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  • This course focuses on barrier free shower design and installation. Following a brief review of the reasons, benefits, and legal requirements for barrier free showers it summarizes the features and attributes of shower assemblies, relevant industry standards, waterproofing membranes and drains, best practices, installation methodology, installation tips and techniques, and walk/roll in showers. It includes a review of the design considerations and advice for the creation of perfectly performing showers which follow the latest design trends.

  • Contemporary drinking fountains, water coolers, and bottle fillers provide communities with access to safe, clean drinking water. This course recounts the history of the drinking fountain and addresses regulations surrounding drinking water distribution and treatment. It compares the use of bottled water to bottle fillers and provides guidelines for specifying commercial water delivery systems.

  • Architectural resin panels are engineered to suit the demands of a wide array of interior and exterior applications and offer almost unlimited combinations of color, pattern, and design. This course presents the features and options that allow resin panels to meet design requirements for both function and beauty, and discusses how resin panels may play a role in projects seeking LEED®, Living Building Challenge®, or WELL Building Standard® certification.

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

  • 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.

  • The recent shift towards protecting the environment has also brought about a better understanding of our innate need to reconnect with our natural surroundings. This is known as biophilia. In this course, we will examine the elements of biophilic design and how to implement biophilic design strategies, known to improve physical and mental well-being of occupants. The use of resilient flooring in commercial applications offers an opportunity to implement biophilic design.

     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.

  • Afin d'évaluer pleinement l’influence de la mousse de polyuréthane giclée et de son importance dans l'industrie de la construction d'aujourd'hui, il est nécessaire que l'on considère de plus près l'un des principaux objectifs des architectes et des ingénieurs du domaine du bâtiment; celui de créer des structures durables qui permettent une créativité maximale du design. Avec sa capacité à épouser n'importe quel profil et à adhérer à n'importe quel type de surface, la mousse de polyuréthane giclée offre une telle créativité. Ce cours examine les propriétés de performance des produits de mousse giclée et traite des concepts de conception avancés exploitant celle-ci.

  • A stone deck is a low-maintenance, stunning alternative to a wood or composite deck. This course takes a detailed look at an engineered polymer structural grate support system used in the creation of stone decks. Common issues with wood and composite decks are presented. The installation of structural grate support systems in new and retrofit or remodel construction, in ground applications, and in commercial rooftop applications is discussed.

  • Automated-shading systems are designed to maximize natural daylight, increase building energy efficiency, and ensure occupants have a comfortable environment with views to the outside. This course will explain how an automated shading system predicts, monitors, and responds to the daily microclimate surrounding a building to effectively manage daylight, solar-heat gain, occupant comfort levels, and energy use demands.

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

  • Aluminum Full View (AFV) doors are a fast growing segment within the building product industry. They have a wide range of applications in a variety of building types. This course will look at potential applications and building types, options for installation, and custom options in design when specifying AFV doors.

  • High velocity windstorms can occur anywhere within the country, so having a clear understanding of the relevant standards and codes pertaining to building wind loads is critical when specifying for projects. Analyzing how metal roofing material reacts in severe windstorms helps us interpret product performance. This course examines considerations for wind design for metal roofing systems, including a look at required testing, determinants of wind load, and how wind affects our buildings.

  • Lightweight, pre-finished, and factory-fabricated insulated metal panels (IMPs) offer building owners a cost-efficient and easy-to-install roofing system that provides an air barrier, vapor barrier, and insulation all in one product. This course discusses the characteristics of IMPs and the installation process, and explains why IMPs are ideally suited for pre-engineered and structural steel buildings. The role of IMPs in a building’s hygrothermal control layers and IMP code compliance are reviewed.

  • Modern construction has come to understand that a façade, as part of an overall building envelope, is not only a visual statement, but also an important influencer in the protection of a wall’s structural components, the energy efficiency of the building, and the health of its occupants. This course explores a unique surfacing material known as ultracompact surfacing (UCS) and evaluates its mechanical properties, technical characteristics, and aesthetics to illustrate its endless design potential in exterior cladding, façade and rainscreen applications.

  • Today’s gas fireplaces make a stylish, modern design statement while providing a safe and efficient option for supplemental heat. This course explores the benefits of direct vent, electric ignition gas fireplaces over other fuel and venting options, with a focus on the innovative features and design possibilities offered by frameless fireplaces suitable for any residential or commercial space.

  • Good daylighting design meets the illumination requirements of a space and brings about physical, psychological, and energy-saving benefits. This course examines how aerogel filled polycarbonate sheeting systems can help meet sustainable design goals and contribute to energy-efficient daylighting design and the overall health and well-being of building occupants.

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

  • Today, architects and designers need to give special consideration to building acoustics when developing plans for new and newly renovated construction projects. Excessive noise in any environment is considered a serious problem which can lead to learning difficulties, sleep deprivation, delayed recovery from illness and lack of privacy. Sound basics are discussed in this course, and STC, IIC, and sound attenuation (reduction) techniques are explained. Various case studies are examined to develop further understanding of the performance of common sound abatement assemblies.

  • Comprehensive paint specifications define minimum quality levels and the materials and methods required to achieve them. This introductory course reviews paint specification types/formats, key performance and application standards, key variables addressed by paint specs, general product recommendations, and paint submittals.

  • Les sons excessifs peuvent nuire à la santé et au bien-être des occupants. Il en résulte une tendance grandissante à améliorer la performance insonorisante des assemblages de bâtiment. Pour cette raison, des modifications importantes ont été apportées au Code national du bâtiment du Canada 2015 (CNB) visant à passer de l’indice de transmission du son (ITS) à l’indice de transmission du son apparent (ITSA) qui s’applique aux assemblages offrant des niveaux de performance insonorisante plus élevés. Le présent programme de formation explique comment les essais acoustiques en laboratoire sont réalisés, les principes de base du contrôle du son, les différentes méthodes de transmission du son à l’intérieur des bâtiments (son aérien, bruit d’impact et transmission indirecte du son) et comment satisfaire aux exigences du CNB 2015 pour les cotes ITSA.

  • Time spent on the playground has positive effects on students’ mental wellness, physical health, and academic performance, yet too many playgrounds consist of dark, hot, boring asphalt. This course presents the benefits of low-cost, water-based acrylic coatings to renew and rejuvenate playground surfaces. These solar reflective coatings help protect asphalt and keep it significantly cooler while transforming dull play surfaces into safe, fun, and engaging spaces.

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

  • Risks of self harm and suicide are inherent in behavioral health facilities. The common areas for concern in psychiatric inpatient units are ligature attachment points that present a hanging risk. In this course we review the evolution of patient safety hardware with a focus on ligature-resistant hardware designed to prevent the opportunity for self harm.

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

  • Obesity rates in the U.S. have reached epic numbers and correlate to significant health and economic impacts. Outdoor obstacle courses in public green spaces can provide appealing, effective, and free training equipment to the community to help increase physical activity. Review the theories of obstacle course training and guidelines for their design and installation.

  • Energy creation, distribution, and consumption is in a period of transition. Understanding this transition and its benefits is critical to sustainable community energy planning (SCEP). This course reviews the transition forces, describes the systems that are emerging, illustrates them with international and national examples, details the steps required for SCEP and provides a comprehensive overview of the many renewable energy options now viable for community energy systems.

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

  • Architects and designers have many options for specifying site furniture products for their projects, and selecting materials and finishes is an integral part of this process; yet, making material selections has become more and more complex. The course examines conditions and constraints of outdoor environments; evaluates materials commonly used in outdoor applications; discusses using green building standards and rating systems, and the role of suppliers as resources for material selection; and provides examples of products that adhere to a higher environmental standard.

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

  • For some applications, building codes provide for the use of fire-retardant-treated (FR) wood products as an alternative to noncombustible materials. To ensure that FR wood products are properly specified, it is important to understand how these products are made, their formulations, and the building code references that guide their use in construction. This course offers a review of FR wood products, including their manufacture, the applications and types of fire retardants that are available, and the factors that must be considered to ensure FR wood products are properly specified for code compliance.

  • An improperly ventilated house is susceptible to a range of problems, from mold growth and structural damage to increased energy costs. Achieving proper ventilation means understanding the flow of air into and out of the building envelope. This course discusses principles of proper ventilation in houses with steep-slope roofing—from the science behind moisture and airflow to the products used to assist ventilation through a structure.

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