The History and Impact of Synthetic Turf

A course designed to teach the history of synthetic turf, it's application in water and energy conservation, pollution abatement, sustainable design, and its versatility in numerous landscaping applications and designs. Participants will become knowledgeable about synthetic turf and innovative applications that could be applied to their residential and commercial projects. The most current technological advances in the industry and the positive role synthetic turf plays in the environment.

 

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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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Fundamentals of Trench Drain Systems

This course provides a comprehensive overview of trench drains - their applications and benefits, their basic components, and the many varieties available, including: cast-in-place, pre-cast, and economical pre-engineered trench drain systems made from HDPE. Students explore new possibilities for blending trench drains into the surrounding environments for improved aesthetics. And case studies explore interesting applications of trench drains.

(Please note: The Study Guide provides a typical specification sheet, multiple product and accessory images, dimensions, details and installation recommendations intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling.)

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Innovative Water Conservation Fixture Systems

Innovative Water Conservation Fixture Systems, presented by Zurn, explores critical issues related to water usage and the need for water conservation awareness and implementation. Through this course, students are provided strategies for implementing effective water conservation initiatives and are introduced to a multitude of innovative water conserving fixture systems that consume far less water than standards currently demand, without sacrificing performance or comfort. Additionally, industry performance tests are reviewed, water consumption calculators are demonstrated and water efficiency as it relates to LEED credits is defined.

(Please note: The Study Guide is a research paper produced by the White House detailing innovative Water Conservation efforts and resources across the country. It is intended to supplement this course. Please download upon enrolling.)

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Exploring Efficient Design for a Mass Timber Office: The Nail Laminated Timber Solution

Presented by the timber specialists responsible for such iconic structures as the Richmond Olympic Oval, this presentation explores the aesthetic potential and efficiency of nail laminated timber systems, while touching on relevant engineering, manufacturing and erection techniques used in other timber projects.The architectural and environmental success of The Bullitt Center in Seattle has made heavy timber office buildings a topic of great interest within the design community. Now, with ground broken on a new 7-story example in Minneapolis, cost-effectiveness can be added to the potential benefits achieved with a mass timber structural solution. Examples demonstrate opportunities for prefabrication and sophisticated erection techniques, while emphasizing the importance of efficient structural engineering, product choice, connections and fasteners to creating economical timber structures.

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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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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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Three Innovations Changing the Face and Function of Fabric Architecture

This fascinating course explores three new and innovative architectural products, each made from precision woven architectural fabric: a new exterior fabric membrane that allows for entirely new forms and functionalities in permanent static or kinetic fabric constructions; a new modular ceiling system made from photometrically and acoustically optimized precision fabric; and a new composite facade material made from a combination of glass, fabric and metal. Design and application, and the functional and sustainable benefits provided by each innovation are explored through real-world projects.

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