Fundamentals of Trench Drain Systems

This course provides a comprehensive overview of trench drains - their applications and benefits, their basic components, and the many varieties available, including: cast-in-place, pre-cast, and economical pre-engineered trench drain systems made from HDPE. Students explore new possibilities for blending trench drains into the surrounding environments for improved aesthetics. And case studies explore interesting applications of trench drains.

(Please note: The Study Guide provides a typical specification sheet, multiple product and accessory images, dimensions, details and installation recommendations intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling.)

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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.

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Siphonic Roof Drain Systems

This course identifies and describes three available roof drain systems including siphonic drain systems. Siphonic theory is explored to better illustrate how siphonic roof drains uniquely operate and the many benefits siphonic drainage systems provide, including those directly related to sustainability. Participants also learn how to specify a siphonic roof drain system and are introduced to important rules for successful siphonic drain system design. (Course includes a downloadable PDF study guide.)

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Emerging Top Daylighting Strategies

This is a very popular course on emerging top daylighting technologies and improved solutions, you'll learn about the challenges within current daylight applications as the course focuses on best application practices, utilizing technological advancements with monument/architectural skylights, unit skylights, and tubular daylighting devices. In addition, we discuss the important benefits of essential energy codes and how to use the codes to produce energy efficient daylighting designs within aesthetically pleasing, high quality spaces where people live, work, and play. Note: The required download is a Master Spec for Metal Framed Skylights which provides an in-depth resource for understanding the elements of construction, natural of materials, performance requirements and qualifications of testing for modular skylights.

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Designing with Water: Indoor Water Applications Make a New Wave in Architecture

(Please note: The Study Guide is a technical paper offering CDC recommendations on Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities with specific interest in (P.9) "Additional Engineering Measures as Indicated by Epidemiologic Investigation for Controlling Waterborne, Healthcare-Associated Legionnaires Disease" and is supplemental to this course. It provides valuable insight to those who specify water features in Healthcare facilities. Please download upon enrolling.)

This course will introduce you to the concept of incorporating indoor water features in a variety of architectural applications. After reviewing the system components and various types of water features, you'll find out what design considerations factor into a successful installation. Then we'll take a closer look at two water feature applications so you can appreciate the benefits of partnering with a specialty contractor.

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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

The Bullitt Center: Meeting the Living Building Challenge

The Bullitt Center, a six-story heavy timber building, recently competed in Seattle, is predicted to be the world’s most energy efficient commercial building. It has been designed to last 250 years and to achieve the highest benchmark of building sustainability—Living Building Challenge™ (LBC) certification. A performance-based certification program, the LBC requires buildings to be evaluated after one year of occupancy prior to certification, against criteria that include 100% of energy demands met with on-site renewable energy generation and 100% of water needs met by on-site rainwater collection. In this presentation, Project Architect Brian Court will give a short overview of the LBC, discuss the design strategies for the Bullitt Center, and highlight structural and environmental virtues of the heavy timber structural system such as renewability, contribution to energy efficiency, and light carbon footprint.

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Designing Sustainable Restrooms

Sustainable Restroom Design, presented by Zurn, explores commercial plumbing product innovations, technologies and strategies that are advancing the principles of sustainable design, enhancing life-cycle assessment, and enabling commercial buildings - both new and old - to achieve unprecedented water efficiency. (Course includes a downloadable PDF study guide.)

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

HUFCOR provides architects an interesting guided tour of "Flex Space City" 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.

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