Translucent Panel Daylighting Systems

Translucent Panel Daylighting Systems explores the numerous benefits of daylighting to humans, its impact on energy reduction and common myths associated with daylighting. Upon completion students will understand the the features and benefits of Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer (FRP) daylighting systems as well as load capabilities and code requirements for such systems. ...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

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 to Take a Course on The Continuing Architect

This one-minute video will show 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 see that the User Interface is very intuitive and there's a lot to explore. So feel free to register, look over the course catalog, enroll in a couple courses that look interesting to you, and start watching some really interesting videos. If you have any questions, just use the Contact Us link at the top of the page. ...Read More

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. ...Read More

Fluid Applied Air Barrier Membranes: Advances and Applications

Continuous air barriers are essential for a building’s energy efficiency, durability and indoor air quality - and are currently required by energy codes. There are several types of air barriers commonly used in the industry, including building wraps, self-adhered, and fluid applied membranes. This course focuses on fluid applied air barriers which have continued to increase in popularity in recent years. The main properties of fluid applied air barrier systems which include wet and cured thickness, vapor permeability, water sensitivity, elongation & recovery, and UV resistance vary over a very broad range and are largely determined by their chemistries and formulations. This presentation will highlight the key differences and performance advantages of new high performance fluid applied air barriers based on their chemistries. ...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

AIA Credit Next Generation Solid Surface

(Please note: The Study Guide is a collection of technical papers intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling.) This course provides an overview of the characteristics of 100% Acrylic Solid Surface compared to other surface materials and the driving factors that contribute to its growing role in sustainable design strategies. Also discussed are the manufacturing, fabricating, and thermoformable processes of 100% Acrylic Solid Surface and the related green standards and certification programs. ...Read More
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