Aspen Art Museum: Design and Construction of the Wood Roof Structure

The Aspen Art Museum, designed by architect Shiguru Ban, includes a long-span three-dimensional wood space-frame rook.
 

Ban’s charge was to create a wood space frame with spans of more than 50 feet and cantilevers of 14 feet, in a structural depth of 3 feet. The space frae was to have two planes of intersecting diagonal webs of curved meters that undulated up and down to touch the planes of the top and bottom horns with no visible connectors.
 

This case study presentation will describe the design and construction of the wood structure, including paths explored but not chosen for the final design.

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Subfloor Construction Adhesives

This course looks at the differences between construction adhesives based on their core chemical makeup. It compares and contrasts VOC regulations and restrictions for indoor air versus those for outdoor air. It will compare the most commonly referenced subfloor adhesive performance specifications, identify their similarities and differences, and point out how lab conditions can differ from real world field conditions. Finally, this course will look at podium construction and the challenges created for adhesives due to varying manufactured wood based substrates and due to VOC restrictions.

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The History and Impact of Synthetic Turf

A course designed to teach the history of synthetic turf, it's application in water and energy conservation, pollution abatement, sustainable design, and its versatility in numerous landscaping applications and designs. Participants will become knowledgeable about synthetic turf and innovative applications that could be applied to their residential and commercial projects. The most current technological advances in the industry and the positive role synthetic turf plays in the environment.

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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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Roofing Insulation and Cover Boards

Arguably, selecting insulation and cover boards is the most important decision when designing a roofing system because of the many benefits these products provide in terms of service life, building safety, and energy efficiency. This course explores the characteristics, advantages, and cautions of the primary insulation and cover boards on the commercial roofing market today, and then considers the installation methodologies that will optimize the building's energy efficiency.

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Top Daylighting: A Circadian Health and Wellness Perspective

This course, based upon scientific research and emerging medical discovery, illustrates how top daylighting (daylight penetration through the roof) design strategies produce positive biological responses impacting employee health and well-being. Participants will examine how exposure to "skydome dynamic daylight" throughout the workday provides all biologically relevant criteria for positive circadian system impact.

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How to Take a Course on The Continuing Architect

This one-minute video shows you exactly how to take a course on TCA. It goes fast, so you may want to watch it a couple times to get your bearings. In any case, you'll explore the intuitive User Interface and the features that make TCA easier and more enjoyable.

Register - you only have to do it once to take any course - look over the course catalog, click on a couple courses that look interesting to you, and start watching some really great videos. If you have any questions, just use the Contact Us link at the top of the page.

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VRF Technology: An Innovative HVAC System for Achieving LEED Points

VRF Technology: An Innovative HVAC System for Achieving LEED Points will educate you on Variable Refrigerant Flow Zoning Systems. At the end of this course, you will be able to describe the basic differences between VRF zoning systems and other HVAC options. Describe the major benefits of VRF zoning systems. Recall the LEED categories where VRF zoning systems provide credit opportunities.And describe at least two design challenges that were met using VRF zoning systems from the case study examples referred to in this presentation.

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