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Strategic Electrification, Decarbonization and the Role of Advanced Heat Pump Technology

Program: Architecture, Design, and Building Science

This course focuses on strategic electrification, or beneficial electrification, reduction of dependence on fossil fuels and the positive impact on the environment as well as human health, comfort, and safety that can result. The adoption of heat pump technologies can help reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, enabling the country to move toward adopting clean energy. Economically, strategic electrification and heat pump technologies have the potential to reduce operating and maintenance costs.

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Designing Visually Dynamic Facades with Coil and Extrusion Coatings

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Coil and extrusion coatings can make an incredible visual impact for your projects. This course provides a comprehensive overview of coil and extrusion coatings technology and application methods. The course will examine how the technologies create visual impact through color and design as well as provide key information on best practices for specifying coatings.This course was originally delivered as a webinar and displays the original provider number. The correct provider number is K483.The course begins with a brief description of the company and an informational video that is not part of the course. The course begins when the Title is displayed.

 

 

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Building Enclosure Design: Fundamentals, Components and Assemblies

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Building enclosures are responsible for controlling heat flow, air flow, vapor flow and a number of other elements. Through a combination of building science fundamentals and current research, this presentation will explore design considerations associated with wood-frame building enclosures and the role of control layers. Discussion will focus on best practices for designing durable, energy-efficient enclosures using traditional light wood-frame construction.

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FEVE Architectural Coatings: High Performance Coatings for Expansive, Sustainable Design

In this one-hour course, we will discover the strengths and advantages of FEVE fluoropolymer topcoats. We will evaluate coating performance tests, including accelerated weathering and real-time weathering, and what the implications are for the life of different coatings. We will explore the many design possibilities that FEVE technology provides, and assess the sustainability benefits of FEVE topcoats, despite their high initial cost, compared to other topcoat formulations

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The Secrets for Successful Renovations (RFC0718)

Manufacturer sponsors providing Subject Matter Experts include:
Assa Abloy, Eden Valders Stone, Extech, Legrand, and St. Cloud Window.

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This article focuses on five specific challenges commonly faced during renovation projects: 1) updating the physical security provided at interior door openings, 2) incorporating more power, communications, and A/V access points, 3) increasing the presence of daylight in the interior, 4) using a less absorbent limestone to replace existing limestone or add new limestone accents to a façade, and 5) specifying the narrow sightlines necessary to replicate historic windows, while providing modern day structural, thermal, and acoustic performance. 

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Specifying Healthy AND Carbon-Smart Materials

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Since organizations like Architecture 2030, AIA, and USGBC have traditionally focused on reducing operational carbon emissions, shifting some of our focus to address the more immediate challenge of embodied carbon requires wide-spread education on the emerging toolbox available to industry professionals.

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Optimized Design, Efficient Construction: How One Company Successfully Constructed a Massive Timber Project

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This case study presentation offers a rare opportunity to learn about mass timber from a company that built one of the largest cross-laminated timber (CLT) projects in the US – a five-story, 156,000-square-foot office building in Hillsboro, Oregon. Swinerton Builders, which undertook all aspects of construction in-house, shares information on procurement and erection not easily found through other sources. Insights will cover preconstruction activities, including design optimization, proper use of BIM to manage the many prefabricated elements inherent in a large mass timber project, and phasing techniques. Site logistics, quality management, field production, and erection details are also discussed.

 

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Resilient Design in Metal Building Roof and Wall Panels

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course explains why severe weather events are causing designs, standards, and codes to be revisited. Resiliency in architecture is explained and the reasons resilient buildings suffer less downtime and provide improved performance under extreme conditions are enumerated. While resilience generally means better prepared for adverse conditions and better able to handle and survive them, this course will drill down into the many facets of resilience that include planning and material selection, to provide a better understanding of performance of materials and systems under stress.

AIA Course Code PacClad2018-D

Supplemental Reading Material: You will be required to download a supplemental PDF entitled "Voluntary Resilience Standards- An Assessment of the Emerging Market for Resilience in the Built Environment." The entire document is an exceptional current reference on the state of resilience codes, resilience standards, community planning and specific building lifecycle threats. For purposes of supplementing the course's video content, please reference the codes and standards section starting on Page 25.

 

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The Fundamentals of Electric-Run VRF Technology

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems for architects providing insight into the technology, how it’s applied compared to traditional HVAC systems and how it can be managed and controlled for various applications. The speaker demonstrates how VRF technology provides opportunities for operational savings, ease of maintenance and supports movements such as Strategic Electrification.  

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