Forests and Forest Products

This presentation will answer many questions about forests and forest products, such as:  Where do our trees and forests grow?  How have forests changed over time? What is the relationship between people and forests – now and in the past? How are forests managed – and are they being managed responsibly?  Are our forests and forest products sustainable?  Why is wood an environmentally-friendly choice?

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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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Deep Energy Deep Dive

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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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

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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Suspended Wood Ceilings: Design to Delivery

(Please note: The Study Guide is a White Paper entitled "Alvar Aalto, the father of modern wood ceilings", which is intended to be a part of the course. Please download it upon enrolling.) A comprehensive discussion of the key factors that inform and influence the specification of a suspended wood ceiling. This course covers the benefits of suspended wood ceilings; materials including wood options such as veneers, solid wood or reclaimed wood; sustainability attributes; and performance characteristics.

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Stainless Steel Textured Metals for Resilient Design

The purpose of this presentation is to give you a clear understanding of the features and benefits of textured metals and discover how to best specify stainless steel and metal alloys in your projects. The first part of our talk will introduce the ecological and economic properties of textured stainless steel as well as educate you on the composition of metals and alloys. The second portion of this presentation will illustrate the process of texturing metals and their applications, as well as how to specify them. The session will also review projects that use textured metals -  with beautiful results.

You will be required to download Supplementary Case Study Material from the International Stainless Steel Foundation that pictures and describes exeptional architectural stainless installations around the world. The descriptions reinforce the sustainability, low-maintenance, durability and aesthetic advabtages of designing with metal alloys. 

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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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