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Deep Energy Deep Dive

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course presents a selection of building envelope, glazing and HVAC technologies aimed at supporting net-zero and passive house projects. In working to assemble the right products and systems to help enable these highly sustainable projects, the course garners expertise from leading manufacturers specializing in insulation, glass and variable refrigerant flow technologies. Armed with a better understanding of system application and the net-zero/passive house project process, architects and designers will be better equipped to deliver high-performance, energy-efficient designs.

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Roof System Resiliency

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course covers the design aspects, material components, and performance issues that result in a roof system that not only weathers the storm but helps keep a building habitable. The increasing incidence of extreme weather events jeopardizes those networks whenever infrastructure damage occurs. Long-term sustainability necessitates an inherent and essential capacity for designing for resilience in the face of vulnerability and buildings that can adapt to the changing environments in which they were built.

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Three Innovations Changing the Face and Function of Fabric Architecture

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This fascinating course explores three new and innovative architectural products, each made from precision woven architectural fabric: a new exterior fabric membrane that allows for entirely new forms and functionalities in permanent static or kinetic fabric constructions; a new modular ceiling system made from photometrically and acoustically optimized precision fabric; and a new composite facade material made from a combination of glass, fabric and metal. Design and application, and the functional and sustainable benefits provided by each innovation are explored through real-world projects.

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Building Enclosure Design: Fundamentals, Components and Assemblies

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Building enclosures are responsible for controlling heat flow, air flow, vapor flow and a number of other elements. Through a combination of building science fundamentals and current research, this presentation will explore design considerations associated with wood-frame building enclosures and the role of control layers. Discussion will focus on best practices for designing durable, energy-efficient enclosures using traditional light wood-frame construction.

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Tips for Creating a Happier, Healthier, Cleaner and Safer Higher Learning Environment

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Higher Education design demands an extraordinary blend of function and aesthetic appeal. This course shares four tips for creating spaces that are beautiful, healthy, clean and safe.

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Introduction to Exterior and Facade Lighting

Program: The Art and Technology of Lighting

This course will explore the use of exterior lighting to illuminate building facades, landscapes, pathways, plazas, and points of interest, like statues. Popular techniques (moonlighting, wallwashing, grazing, etc.) will be defined and the performance of various lighting fixtures will be compared to help designers identify the fixtures best-suited for particular applications. Important considerations including energy codes, dark sky criteria, and occupant safety will be addressed. The renovation of the exterior lighting at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, designed by Ardra Zinkon, will be profiled.

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An Introduction to Custom Balanced Doors

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course is presented in HD by the president of Ellison and provides an introduction to a unique form of commercial entry door known as a balanced door. You will explore various components of a balanced door system, numerous advantages of a balanced door over conventional hinged or pivoted swing doors, how balanced doors meet ADA guidelines, and the specific design requirements needed to accommodate balanced doors.

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Advanced Waterproofing Solutions with a PUMA System

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This presentation describes overcoming waterproofing challenges by utilizing a liquid-applied PUMA system. PUMA is a cold fluid-applied waterproofing system with quick-curing technology providing longterm stability, permanent UV exposure resistance to impact, scratches, punctures and slip resistance.

PUMA technical advances allow for waterproofing certainty where sheet-applied membranes are difficult to install due to complex design and construction requirements. Through this step-by-step presentation, you will understand how PUMA may solve common installation obstacles and how to properly specificity/install a PUMA system to suit project specific needs. Enjoy an engaged discussion, find out which system is right for your project, and ask project specific questions.

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Transparency as a Roadmap

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course is a review of current building product transparency schemes and a discussion of how they can be used for environmental and health impact reduction.  In addition, presenters will review key partnerships and important tools related to embodied carbon reduction.

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