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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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
This course reviews the components and uses of connected luminaires, their specification, and the standards and protocols involved in current lighting control applications. Further, this course reviews the emergence of the Internet of Things, and how it will impact future lighting control applications.
AIA Course Number FP2018-D
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(Please note: The Study Guide is a White Paper entitled "Alvar Aalto, the father of modern wood ceilings", which is intended to be a part of the course. Please download it upon enrolling.) A comprehensive discussion of the key factors that inform and influence the specification of a suspended wood ceiling. This course covers the benefits of suspended wood ceilings; materials including wood options such as veneers, solid wood or reclaimed wood; sustainability attributes; and performance characteristics.
Continuous air barriers are essential for a building’s energy efficiency, durability and indoor air quality - and are currently required by energy codes. There are several types of air barriers commonly used in the industry, including building wraps, self-adhered, and fluid applied membranes. This course focuses on fluid applied air barriers which have continued to increase in popularity in recent years. The main properties of fluid applied air barrier systems which include wet and cured thickness, vapor permeability, water sensitivity, elongation & recovery, and UV resistance vary over a very broad range and are largely determined by their chemistries and formulations. This presentation will highlight the key differences and performance advantages of new high performance fluid applied air barriers based on their chemistries.