Roofing Insulation and Cover Boards

Arguably, selecting insulation and cover boards is the most important decision when designing a roofing system because of the many benefits these products provide in terms of service life, building safety, and energy efficiency. This course explores the characteristics, advantages, and cautions of the primary insulation and cover boards on the commercial roofing market today, and then considers the installation methodologies that will optimize the building's energy efficiency. ...Read More

An Introduction to Custom Balanced Doors

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. ...Read More

LED Lighting Designs for Architecture

(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.) 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. ...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

How HVLS Fans Improve Air Quality in Specialized Spaces

(Please note: The Study Guide is a technical paper intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling.) This course focuses on how airflow affects the health, safety, and well-being of occupants in the built environment, and how high volume, low speed fans enhance those environmental factors. Additionally, the course focuses on the science behind HVLS fans through a review of case studies, and makes recommendations regarding the specification of HVLS fans. ...Read More

Maximizing Space, Sustainability, Value and Aesthetics with Manufactured Storage Systems-IDCEC

People are suffering from “stuffocation” - having too much stuff. This course explores relationships between appropriate and ample storage, and improved interior design and quality of life for building occupants. You’ll also explore the many features and benefits of manufactured storage systems over custom built-in-place alternatives. Topics include commonly used materials for manufactured storage systems, various types of storage systems, and storage applications for residential and non-residential applications. ...Read More

Off-Site Wood Construction: What, Why, How and the Future.

Due to skilled labor shortages, compressed schedules, and the potential for greater quality control, off-site wood construction has become increasingly popular. This presentation will cover the unique design and construction techniques associated with pre-fabricated and off-site panelized wood systems. An introduction to the different levels of off-site construction and review of associated products and services will be followed by a demonstration of cost and schedule benefits based on real-world projects. A step-by-step process will be presented for designers new to off-site construction, with information on how to find and utilize partners and resources, the integrated design process, and differences compared to traditional on-site methods. Trends and future projections for the use of off-site construction, as well as its advantages, will also be reviewed. ...Read More

Accessibility Disconnects in Toilet Room Design

(Please note: The Study Guide consists of ADA Standards as published by the Department of Justice and includes dimensional and installation washroom elements that may not be included in the video. It is intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling.)<P>&quot;Accessibility Disconnects in Washroom Design presented by ASI Group in HD video explores various compliance requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act related to commercial restroom design and provides examples of correct and incorrect usage and placement of various restroom fixtures and accessories. Upon viewing this course a student will have a much clearer understanding of ADA requirements for commercial restrooms and how these requirements help to improve the quality of life for the elderly and disabled.&quot; ...Read More

VRF Technology: An Innovative HVAC System for Achieving LEED Points

(Please note: The Study Guide is a white paper, &quot;Advanced Heating Technologies: Applying VRF in cold climates. It supplements the course by providing additional content that will aid in your understanding of the technology and specification criteria for VRF. It is intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling. 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. ...Read More

Design Innovations Using Fiber Cement in Commercial Construction

(Please note: The Study Guide is a supplemental presentation entitled &quot;Fiber Cement Panels as Rain Screens&quot; and is intended to be part of this course. Please download it upon enrolling.) <P> 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. ...Read More
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