Architecture, Design and Building Science

This program's collection of continuing education courses provides the architect/student with a catalog of courses on every construction division. Courses include products and their application, safety, the environmental impact of products, and application case studies. Users can search the catalog using CSI division numbers, keywords, manufacturer names, or product descriptions.

The Next Stage of Sustainable Design

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course explores the performance and material efficiency considerations of a selection of interior and exterior building elements common to most commercial projects, including glazing, cladding, and washroom materials, as well as wood-based products and solar shading. When the sustainability movement began in the 1970’s, it was focused primarily on reducing the amount of energy necessary to keep a building operational. Now, sustainable design is entering a new era, demanding proof of material and systems efficiencies. Concurrently, there is an increasing level of interest in reducing the amount of energy consumed by the manufacture and use of building materials.

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The Pathway to NetZero PLUS with Pearl Homes & sonnen, using solar and Smart Home

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course is a video recording of a presentation delivered at GreenBuild 2018. For more than a decade, experts have sought an answer to the solar energy conundrum: How to generate and store clean solar for our homes and businesses. This case study describes a successful building system project using solar battery storage. Jointly, Pearl Homes, USGBC's Power Builder of the Year and the leader in LEED Platinum residential developments, and sonnen, a provider of intelligent energy storage and sharing technology, detail the first NetZero PLUS Pearl Home, integrating LEED design, Google Smart Home, and sonnen's world-renowned intelligent energy communities to create virtual power plants, generating, storing and sharing clean solar with each other and the grid.

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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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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Transparency as a Roadmap

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course is a review of current building product transparency schemes and a discussion of how they can be used for environmental and health impact reduction.  In addition, presenters will review key partnerships and important tools related to embodied carbon reduction.

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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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