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  • Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a molded, lightweight, resilient, foamed plastic that is used in a variety of construction products. The impact-absorbing and structural properties of EPS provide a unique advantage over alternative materials. This course provides a review of EPS insulation, EPS geofoam, and ICF/SIP building system solutions produced using sustainable EPS manufacturing processes. Applicable material properties, product standards, and code references are also discussed.

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


  • Today’s louvers are not only functional but offer enhanced architectural design to the façade of many buildings. More than just a hole in a wall, louvers are responsible for reducing or eliminating water infiltration, and offer protection from heavy storms and hurricanes. Different types of louvers and their applications will be discussed in this course as well as specific terminology and AMCA/BSRIA testing procedures and certified rating programs.


  • The design of public rest rooms is essential to the success and function of all building projects. Among the most important design criteria are public health, privacy, safety, and welfare. In this course, we’ll take a look at what goes into planning a washroom that meets all these needs, looking at fixture counts, code requirements, accessibility and selecting suitable partitions that meet these and sustainability requirements.


  • Animals, plants, and microbes are engineers of what works and lasts on earth. Biomimicry is a practice in which nature's designs, patterns, and strategies are examined to find sustainable solutions to our technical and design problems. This course discusses how applying the concepts of biomimicry can better connect our designs and buildings with nature and examines the relationship between nature's solutions to light, heat, and glare control and today's shading design principles.

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


  • Architects and designers now work on more and more projects with a global reach. A better understanding is required not only of how to specify products anywhere in the world, but how to communicate and conduct business with colleagues in many different countries. Focusing on hospitality bathrooms, this course begins with an overview of global hotel design trends and the product options available, and then provides guidance on business practices and bathroom design preferences around the world.


  • The many unique benefits and performance properties offered by stainless steel make it a powerful candidate in materials selection. This course discusses deep textured, three dimensional metals used in architectural applications and elaborates on: the metallurgy of metals; the environmental benefits of stainless steel; and the specification of stainless steel and deep textured metals.


  • This course presents an introduction to the types of gas fireplaces and vents, and covers the applicable code and standards for direct-vent, factory-built gas fireplaces. Also included are discussions on the new protective safety barrier requirements, test methods for fireplace efficiency, and typical steps for installing a direct-vent gas fireplace and barriers.

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


  • Kinetic architectural systems blur the separation between outdoor and indoor spaces, maximizing a living or working area and making it usable throughout the year. When retractable structures, roofs, skylights, windows, or doors are integrated into a building project, enclosed spaces are no longer limited to being indoor spaces only. This course discusses the foundational, engineering, and mechanical requirements for incorporating motion in architecture to provide flexible living and working environments in any type of weather.


  • Open walls embody the true essence of indoor-outdoor living. This program explores large opening glass wall systems, their LEED® contributions, and how they lend themselves to sustainable design. The course focuses on: their benefits and applications; door types; door system components; and selection and installation considerations.

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


  • Most of us don’t plan our environments to accommodate unforeseen changes in ability or even age-related limitations. But when change occurs, our environments can hinder our day-to-day living. Universal design adds value regardless of where people are in their lives and allows people with a range of abilities to live in comfort. In this course, we’ll look the guiding principles of Universal Design and some innovative and highly functional kitchen and bath solutions.

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


  • Falls are responsible for more open wounds, fractures, and brain injuries than any other cause of injury. Photoluminescent (PL) exit path markers have proven to provide safe and quick egress in all light conditions for occupants and fail-safe guidance to first responders entering unfamiliar surroundings in the event of an emergency. This course discusses the benefits of PL safety products and the codes and testing standards related to PL way-finding systems.

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


  • Composite decking reflects the beauty of natural and exotic hardwood and offers many advantages over wood decking. This course discusses the features, installation practices, applications, and environmental benefits of using wood/plastic composite and PVC decking materials for residential and commercial design projects.


  • The cleanliness of a hotel guestroom bathroom directly impacts a hotel’s profitability, by its influence on customer satisfaction and hotel image. Designers should not only consider aesthetics but also the selection of finishes and fixtures that allow for faster, more cost effective sanitation. This course examines the role of clean hotel bathrooms in hotel profitability, customer satisfaction, and public health. Potential modes and threats of infection are discussed and strategies suggested for selecting fixtures that improve sanitation and minimize labor.

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


  • 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.


  • For generations, designers have turned to the beauty and functionality offered by terrazzo. In recent years, new technologies and materials mean terrazzo can respond to the needs of the most modern buildings. This course covers the evolution of terrazzo, terrazzo flooring systems, and the environmental advantages of terrazzo and how they apply to sustainable initiatives for indoor air quality, recycling, and resource efficiency.


  • High-density storage systems evolved because the function of storage was expanded: the need to maximize space to store records. This course looks at the types of high density storage solutions including shelving, rotary systems, mobile systems, and vertical and horizontal carousels. Includes a discussion on the factors used to determine the best system to meet the client’s requirements.


  • There are some complex issues involved in achieving ADA-compliant designs in all types of building construction. In terms of bathroom design, it is important to comprehend the ADA standards in order to minimize the risk of injury and to ensure end user comfort and ease of use. This course covers ADA-compliant design requirements for shower compartments and lavatory tops using solid surface materials—from planning and design to installation.


  • 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 here to view the details.


  • This course takes a close look at the Building Disclosure and Optimization credits, the changes in thinking from LEED 2009, and strategies and tools used to determine material health.

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

     In order to download this course, a USD $50.00 fee must be paid.


  • Provides an overview of the characteristics and architectural applications of perforated metal, expanded metal, and wire mesh products including descriptions of metal types and mechanical finishes.


  • Recognizing the need for egress path markings that are visible even in emergency and backup power failures, the 2009 edition of the International Building Code was the first to mandate photoluminescent products for exit enclosures. This course presents the requirements for compliant use and placement along egress paths and explains the benefits of non-electrical, non-radioactive photoluminescent markings that are long-lasting, easy to understand and highly visible to help occupants exit high-rise buildings effectively and efficiently.


  • Today’s healthcare planners need to anticipate an ongoing dynamic change over the life cycle of an acute care hospital. The connected activities that occur in the patient room can affect patient safety and the delivery of care. This course discusses the challenges of designing and equipping an acute care patient room, and explores why architects and planners must consider the connected room solution where the design and technology successfully work together to meet the continuously evolving acuity and care needs of the patient.

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


  • Metering platforms are essential to understanding the use of energy within a building. Submetering is an essential part of sustainability programs and Intelligent Building design. This course discusses submetering and measurement & verification (M&V) technologies and products, and illustrates how they can be integrated into building management systems (BMS) to reduce energy consumption and overall operating costs.

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


  • This course follows the growth of the IP through four stories of projects whose objectives were met or exceeded though the use of the IP. The projects range in age from 1993 to the present and in scope from a series of single-family homes and a freestanding rural structure to a multi-acre inner city mixed use redevelopment. The course will highlight the IP components employed while focusing on the more invisible benefits and the lessons learned from each of the IPs.

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

     In order to download this course, a USD $50.00 fee must be paid.


  • The tools, techniques, and approaches to Sustainable Community Planning (SCP) have evolved substantially in the last few decades, turning it from an abstract notion into a comprehensive and beneficial planning approach. This course reviews a broad spectrum of the more effective approaches currently being utilized to convert basic SCP principles into practical projects around the world. The review includes numerous links to the sources of these tools and approaches and includes background on a number of international projects.

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

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