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  • Tension structures offer a variety of aesthetic, free-form canopy designs available in a multitude of membranes. This course covers the fundamentals of tension structures, including their many benefits, shape varieties, and fabric options. It empowers architects to unleash their creativity in new ways that only the free form of architectural membranes can allow. This course also provides the tools and knowledge to see a tension structure project through to successful completion.

    Prerequisites: No

    Course Level: Basic

  • This course covers Part 10 and Part 11 of the OBC and is applicable to existing buildings that are subject to change of use or renovation in the Province of Ontario. It provides an overview of both parts and focuses on case studies to help users of the code navigate application of the requirements in Part 11 of the OBC.

    Prerequisites: Knowledge of the Ontario Building Code

    Course Level: Intermediate

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

     In order to download this course, a USD $45.00 fee must be paid.

  • Metals are ubiquitous in today's hardscape and are used in a variety of applications. This course reviews the important considerations related to the proper material, finish, and manufacturing technique to meet the function, aesthetic, and budget of metal designs for hardscape applications.

    Prerequisites: No

    Course Level: Introductory

  • Stone is perhaps man's oldest, most durable, most reliable, and most beautiful building material. It is now possible to acquire all of its benefits without the need for heavy, thick, and expensive walls and foundations. This course explains how natural thin stone veneer can be economically utilized to protect and beautify commercial, institutional, and residential indoor and outdoor surfaces, the varying attributes of different stones, the numerous looks that can be achieved, and the standards that inform their selection, specification, and usage.

    Prerequisites: No

    Course Level: Introductory

  • An ideal railing system enhances the appeal and value of a property and contributes to design as well as safety, while not requiring large amounts of time or money to maintain. This course presents an overview of railing system material options with a focus on aluminum and thermoplastic. The performance, design, and sustainability benefits of each material are discussed, along with mounting and aesthetic options. The course concludes with tips on selecting the right railing system for the project and case studies showcasing aluminum and thermoplastic railing system installations.

  • 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.

    Prerequisites:No

    Course Level:Introductory

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

  • Cultural dynamics have long influenced design trends. As people travel and experience this beautiful and diverse world we live in, culture is finding its way across the nations. Culture can refer to traditional things like language, music, food, and more recently, internet trends. This course examines how current dynamics, such as wanderlust, influence culture and impact design. As well, resulting color trends, including nuanced neutrals and blanched pastels, are identified and discussed.

  • Roof glazing products can positively affect building occupants by illuminating the interior of a space, providing views to the outside, and allowing for natural ventilation. There are many factors to be considered during the product selection process to ensure performance goals are realized. Presented in this course are roof window and skylight design and performance criteria, relevant building codes and standards, and types of roof windows and skylights and their features.

    Prerequisites: No

    Course Level: Introductory

  • This course introduces accessibility from Canadian and US perspectives. It covers a few specific technical accessibility requirements and compares the differences when referencing Canadian or US design standards, such as the National Building Code of Canada (Canada's Model Code) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (the United States accessibility regulation), while reinforcing the intent of good design that is not always outlined by a code or standard. The seven principles of universal design are also discussed.

    Prerequisites: No

    Course Level: Introductory

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

     In order to download this course, a USD $62.50 fee must be paid.

  • Designers, building users, and managers are increasingly focused on building and occupant health as well as energy conservation. This course explores how mixed-mode (hybrid) ventilation systems address all these issues by improving the ratio of fresh air introduced into buildings while reducing energy needs and costs. It describes the benefits, elements, and workings of these systems and provides design guidance and illustrative case studies.

    Prerequisites: No

    Course Level: Introductory

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

  • Although drains may not be a primary thought when specifying plumbing, valuing the importance of proper drainage is essential to a building's overall safety and longevity. With proper drainage in place—both internally and externally—human and vehicular traffic surfaces are intrinsically safer and more sanitary; the building and its grounds require fewer repairs and less maintenance and downtime; and possible moisture buildup and mold is avoided. This course presents plumbing innovations that ensure proper drainage so that building owners and patrons can focus their thoughts on other business matters.

    Prerequisites: No

    Course Level: Introductory

  • Knowing your building's ideal water pressure and how to achieve it is essential to your overall plumbing effectiveness and safety, patrons' health and safety, and your water conservation efforts. Determining ideal water pressure is not straightforward, and many factors should be considered including building use, physical characteristics, codes, and plumbing components. Many of today's innovative plumbing products can contribute to water conservation and cost savings, but it's also essential that specific water pressure levels are provided for optimal operation.

    Prerequisites: No

    Course Level: Introductory

  • (Canadian Version) Without light, an object, or a viewer, we do not have colour. In fact, the way we perceive and view colour is impacted by light, both natural and artificial. This course delves into the properties of colour and light. The program includes discussions on types of lighting, metamerism, colour rendering index (CRI), and light reflectance value (LRV) and how they affect design choices.

    Prerequisites: No

    Course Level: Introductory

  • Assesses the urban environmental issues of stormwater runoff and heat islands and describes how their damaging impacts can be mitigated by blue, white, and green roofs. The considerations and additional benefits of each roof type are also discussed.

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

  • The durability of a home is affected by how well it is protected from moisture. This course reviews the methods of preventing and managing moisture in walls, the installation considerations of moisture management products, and the required tests and acceptance criteria for water-resistive barriers.

    Prerequisites: None

    Course Level: Introductory

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

  • Rain has been cited as the most important thing to control in wall construction. Rainscreen systems have, for over five decades, proven to be highly effective in this regard. Following an analysis of moisture management issues and rainscreen systems, this course then identifies the unique attributes of wood-plastic composites (WPCs) for use in rainscreen applications. It concludes with a detailed description of how WPC cladding should be applied and fastened in rainscreen systems.

  • There are a number of building elements that maintain a separation between indoors and out. These elements should be able to work together to provide a comfortable and energy-efficient building. This course reviews building envelope systems, with a focus on selecting performance-based products for below-grade, above-grade, and roofing applications, and a discussion on best practices for design and installation.

  • The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the use of entrance floor systems in commercial buildings in order to promote a safe and clean environment. The course explains the codes, regulations, and guidelines specifically related to entrance flooring systems for high-traffic entrances in healthcare, education, transportation, corporate, and other commercial settings.

    Prerequisites: No

    Course Level: Introductory

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

  • This course provides a summary of the changes to the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice (UAE Fire Code) that came into effect in September 2018. The course is specifically tailored for architects, engineers, and interior designers. The 2018 edition of the UAE Fire Code introduces changes to: building construction (such as spandrel requirements, fire testing of curtain wall systems, façades, and cladding, and third-party inspections); fire service vehicles and personnel accessibility (including emergency vehicle access); means of egress, fire detection and alarm systems, fire protection systems (such as fire hydrants, fire pump flow rate and water tank capacity, and balcony sprinklers); smoke control and smoke management systems; and drawing submission requirements. The primary intent of the changes was to address the technical discrepancies and adapt with the life safety challenges in today's buildings.

    Prerequisites: Knowledge of the UAE Code

    Course Level: Intermediate

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

     In order to download this course, a USD $45.00 fee must be paid.

  • 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...

  • Some of the design goals for healthcare buildings are efficiency and cost-effectiveness, cleanliness and sanitation, security and safety, and sustainability. Vinyl’s unique attributes mean that it can address these needs in a number of locations in the building. This course reviews those attributes through a look at the chemistry and performance characteristics of vinyl and its innovative uses for healthcare design challenges.

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

  • Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic upswing in the number of companies that want to build reputations as good corporate citizens. Natural, organic, and sustainable are all highly desirable characteristics in the world of building supply products. According to a 2020 study by accounting and consulting firm Deloitte Touche, it’s the company’s responsibility to provide "greener, cleaner, and more responsibly produced products to remain relevant to their growing green customer base. But with the plethora of environmental claims by companies seeking to advance their products, “green,” “eco-friendly,” “sustainable,” and the like are terms that have become confusing at best and meaningless at worst. In order to keep from drowning in greenwash, the market has demanded greater transparency and verifiable evidence of sustainable performance all along the supply chain. This course discusses how architects can be reasonably assured that products, particularly western red cedar wood products, are maximally sustainable. Life cycle analysis (LCA) and forest certification are discussed in terms of their place on an architect’s sustainability agenda, and an LCA of western red cedar is presented to demonstrate the level of research involved, along with results that can be expected from the life cycle approach.

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

  • Insulated metal panels (IMPs) have been providing highly efficient air, water, vapor, and thermal barriers for exterior roof and wall applications for decades. This proven high-performance technology is now being utilized for low-slope roofs as an insulated metal roof deck. This course introduces the insulated roof deck system, its composition, how it is manufactured and installed, and design considerations. The features and performance benefits are also discussed, including sustainability features, diaphragm capabilities, and the different fastening patterns that can be used.

    Prerequisites: No

    Course Level: Introductory

  • This course provides a summary of the major changes to the Ontario Building Code that came into effect on January 1, 2020. The course is specifically tailored for architects, engineers, and interior designers. The major changes include smoke spread provisions in high buildings, distance between exit discharge doors, re-entry requirements for low buildings, accessibility amendments, and new provisions for foamed plastic and insulation. The primary intent of the changes was to harmonize the Ontario Building Code with the National Building Code of Canada and provide clarification on existing code provisions.

    Prerequisites: Knowledge of the Ontario Building Code

    Course Level: Intermediate

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

     In order to download this course, a USD $45.00 fee must be paid.

  • The architectural uses for perforated metal span a wide variety of interior and exterior applications for residential, industrial, and commercial projects. Reviewed in this course are the applications and the specification considerations for standard and custom perforated metal, along with a discussion on how it is used to sculpt light, control sound, and compose views.

    Prerequisites: No

    Course Level: Introductory