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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    This 1 hour course focuses on segmental retaining walls compared to other wall systems. Attendees learn about the advancements within this part of the industry, as well as the evolution of segmental retaining walls. Attendees will also be reviewing factors of safety. The instructor will use a powerpoint presentation and handouts during the class.


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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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    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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    Join us for a Cocktail Party.


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    Join us for training classes and networking.


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    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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    Vinyl Flooring Product Knowledge


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    This one-hour session will cover the history, purpose, benefits, components, installation and code considerations of vegetative roofing systems. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the use of vegetative roofs, their environmental benefits, as well as their durability. All common system types are covered as well as detailed information on the components which are part of a vegetative roof assembly.


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    TPO roofing membrane has now been part of the roofing industry for 20 years and has become the leading segment as far as total volume used on an annual basis. With almost 10 billion square feet installed around the world, TPO has proven that it is an effective roofing material providing building owners with a low-cost, highly reflective, energy efficient roof system. Participants will learn the advantages of TPO roofing membrane versus other materials and how the use of new technology has allowed TPO to become even more resistant to a wide range of rooftop conditions. There is a reason for the astronomical growth of this roofing membrane and the presenters will shed light on the reasons why.


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    In the industry there is a need to sort out the confusion between the building codes, uplift rated assemblies, and warranties by explaining what each offers and how they should be considered. To understand the building code, we need to review how uplift is determined and the industry accepted rating method of roofing assemblies for comparison. After understanding the code criteria, how a roofing warranty wind speed coverage is regarded by the industry and building code will be reviewed to assist in clarification.


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    In this program the participants will learn the physical performance advantages of fleece membranes that enable them to resist the forces of mother nature such as wind, hail, rain, and cold. In addition they will learn the performance advantages of urethane adhesives that eliminate the dependence on solvents with VOCs or asphalt derived from foreign sources of oil. Several re-roofing advantages afforded by fleece membranes will be covered where you can re-use existing roofing systems and minimize landfill waste. Multiple-ply membrane options utilizing highly reflective TPO or extremely weatherable EPDM as the cap sheet will also be covered.


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    This session will take a close look at the durations offered on roof warranties to provide a better understanding of what is actually being covered by the membrane manufacturer. The presentation will include a discussion which will focus on selecting the correct roofing materials associated with the desired warranty duration. The session will also explain the importance of what is actually being covered under warranty, and ways in which the duration of warranty coverage can be misleading. In addition, examples of terminology commonly used within warranties will be dissected to show how language can be used to protect the membrane manufacturer. Information will be provided to assist the designer and building owner in identifying and selecting key terms that should be included in the warranty to ensure they are getting the best warranty possible.


  •  1 hour

    Course will describe Polyisocyanurate Insulation and it's associated applications in commercial low-slope roofing related to energy efficient design, fire resistance and code compliance


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    Participants will learn the features and benefits of EPDM roofing solutions that have been proven to perform as well as advancements in technology that contribute to higher quality installations and long term service life.


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    The one-hour session will cover options on how to go beyond a manufacturer’s specification to incorporate durable products and roofing assemblies. A review of membranes, insulations, cover boards, and insulation attachments will all be considered. In addition, time will be spent discussing energy performance of the roof assembly and materials, a review of energy analysis comparing different roof assemblies and various color membranes associated to geographic locations, and the potential impact on the building performance.


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    Designing for Performance is based on singly-ply roofing installation conditions that provide the best practice approaches to installations enhancements, including case studies and slides showing conditions and remedies. The presentation provides an overview of areas of single-ply roof systems design including but not limited to: Industry concerns, Metal Edging, Air Infiltration, Flashings, Membrane Securement, Insulation Adhesion, Membrane Adhesion, Insulation Options and Membrane Details

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