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  •  1 hour

    Electric underfloor heating works by producing radiant heat which is evenly distributed from the floor and warms a room efficiently from the ground up. Since there are no baseboard heaters, radiators, or heating supply vents to work around, building owners and homeowners gain extra space and design freedom. This course explains how electric underfloor heating works and offers guidance on how to select and design an underfloor heating system that is aligned to integrate seamlessly into the overall living space and heating requirements of residential and commercial buildings.


  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of high volume low speed (HVLS) fans and includes discussions on the indoor environmental benefits of air movement; thermal comfort; supplementing a traditional HVAC system with HVLS fans; innovations in fan design and technology; and the standards that govern fan performance.

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


  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of 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.


  •  1 hour

    During the cold winter months it is nearly impossible to ignore the rising costs of heating bills. Designers, builders, facility managers, and homeowners are consciously seeking ways to lower their energy consumption without sacrificing indoor comfort levels. This course introduces a unique heating system that evenly heats the interior from ceiling to floor or from floor to ceiling using radiant heating panels. This heating method can reduce electrical costs and maintain occupant comfort by preventing heat from escaping a room.


  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of pipe and equipment support systems and includes discussions on installation options, components, assembly, and design elements and processes.


  •  1 hour

    This course is aimed at Contractors and their trades who are working on green building projects or who would like to be more involved in green buildings. This course will provide an overview of what a green building is, different ways that Contractors and their trades can get involved, and the key areas that fall under the Contractor’s responsibility when executing a LEED® project.

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


  •  1.0 hour

    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.


  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of gas fireplaces and discusses their advantages over wood-burning fireplaces, types of gas units and venting options, their versatility in placement, and, design and functional considerations critical to the selection process.


  •  1 hour

    The need for efficient commercial and residential heating systems and for convenient ways to control them is increasing as building managers and homeowners demand energy cost savings and reliable, optimal occupant comfort levels when desired. This course introduces smart electric heaters with built-in wireless control technology and shows how synchronized control of an unlimited number of compatible smart heater designs can offer energy-efficiency and control for residential and commercial heating.


  •  1 hour

    The light bulb has been around since the 1800s, but lighting technology has changed a lot since then – and the advancements have only accelerated in recent years. Even LEDs, considered the latest technology, have been around since 1962. It wasn’t until recent years, though, that they’ve been developed to be more efficient than incandescent bulbs. Today’s LEDs are six to seven times more efficient and last 25 times longer than conventional fixtures, and their cost has fallen more than 85% since 2008. Efficient lighting options can significantly lower a building’s overall energy costs, improve light quality and reduce maintenance demands. Better light can boost worker safety, performance and productivity. In this course, you will learn the history of the light bulb, terms to know when discussing lighting projects, the types of fixtures available on the market and tips for spotting inefficient lighting. You’ll also learn how lighting retrofit projects reduce operating costs, maintenance and energy usage.


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  •  1 hour

    This course presents an introduction to the types of gas fireplaces and vents, and covers the applicable code and standards for direct-vent, factory-built gas fireplaces. Also included are discussions on the new protective safety barrier requirements, test methods for fireplace efficiency, and typical steps for installing a direct-vent gas fireplace and barriers.

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


  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of self-regulating polymer technology and the performance benefits of using PTC (positive temperature coefficient) heaters for energy efficient floor warming, primary heating, snow melting, and roof de-icing.

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


  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of different types of mechanical ventilation systems and discusses why heat recovery ventilation (HRV) and energy recovery ventilation (ERV) systems are characterized by a high level of energy efficiency and as an effective means for improving indoor air quality.

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


  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of life safety dampers: fire, smoke, and combination fire/smoke dampers with a focus on different styles and types, their uses and benefits, and a discussion on proper installation practices and guidelines.


  •  1 hour

    From schools to shopping malls and movie theaters, we’ve become accustomed to over air-conditioned spaces – a design habit that is wasteful not just from a business perspective, but from an environmental one too. Meanwhile, air movement has been relegated to a mere alternative means of cooling. By reconsidering the relationship between air conditioning and elevated air speed, design professionals can affect meaningful change in building sustainability and comfort. The innovative HVAC design strategy that pairs traditional air conditioning with energy-efficient air movement permits a substantial offset of necessary HVAC capacity and likewise improves air quality by ensuring fresh air reaches the occupant breathing zone. After construction is complete, the incorporation of air movement allows a reduction in energy consumption, as end-users can raise the thermostat setpoint without sacrificing comfort. This presentation will review recent changes to ASHRAE Standards 55 and 90.1 which substantiate the impact of elevated air speed, and will explore benefits of this innovative HVAC design strategy.


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  •  1 hour

    As we become more aware of the levels of toxins in our environment we are realizing that the quality of air inside our homes is just as important as the quality of air outside our homes. This course provides an overview as to why indoor air quality is so important to our health and how to improve indoor air quality by using a balanced ventilation system.


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    This course is for anyone working on a LEED project that is pursuing the Construction IAQ Management Plan – During Construction point. This course will look at how teams can work together to make sure the correct documentation is collected and that, ultimately, the plan is being implemented effectively by everyone involved. This will result in fewer questions from reviewers, less backtracking by the project team to collect documentation retroactively, and a less contaminated space for future occupants. This course is applicable to LEED 2009 as well as LEED v4, as this credit has not changed.

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


  •  1 hour

    This course provides an overview of sun control devices including applications and benefits in order to design an efficient stationary aluminum sunshade.


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  •  1.0 hour

    Wine is a critical element of entertaining and culinary experiences, and modern wine cellars help make bottle collections part of engaging, artistic focal points in restaurants and homes throughout the world. This course focuses on the evolution of the wine cellar, from refrigeration to modern materials and display systems. It defines passive and active (cooled) storage, and identifies key considerations when building a wine cellar.


  •  1 hour

    Fireplaces remain one of the most desirable household features for homeowners, complementing a range of different lifestyles and appealing to a range of demographics. This course provides an overview of electric fireplaces, focusing on their design possibilities, flame technologies, ease of installation, environmental efficiency, cost-saving benefits, and their advantages over gas and wood-burning fireplaces.


  •  1 hour

    As we move increasingly towards market viable net-zero buildings with initiatives like ASHRAE Vision 2020 and the 2030 Challenge, we must reevaluate the role that typical building components play in a facility’s energy efficiency. ASHRAE 55 has highlighted the impact of elevated air speed on thermal comfort, and in recent years innovative designs have reestablished air movement as an integral part of occupant comfort and energy conservation. Furthermore, recent changes to Appendix G of ASHRAE 90.1 allow the inclusion of energy savings from using elevated air speed in energy simulations. When integrated into new building designs, air movement allows a reduction of air conditioning capacity and ductwork. In the winter, low speed air circulation redirects heated air trapped at the ceiling, resulting in significant energy savings. Project teams working on net-zero buildings have proven the effectiveness of incorporating air movement in building plans as part of an integrated design strategy.


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    The U.S. green building market is projected to earn $145 billion this year. The new challenge is not just going green, but staying on top of cutting-edge research and innovation. This course lays out the basics of the three most commonly used certifications: LEED, Green Globes and the Living Building Challenge. Building on those foundations, we focus on achieving certification—and minimizing your energy consumption—through efficient use of air movement. Smart air movement shifts the focus of heating and cooling systems from the thermostat onto the building’s occupants. Combining case studies of the nation’s greenest office building, greenest residential dorm and a LEED Gold certified research facility, we’ll follow air movement modeling from theory to application, drawing lessons from architects, engineers and designers in the process.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of 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.


  •  1.50 hour

    Learn about the design behind Locust Trace AgriScience High School, an innovative campus on the outskirts of Lexington, Ky., that is designed to educate students for careers in equine and agriculture sciences. At Locust Trace, students learn about the ancient idea of living off the land alongside new technologies, giving them the best of both worlds in the 21st century. After several design charrettes, the design team determined an optimum HVAC system that took into account the school’s location, mission and net zero energy goals. Rather than a traditional variable refrigerant flow system, a geothermal HVAC system was selected. In warmer months, air movement from high volume, low speed fans offset expanded temperature ranges in the classroom building, and act as a first stage of cooling in the unconditioned riding area. In the winter, air is first heated by 168 evacuated tube panels that produce an average of 40,000 Btu per day, and the HVLS fans are used to destratify this air to ensure the space is fully mixed. With an average annual energy cost of $0.35/ft2, the net zero facility also includes other innovative technologies, including clerestory windows, solar tube illumination supplemented with T5 fluorescent lighting, and permeable paving systems.


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    Learning Objectives: 1. Identify the integrated strategies the DPR project team used to reduce the building’s electrical loads, such as elevated air speed, convective cooling principles, and evaporative cooling. (EAp2 and EAc1) 2. Explain “adaptive thermal approach” and the impact of thermal comfort through increased air movement (IEQ 7.1) 3. Describe how improved distribution of air increases the effectiveness of ventilation and comfort systems (IEQc2) 4. Discuss how occupant engagement and real-time feedback is a crucial component of achieving net-zero energy (EAc2) 5. List challenges and lessons learned, such as energy modeling for unconventional cooling systems (EAc1)


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of the variety of Gas Hearth Appliances (GHA) and the types of venting systems that are available today, as well as a discussion of the factors that require consideration to facilitate a successful GHA installation.

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