TCA Course Catalog

All courses on The Continuing Architect are free of charge and eligible for AIA CEU credit (see course details for specific credit eligibility). We offer automatic credit reporting to our users who are AIA Members, so be sure that you have added your AIA Member # to your Profile and the credits you earn at The Continuing Architect will be reported to AIA on your behalf.

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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.)

Kitchen Planning for the Generations

Appliance technologies and the kitchen's place in the home have changed drastically over the past twenty years. Modern kitchens have grown in size and are now the heart of the home for entertaining, dining and working. Many times there are several people cooking at the same time. Given these scenarios, it is important to consider the entire range of users, from young children to the elderly. In this course we will discuss how kitchen planning can serve the needs of three generations, from Generation Y (aka Millennials) to the Baby Boomers. We will focus on how these groups differ in their vision of how a kitchen should function, style preferences, appliance requests, acceptance or integration of technology into the space, and universal design.

Large Format Wall and Floor Tile: Design Challenges and Solutions

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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LEDs as IoT (from Provider K356)

The "Internet of Things" (IoT) era has arrived, and is changing the way we interact with our built environments...and how our built environments react back. Lighting fixtures will be at the center of this revolution. They will become the tool that will empower owners and visitors alike. This course reimagines LEDs beyond their present and ordinary role as a light source, analyzing the IoT requirements and applications necessary to produce this new reality.

Mass Timber Building Systems: Understanding the Options

Mass timber represents a rapidly advancing technology that can be utilized as an alternative to steel and concrete to frame a variety of mid- and high-rise building types. This presentation provides an overview of available mass timber systems, with an emphasis on their advantages and unique design considerations. Topics will include connections and fasteners, which differ from those used in light-frame wood construction, including available options and code requirements. Practical design considerations with regard to project location, climate, material sourcing, weather and fire protection, as well as detailing for dimensional variability, will also be reviewed. Cost estimating will be discussed, as successful mass timber projects require a complete understanding of both the system itself and impact on trades.

This course was originally presented as an online webinar.

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

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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