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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of the critical properties that require consideration when specifying Underslab vapor barriers and moisture/gas barriers, as well as discussions on the basic installation guidelines to help insure a successful installation.


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  •  1 hour

    This course is a combined educational presentation about resinous terrazzo and seamless flooring. Resinous terrazzo seamless flooring industries are mature and rapidly growing markets. Today’s architects/designers are increasingly incorporating both of these materials, terrazzo and seamless, in combination to assist in budget and schedule of today’s building projects.


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  •  1 hour

    PVC is one of the most diverse products in the building industry and one of the most misunderstood. This presentation will help to better understand why PVC is one of the most versatile and modifiable thermoplastics. With all the different formulations, types, reinforcements and construction, knowledge of this product type will assist the specifier in creating better specifications.


  •  1 hour

    Addresses the history of laminates, how laminate is made, the varying types of laminate, as well as their characteristics and performance attributes. Discover how textures can customize design based on need. Test procedures and industry standards will be defined.


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  •  1 hour

    “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.


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  •  1 hour

    Reduction of demand-side “Energy Appetite” is the key to long term efficiency during the operational phase of the building life cycle. This HSW approved session highlights opportunities for immediate realization of sustainability goals which are supported by incorporation of Insulating Concrete Forms in a building shell design.


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  •  1 hour

    This course provides an overview of the features, performance characteristics, styles and installation considerations of engineered wood siding and trim products.


  •  1 hour

    An overview of detectable warning systems and applications, including current ADA accessibility guidelines and State of California regulations for detectable warnings at curb ramps, vehicular ways, and transit platforms.


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  •  1 hour

    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.


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  •  1 hour

    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

    ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55 defines the range of indoor thermal environmental conditions acceptable to the majority of occupants. An understanding of this standard is integral to the design of a new building or renovation, as it accommodates a variety of comfort solutions that contribute to sustainable building. This presentation will provide an introduction to Standard 55 which explains thermal comfort requirements and how they affect design. It will also look at the changes incorporated in the newly-published 2013 version of the standard.


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  •  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

    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

    Learn firsthand about the colors of this era and how they are relevant today. From lead-based whites and linseed oils, to zero VOC coatings and new colorant technology, paint has changed quite a bit over the years. The new Williamsburg palette truly represents how the richness of history and modern research methods give us the most accurate depiction of 18th Century colors to date.


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  •  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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  •  1.50 hour

    Schools are designed to house more students and operate more intelligently than those of the past, often serving a variety of activities. To create an educational environment that promotes academic success, designers must consider aspects such as noise levels, temperature, humidity and ventilation. In this session, we will consider the use of air movement in four types of education spaces: auditoriums, classrooms, libraries and gymnasiums. Participants will move through four stations, each highlighting air movement integration in a different space type. Using recently published research papers, presenters will explore the thermal comfort, acoustic and energy savings benefits of incorporating fans into school design.


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    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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    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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  •  1 hour

    Discover the innovative new ways fabric shade structures are being used in commercial architecture and public spaces and what lies ahead for the future of shade.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of aluminum extrusion coatings and includes discussions on the aluminum extrusion process; a comparison of powder and liquid coatings; an overview of the chrome and the chrome-free pretreatment processes; and, the performance objectives of AAMA testing standards.


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    Course will describe the effects of air movement and condensation issues in the roof system. It will also cover energy codes emerging and how air and vapor barriers fit into the new codes


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  •  1 hour

    Addresses technical issues regarding laminate. Learn basic installation procedures, as well as, how to avoid typical installation-related problems. Explore common and surprising uses of laminate, including when not to use laminate.


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  •  1 hour

    Presents key advances in materials technology that create the opportunity for interior space designs to play an important role in reducing the risk of infection transmission within healthcare and allied environments.


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    This course covers the fundamentals of quartz surfacing including its performance attributes vs. alternative products and typical applications in commercial environments. The course provides an overview of typical production, testing and quality-assurance processes in the quartz surfacing industry. Additional topics include the process and professionals involved in the supply chain, from raw material to the end consumer or project, as well as best practices in fabrication and installation of quartz surfacing.


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