The Next Stage of Sustainable Design

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course explores the performance and material efficiency considerations of a selection of interior and exterior building elements common to most commercial projects, including glazing, cladding, and washroom materials, as well as wood-based products and solar shading. When the sustainability movement began in the 1970’s, it was focused primarily on reducing the amount of energy necessary to keep a building operational. Now, sustainable design is entering a new era, demanding proof of material and systems efficiencies. Concurrently, there is an increasing level of interest in reducing the amount of energy consumed by the manufacture and use of building materials.

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Transportation Alternatives for Sustainable Cities

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Elevators are a critical part of urban density. However, as buildings increase in height, the elevator core grows to accommodate the number of elevators required, reducing floor area ratio in a building. Recent innovations in vertical transportation revolve around how many elevators can be in a shaft and how we can dispatch those elevators intelligently. Dual-car systems optimize the elevator core area, while offering the flexibility of independently moving cars. Multidirectional elevators take this paradigm even further, as multiple carriages can be consolidated into fewer shafts, reducing the elevator’s footprint by up to 50%. 

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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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Optimizing Performance in Aluminum Fenestration

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course introduces the role of a thermal barrier in improving the thermal performance of windows, doors, storefront and curtain wall applications. Advancements in material science and the aluminum profile of the fenestration are enabling window assemblies to achieve lower U-values than previously possible, allowing designers to deliver building envelopes that provide access to daylight and views, without compromising the thermal efficiency of the project. 

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Supporting the New Goals of Stadiums

Proper design attention to the Health, Safety and Welfare of those visiting a stadium venue contributes positively to the fan experience. This course will explore the impact of cutting edge stadium design essentials from lighting, bathrooms and noise levels, to seating, fall protection, managing effects of the weather on the structure and its energy consumption, and impact on the comfort of event occupants.

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Mass Timber Building Systems: Understanding the Options

Mass timber represents a rapidly advancing technology that can be utilized as an alternative to steel and concrete to frame a variety of mid- and high-rise building types. This presentation provides an overview of available mass timber systems, with an emphasis on their advantages and unique design considerations. Topics will include connections and fasteners, which differ from those used in light-frame wood construction, including available options and code requirements. Practical design considerations with regard to project location, climate, material sourcing, weather and fire protection, as well as detailing for dimensional variability, will also be reviewed. Cost estimating will be discussed, as successful mass timber projects require a complete understanding of both the system itself and impact on trades.

This course was originally presented as an online webinar.

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Can Your Spec Reverse Global Warming?

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

IDCEC Course No. CEU-109303 Your IDCEC member credits will be reported for you.

This course is a recording of a presentation from GreenBuild 2018. According to experts, carbon emissions from the built environment need to peak within the next 15 years for Earth to have a chance of staying below the global warming tipping point. Within that same time period, 900 billion square feet of new buildings/major renovations will be constructed globally. The building sector is the world’s single largest emitter of Green House Gases (GHGs), accounting for 30-40% of total global GHG emissions. Although operational emissions account for more of a building's carbon footprint over its entire life, between now and 2050, half of the carbon footprint of that 900 B ft2 will be embodied carbon. To address this, manufacturers must reduce the carbon footprint of building products. This session will equip manufacturers, architects, designers, and other building industry professionals with specific and practical strategies for selecting products and materials that reduce embodied carbon emissions and move the industry toward making carbon-storing products the rule, rather than the exception. This course presents experts in climate-friendly design, product manufacturing and specification writing who will empower students to ensure their daily work contributes to creating a climate fit for life.

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Setting "Green" Purchase Boundaries

Program: The Business of Architecture

This course is an in-depth case study starting with the entry of certified wood into the retail market in 1994, fast forwarding to the crescendo of the activist campaigns in 1999 and ending with the 2018 cleaning chemicals policy. Learners will hear the strategic planning and decision making process on proactive sustainable sourcing. The course begins with a brief overview of how a retailer manages scores of sustainability concerns, what are considered to be material issues and how those considerations are prioritized. Additionally, learners will hear how instead of waiting for codes or laws, retailers can set purchasing boundaries for product standards in order that they would have less of an environmental impact than standard products.

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