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  • This course will focus on the benefits of multi-user, in-lab local vacuum networks for supply of laboratory vacuum in science buildings. The course will review common approaches to laboratory vacuum and consider the relative strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Emphasis will be placed on considerations related to the specification, design, and installation of a “local vacuum network.” Case studies will demonstrate the applicability of local vacuum networks for new and renovated lab space in a wide range of facilities and scientific disciplines.

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

  • It is an expectation that today’s buildings have to be more than just aesthetically pleasing, they have to provide measurable benefits. This course outlines the environmental benefits of insulated concrete forms (ICFs) and examines the advantages that ICFs and ICF technology have over conventional construction materials for building envelopes in all building types.

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

  • Cement board is a lightweight, rigid substrate that provides an exceptionally hard, durable surface that is able to withstand prolonged exposure to moisture. This course addresses cement backer board, its features and benefits, and versatile interior and exterior applications, including Cement Board Stucco Systems (CBSS) and Cement Board Masonry Veneer (CBMV). The program reviews CBSS and CBMV components and performance benefits.

  • A well-designed building is only as durable as the roof that protects it. For a relatively minor investment, roofing cover boards solve many issues that cause damage to a roof during installation and into the warranty period. This course reviews low-slope roof systems and discusses various cover board types and reasons for their use, including benefits, primary features, and challenges.

  • Motorized doors in industrial and warehousing environments provide convenience, save time, and increase productivity. However, motorized doors also carry the risk of entrapment. This course explains the need for entrapment protection devices on motorized commercial and industrial doors and discusses how to specify the appropriate sensing edge actuation method and monitoring function to meet design, safety, and industry code requirements for specific building projects.

  • In the last couple of decades, houses have become progressively air tight due to energy efficiency and cost concerns. While air infiltration and ex-filtration rates have been significantly reduced, the need for an efficient ventilation system has become extremely important. The course evaluates different types of mechanical ventilation systems and discusses why heat recovery ventilation (HRV) and energy recovery ventilation (ERV) systems are characterized by a high level of energy efficiency and as an effective means for improving indoor air quality.

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

  • As we become more aware of the levels of toxins in our environment we are realizing that the quality of air inside our homes is just as important as the quality of air outside our homes. This course provides an overview as to why indoor air quality is so important to our health and how to improve indoor air quality by using a balanced ventilation system.

  • Aesthetics and performance are key considerations for architectural metal finishes. This course addresses 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.

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

  • Provides an overview of living walls with a focus on vertical planter systems with integrated irrigation. Presented are discussions of the benefits of living walls, a comparison of system options, as well as design and specification considerations, including plant selection, growing media, lighting, and maintenance requirements.

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

  • A green roof can be defined as an artificial landscape on a rooftop, consisting of plants, growing media, and drainage over a waterproof membrane. That said, there are a variety of green roof types, each meeting different needs. In this course, we’ll look at green roof design considerations, policy, system types and installation, including specifying a green roof for single-source warranty.

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

  • Unfortunately gun violence is a reality and design strategies must be employed to ensure a suitable level of protection. This course addresses bullet-resistant fiberglass composite panels and the need for architectural armoring. The course discusses ballistic material testing and standards, the types of ballistic materials available, and fiberglass composite panel applications and installation considerations.

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  • 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.

  • There has been a resurgence in the popularity of pocket and sliding doors, largely due to their contribution to space-saving design. Innovations in door hardware allow these doors to serve a number of functions. This course explores the evolution of pocket and sliding doors, and discusses how the selection of the type of door, size, weight, track system, functionality, and application ultimately affects the selection of the appropriate door hardware.

  • Townhomes, two-storey residences which share one or more walls with its neighbors, are required to utilize area separation walls between units. A key design criterion of any firewall, besides its fire rating, is that it be structurally independent in a fire. This course evaluates two-hour fire-resistance-rated walls used in townhome construction, the options available in today's marketplace, firewall installation requirements, and fire resistance testing.

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

  • A display wall is a visually-rich, large format, media display that uses one or a combination of digital technologies to produce stunning, dynamic visuals that express a message in innovative ways to captivate an audience. From the smallest boardroom to the most complicated live event, effective digital displays have a lasting, measurable impact. This course discusses different types of display wall technologies, their differences for consideration when designing and specifying a dynamic and engaging display wall.

  • Off-grid solar lighting is a dependable, sustainable, cost-effective solution to a variety of lighting needs. It is an ideal option when looking to lower electrical or installation costs, reduce the carbon footprint of a facility, diminish the impact on an environment, meet renewable mandates, or take advantage of renewable rebates and LEED® credits. This course explains how a solar energy system combined with long-lasting LED lights works, addresses key site and component considerations, and presents a number of case studies.

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

  • All wine, whether one that is meant to be drunk in the first few years of its life or to be housed for years on end, can benefit from proper storage. Creating a wine storage space isn’t only about keeping the wine at the proper temperature. This course looks at general considerations for wine cellar design and a more detailed look wine cellar fit out and construction, including climate control.

  • Exposed steel hardware has aesthetic and functional benefits, and adds a strong design element that can transform spaces. This course discusses two types of stainless steel decorative sliding door hardware systems and includes discussions on the functional types of systems available and options for handles and locking pull systems. It also outlines planning considerations and offers sample installation guidelines.

  • From “fashion to function,” the shower space of the bathroom is a focal point, offering a quiet respite in which to rejuvenate. Shower spaces should be built to last, using durable materials combined with sound installation practices in order to reduce the life cycle and replacement costs. This course outlines the criteria used in designing water management systems for shower pans and walls. Includes discussions on traditional and modern methods of waterproofing shower floors and walls, new methods of construction, as well as the innovative design options that are available for curbless shower pans.

  • Wine is a critical element of entertaining and culinary experiences, and modern wine cellars help make bottle collections part of engaging, artistic focal points in restaurants and homes throughout the world. This course focuses on the evolution of the wine cellar, from refrigeration to modern materials and display systems. It defines passive and active (cooled) storage, and identifies key considerations when building a wine cellar.

  • The proven durability and colorfastness of many performance fabrics allows them to maintain their appearance even in harsh outdoor environments. Today’s high-quality performance fabric looks right at home indoors, too, with soft, inviting textiles available in a wide array of colors, textures, and patterns. This course provides an analysis of the manufacturing processes, testing, and relevant sustainability considerations, and discusses the many possibilities for designing exceptional luxury and lifestyle spaces with performance fabric.

  • Concrete faced insulated products are composite pre-finished panels that are used to construct walls and roofing assemblies to maximize the energy efficiency, durability, and performance of a building envelope. This course discusses the design criteria used in designing energy efficient buildings using concrete faced continuous insulation systems for low-slope roofing, walls, and foundations. The functional and physical features of protective membrane roof (PMR) systems, concrete faced insulated panels for walls and foundations, and concrete structural insulated panels (CSIPs) are evaluated.

  • Concrete is a great building material for structures that retain water and other fluids. It can be made fluid-proof and strong, has a very long lifespan, and can be fairly easily manufactured. However, these types of concrete structures will not function without fluid-proof joints or waterstop. This course looks at the manufacturing, history, properties, and types of waterstop products available, selection for various conditions, and proper installation techniques.

  • While the bathroom was once a strictly utilitarian space, a growing trend among luxury consumers is to create a custom, spa-like retreat right in the home. Surveys find that luxury consumers value functional and design excellence, uniqueness that reflects a creative side, and exceptional quality and value. This course examines the shower products available that help to create a personalized, multi-sensory experience with beautifully designed pieces that meet water efficiency standards.

  • Across the United States, building owners in hot and cold climates are subject to peak energy demand charges. This course examines the economic and environmental effects of peak energy demand as applied to modern buildings, focusing on how peak energy demand is incorporated into utility billing structures and how cool or reflective roofing yields peak demand and net energy savings in all climates within North America.

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