Mid Rise Wood Construction

Provides an overview of the design versatility, sustainability, and economic benefits of using wood construction for mid-rise residential and non-residential building types. Code compliance and the technical details of wood-frame construction are included. ...Read More

Shading: A Daylighting Strategy for Sustainable Building

By the end of this learning unit you should be able to describe at least three ways that solar control decreases building energy consumption and two ways in which solar control optimizes daylighting AND views. You will be able to identify at least two ways that solar control can contribute to LEED project certification and why architectural mesh is a sustainable material. ...Read More

How HVLS Fans Improve Air Quality in Specialized Spaces

(Please note: The Study Guide is a technical paper intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling.) This course focuses on how airflow affects the health, safety, and well-being of occupants in the built environment, and how high volume, low speed fans enhance those environmental factors. Additionally, the course focuses on the science behind HVLS fans through a review of case studies, and makes recommendations regarding the specification of HVLS fans. ...Read More

Selecting the Best Sports Floor for Your Facility

The health, safety and performance of athletes is greatly affected by the playing surface. Standards for the dynamic relationship between a sports floor and athletes demonstrate that sustainable maple hardwood flooring offers exceptional accommodation of forces while enhancing play. This course also discusses key selection considerations used for material specification of a natural wood or synthetic sports and activity floor, and describes a variety of basic subfloor and surface configurations for maple floors. The Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA) - manufacturers, sport floor contractors, distributors and allied product manufacturers who subscribe to established quality guidelines - is the authoritative source of technical and general information about maple flooring and related maple and synthetic sports flooring systems. ...Read More

Surface Applied Moisture Vapor Barriers

(Please note: The Study Guide is a technical paper intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling.<p> Participants will receive a brief explanation of the purpose of moisture vapor barriers and a description of the various types, followed by an in-depth discussion of surface applied moisture vapor barriers. Topics include causes of moisture in concrete, moisture testing procedures, ASTM standards, and installation procedures. ...Read More

Innovative Water Conservation Fixture Systems

(Please note: The Study Guide is a research paper produced by the White House detailing innovative Water Conservation efforts and resources across the country. It is intended to supplement this course. Please download upon enrolling.) Innovative Water Conservation Fixture Systems, presented by Zurn, explores critical issues related to water usage and the need for water conservation awareness and implementation. Through this course, students are provided strategies for implementing effective water conservation initiatives and are introduced to a multitude of innovative water conserving fixture systems that consume far less water than standards currently demand, without sacrificing performance or comfort. Additionally, industry performance tests are reviewed, water consumption calculators are demonstrated and water efficiency as it relates to LEED credits is defined. ...Read More

Off-Site Wood Construction: What, Why, How and the Future.

Due to skilled labor shortages, compressed schedules, and the potential for greater quality control, of-site wood construction has become increasingly popular. This presentation will cover the unique design and construction techniques associated with pre-fabricated and of-site panelized wood systems. An introduction to the different levels of of-site construction and review of associated products and services will be followed by a demonstration of cost and schedule benefits based on real-world projects. A step-by-step process will be presented for designers new to of-site construction, with information on how to find and utilize partners and resources, the integrated design process, and differences compared to traditional on-site methods. Trends and future projections for the use of of-site construction, as well as its advantages, will also be reviewed. ...Read More

Flex Space City: A Tour of Today's Operable Wall Systems

HUFCOR provides architects an interesting guided tour of &quot;Flex Space City&quot; to show how different types of moveable partition systems are being used by different building applications to maximize the usability and productivity of space. Every type of movable partition system available today is explored - from traditional accordion systems, to innovative new vertical stacking partitions, interior and exterior bifold doors and moveable glass partitions. Additional topics include aesthetics, materials and performance capabilities, including acoustics and daylighting. ...Read More

Residential Design with Structural Insulated Panels

This course will explain the benefits of designing with structural insulated panels (SIPs) for residential applications. The designer will gain a better understanding of application, assembly and detailing in order to properly utilize SIPs for optimum energy efficiency and durability. Through case studies and design strategies, the designer will walk away from this course with a better understanding of designing for current industry standards with SIPs. ...Read More
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