The Case for Residential Water Filtration and Treatment

The goal of this learning unit is to educate architects, specifiers, and designers on the current issues, concerns, benefits and influences on potable water in the United States. In addition, this course will educate participants on the different types of systems and solutions available for residential water filtration and treatment.

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The Benefits of Radiant Gas Heat Fireplaces

Gas fireplace systems that take advantage of radiant heat technology provide a greater degree of comfort, control, efficiency, and design flexibility compared to standard gas fireplaces. This course will explore best practices in radiant heat gas fireplace design as well as benefits and safety features. It will also address how architects and designers can have design flexibility when specifying for a range of applications including new construction and renovations.

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Windows and Doors For Coastal Challenges: What Lighthouse Restorations Can Teach Us About Coastal Resiliency

The climate of the planet is changing and designers, engineers, and builders must change along with it. Resiliency to natural and man-made disasters is increasingly discussed in the design/build industry.

This course highlights the need for resilient buildings, and the features in windows and doors that can make them resilient, with a focus on restored lighthouses as our guide. That includes frame materials, impact resistant glazing, and proper installation.

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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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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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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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