Sensory Design and Eliciting Emotion: Theories of Home, Living, and What it Means to Experience a Space (Print Course)

The built environment, in some ways, is a transition. In terms of homes, it’s a segue from public life to private. External to internal. Various philosophers, including Martin Heidegger and Gaston Bachelard, have put forth influential theories on home and living, romanticizing country life and condemning the city. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, some contemporary architects and designers have embraced the philosophers’ spatial and sensory theories while rejecting the idea that “home” can only be created in rural areas.

This course will examine Heidegger’s and Bachelard’s theories alongside contemporary homes in both the country and city. It will also analyze the ways in which design can elicit emotion and create experiences. Lastly, it will propose that a sense of balance and form can arise out of objects regardless of their origin, whether organic or man-made.

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Whole House Appliances: Designing an Innovative, Multi-Purpose Laundry Room

The laundry room is getting more attention from interior designers, appliance manufacturers, and homeowners. The space has traditionally been an afterthought but is quickly evolving into a multipurpose room thanks in part to shifting homeowner demand and technology advances in washers and dryers.

This course will examine how modern laundry rooms are being used, what architects and builders should look for when designing the laundry space, considerations on how to connect washers and dryers with the rest of the home, and how builders can begin to integrate a whole-home appliance approach into new, custom homes.

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Wood Window Walls Achieve Biophilic, Sustainable Design in Contemporary Architecture (Print Course)

Contemporary architecture attempts to maximize daylight, minimize ornamentation, and connect interiors to the outdoors (biophilia). Fenestration plays a great role in achieving this aesthetic. This course will discuss how to fill very large openings with mulled windows, punched-opening window walls, moving walls with large doors, and timber curtain walls. The course will identify window and door styles, design options, and performance measures that must be considered when specifying oversized openings for both residential and commercial projects.

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Engineering a High-Performance Roofing System for Steep Pitch Roofs (Print Course)

Learners will closely evaluate steep-slope roofs, examining materials and practices that improve roof performance. By the end of the course, they will be able to identify key characteristics of roofing systems that prevent roof deterioration and damage, providing protection to the occupants within the structure. Finally, learners will evaluate best practices in detailing steep slope roof systems to mitigate water, ice, or weather damage to the structure.

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The Sustainable Design and Responsible Supply Chain Management of Terrazzo Light Solutions (Print Course)

This course will help readers understand the importance and relationship of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the supply chain, how innovations in the supply chain can improve overall sustainability, and how these developments paved the way for an existing product, terrazzo, to enhance a commercial design project’s LEED status when it’s infused with new patented light technology.

Several case studies examining the use of fiber optics in terrazzo slabs will be referenced to demonstrate the various ways in which CSR, a transparent supply chain, and an innovative product can work together to achieve more sustainable design.

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Waterproofing Concrete Structures: A Dynamic Systems Approach

This course will enable learners to examine new and existing methods of waterproofing concrete water containment structures. The most common problems preventing waterproofing will be examined, as will mechanisms that influence integrity and resiliency. Mitigating such issues will be demonstrated by the adoption of a dynamic systems approach where both integral and external waterproofing treatments are utilized.

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The Transformative Function of Fire Rated Glass – Case Studies in Innovation (Print Course)

Fire rated glass can help designers achieve their goals for a space while still accomplishing its most important function as a life safety product. This course will highlight eight case studies that demonstrate unique applications for fire rated glass and how it can enhance the design and intended function of a space or building. Commercial, residential, hospitality, education, office, and institutional applications will be discussed, as will the importance of daylighting, sight lines, and security features in fire resistive glazing systems.

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The Top 10 Ways to Reduce Concrete’s Carbon Footprint (Print Course)

Concrete is the building block of modern society and the most widely used building material. Nearly every structure built today, including buildings, bridges, homes, and infrastructure uses concrete in some way. It provides us with shelter along with places to work, learn and play. It connects us through roads and rapid transit and airports. Water is delivered and treated in concrete structures. Concrete is economical, available everywhere, durable, and versatile.

As demand for building construction continues to increase, it is likely the demand for concrete will also increase. Like all building products, however, concrete has a carbon footprint. This course will analyze the top ten strategies to take advantage of concrete’s benefits while ensuring the lowest possible carbon footprint.

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Strength Through Transparency: How Concrete EPDs are Driving Down Carbon Footprint (Print Course)

Concrete is the most commonly used man-made material and comes second only to water as the most widely used substance on earth. It can be found in nearly every building project, from structural components to sidewalks and parking lots. As populations continue to grow and the building sector continues to experience exponential growth, the concrete industry is taking the lead in driving initiatives toward a sustainable future through transparency and innovative concrete solutions.

By better understanding concepts and terminology relevant to a sustainable future; assessing LEED v4, ASHRAE 189.1, and the International Green Construction Code; learning how to specify concrete for LEEDv4; and discovering innovative concrete technologies and products, those in the AEC industry will be better positioned to achieve carbon emissions reduction goals and contribute to the creation of a more sustainable built environment.

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Redefining Kitchen Design While Improving Health and Wellness

Whether you are taking this course in 2020 or beyond, you have lived through an unprecedented global pandemic that has changed how we approach life. What it means to work, socialize with friends and family, and even prepare a meal altered drastically within the space of a few weeks. People who barely knew how to turn on their oven started experimenting in the kitchen; others, accustomed to dining out, found themselves food prepping for weeks at a time; and many people with families, partners, or roommates found themselves once again gathering together at meal times. Included in all of its life-altering impacts, the pandemic has changed the way we live at home, including how we utilize our kitchens, home offices, and technology.

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