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  • Trash, recycling, and linen chutes chutes must be designed, installed, and maintained to meet NFPA 82 standards. This course addresses trash, recycling, and linen chutes and includes discussions on system components, accessory components, compactors and sorters, and meeting NFPA 82 codes. The program also guides you through a typical installation of a chute system.

  • When it comes to railing infill, most people immediately think of vertical pickets, horizontal rails, or glass panels. However, today’s cable railing infill options offer many benefits. Stainless steel cable infill is strong, durable, and versatile and offers long-lasting beauty. This course provides an overview of horizontal cable infill and its advantages, and discusses frame design, prefabricated and custom assembly kits, installation specifications, and special safety requirements.

  • Artisanal handcrafted fixtures and furnishings are not only unique, functional, and aesthetically appealing, they can establish a sense of connection with the maker. Many artisanal handcrafted products are made using traditional techniques that have been passed down over time, often from generation to generation. This course illustrates the value of bridging cultures, combing artisan heritage with innovative design, and investing in the craftsmanship of kitchen and bath furniture made by hand with sustainable and reclaimed materials.

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

  • Low impact development (LID) includes a variety of practices that mimic or preserve natural drainage processes to manage stormwater. One of these practices is the use of permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) systems. This presentation addresses environmental concerns related to impervious surfaces, PICP design for hydrological and structural requirements, and PICP installation and maintenance processes and considerations.

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

  • Concrete floors require protection. Choosing the right concrete floor coating system is essential to meeting the performance requirements of commercial, industrial, or residential environments. This course discusses the assessment and repair a concrete floor and specifies how to select a high performance coating system based on the conditions and requirements of a construction project.

  • The demand for high-performance, durable, energy-efficient buildings has led to building envelope designs that incorporate greater amounts of combustible material in cladding, insulation, and weather-resistive barriers. Understanding how to meet both sustainability challenges and code requirements can be a complex and confusing process. Beginning with the history of NFPA 285, this course presents an overview of the test method and fire code in relation to various building envelope materials, with particular attention given to metal composite materials ( MCMs).

  • “Sustainable” design isn’t just “environmental.” It’s design that works for and contributes to the health and welfare of all individuals as well as the planet, now and in the future. This course looks at hand dryers as part of sustainably designed restrooms, and discusses how air knife hand dryers benefit the environment through energy-efficiency, resource conservation, and waste reduction, and benefit all members of society by meeting ADA requirements and Universal Design principles.

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

  • Provides an overview of tankless water heating technologies, including the history, features and functions, and the energy and environmental benefits of a tankless system, as well as a discussion on how they compare to existing tank heater technology.

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

  • Extruded polystyrene (XPS) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) are both types of rigid foam plastic insulation; their different manufacturing processes produce wide-ranging performance attributes, especially in water absorption and R-value. This course discusses the negative impact of water absorption on R-value and structural integrity; explains why codes and standards are sometimes specific in requiring XPS in applications where prolonged exposure to water occurs; and concludes with a look at best specification practices for accurate bids.

  • Synthetic roofing materials have been available in the market for more than a decade, providing a cost-effective, viable alternative to traditional slate and shake roofing systems. This course provides an overview of the features and benefits of slate and shake synthetic roofing products, including a discussion on the testing methods used to rate specific performance characteristics.

  • In addition to being an effective alternative to artificial lighting options, daylighting provides a wide range of other benefits for both the building and its occupants. This course addresses achieving daylighting in building design using skylights and curtainwall. This program includes discussions on the basics of daylighting, glazing options, daylighting methods, creative design, and green benefits of daylighting systems.

  • The rainscreen approach to building envelope design provides moisture management, energy efficiency, and a pleasing aesthetic. This course examines the issue of water infiltration at the building envelope and how the drained and back-ventilated rainscreen is designed to mitigate it. The course discusses structural and code considerations, support systems, and the advantages of HPL compact panels as part of a rainscreen system.

  • Data centers, some consuming up to 200X the energy of comparably sized office space, are rapidly evolving in numbers, size, location, and energy demands. These facilities are frequently becoming integrated into other buildings and the purview of the architect. This course reviews the data center impact on building design and then identifies and describes the most effective design approaches and fitments that building designers can employ to control their capital and operating costs, spatial needs, and energy consumption.

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

  • Although NFPA 285 has been part of the building code since 2000, there are still misunderstandings as to how materials and assemblies meet its requirements. This course reviews the types of continuous insulation (CI) options and discusses the advantages and challenges of several CI assemblies that pass NFPA 285.

  • Buildings need protection from cyber as well as physical threats. Building shielding offers several architectural solutions that contribute to the security of both building occupants and wireless systems. These solutions also help reduce unwanted solar heat and glare while providing protection from the elements and people. This course presents the security and performance benefits of shielding technology that can improve wireless performance, energy efficiency, and occupant comfort, satisfaction, and safety.

  • Building owners value daylighting and views, but face security and safety challenges with large amounts of glazing. Polycarbonate sheet products offer a variety of glazing solutions that resist security threats while providing transparency, strength, and durability. This course introduces the grades and characteristics of polycarbonate sheet products, and discusses how they meet the requirements for protection against forced entry, ballistics, and blasts.

  • With the demand for sustainable power on the rise, building owners and homeowners alike are turning to solar power as a supplemental power generator. Choosing the right platform for the solar panels is a critical step in the design process and can have a significant impact on both initial and long-term costs. This course will discuss the basics of photovoltaic systems, including the components and rooftop applications. Comparisons between traditional roofing and standing seam metal roofing platforms will be examined, and the benefits of a non-penetrating clamping system will also be discussed.

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

  • 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.

  • Daylighting systems provide a sustainable and environmentally conscious solution for building illumination. Daylighting however, is not just about letting in as much light as possible. Instead, it is an intentional and controlled introduction of natural light into a space. This course provides an overview of the benefits and applications of successful daylighting systems with a focus on the characteristics of high-performance translucent technologies, including removable glazing/skin options and two-panel systems. Also included is a discussion on meeting today’s strict code requirements with daylighting technology.

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

  • It is essential for architects to have a sound understanding of the market today in regards to servicing their customers. This program discusses the different types of tools available to keep your services relevant.

  • Designed especially for today’s executives in a difficult economy, this course brings together proven tactics that help increase sales and reach new customers. It focuses on presenting the results of comprehensive research that surveyed end users in facilities – the people who hire architects and engineers. The results stimulate thinking for the professional firm, and will help them shape their presentations to gain new business and retain current customers.

  • Regenerative design is a philosophy that reaches beyond being merely sustainable. It empowers creative potentials in pursuit of unique, system-wide benefit. This course explains the theory of regenerative design and its underlying concepts and paradigms. A case study, regenerative bark wall coverings, is presented to illustrate how regenerative design theory can be applied to the design and production of a building product.

  • Provides an overview of the history of metal bar grating and compares and contrasts the different types of grating in terms of materials, fabrication processes, finishes, design and use in the architecture and engineering industries.

  • Insulation is one the most critical factors in any high performance building project. This course provides a discussion on both open-cell and closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (SPF). Basic characteristics, installation practices, insulation performance characteristics and how SPF contributes to an overall systems approach to energy efficiency, including how it can contribute to LEED® credits, will be addressed in detail.

  • Concrete is a very versatile and fundamental building material; however, because it is porous and wicks water through its matrix, concrete has water-related challenges. This program examines the sustainable benefits of integral concrete waterproofing and analyzes traditional waterproofing methods as compared to integral methods in terms of durability, risk, cost, and construction timeline.

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