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Sustainable Design Courses

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Course contains minimal sustainable design information.

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The majority of this course is made up of sustainable design information and this course may qualify for USGBC approved GBCI CE Hours, please check course details pages for particulars.

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The focus of this course is sustainable design. This course may qualify for USGBC approved GBCI CE Hours, please check course details pages for particulars.

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This course contains sustainable design education. These courses are USGBC approved for GBCI CE Hours.

  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Maintenance
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  • There is a growing demand for affordable, sustainable, low-maintenance alternatives to wood trim and exterior products. Cellular PVC products offer an array of options and profiles, and deliver the benefits of wood but with a longer life and lower maintenance requirements. This course presents the applications, manufacturing, proper installation, painting, and advantages of cellular PVC trim products.

  • Historically, traditional waterproofing methods involve the placement of a barrier or membrane between the concrete and water. Unlike membranes and other surface systems, crystalline waterproofing is designed to make the concrete itself waterproof. This course discusses how crystalline waterproofing technology provides a high level of performance to concrete structures and what design professionals need to know in order to specify and understand how this chemical technology can improve building projects, cut costs, and help earn LEED® credits.

  • The construction of buildings that use less energy to operate and are long lived is a key part of sustainable design. Insulated concrete forms are one solution that provide the necessary U values, air tightness and durability. In this course, we will delve into the ICF wall, types and components and look at design considerations and construction.

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

  • Machine room-less elevators have proven to be a smart choice for low- to mid-rise commercial and residential buildings, with operating mechanisms that enhance the rider’s experience, improve safety, and minimize downtime, and a gearless function that saves energy. This course examines machine room-less (MRL) elevators and includes discussions on the history of elevators, low-rise and mid-rise applications, industry standard configurations, and the green benefits achieved using machine room-less elevators.

  • Flooring installations are only going to perform as well as the quality of surface preparation that they received. Strength/structural soundness, flatness, texture, and moisture are evaluated are addressed at this stage. This course explores surface preparation, including meeting industry standards, and outlines numerous moisture and flatness issues and remediation techniques to ensure a durable, long-life flooring installation for a variety of flooring materials.

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

  • Steel lockers for K—12 applications come in five categories of construction to suit varying security, durability, ventilation, and maintenance requirements. The use of generic locker specifications can result in products that meet budgets but not the client’s specific performance needs. This course discusses the specifiable features of lockers for school applications and offers recommendations for appropriate choices.

  • Shade structures are becoming increasingly inherent to the design conversation. As the environment is constantly changing and evolving, our requirements for shade are evolving along with it. This course provides an overview of how fabric is being integrated into architectural designs for exterior shading focusing on design, personal health, and energy efficiency.

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

  • In the wake of the green movement, reducing the operational energy of buildings is an important element in the sustainable design process. Designing with Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) can improve building performance and contribute to a sustainable design strategy. This course covers the performance properties of mineral wool core panels in terms of their green features and fire resistance ratings. Code requirements, design specifications, and environmental considerations are also discussed.

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

  • Currently, there are no national or state codes relating to snow retention for roofing applications. Consequently, it is very important for building professionals to take extra care when designing a snow retention system for installations in snowy environments. This course provides a review of the problems and solutions associated with roofing in cold climates, including a discussion on the proper engineering of snow retention devices.

  • Acrylic foam tape is a two-sided, closed-cell acrylic foam, pressure-sensitive adhesive. It is adhesive throughout its entire construction, including the foam core. This course evaluates the physical properties, performance characteristics, and design benefits of using acrylic foam tapes for structural glazing and architectural panel applications.

  • Sustainability in construction and operation is becoming the new normal and the cleaning industry has responded by offering products for restroom facilities that are as energy-conserving and as environmentally-friendly as possible. This course provides an overview of the hand-drying options that are available for commercial restrooms, including the economic and environmental benefits of high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers.

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

  • Insulated metal panels (IMPs) are lightweight composite exterior wall and roof panels with superior insulating properties. Commercial and industrial buildings benefit from their energy efficient insulation, lightweight construction, durability, and cost-effective, timely installation. This course discusses IMPs in terms of their design options, appropriate support structure, installation, function, code compliance, and warranties.

  • Rubber roofing is roofing material which contains natural rubber, often recycled tire-derived rubber, as its key or major ingredient. It often contains other ingredients such as compatibilizers, stabilizers, UV (ultraviolet light) inhibitors, and color which make it suitable for sloped roof applications. Recycled rubber roofing has a significant ecological impact today, as well as in the future when it can be recycled again and made into new roofing material. This course illustrates the environmental and performance benefits of rubber roofing and discussed why it facilitates fast and easy installation.

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

  • Rainscreens are a multi component system offering offer redundancy in resisting the weather, however, continuity of each component is critical. When an insulated metal panel (IMP) is used within the system it can function as a number of these components, simplifying installation and improving performance. This course looks at IMPs acting as barrier walls behind various rainscreen systems, with a discussion on the performance characteristics for air, water, vapor, and thermal management.

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

  • Where quartz surfacing can be used is largely a matter of vision. The material itself is versatile and suitable for various applications. This course discusses quartz surfacing in terms of its performance capabilities, sustainable attributes, and endless design possibilities for both residential and commercial construction and design applications.

  • At first glance, a living wall biofilter appears as a vertical, hydroponic green wall of plants. However, it is an active filtration system that is an integrated part of the air handling system for a building. This course explains how living wall biofilters improve indoor air quality, enhance building performance, and create healthier, more pleasant indoor environments.

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

  • Water is essential to life on Earth. We use it every day for drinking, cooking, cleaning, irrigating, and much more. And while it is such an important part of our lives, we are facing mounting issues when it comes to droughts, flooding, and the systems and infrastructure by which we receive our water. This course covers local and global water supply and demand issues, our current water infrastructure systems and where they are failing, and new technologies and innovations that are helping create more sustainable water solutions for the future.

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

  • The triple bottom line approach to sustainability requires thinking of the world as an interconnected system of economic, environmental, and social well-being. Choices can be made to select home furnishings made from durable, recycled, recyclable, rapidly renewable, and/or reclaimed materials from companies who work to improve the lives and livelihoods of others. This course looks at recycled copper, sustainably made concrete, FSC®-certified bamboo, and reclaimed wood used in bath fixtures and furniture handmade by skilled artisans.

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

  • Energy codes are appearing on the Federal, State, and Local level in an effort to reduce energy consumption, save consumers money, and reduce CO2 emissions. Whether new or existing, energy codes play an important role in the buildings we design, build, and ultimately live, work and play. This course examines the lighting requirements and provisions of the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 and the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code®, and identifies plug and lighting control strategies for energy efficiency.

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

  • Fundamentally, a building envelope functions as an environmental separator, and has specific hygrothermal control requirements. This course examines how insulated metal panels (IMPs) create the perfect envelope solution, incorporating the same control layers as site built wall systems. Discussions include: building envelope design; perfect/universal walls; and the use of IMPs to provide the building envelope’s exterior finish, and the air, vapor, water, and thermal barriers.

  • Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world, second only to water. Over time, as a result of the build-up of atmospheric compounds in the surrounding environment, concrete will become discolored, stained, dirty and dingy. This course examines photocatalytic technology in concrete and the benefits this technology offers in accelerating the self-cleaning and pollution abatement properties of concrete, while maintaining the same mechanical and physical properties of traditional concrete.

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

  • Rain has been cited as the most important thing to control in wall construction. Rainscreen systems have, for over five decades, proven to be highly effective in this regard. Following an analysis of moisture management issues and rainscreen systems, this course then identifies the unique attributes of wood-plastic composites (WPC) for use in rainscreen applications. It concludes with a detailed description of how WPC cladding should be applied and fastened in rainscreen systems.

  • To fully assess the benefits of spray foam and its importance to today’s building industry requires taking a closer look at one of the main goals of architects and building engineers—to create sustainable structures which allows maximum design creativity. With an ability to contour into any space or shape and adhere to any surface, spray foam allows such creativity. This course examines the performance properties spray foam products and discusses advanced design concepts using spray foam

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

  • Parks, recreational areas, and common rural and urban spaces can be essential relaxing oases. Pathways that navigate through these public spaces should be functional, durable, and complement the natural environment. This course explores pathway materials and focuses on decomposed granite (DG) and natural aggregates. It discusses the types of pathways, their applications, installation and maintenance, as well as their contribution to green design.

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

  • The need for storage products is universal. Lockers are widely used in educational facilities, fitness centers, health care, commercial, and industrial locations. This course will outline the components of different types of lockers, describe the process of locker selection, and explain the benefits of a properly specified locker.

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