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  • 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 to view details.

  • Structural fire protection guards essential structural components from the devastating effects of fire. This course examines the various active and passive fire protection methods that are available with a focus on the features, types, and design considerations of prefabricated fireproof structural columns designed for exposed exterior and interior loadbearing columns.

  • 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.

  • With the range of ever-evolving uses of cold-formed metal framing, it is important for the building professional to be current with the latest product developments and innovations. This course begins with an overview of steel specification followed by a discussion of a new preassembled double-stud sound guard systems designed for superior acoustical performance. Also included is a review of fire-rated assemblies, including the recent developments and the expansion of UL assembly inclusions for the three different shaftwall studs, (CH-Stud, CT-Stud, and I-Stud).

  • Acrylic foam tape is a two-sided, closed-cell acrylic foam, pressure-sensitive adhesive. It is adhesive throughout its entire construction, including the foam core. This course evaluates the physical properties, performance characteristics, and design benefits of using acrylic foam tapes for structural glazing and architectural panel applications.

  • Energy efficiency and better control of indoor air quality and comfort are key tenets of the sustainability movement. Building owners and occupants are demanding HVAC systems that meet these needs. This course discusses Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology, an HVAC system that improves efficiency and environmental control. We will look at how it works, system types and performance characteristics as well as several application examples.

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

  • An air curtain, also known as an air door, employs a controlled stream of air aimed across an opening to create an air seal. This seal separates different environments while allowing a smooth, unhindered flow of traffic and unobstructed vision through the opening. This course discusses how air curtains work and why they can contribute to occupant comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality when the door is open. It also reviews how air curtains improve whole building energy efficiency versus conventional methods.

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

  • Air curtains create a seamless barrier of air over any door, window, or opening, offering significant energy savings to building owners and helping to maintain interior building temperatures. This course will provide an overview of air curtains and how they can affect whole building energy consumption by minimizing energy lost through an unprotected opening. Selection, application, and installation of the various types of air curtains will be discussed in detail.

  • The world of windows is much more complex than one might suspect, given the different sizes, shapes, and types that are available and the performance requirements they must meet. As well, glass comes in many specialized forms intended for different applications. This course focuses on aluminum commercial window components and configurations, as well as the benefits they offer affecting both performance goals and design requirements. Also included are discussions on historic and acoustic applications.

  • Aluminum composite material (ACM) is a lightweight composite material consisting of two sheets of aluminum facings thermobonded to a polyethylene core or to a fire retardant core. It is used for exterior as well as interior applications for architectural cladding, interiors, and signage applications in new and existing buildings around the world. This course discusses the versatility, sustainability, and functionality of ACM by examining common design, testing, and manufacturing techniques and evaluating different types of ACM systems, finishes, and coatings.

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

  • Louvers are an essential part of every HVAC system but their selection and sizing is often misunderstood or overlooked. In this course we’ll take a thorough look at louver components, types, options, and accessories and appropriate selection and proper sizing of louvers for a variety of climates, including WDR (wind-driven rain) and hurricane areas.

  • According to building professionals, the solution to achieving an energy efficient building envelope is to focus more on the roof. Protected membrane roof (PMR) assemblies deliver thermal efficiency and can play a valuable role in a sustainable design strategy. Presented in this course is a review of the components, advantages, ballast options, and design and installation considerations of PMR assemblies.

  • In the 1920s, aluminum turned the world of metals upside-down with its benefits of light weight, strength, fabrication flexibility, and durability. Since then, finishing technology has provided a steady stream of protection and coloring improvements. This course explores the sustainability of aluminum, the anodizing process, and the performance characteristics of architectural anodized aluminum. It includes information to assist in the selection and specification of architectural anodized finishes for aluminum sheet, extrusions, and panels.

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

  • Although built-up roofs are the oldest type of low-slope roofing systems, gaining an understanding of the advantages and characteristics of modified bitumen membranes will help you select the asphalt roofing system that improves performance and saves on installation costs over traditional asphalt roofs. Learn how “mod bit” roofs, whether APP or SBS, provide improved durability with stronger reinforcements, resistance to hail and traffic damage, and provide factory-controlled quality manufacturing.

  • Roofing is a big investment and that’s why durability is so important: it translates directly into lower total cost of ownership. Given the number of low-slope commercial roofs found in today’s cities, it is key that architects/designers have an understanding of the forces that affect the durability of a roof assembly. This presentation looks at the value rigid cover boards deliver to a commercial roof assembly, how they perform in adverse conditions, and how different types of cover boards compare to each other.

  • Animals, plants, and microbes are engineers of what works and lasts on earth. Biomimicry is a practice in which nature's designs, patterns, and strategies are examined to find sustainable solutions to our technical and design problems. This course discusses how applying the concepts of biomimicry can better connect our designs and buildings with nature and examines the relationship between nature's solutions to light, heat, and glare control and today's shading design principles.

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

  • Finding ways to improve the energy efficiency of buildings is a key focus of many codes organizations, designers, architects, and government groups. This course examines how the roof of a building—one of the few parts of a building envelope that undergoes periodic replacement—impacts energy efficiency. It also explores how roof design can be a key contributor to meeting both sustainability and energy operating cost goals.

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

  • ICF construction is cost effective and sustainable, and is a superior way to build stronger, quieter, healthier, and more energy-efficient commercial structures. This course explores insulated concrete form (ICF) construction, describing the forms themselves and their construction, performance, and sustainable benefits. Also presented are design guidelines, the installation process, flooring systems, and commercial project applications.

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

  • 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.

  • In today’s high performance building market, specifying materials that work together as a complete wall system is more critical than ever. Systems can help designers meet new energy codes, reduce costs and improve building function and sustainability while making the design process faster and simpler. Focusing on the most common exterior wall system, steel stud with masonry veneer, this course will detail key system components, recent advances in building analysis, code requirements and a comprehensive systems approach.

  • This course discusses all the elements that need to be considered to specify a steel stud masonry veneer wall as separate components, including air and weather barrier, drainage preservation, anchors and washers, and codes and standards and offers an alternative in the systemized wall.

  • Composite aluminum/wood windows (not aluminum clad wood windows) combine the beauty and warmth of wood with the strength, weather resistance, and durability of finished extruded aluminum. This course explores the unique design capabilities of composite aluminum/wood windows and explains how their technical features, design elements, and hinge operating system contribute to their high structural strength, water management, and thermal performance.

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

  • Concrete faced insulated products are composite pre-finished panels that are used to construct walls and roofing assemblies to maximize the energy efficiency, durability, and performance of a building envelope. This course discusses the design criteria used in designing energy efficient buildings using concrete faced continuous insulation systems for low-slope roofing, walls, and foundations. The functional and physical features of protective membrane roof (PMR) systems, concrete faced insulated panels for walls and foundations, and concrete structural insulated panels (CSIPs) are evaluated.

  • Historically, traditional waterproofing methods involve the placement of a barrier or membrane between the concrete and water. Unlike membranes and other surface systems, crystalline waterproofing is designed to make the concrete itself waterproof. This course discusses how crystalline waterproofing technology provides a high level of performance to concrete structures and what design professionals need to know in order to specify and understand how this chemical technology can improve building projects, cut costs, and help earn LEED® credits.

  • 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.

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