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  • The office furniture industry is an ever-changing marketplace and this changeability has produced huge amounts of unwanted furniture. Remanufacturing addresses the waste, cost , and storage that comes with replacing office furniture. This course looks at trends in the office furniture industry, the environmental impacts created by legacy furniture, and a review of the environmental and economic benefits of remanufactured furniture as an alternative to scrapping, downcycling, or discarding to landfill.


  • The ancient concept of nature as healing got lost in the medical strides of the 20th century. Today, backed by extensive research, healthcare providers realize anew the importance of nature in reducing patient stress and improving health outcomes. Healing gardens in healthcare facilities not only benefit patients and residents, but also family members and staff. Gardens serve the environment by improving air quality, and by reducing stormwater runoff and the impacts of the heat island effect. This course teaches participants the principles of designing healing gardens. Topics include a history of the role of nature in healing, research findings showing the curative aspects of nature, design features for healing gardens that improve mental, physical, and social well-being and the role of performance fabric for shade structures and seating in healing gardens.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Provides an overview of the history of solid surface as a decorative material with a discussion on product characteristics and attributes, and a comparison of sustainability factors of three hard surface materials and their environmental impact.

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


  • This course will provide you with an overview of the practice of biomimicry to illustrate the relationship between nature’s solutions to light, heat and glare control and today’s shading design principles.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Many cultures have long viewed contact with nature as restorative. The growing body of research on the benefits of nature to mental, physical, and social well-being has meant that many facilities are incorporating healing gardens into a holistic approach to healthcare. This course addresses the role of healing gardens in healthcare settings, the importance of seating and shade, and the considerations in the selection and care of performance fabric used in healing gardens.

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


  • Provides an overview of antimicrobial additives that help protect products from degradation caused by microbes, with discussions on types of microorganisms and the array of products that can benefit from antimicrobials.

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


  • Wood is a versatile building material that must be protected from exposure to moisture, pests, fungi, and molds. Tropical hardwoods are naturally durable, but unsustainable logging practices threaten their availability and the health of old growth forests. This course discusses Furfurylated Wood Modification, one method of changing the physical characteristics of fast growing wood to resemble tropical hardwood.


  • Due to advancements in architectural decorative glass technology, the number of design options available to help designers and architects achieve the specific aesthetics and performance requirements they desire has dramatically increased. This course provides a review of architectural decorative glass including product options, applications, features, and specification considerations. Also discussed is how decorative glass can contribute to sustainable design and LEED® initiatives.

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


  • Over time urban parks and other open landscaped areas are being lost to development. One solution to mitigate this issue is to reconsider undeveloped areas such as building roofs to create green amenity spaces. Amenity decks can provide some alleviation of lost green space, while affording developers the potential to monetize unutilized spaces in their buildings and provide an advantage over older buildings to attract tenants.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • 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.


  • This course provides an overview of integral blind assemblies and discusses their benefits over conventional blinds, components and framing options, performance characteristics and testing standards, and common applications.


  • Understanding a product’s life cycle impact is central to the selection of materials for any green building. High pressure decorative laminate (HPDL) manufacturers have initiatives in place to reduce waste, energy and virgin materials in its production. This course introduces HPDL, its performance characteristics, fabrication techniques, and manufacturing processes and the processes and ingredients that make it a sustainable decorative surfacing solution for commercial and residential applications.

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


  • Cleaning is one of the higher continuous operational expenses faced by commercial building owners. Incorporating an entrance flooring system will reduce cleaning costs, improve safety and provide an environmental benefit to the building users. This course reviews entrance flooring system design considerations including code, environmental, safety and aesthetic considerations for high-traffic entrances.

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


  • The course will provide you with an understanding of daylighting strategies including the relevance of daylight factor calculation and fabric characteristics. You will also be able to identify the impact of shading on LEED certification by discussion case study examples.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • 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.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • From classrooms to boardrooms to living rooms, hanging display systems enhance spaces and provide design freedom. This course examines wall hanging systems with a focus on integrating systems in the overall design of a project and includes discussions on system elements, selection criteria, specialty applications, and sustainable design.


  • Whether in a home or hotel, the bathroom serves as both grooming station and refuge. The well-designed styling space saves us time and effort, as well as making the time we spend more enjoyable. This course discusses what users consider the ideal styling space experience and recent technological innovations that help achieve it.


  • Kiln-fired glass is a fine art form with many architectural and interior design applications. This course will explain how kiln-fired glass is produced, what the range of applications are, and how installations can meet architectural glass performance and safety requirements.


  • 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.


  • Some of the design goals for healthcare buildings are efficiency and cost-effectiveness, cleanliness and sanitation, security and safety and sustainability. Vinyl’s unique attributes mean that it can address these needs in a number of locations in the building. This course reviews those attributes through a look at the chemistry and performance characteristics of vinyl, and its innovative uses for healthcare design challenges.

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


  • This course provides information relative to selecting and specifying code-compliant toilet partitions for commercial restrooms, including material type, hardware, and mounting configurations. Fire and accessibility codes will be discussed, as well as guidelines for writing toilet compartment specifications.


  • Restroom facilities should provide easy access and use for all users, regardless of ability. It is becoming increasingly important to know the tools needed to properly plan an accessible restroom that will meet the requirements of the ADA and other standards. This course will explore how accessibility standards accommodate a wide range of users, including how to design lavatories, toilet compartments, bathing facilities, and their accessories to meet accessibility requirements.

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


  • The popularity of bamboo products has soared due to their desirable aesthetic and unique, eco-friendly attributes. This course covers an overview of the history, uses, characteristics, and specification considerations of bamboo, including a discussion of the health advantages and green benefits of designing with bamboo products.

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


  • Learn firsthand about the colors of this era and how they are relevant today. From lead-based whites and linseed oils, to zero VOC coatings and new colorant technology, paint has changed quite a bit over the years. The new Williamsburg palette truly represents how the richness of history and modern research methods give us the most accurate depiction of 18th Century colors to date.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • 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.


  • Vinyl plays a major role in the design and construction of modern buildings, and it contributes to sustainability, wellness and resilience of people and their communities. This course demonstrates the importance of achieving client performance goals using thoughtful, multi-attribute material selection criteria.

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


  • Lack of secure bicycle parking and storage is one of the top barriers to increased bicycle ridership. However, there is much more to selecting functional and appropriate bike storage than installing a few racks at the building sidewalk. This course examines best practices for bicycle racks and shelters for indoor and outdoor bicycle parking and storage, including typical municipal guidelines and regulations, incentives, guidance on shelters, and rack planning and design.


  • This course will give an overview of bike storage and parking products on the market and their best use for high-density bike parking. Topics include: the relevance and demand for bike storage, new terminology, LEED updates and the supporting organizations and resources that are available online, NYC mandates and bike room layout and design that maximize bike parking capacity.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • 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.


  • An entryway not only creates a first impression of a building, it is expected to provide a safe, dry, and clean surface for foot and wheeled traffic entering and exiting the facility. This course discusses the design of entryway flooring systems, identifies the options available, and explains their role as the first line of defense in protecting a building’s interior floors and indoor environmental quality.


  • 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.


  • Over time urban parks and other open landscaped areas are being lost to development. One solution to mitigate this issue is to reconsider undeveloped areas such as building roofs to create green amenity spaces. Amenity decks can provide some alleviation of lost green space, while affording developers the potential to monetize unutilized spaces in their buildings and provide an advantage over older buildings to attract tenants.

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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • This course provides an overview of designing safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing outdoor kitchen and living areas. Selecting outdoor kitchen cabinetry and appliances that meet a client’s needs and budget, and that address climate concerns can be challenging. The course discusses various types of cabinetry available with a focus on stainless steel as a positive alternative for cabinetry. Included is a synopsis of outdoor kitchen design principles and considerations.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • Discover the innovative new ways fabric shade structures are being used in commercial architecture and public spaces and what lies ahead for the future of shade.


    No classes currently scheduled.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Selecting outdoor kitchen cabinetry and appliances that meet a client’s needs and budget, and that address climate concerns can be challenging. This course explores the design of safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing outdoor kitchen and living areas, and presents the various types of cabinetry available, with a focus on stainless steel as a positive alternative for cabinetry. Included is a synopsis of outdoor kitchen design principles and considerations.


  • Laboratory design is evolving and must respond to changing technologies and adapt to the needs of researchers. This course examines what is driving current trends in laboratory design, and how laboratory furnishings must perform to satisfy these trends. Particular attention is paid to laboratory work surfaces, the types of testing they undergo, and their performance characteristics.


  • 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 here to view the details.


  • Provides an overview of display walls using LED technology, with discussions of the components, performance, lifespan, and energy benefits of LED tiles.


  • Wood is the only carbon-negative, sustainable building product there is. Using more wood and wood-based products for interior and exterior applications can help to lower carbon emissions and combat climate change. This course discusses the benefits of using wood, identifies what sustainable hardwood species are the most abundant and where some of the best managed, certified hardwood forests are located, and compares the physical and performance properties of European beech to eight other temperate hardwoods.

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


  • Over time urban parks and other open landscaped areas are being lost to development. One solution to mitigate this issue is to reconsider undeveloped areas such as building roofs to create green amenity spaces. Amenity decks can provide some alleviation of lost green space, while affording developers the potential to monetize unutilized spaces in their buildings and provide an advantage over older buildings to attract tenants.

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


  • 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.


  • Daylighting is the controlled admission of natural light into a building. It takes into consideration both direct sunlight and diffuse skylight, and reduces use of electric light, thereby decreasing energy costs. This course evaluates a variety of daylighting strategies for commercial applications and includes discussions about the relevance of daylight factor calculations and the impact fabric characteristics have on a shading solution.

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


  • Architects and designers have many options for specifying site furniture products for their projects, and selecting materials and finishes is an integral part of this process; yet, making material selections has become more and more complex. The course examines conditions and constraints of outdoor environments; evaluates materials commonly used in outdoor applications; discusses using green building standards and rating systems, and the role of suppliers as resources for material selection; and provides examples of products that adhere to a higher environmental standard.

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

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