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NFPA 285: Assembly Test of Exterior Walls With Combustible Components

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course explains NFPA 285 testing of building envelope systems and materials, describes when testing is required, and enumerates design and component considerations necessary for NFPA 285 compliance. The course also explains the fire/life safety objective of NFPA 285 and its relation to the International Building Code.

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Beautiful and Sustainable Buildings

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course explores a selection of specific materials and systems that can help architects create buildings designed to do a better job contributing to occupant health and comfort through improved indoor air quality, improved daylight harvesting, increased relative available space within a structure, and through meeting code-mandated thermal requirements.

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Successful Application of Destratification Fans

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course will review the science behind stratified air, components and uses of destratification fans, their specification, and the standards and protocols involved in air movement applications.

 

(Please note: The Case Study is a technical paper intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling.)

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Tips for Creating a Happier, Healthier, Cleaner and Safer Higher Learning Environment

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Higher Education design demands an extraordinary blend of function and aesthetic appeal. This course shares four tips for creating spaces that are beautiful, healthy, clean and safe.

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Measuring-up Healthy Buildings: Modes, Methods, and Meaning for Discovery and Practice

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This is the video recording of a course presented at Greenbuild 2018. Sustainable buildings have typically been measured in two ways: by their reduction in resource consumption and their achievement of green building certifications. However, neither of these criteria measure the most important aspect of the building – its impact on occupants’ comfort, health, well-being, and productivity. In order to accurately record and generalize this information, longitudinal, pre-and post-occupancy evaluation studies are crucial. This session will explore the methodology behind the 36-month occupant’s multi-comfort study conducted at the Saint-Gobain & CertainTeed North American Headquarters in Malvern, Pa., in partnership with the University of Oregon’s High Performance Environments Lab (HiPE). The presentation will delve into the methods and protocols that guided this research study as well as the findings related to thermal, visual, acoustical comfort, and indoor air quality as well as occupant productivity, satisfaction, health and well-being. It will also explore how Saint-Gobain was able to utilize the headquarters as a living laboratory to measure the impact of its sustainable building materials and systems on occupant’s satisfaction.

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Specifying Grab Bars for People of All Sizes

Program: Architecture, Design, and Building Science

Architects are increasingly being asked to consider people of size in their designs. Unfortunately, there is no existing design standard that addresses the needs of this group. This course will explore the special considerations that must be made when selecting and specifying a grab bar that will support the growing segment of the population referred to as people of size. 

Course number: Bradley20
Provider K483
.25 LU/HSW

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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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Harnessing technology for more sustainable buildings: bringing mass timber and life cycle analysis to scale

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Craig Curtis, FAIA, and Jim Nicolow, FAIA, LEED Fellow will outline two exciting initiatives to ramp industry production and reduce the carbon footprint of construction. First, the successful implementation of LCA systems to comprehensively track and evaluate a building’s environmental performance across the fragmented design, building products manufacturing, and construction industries. Second, pulling a Lever on Climate Change – CLT at Scale. Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is fundamentally changing the way we design, manufacture, and build.

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Designing Sustainable Restrooms

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Sustainable Restroom Design, presented by Zurn, explores commercial plumbing product innovations, technologies and strategies that are advancing the principles of sustainable design, enhancing life-cycle assessment, and enabling commercial buildings - both new and old - to achieve unprecedented water efficiency. (Course includes a downloadable PDF study guide.)

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