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  • Aerogel is a translucent lightweight solid made from silica (sand) that is long-lasting and safe in its production and application. When filled with aerogel, multiwall polycarbonate provides high strength, high light transmittance, and high thermal resistance in a lightweight, long-lasting glazing system. This course examines aerogel’s remarkable properties and the glazing performance of aerogel-filled multiwall polycarbonate to daylighting design in multiple architectural design applications.

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


  • With the increasing prominence of glass in new buildings and retrofit projects, the use of window film can raise the style, performance, and safety of today’s building projects. This course examines the use of various types of window film, (decorative, solar control, and safety/security) and their role in improving occupant comfort and safety, lowering energy costs, and enhancing privacy.

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


  • Learn how color choices and design impact an aging demographics.


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  • 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 here to view the details.


  • Provides an overview of insulated metal panels as barrier wall within rainscreen wall systems, their performance benefits and contribution to energy efficiency.

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


  • Outdoor porcelain pavers have many benefits. They are frost-resistant, skid-resistant, durable, easy-to-clean and have incredibly high breakage loads (up to 2200 lb) creating the perfect solution for gardens, terraces, and high traffic outdoor areas. This course will provide an overview of the manufacturing process of porcelain pavers, explain various installation methods, and discuss how porcelain pavers can contribute to today’s green building programs.

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


  • Indiana limestone is featured in many iconic buildings across North America. Limestone composite panels offer the same beauty and durability as solid stone in a lightweight product that gains flexural strength and impact resistance from its aluminum honeycomb core. This course presents an overview of limestone composite panels from fabrication to installation, and explores the benefits, testing, and applications of this cost-saving and versatile cladding option.


  • In order to address tile installation difficulties effectively and avoid failures, designers and specifiers must maintain full awareness of current knowledge, practices, and products. This course reviews potentially problematic contemporary tile installation issues along with the industry guidance, methodologies, and products available to address them.


  • Color is a strong and integral part of both our natural and built environment. People experience color in different ways and in different settings often reacting subtly or overtly to its impact. In particular, people in healthcare settings who are vulnerable, healing, or aging have been understood to be influenced by colors used in interior design. It is not surprising then that a fair amount of research and inquiry has been undertaken on the use, role, myths, and impact that color can have on people in healthcare settings. By learning from these studies and applying the knowledge gained about the role that color plays in healthcare environments, designers can create spaces that better meet the needs of patients, staff, visitors, and other users. In addition, some of the misunderstandings and myths about color in healthcare environments can be cleared up to clarify what really does or does not impact people in the context of the built environment.


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  • 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.


  • 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 here to view the 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.


  • Provides an overview of the advantages of using glass mat shaftliner panels for firewall assemblies in multi-story, multi-family housing, and covers the installation procedures and special conditions.


  • Provides an overview of the classification of paints, advantages and disadvantages of latex versus alkyd coatings, surface preparation and priming techniques, and causes and solutions for common paint problems.


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  • Acrylic products are utilized in many markets throughout the world as a result of the many favorable attributes they offer in terms of design and functionality. This course looks at the manufacturing processes, features, and benefits of specialty acrylic products that afford architects and designers unique and inspiring design solutions for a wide variety of applications.


  • Surface design and color impacts people in one way or another. Why do some surroundings induce a sense of calm, happiness, or inspiration while others offer nothing but distraction, discomfort, chaos, doom, and gloom? Interior surfaces are the point of contact between users and their environment, as well as an important connection between the visual world and physical world. This course will examine the integral role that surface color and design plays in interior spaces. Key requirements in the selection and specification process will also be discussed.


  • Redwood—one of nature’s longest-lasting, strongest, most beautiful and environmentally-friendly building materials—is commonly used for decking, siding, and timbers because of its natural beauty and resistance to decay. This course covers the sustainable attributes of redwood building products, including a discussion of redwood lumber grades, characteristics, and applications. Also presented are the results of a recent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing redwood and plastic-composite decking options and information about redwood’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

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


  • This course examines the relationship between acoustics and open-plan design and describes how spray-applied, cellulose acoustical finishes can be utilized to optimize comfort, productivity, and to further sustainable design objectives in open office environments. Unlike hard surfaces and materials, which reflect sound, spray-applied, cellulose acoustical finishes absorb excessive noise. In addition to acoustic performance, this material offers additional performance properties, and can be tailored to meet distinct design objectives for a wide range of project types.

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


  • Comprehensive paint specifications define minimum quality levels and the materials and methods required to achieve them. This introductory course reviews paint specification types/formats, key performance and application standards, key variables addressed by paint specs, general product recommendations, and paint submittals.


  • 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.


  • Fournir une présentation de la classification des peintures, des avantages et inconvénients du latex par rapport aux enduits en alkyde, des techniques de préparation de surface et d’impression, et enfin, des causes et solutions de problèmes courants en peinture.


  • Learn how lighting technology impacts your color decision.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • The methods for mitigating thermal bridging often mean a break in not only in thermal continuity but also structural continuity, leading to complex structural solutions. This course discusses a new take on fluid-applied thermal coatings for use as thermal breaks. It looks at how they are proving to be an innovative solution to minimize thermal bridging in both new and existing buildings, provides case studies and research showing their effectiveness and cost savings over traditional thermal break materials.


  • Provides an overview of the key reasons to apply a primer to every surface before painting a topcoat. Surface preparation, typical primer applications, stain-blocking and functionally specific primers are discussed.


  • Provides an overview of acoustics and building construction techniques for sound attenuation with a focus on the use of resilient sound isolation clips.

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