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  • There is an almost limitless variety of forms an aluminum extrusion can take, and design flexibility allows a great deal of functionality to be designed into extruded components. This course discusses the characteristics, technical information, and benefits of aluminum extrusions used as a building material, with a focus on whole building design, sustainability, and application possibilities.

     This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  • The purpose of this session will be to understand the basic concepts of building science (air, water, vapor and thermal management) and how insulated metal panels perform these functions through a single component. The Design of our exterior building envelope is critical for maximum energy & thermal efficiency so it key we learn to design the “Perfect” (Universal) Wall from a performance stand point. Transitioning our attention to the roof system, we will also talk about what makes the “Perfect” (Universal) Roof from a performance stand point. This course will wrap up exploring best practice for Sealing the Insulated Metal Panel Envelope.


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  • Many cultures have long viewed contact with nature as restorative. The growing body of research on the benefits of nature to mental, physical, and social well-being has meant that many facilities are incorporating healing gardens into a holistic approach to healthcare. This course addresses the role of healing gardens in healthcare settings, the importance of seating and shade, and the considerations in the selection and care of performance fabric used in healing gardens.

     This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  • Segmented pavers have been successfully used for roads, courtyards and paths for hundreds of years. Durability of materials being one of the key reasons for their lasting popularity. These days modern pavers offer up a wide variety of newer performance capabilities and finishes. In this course, we’ll take a look at the unique technologies of segmental concrete paver systems, the types, finishes and their design considerations.


  • Provides an overview of the features, performance characteristics, styles and installation considerations of engineered wood siding and trim products.

     This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  • Made to withstand the elements over time, learn how Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) membranes are designed to offer exceptional resistance to ultraviolet light, ozone, and weathering. Gain an understanding of why TPO single-ply roofing systems are the fastest-growing commercial roofing product, and have gained broad industry acceptance for their many performance and installation advantages such as heat-welded seams. This course reinforces that not all thermoplastic roofing solutions are alike, and that TPO is the most environmentally friendly thermoplastic available.


  • Solar lighting solutions require a level of due diligence to determine a good fit between customer, product, and vendor. This course provides an overview of the factors that require consideration when specifying an outdoor solar lighting system. Also discussed are the components, features, and benefits of the newest generation of off-grid, self-contained solar lighting that offers a cost-effective solution for an expanding number of applications.

     This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  • A gas fireplace is ranked #1 as a homebuyer’s highly desired decorative and appearance home products. This course provides an overview of the three steps for builders, architects, and designers to facilitate fireplace design and selection that will increase homebuyer satisfaction, as well as a discussion on the current trends of indoor and outdoor fireplaces.


  • Provides an overview of the features and performance benefits of insulated metal panels (IMPs). It provides an in-depth look at a generic IMP EPD, discusses new LEED® v4 contributions, and outlines how IMPs meet the strict energy performance requirements of current codes and standards.

     This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  • Lack of secure bicycle parking and storage is one of the top barriers to increased bicycle ridership. However, there is much more to selecting functional and appropriate bike storage than installing a few racks at the building sidewalk. This course examines best practices for bicycle racks and shelters for indoor and outdoor bicycle parking and storage, including typical municipal guidelines and regulations, incentives, guidance on shelters, and rack planning and design.


  • A fireplace can be the center of interest in a space, be a supplemental heat source, and can help meet green design objectives. This program explains how hearth products contribute to home comfort, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and environmental sustainability. Discussions pertain to how to identify different hearth product categories, and how some types qualify for national green building programs, and why others do not.

     This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  • Provides an overview of organic coatings for aluminum fenestration extrusions including powder and liquid coating resins, performance characteristics, environmental performance and coating application technologies.


  • Parks, recreational areas, and common rural and urban spaces can be essential relaxing oases. Pathways that navigate through these public spaces should be functional, durable, and complement the natural environment. This course explores pathway materials and focuses on decomposed granite (DG) and natural aggregates. It discusses the types of pathways, their applications, installation and maintenance, as well as their contribution to green design.

     This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  • Designing an efficient building envelope includes the complex task of locating all the necessary control layers in relation to each other. In some situations combining a number of these layers simplifies the task. This course explores combined water-resistive barrier (WRB) and air barrier (AB) sheathing systems, their functions, relevant codes and standards, types available, and how they compare to traditional water and air barrier systems.


  • Sustainable construction and high-performance buildings offer tremendous benefits to building owners, building occupants, and the larger community. Course content goes beyond codes, standards, and sustainability rating systems to explore options and best practices for getting the most out of green construction. This course provides foundational information and application opportunities on topics such as optimizing a building's energy efficiency; installing innovative, alternative energy solutions; and addressing the larger community challenges of storm water management and the urban heat island effect.

     This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  • Healthy urban trees contribute not only to our environment; they also contribute to our communities. As we create metropolitan landscapes, we need to address the health and well-being of tree. This is crucial to the legacy that we pass on to future generations. This course examines the factors that affect the health of urban tree environments, including the climatic conditions of the project site, tree planting techniques, and the use of architectural hardscape amenities.

     This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  • Provides an overview of the importance of developing an integrated waste management plan (IWMP), and includes discussions on the environmental impacts of waste, the keys elements of an IWMP and the steps involved in developing a comprehensive IWMP.

     This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  • Provides an overview of community energy planning (CEP) and includes discussions on conventional and sustainable energy planning, developing a sustainable CEP, energy demand and supply management, and energy education, demonstration, and awareness.

     This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  • Our learning objectives for this course all surround the core value & concepts of metal panel. We briefly Identify market sectors for architectural insulated metal panels. Understand the thermal performance advantages of insulated panels along with the basics of panel installation including wall framing requirements. Discuss how IMPs perform the necessary envelope control functions through a single component systems while accelerate speed of build.This course will also describe the aesthetics, design flexibility and integrated accessories available with architectural insulated metal panels.


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  • In many urban watersheds regulators are adopting green infrastructure solutions for stormwater management. Retrofitting impervious pavement with materials designed to infiltrate stormwater is one obvious solution. The use of permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) in parking lots and driveways has grown significantly in the last decade. Dozens of publications have demonstrated the runoff and pollutant control benefits these systems provide. However, parking lots and driveways cover relatively small areas within an urban watershed. Some municipalities now recognize that municipal roadways and alleyways can be designed to handle vehicular traffic while also functioning as a stormwater control measure using PICP. This presentation will describe how PICP systems are designed and constructed. Examples will illustrate the keys to properly constructing and maintaining these effective stormwater management systems. An update on the Southeast Atlanta Green Infrastructure Project will be provided highlighting how Atlanta converted six miles of impervious roadway to PICP to reduce flooding and combined sewer overflows. The presentation will conclude with lessons learned related to utilities, roadway slopes, and maintenance.


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  • The issue of safety is a prevalent theme in today’s society, and protecting the built environment has become a priority. This course examines the material specifications, industry standards, hardware options, installations, and application considerations necessary to design and specify exterior pedestrian steel gates.

     This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  • Gaining a solid understanding of the advantages of EPDM roofing systems demonstrates why this membrane has the longest proven performance record of all single ply membranes. EPDM’s high-performance synthetic rubber compound provides outstanding weathering in climates worldwide. Multiple attachment types and colors are available for an EPDM roofing solution, and environmental benefits of the white EPDM membranes are explored as they provide the lowest carbon footprint of all single-ply membranes.


  • Provides an overview of gypsum wallboard manufacturing, a review of the Gypsum Association's recommended levels of finish and examples of writing specification of levels of finish.


  • Since ancient times, concrete mixes and carved natural stone have combined to create substance, beauty, and longevity in our architecture. Glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) was created to ensure the attributes of concrete and stone continue to be enjoyed but with the efficiency in application that is expected in today’s world of design. This course covers the evolution of GFRC, its applications and how it is custom created, its advantages, and how GFRC compares to other types of architectural concrete


  • This program begins with a brief summary of the evolution of stormwater management beginning with conveyance and transitioning to water quantity management, and most recently stormwater treatment. Stormwater Control Measures using Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure design that can accomplish all of these objectives are now desired in many municipalities that deal with flooding or have environmentally sensitive waterways. This presentation will compare surface-based BMPs to manufactured treatment system options, and highlight Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) as a viable solution to address conveyance, water quantity and quality objectives. A summary of the academic and industry research to date on using PICP for water treatment will be presented, along with strategies for combining the benefits of PICP with manufactured treatment systems.


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  • Whether replacing an existing roof, building a new roof from scratch, or some type of roof repair project in between, deciding on critical design factors is the key to a successful roofing system project. Each layer of a roofing assembly requires careful consideration and analysis to assess for impacts to the entire building. Using real-life scenarios and practice activities, this course explores the most common components of a roofing system, the advantages and disadvantages of each system, and how the critical factors aid in the assessment of the most appropriate system to meet the needs of the building and client.

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