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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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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Setting "Green" Purchase Boundaries

This course is an in-depth case study starting with the entry of certified wood into the retail market in 1994, fast forwarding to the crescendo of the activist campaigns in 1999 and ending with the 2018 cleaning chemicals policy. Learners will hear the strategic planning and decision making process on proactive sustainable sourcing. The course begins with a brief overview of how a retailer manages scores of sustainability concerns, what are considered to be material issues and how those considerations are prioritized. Additionally, learners will hear how instead of waiting for codes or laws, retailers can set purchasing boundaries for product standards in order that they would have less of an environmental impact than standard products.

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Can Your Spec Reverse Global Warming?

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

IDCEC Course No. CEU-109303 Your IDCEC member credits will be reported for you.

This course is a recording of a presentation from GreenBuild 2018. According to experts, carbon emissions from the built environment need to peak within the next 15 years for Earth to have a chance of staying below the global warming tipping point. Within that same time period, 900 billion square feet of new buildings/major renovations will be constructed globally. The building sector is the world’s single largest emitter of Green House Gases (GHGs), accounting for 30-40% of total global GHG emissions. Although operational emissions account for more of a building's carbon footprint over its entire life, between now and 2050, half of the carbon footprint of that 900 B ft2 will be embodied carbon. To address this, manufacturers must reduce the carbon footprint of building products. This session will equip manufacturers, architects, designers, and other building industry professionals with specific and practical strategies for selecting products and materials that reduce embodied carbon emissions and move the industry toward making carbon-storing products the rule, rather than the exception. This course presents experts in climate-friendly design, product manufacturing and specification writing who will empower students to ensure their daily work contributes to creating a climate fit for life.

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Forests and Forest Products

This presentation will answer many questions about forests and forest products, such as:  Where do our trees and forests grow?  How have forests changed over time? What is the relationship between people and forests – now and in the past? How are forests managed – and are they being managed responsibly?  Are our forests and forest products sustainable?  Why is wood an environmentally-friendly choice?

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Fundamentals of Trench Drain Systems

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

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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Large Format Wall and Floor Tile: Design Challenges and Solutions

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Today's designers are increasingly preferring large format tile for the monolithic appearance it provides. However, when the tiles become larger, special precautions need to be taken to prevent problems both during installation and throughout the life of the application. Wall applications can be particularly challenging. This course addresses these challenges and provides recommendations for how to achieve an aesthetically pleasing and long lasting installation with large format tiles.


The DOWNLOAD is non-course, commercial material presented prior to commencing the course as a collection of data sheets which you may find valuable and convenient in specifying grouts and mortars. Click to enroll, and when the course opens, scroll down to see the download link.

The IDCEC Opening Slide with course credit information is here.

 

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Meeting Transparency Requirements for LEED v4 and v4.1

This course is a recording of a presentation from GreenBuild 2018. Course content will contribute to a better understanding of Multi-Attribute labels and Material Ingredient Reporting Documents to help architects and specifiers do a better job meeting current and future requirements. The entire course is devoted to understanding transparency requirements for LEED v.4 and 4.1

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Rethink Water Heating

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course surveys tankless water heating and its zero emission green benefits. Tankless electric technology saves water and energy by heating water on demand instead of maintaining heated water in a tank for many hours when there is no demand. Tankless water heating has a zero greenhouse gas footprint and provides the right balance between performance and efficiency in water heating systems. The many benefits to user well-being and safety are also covered. A review of plumbing code requirements and insights into specification considerations will be shared. This course will identify types of water heating technologies with a focus on Tankless Electric Water Heater (TEWH) function and design.

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Designing K-12 Facilities for Resiliency, Energy-efficiency, Security and Occupant Health/Well-Being

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Manufacturer sponsors providing content expertise include:
ASI Group, Construction Specialties, Major Industries, Assa Abloy, Ductsox, and Rite Hite

This course takes a comprehensive look at current and future trends in K-12 design, taking into account design programs and product selection providing short and long-term benefits for school districts, educators, students and parents/guardians, are discussed.  Recent events have put renewed emphasis on educational facilities as vital centers for communities that require careful planning, design, construction and regular post-occupancy review in order to provide students with functional, healthy and secure learning environments.

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