Innovative Water Conservation Fixture Systems

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.

(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.)

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Design Innovations Using Fiber Cement in Commercial Construction

Designing commercial buildings requires that high performance becomes married with great aesthetics. Increasingly, both must be done while containing the material, labor, and installation costs. One area that has received attention in all of these regards is exterior cladding. While many different choices abound with varying degrees of weight, thickness, and ease of installation one product has emerged as a very appealing solution in many cases. Architectural Wall Panels made from fiber cement have a proven history of allowing architects to create building exteriors that are innovative, affordable, sustainable, and able to create a variety of aesthetic design appearances.

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Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation in Commercial Buildings

Building healthier and more efficient commercial buildings. A major factor in doing so is selecting the right form of insulation. This course explores the myriad benefits of using open cell spray foam insulation to create an air tight and highly energy efficient building envelope. Benefits explored include the insulation's high yield, low environmental impact water-based blowing agent, contributions to improved indoor air quality, ability to enhance building occupant comfort. Topics covered include the insulation's unique capability for creating a superior air barrier with essential vapor permeability, its fire ratings and code compliance, and contributions to building longevity and green building. Additionally, health and safety directions, recommendations and best practices for the use of the insulation are covered.

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LED Lighting Designs for Architecture

As a foundation, this course examines several categories of LED technology and the appropriateness of each to various facets of architectural design. Then, the balance of the course is devoted to a discussion of color-changing LED technology and its impact on the comfort and health of building occupants.

(Please note: The Study Guide is a White Paper entitled Humancentric Lighting, and is intended to be part of this course. Please download it upon enrolling.)

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Surface Applied Moisture Vapor Barriers

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.

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Advancing Fenestration Efficiency

This course will explain the evolution of fenestration specification strategies and will delve into new research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and the Department of Energy's Attachment Energy Rating Council - and how it will change the way that fenestration is specified.

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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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