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  • This session will cover the impact of excessive fats, oils, and grease (FOG) on the sanitary sewer system. You will learn about the various types of Grease Interceptors, North American performance standards and sizing calculations required to provide the optimum grease management solution for a given application.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • This course will explore the use of PEX piping for commercial plumbing installations. PEX offers many material advantages to traditional plumbing systems and has different characteristics that should be accounted for in design and installation phases to maximize its benefits. Domestic hot water recirculation considerations will be discussed to explain the criteria for best preventing legionella bacteria growth and reducing scald risks.


  • Healthcare facilities are now striving to meet the needs of all patients to offer not only healthy and safe spaces, but inclusive spaces as well. Recent advances in plumbing design for healthcare facilities are helping to keep all patients and caregivers safe and healthy. This course reviews innovations in plumbing design and how these designs support trending healthcare needs, such as infection prevention, behavioral healthcare, and bariatric and ADA patients.

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


  • A completely waterproof shower with curb appeal is gratifying to design, easy to install, and offers peace of mind to both the designer and client. This course examines one-piece shower bases and accessories and includes discussions on methods of waterproofing shower floors and walls, shower design, and installation and tiling guidelines for shower pans and accessories.


  • Most of us don’t plan our environments to accommodate unforeseen changes in ability or even age-related limitations. But when change occurs, our environments can hinder our day-to-day living. Universal design adds value regardless of where people are in their lives and allows people with a range of abilities to live in comfort. In this course, we’ll look the guiding principles of Universal Design and some innovative and highly functional kitchen and bath solutions.


  • Water is valuable and shortages occur every year in parts of the U.S. Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home. This course delves into the problem of water scarcity and efficiencies and discusses a solution in the form of dual flush toilet technology, specification and applications.

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


  • This LEED® Specific course is for anyone working on a LEED project and will address issues such as proper calculation methodology, accounting for urinals in buildings, proper weighted calculations for dual-flush toilets, public vs. private fixtures, fixture usage groups and the use of proper gender ratios, and how to successfully submit the LEED Prerequisite/Credit Forms in LEED Online. Learn what reviewers are looking for and how to submit it right the first time.

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

     In order to download this course, a USD $50.00 fee must be paid.


  • This course provides inspiration to address the luxury homeowners who seek a custom, spa-like retreat that allows them to create a personalized, multi-sensory experience right in their own master bathroom.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) is commonly found in the wastewater discharged as a result of commercial and institutional foodservice operations. This course discusses the adverse effects FOG has on the sanitary sewer system, the principles of operation of grease interceptors, and the industry requirements for an effective grease management system in commercial foodservice applications.


  • The cleanliness of a hotel guestroom bathroom directly impacts a hotel’s profitability, by its influence on customer satisfaction and hotel image. Designers should not only consider aesthetics but also the selection of finishes and fixtures that allow for faster, more cost effective sanitation. This course examines the role of clean hotel bathrooms in hotel profitability, customer satisfaction, and public health. Potential modes and threats of infection are discussed and strategies suggested for selecting fixtures that improve sanitation and minimize labor.

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


  • When it comes to designing a spa-like shower system, a designer must balance the client’s desire for a spa-like experience with the requirements of stringent codes and standards. This course discusses water conservation; applicable codes, standards, and guidelines; and the showerhead technologies that address conservation issues.

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


  • Provides an overview of standard and custom shower systems, including the evolution of showers, design and installation considerations for custom showers, and green programs that address showerhead requirements and water conservation.


  • This course examines LED task and ambient lighting in the contemporary workplace. It will first review LED technology, the advancements that are benefitting office lighting design and then the lighting requirements of the modern workplace and how LED serves these spaces.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Provides an overview of hand drying concepts and the advantages of hand dryers with air technology. It reviews the impact the choice of hand-drying equipment has on public health, occupant comfort, facility operations, and our environment.

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


  • This course provides information relative to selecting and specifying code-compliant toilet partitions for commercial restrooms, including material type, hardware, and mounting configurations. Fire and accessibility codes will be discussed, as well as guidelines for writing toilet compartment specifications.


  • Green building helps preserve the environment and natural resources, and there are a variety of water-saving products available for kitchens and baths to help meet green design goals. This course explores the benefits of green building with a focus on the need for water efficiency, and includes discussions on LEED® certification, specifically relating to green products for the kitchen and bath.

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


  • Vinyl plays a major role in the design and construction of modern buildings, and it contributes to sustainability, wellness and resilience of people and their communities. This course demonstrates the importance of achieving client performance goals using thoughtful, multi-attribute material selection criteria.

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


  • The course provides an overview of commercial faucets, including the evolution of the modern faucet, design and installation consideration (aesthetics, technology), and their impact on water conservation. The program will discuss the expanding role architects and designers play in water efficiency designs. You will gain a better understanding of the different types of design tools available and specific green design guidelines for commercial applications.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Advances in technology are no longer confined to communications or transportation, they have spilled over into our home, in appliances, fixtures and water delivery. Today’s water delivery innovations improve functionality, and are changing the way people interact with their faucets. This course addresses the types of water delivery solutions in the kitchen and bathroom, and outlines three design considerations that must be considered when selecting a water delivery option.


  • The triple bottom line approach to sustainability requires thinking of the world as an interconnected system of economic, environmental, and social well-being. Choices can be made to select home furnishings made from durable, recycled, recyclable, rapidly renewable, and/or reclaimed materials from companies who work to improve the lives and livelihoods of others. This course looks at recycled copper, sustainably made concrete, FSC®-certified bamboo, and reclaimed wood used in bath fixtures and furniture handmade by skilled artisans.

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


  • The evolution of kitchen design reflects how our lives have changed, and these changes have made a profound impact on the way we use water and our expectations regarding water delivery. This course discusses how kitchen water-delivery technology is changing to: meet and anticipate the evolving needs and expectations of our ever-changing population, provide stylish and innovative solutions that add multi-functionality to faucets, and help consumers find a smarter way to work with water.


  • “Advances in Plumbing Healthcare Design” is an introduction to a variety of issues healthcare facilities face with respect to plumbing products when constructing or renovating buildings, and why addressing these issues is important. Whitehall’s BestCare® line of ligature resistant plumbing products and accessories offers innovative solutions intended to reduce sentinel events via strangulation in a behavioral healthcare setting. Whitehall Manufacturing’s Infection Prevention Sinks, CareWare® line of Patient Care Units, and all in one hand washing and drying system tackles the problem of Hospital Associated Infections (HAI’s) from a preventative design perspective. Additionally, Whitehall’s bariatric line focuses on providing obese patients with appropriate equipment while respecting patient dignity. Because of the diverse needs of our current population, design trends are shifting towards a universal room which meets the needs of ADA, bariatric capacity, and other patient requirements. Whitehall Manufacturing is a North American manufacturer that provides the healthcare industry with ligature-resistant products, in-room patient care units, Infection Prevention sinks, and other medical plumbing equipment that is unsurpassed in aesthetics, quality, and durability.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Provides an overview of the benefits of installing reflective insulation and radiant barriers into the building envelope to reduce energy consumption, operation costs, and the structure's carbon footprint.

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


  • Whether in a home or hotel, the bathroom serves as both grooming station and refuge. The well-designed styling space saves us time and effort, as well as making the time we spend more enjoyable. This course discusses what users consider the ideal styling space experience and recent technological innovations that help achieve it.


  • 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.


  • From “fashion to function,” the shower space of the bathroom is a focal point, offering a quiet respite in which to rejuvenate. Shower spaces should be built to last, using durable materials combined with sound installation practices in order to reduce the life cycle and replacement costs. This course outlines the criteria used in designing water management systems for shower pans and walls. Includes discussions on traditional and modern methods of waterproofing shower floors and walls, new methods of construction, as well as the innovative design options that are available for curbless shower pans.


  • Sustainability in construction and operation is becoming the new normal and the cleaning industry has responded by offering products for restroom facilities that are as energy-conserving and as environmentally-friendly as possible. This course provides an overview of the hand-drying options that are available for commercial restrooms, including the economic and environmental benefits of high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers.

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


  • Towel warmers/heated towel racks not only warm and dry damp towels but add a sense of comfort and luxury. This course explores towel warmers/heated towel racks and includes discussions on: the functions, benefits, and applications of towel warmers/heated towel racks; centrally heated, electric, and hydronic heating systems; materials and finishes; installation and care; and, design and accessory options.


  • Provides an overview of tankless water heating technologies, including the history, features and functions, and the energy and environmental benefits of a tankless system, as well as a discussion on how they compare to existing tank heater technology.

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


  • Our planet’s resources are finite. Fresh water in particular, is under ever-increasing constraints. By choosing more efficient, eco-friendly fixtures and following sustainable building and product design programs, we can have a positive impact on this global issue, without sacrificing our current lifestyle. In this course, we will review these issues and discuss sustainability programs, products and design choices that can have a positive impact.

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


  • “Sustainable” design isn’t just “environmental.” It’s design that works for and contributes to the health and welfare of all individuals as well as the planet, now and in the future. This course looks at hand dryers as part of sustainably designed restrooms, and discusses how air knife hand dryers benefit the environment through energy-efficiency, resource conservation, and waste reduction, and benefit all members of society by meeting ADA requirements and Universal Design principles.

     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.


  • The plumbing system is an integral part of a healthy home and is required by code to keep the occupants safe. Homeowners are making their kitchens and bathrooms even more hardworking by selecting fixtures and faucets that anticipate their needs and help them to use water efficiently. This course discusses how fixture and faucet function, operation, performance, and placement affect water delivery in the kitchen and bathroom.


  • Provides an overview of antimicrobial additives that help protect products from degradation caused by microbes, with discussions on types of microorganisms and the array of products that can benefit from antimicrobials.

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


  • Hospitality and commercial restrooms have a major impact on how patrons perceive a building or business. A modern luxury restroom doesn’t have to stop at simply meeting patrons’ expectations for sustainability, hygiene, and functionality; it can do so while also making a striking minimalist design statement that is sleek and elegant. This course presents some of the sustainable, hygienic, functional, and distinctive options for modern luxury restrooms.

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


  • In a good kitchen design, the kitchen faucet plays a key role in terms of both function and style, therefore, choosing the right solution is a critical consideration. This course provides an overview of the functional and style options of kitchen faucets, as well as a discussion of the factors that relate to the quality of a kitchen faucet, including cartridge type, construction and finish.


  • When it comes to designing a spa-like shower system, a designer must balance the client’s desire for a spa-like experience with the requirements of stringent codes and standards. This course discusses water conservation; applicable codes, standards, and guidelines; and the showerhead technologies that address conservation issues.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Artisanal handcrafted fixtures and furnishings are not only unique, functional, and aesthetically appealing, they can establish a sense of connection with the maker. Many artisanal handcrafted products are made using traditional techniques that have been passed down over time, often from generation to generation. This course illustrates the value of bridging cultures, combing artisan heritage with innovative design, and investing in the craftsmanship of kitchen and bath furniture made by hand with sustainable and reclaimed materials.

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


  • A gas fireplace truly is a design focal point, adding ambience and warmth to any room of the home, and new technologies expand placement options. This course explores today’s factory-built gas fireplaces, including terminology, fireplace types, specialty fireplace options, design considerations, venting parameters, selection criteria, and key specification issues.


  • Architects and designers now work on more and more projects with a global reach. A better understanding is required not only of how to specify products anywhere in the world, but how to communicate and conduct business with colleagues in many different countries. Focusing on hospitality bathrooms, this course begins with an overview of global hotel design trends and the product options available, and then provides guidance on business practices and bathroom design preferences around the world.


  • In order to address tile installation difficulties effectively and avoid failures, designers and specifiers must maintain full awareness of current knowledge, practices, and products. This course reviews potentially problematic contemporary tile installation issues along with the industry guidance, methodologies, and products available to address them.


  • This course will focus on the benefits of multi-user, in-lab local vacuum networks for supply of laboratory vacuum in science buildings. The course will review common approaches to laboratory vacuum and consider the relative strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Emphasis will be placed on considerations related to the specification, design, and installation of a “local vacuum network.” Case studies will demonstrate the applicability of local vacuum networks for new and renovated lab space in a wide range of facilities and scientific disciplines.

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


  • Luxury does not necessarily equal excess and indulgence. In the kitchen and bath, luxury might simply be a fixture offering a higher perceived value and practicality. In this course, we will define luxury further and look at luxury options in kitchen and bath fixtures and technology.


  • Provides an overview of the benefits of multi-user, in-lab local vacuum networks for supply of lab vacuum in science buildings. It discusses the specification, design, and installation of local vacuum networks and uses in-depth case studies to illustrate design considerations in specifying local vacuum networks, and the benefits of this approach.

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


  • Today—as climate change, population growth, and record droughts present an unprecedented strain on our water supply—conservation technology is building awareness to the importance of having the most water efficient fixtures in a home or business. This course recognizes the flush toilet as one of the biggest users of water and discusses how toilet design is pushing flush technology to develop ways for homes and commercial buildings to conserve water without sacrificing the performance of the toilet. Industry testing protocols and the water-saving capabilities of different technologies are evaluated.

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


  • Demographic and societal trends have an influence on bath design. This course examines their influence and the efficient water delivery solutions available to meet the trends, address the aesthetic and personal needs of all users, and contribute to the sustainable built environment.


  • Sustainable restroom design can address the global concerns of water shortages and the impacts of the building sector on our environment. This program identifies the newest technologies in high-efficiency restroom fixtures including how to choose water-saving products and the practical, economic, and environmental benefits of high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers versus paper towels. Also included is an in-depth analysis of how these products earn points toward LEED® v4 credits and other green building standards to comply with new, best practices in green building.


  • While the bathroom was once a strictly utilitarian space, a growing trend among luxury consumers is to create a custom, spa-like retreat right in the home. Surveys find that luxury consumers value functional and design excellence, uniqueness that reflects a creative side, and exceptional quality and value. This course examines the shower products available that help to create a personalized, multi-sensory experience with beautifully designed pieces that meet water efficiency standards.


  • For years, gas-burning hearth appliances have outsold wood-burning appliances due to the many favorable benefits they provide. This course provides a review of the variety of gas hearth appliances (GHA), the advantages they offer, and the types of venting systems that are available today. Also presented is a discussion of the factors that require consideration to facilitate a successful GHA installation.


  • This course provides an overview of the sustainable benefits of local vacuum networks including adaptability, indoor environmental safety, and energy efficiency. The program focuses on common vacuum applications within life science laboratories and the benefits of multi-user, in-lab local vacuum networks for these labs, as well as their service benefits after installation.

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


  • Restroom facilities should provide easy access and use for all users, regardless of ability. It is becoming increasingly important to know the tools needed to properly plan an accessible restroom that will meet the requirements of the ADA and other standards. This course will explore how accessibility standards accommodate a wide range of users, including how to design lavatories, toilet compartments, bathing facilities, and their accessories to meet accessibility requirements.

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


  • Most of us don’t plan our environments to accommodate unforeseen changes in ability or even age-related limitations. But when change occurs, our environments can hinder our day-to-day living. Universal design adds value regardless of where people are in their lives and allows people with a range of abilities to live in comfort. In this course, we’ll look the guiding principles of Universal Design and some innovative and highly functional kitchen and bath solutions.

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


  • Choosing a sink and countertop for kitchen and bathroom installations can be overwhelming with the array of choices in today’s marketplace. To facilitate the selection process, this course provides an overview of the different sink/countertop materials, sink configurations, and installation methods that are utilized in both residential and commercial applications with a focus on seamless integration design.


  • The delivery of water can raise a variety of design issues and opportunities. This course discusses how the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design apply to plumbing products, including faucets, flush valves, toilets, and shower enclosures, and addresses key considerations for creating ADA-compliant restrooms, baths, and kitchens. It also illustrates how all structures, including residences, can benefit from elements of universal design and accessibility features that make a space safer and easier for people of all ages and abilities.


  • Recently, custom showers have grown in popularity, offering homeowners an escape from the stresses of the outside world with new options providing the same sense of relaxation that was previously reserved for the bathtub. This course covers the trends in shower design, the benefits of hydrotherapy, and the components and technologies that are available to create a spa-like shower experience for today’s homeowners.


  • There are some complex issues involved in achieving ADA-compliant designs in all types of building construction. In terms of bathroom design, it is important to comprehend the ADA standards in order to minimize the risk of injury and to ensure end user comfort and ease of use. This course covers ADA-compliant design requirements for shower compartments and lavatory tops using solid surface materials—from planning and design to installation.


  • Provides an overview of the importance of the workplace break room and how ice can play a crucial role in an enhanced refreshment service. Also addressed are the different types of ice available, the equipment that produces and stores ice and the Architect/Designer’s role in specifying the equipment, taking into account key consideration factors.


  • The design of public rest rooms is essential to the success and function of all building projects. Among the most important design criteria are public health, privacy, safety, and welfare. In this course, we’ll take a look at what goes into planning a washroom that meets all these needs, looking at fixture counts, code requirements, accessibility and selecting suitable partitions that meet these and sustainability requirements.


  • : Hospitality and commercial restrooms have a major impact on how patrons perceive a building or business. A modern luxury restroom doesn’t have to stop at simply meeting patrons’ expectations for sustainability, hygiene, and functionality; it can do so while also making a striking minimalist design statement that is sleek and elegant. This course presents some of the sustainable, hygienic, functional, and distinctive options for modern luxury restrooms.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Provides an overview of air knife hand dryers that benefit the environment through energy-efficiency, resource conservation, and waste reduction, and benefit all members of society by meeting ADA requirements and Universal Design principles.


    No classes currently scheduled.

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