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  • Green building, also known as sustainable building, is both a structure and a process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life cycle. A critical part of green building includes innovative products and services for the rooftop: solar PV systems, daylighting systems, and vegetative roofing systems. These innovative products and services for the rooftop will increase energy efficiency. They also use environmentally responsible design methods and materials, and improve the work environment for occupants.

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

  • Arguably, selecting insulation and cover boards is the most important decision when designing a roofing system because of the many benefits these products provide in terms of service life, building safety, and energy efficiency. This course explores the characteristics, advantages, and cautions of the primary insulation and cover boards on the commercial roofing market today, and then considers the installation methodologies that will optimize the building's energy efficiency.

  • Sustainable construction and high-performance buildings offer tremendous benefits to building owners, building occupants, and the larger community. Course content goes beyond codes, standards, and sustainability rating systems to explore options and best practices for getting the most out of green construction. This course provides foundational information and application opportunities on topics such as optimizing a building's energy efficiency; installing innovative, alternative energy solutions; and addressing the larger community challenges of storm water management and the urban heat island effect.

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

  • Gaining a solid understanding of the advantages of EPDM roofing systems demonstrates why this membrane has the longest proven performance record of all single ply membranes. EPDM’s high-performance synthetic rubber compound provides outstanding weathering in climates worldwide. Multiple attachment types and colors are available for an EPDM roofing solution, and environmental benefits of the white EPDM membranes are explored as they provide the lowest carbon footprint of all single-ply membranes.

  • Whether replacing an existing roof, building a new roof from scratch, or some type of roof repair project in between, deciding on critical design factors is the key to a successful roofing system project. Each layer of a roofing assembly requires careful consideration and analysis to assess for impacts to the entire building. Using real-life scenarios and practice activities, this course explores the most common components of a roofing system, the advantages and disadvantages of each system, and how the critical factors aid in the assessment of the most appropriate system to meet the needs of the building and client.

  • Made to withstand the elements over time, learn how Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) membranes are designed to offer exceptional resistance to ultraviolet light, ozone, and weathering. Gain an understanding of why TPO single-ply roofing systems are the fastest-growing commercial roofing product, and have gained broad industry acceptance for their many performance and installation advantages such as heat-welded seams. This course reinforces that not all thermoplastic roofing solutions are alike, and that TPO is the most environmentally friendly thermoplastic available.

  • Metal has many benefits in the design of a building. It provides visual beauty, as well as being strong, lightweight, and durable. There are options for every budget, look, function, and scale, and it’s a great choice for sustainability. This course explains the four base metal types — steel, aluminum, natural metals, and stainless steel — and the unique attributes each brings to a building project. It also provides foundational knowledge on the two types of wall panel systems — barrier and rain screen — as well as the four metal wall panel options.

  • There are several options available for steep slope metal roofs, but how do you choose the best option for your building? This course is designed to answer exactly that question. Learn about the types and finishes of metal, and the systems available to meet your building’s needs. This course will also answer specific questions about oil canning, warranties, and the importance of proper attachment for metal flashings on low slope roofs.

  • Provides an overview of the use of polyisocyanurate as a continuous insulation in Type V and residential construction, and its use as a multifunctional envelope component-air barrier, weather-resistive barrier and vapor retarder-by reviewing code requirements for the building envelope.

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

  • Sometimes a design finish cannot be achieved within a certain budget or time frame. While not intended to be a substitute for real materials in every situation, architectural finishes mimic the aesthetics of natural and other materials. This course discusses the uses, manufacturing process, performance characteristics, selection considerations and proper installation techniques of architectural finishes.

  • This program provides an overview of the purpose of recycling, steps on setting priorities and analyzing needs when setting up a recycling program, considerations for servicing workstations and servicing public spaces, guidance on how to select the right bins, and other tips for improving sustainability efforts.

  • Bollards are a cost effective means of protecting people and infrastructure from damage and injury. This course examines rebounding bollards and includes discussions on the various types of bollards, the benefits of using rebounding bollards in various applications, the components of bollards, and design considerations.

  • Provides an overview of perforated metal, including its history, applications, specifying standard and custom perforated metal, along with a discussion on how it is used to sculpt light, control sound, and compose views.

  • Provides an overview of the performance benefits and aesthetics provided by insulated metal panel (IMP) roof systems.

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

  • A fireplace can be the center of interest in a space, be a supplemental heat source, and can help meet green design objectives. This program explains how hearth products contribute to home comfort, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and environmental sustainability. Discussions pertain to how to identify different hearth product categories, and how some types qualify for national green building programs, and why others do not.

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

  • A gas fireplace is ranked #1 as a homebuyer’s highly desired decorative and appearance home products. This course provides an overview of the three steps for builders, architects, and designers to facilitate fireplace design and selection that will increase homebuyer satisfaction, as well as a discussion on the current trends of indoor and outdoor fireplaces.

  • Gas fireplaces offer the look of wood burning fireplaces, while providing the convenience of remote control operation. This course delves into gas fireplaces and discusses their advantages over wood-burning fireplaces, types of gas units and venting options, their versatility in placement, and design and functional considerations critical to the selection process

  • A gas fireplace truly is a design focal point, adding ambience and warmth to any room of the home, and new technologies expand placement options. This course explores today’s factory-built gas fireplaces, including terminology, fireplace types, specialty fireplace options, design considerations, venting parameters, selection criteria, and key specification issues.

  • As they were many centuries ago, shutters today are used for light control, ventilation, and protection. Selecting the appropriate shutter to meet any of these needs means an understanding of materials, functional types and hardware. In this course, we’ll discuss the wide range of shutter types available, and also installation techniques and specifying

  • Sound abatement products are not just a building owner and occupant preference; minimum sound abatement ratings are required by many local building codes for multi-story residential, commercial, and multi-purpose buildings. Following an introduction to the basics of sound, this course presents a summary of the most common sound control methods, with a focus on the options available for floor underlayment.

  • Provides an overview of the insulated metal panel in commercial and industrial building applications, its components and manufacturing, design options, and contribution to energy performance and build speed savings.

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

  • Artificial turf is essentially a flooring fabric made from a variety of materials and layers. Since its creation, the artificial turf industry has studied the behavior of natural grass and the safety and sustainability of artificial grass. This course examines today’s artificial grass systems and discusses how they are carefully planned, designed, and built to suit the specific needs of an outdoor residential or commercial landscape.

  • Insulating concrete form (ICF) products use a cost-effective and robust structural material option (reinforced concrete) to turn a building envelope into a high performing thermal, moisture, and air enclosure, with disaster resistance and built-in compliance with energy code requirements. As a result of their performance, building owners can complete a whole structure with ICFs and reinforced concrete, including intermediate suspended floors, roof tops, and multi-story designs. This courses examines the advancements in ICF technology and discusses the potential contribution held by ICFs to support improved sustainability and resilience.

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

  • Provides an overview of hand drying concepts and the advantages of hand dryers with air technology. It reviews the impact the choice of hand-drying equipment has on public health, occupant comfort, facility operations, and our environment.

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

  • Destination-dispatch technology has improved how buildings control elevators and optimized passenger mobility to achieve maximum energy efficiency. By grouping passengers with similar destinations, a significant number of benefits to the building owner and occupants are realized. This course discusses the key planning considerations for elevator projects and takes a look at the advantages of destination-dispatch elevators and how they provide solutions to the many challenges building owners and users face.

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