Building knowledge and connections

Continuing Education

PIE. The Practicing Institute of Engineering, Inc. - www.practicinginstitute.org/

Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 results.

  • Simultaneously improving indoor air quality (IAQ), decarbonizing buildings, and increasing resilience to outdoor pollutants has been extremely challenging because alternatives to conditioning large volumes of outside air to improve IAQ are not well understood. This course aims to change that by introducing a four-step Clean First framework for sustainable IAQ. This framework achieves better indoor air quality and energy efficiency with improved resilience to outside air pollutants. The course also provides recommendations for implementing a Clean First framework.

     This course is ONLINE: SELF-PACED. Experience it on your own schedule, at your convenience.

     This course contains sustainable design information. See the course details page for more information.

     Save for Later

           

  • In many climate zones, the heating and cooling of outside air (OA) is one of the largest energy loads and contributors to building emissions. Traditional commercial HVAC designs based on the Ventilation Rate Procedure (VRP) rely on large volumes of outside air to maintain acceptable indoor air quality, often resulting in oversized HVAC equipment and wasted energy. Adding to this, good indoor air quality is no longer just a matter of meeting code but is now seen as a necessity for business continuity, improved learning outcomes, and employee productivity. In this course, we will examine ASHRAE Standard 62.1, a recognized standard for nonresidential ventilation system design, and its Indoor Air Quality Procedure (IAQP), which allows for the use of air cleaning technology to offset outside air for a more efficient ventilation system design. We will review the requirements and calculations for this procedure, showing the impact on indoor air quality and energy use, and present a number of case studies. We will also show how IAQP used with air cleaning can help achieve LEED® v4 BD+C: New Construction and O+M: Existing Buildings and WELL v2™ certification.

     This course is ONLINE: SELF-PACED. Experience it on your own schedule, at your convenience.

     This course contains sustainable design information. See the course details page for more information.

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

     Save for Later

           

  • Textile air dispersion systems have come a long way from the days of cotton diffusers and duct socks. Today's systems are custom engineered and constructed from advanced polyester fabrics that offer features and capabilities not possible with other air distribution systems. This course examines the similarities and differences between metal and fabric systems and highlights the design, performance, efficiency, and sustainability characteristics unique to textile air dispersion. As well, the wide-ranging application possibilities for textile systems are explored.

     This course is ONLINE: SELF-PACED. Experience it on your own schedule, at your convenience.

     This course contains sustainable design information. See the course details page for more information.

     Save for Later

           

  • Outdoor decks are commonly desired by homeowners and commercial property owners for both new and existing properties. Wood has long been the structural choice for outdoor deck materials. However, wood has disadvantages that can be mitigated with steel deck framing structural construction. In this course, we will discover that light-gauge steel (LGS) is lighter in weight than structural wood, is less susceptible to deterioration due to the elements and pests, requires less maintenance over time, is a sustainable material, and offers unparalleled safety features for dead loads, live loads, and environmental loads such as snow, earthquakes, and wind. Steel deck framing is quick to erect and provides for longer spans than wood of similar cross-sectional size. Structural materials can be easily lifted, and waste is reduced.

     This course is ONLINE: SELF-PACED. Experience it on your own schedule, at your convenience.

     Save for Later

           


  • 1 hour 30 minutes  

    Air curtains provide a controlled stream of air across a door or window opening, creating a seamless barrier between two distinct spaces while still allowing a smooth, uninterrupted flow of traffic. Air curtains offer significant energy savings to building owners by helping to maintain interior building temperatures. This course examines how air curtains reduce whole-building energy consumption, provide thermal comfort, and maintain air quality even when a door is open. The basic principles and theory of how air curtains operate and how to properly identify applications and maximize the air curtain’s energy savings potential are discussed in detail. Selection, application, and installation of the various types of air curtains are also explained.

     This course is ONLINE: SELF-PACED. Experience it on your own schedule, at your convenience.

     This course contains sustainable design information. See the course details page for more information.

     Save for Later

           

  • Today's architects are faced with a difficult task: how best to design buildings that meet up-to-date energy codes while keeping costs down and clients happy. Developments in filtration technology make it possible to conserve energy, improve indoor air quality (IAQ), and dramatically reduce ongoing utility and operating costs. This course reviews advanced engineered solutions for energy savings and air quality for commercial, institutional, medical, pharmaceutical, and other critical applications.

     This course is ONLINE: SELF-PACED. Experience it on your own schedule, at your convenience.

     This course contains sustainable design information. See the course details page for more information.

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

     Save for Later

           

Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 results.