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. ...Read More

VRF Technology: An Innovative HVAC System for Achieving LEED Points

(Please note: The Study Guide is a white paper, "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 Details: Integrating Appliances into a Kitchen Plan

Whether Contemporary or Traditionally styled, today's sophisticated kitchens require careful appliance location detailing. While many kitchen designers do not provide the appliances, product knowledge and planning expertise around these important pieces of equipment is highly valued by today's consumer. Therefore, kitchen experts need to be well versed in the details of appliance operation, and be creative when locating them in the plan. ...Read More

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

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

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

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

Natural Ventilation for Climate Control and Passive Smoke Ventilation

This course will provide background on and a description of natural ventilation, the physics behind it, and how natural ventilation benefits building occupants and owners as a healthy and sustainable alternative to powered ventilation. A variety of products are available for architects that permit and enhance the natural ventilation of buildings and those products will be discussed according to their function and with other considerations in mind. How these products interact with the design aspects of natural ventilation and specification considerations are also discussed. ...Read More
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