ASLA headquarters are based. The project seeks to serve as an example for such green, complete, and smart street design. The plan transforms an underperforming street corridor into a showpiece of both green infrastructure technologies and complete street approaches.

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Your Zero Net Energy Building May Destroy the Grid

With emerging standards requiring different forms of Zero Net Energy and aggressive owners developing ZNE buildings already it's an important time to look at the potential impacts net metered buildings can have on the historic grid structure and operations. High penetration of renewable energy can destabilize the grid operations and cause havoc for grid operators.

We'll provide a detailed discussion of the different definitions of ZNE and how they impact design and interaction with the grid. We'll outline current issues with high penetration of renewables on Hawaii's grid structure and how they may apply to ZNE building design for larger grid systems. We will provide building strategies that can enhance ZNE building design participation with the grid such as battery storage with renewables, demand response, thermal energy storage, and controls. Finally the team will outline ongoing changes to the grid structures and enhancements needed to prepare the grid for true ZNE buildings on a mass scale.

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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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Concrete Innovations (Print Course)

Concrete is the material of choice for the tallest buildings in the world and infrastructure designed to last centuries. To meet demands for these cutting-edge projects, concrete must be stronger, more durable and more workable than ever before. This article explores how new products, manufacturing methods and research are developing innovative concretes to meet these new challenges. Bendable concrete, smog eating concrete and carbon capture are just a few examples of new technologies enhancing a product that is nearly 5,000 years in development.

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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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