Courses
Wood/Plastic Composite and PVC Decking: Sustainable Exterior Surfaces

Composite decking reflects the beauty of natural and exotic hardwood and offers many advantages over wood decking. This course discusses the features, installation practices, applications, and environmental benefits of using wood/plastic composite and PVC decking materials for residential and commercial design projects.

Exterior improvements - Special construction - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
Insulated Metal Panels: Uniting Energy Efficiency with Design Versatility

Provides an overview of Insulated Metal Panel (IMP) systems in terms of their performance characteristics, profiles, testing/approval requirements, along with the design and installation considerations that are required to facilitate a successful installation.

Exterior improvements - Metals - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Local Vacuum Networks for Life Science Facilities

This course provides an overview of the sustainable benefits of local vacuum networks including adaptability, indoor environmental safety, and energy efficiency. The program focuses on common vacuum applications within life science laboratories and the benefits of multi-user, in-lab local vacuum networks for these labs, as well as their service benefits after installation.

Plumbing - Utilities
Commercial Rolling Service Doors

Provides an overview of the rolling commercial service door, fire door and rolling grilles and shutters covering the operation, parts, fire code requirements and wind load information.

Openings
Commercial Sectional Door Systems

Specifying the right sectional door system for your commercial project can have a great effect on the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants. This course covers commercial sectional door systems, including the various types of doors available and their associated characteristics including energy efficiency and durability, along with a discussion on how to specify the correct door to meet project requirements.

Openings
Environmental Materials and Energy Efficiency: Recycled Cotton (Denim) Insulation

This course provides an overview of recycled cotton denim insulation with a focus on the manufacturing processes, environmental benefits, material safety handling, performance benefits, and installation considerations relative to the industry standard (fiberglass) batt insulation.

Furnishings - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Special construction - Specialties - Thermal and moisture protection
Resilient Flooring for Healthcare

Provides an overview of resilient flooring options for the healthcare industry and includes discussions on industry requirements, types of products available, product properties and specifications.

Finishes
Commercial Door Operators: A UL 325 Safety Standard Review

Provides an overview of commercial doors and operators, with descriptions of the various types available. Door and operator safety is also discussed, with particular emphasis on the UL 325 standard, its requirements, and the devices that make a door system compliant.

Openings
Gate Operators: a UL 325 and ASTM F2200 Safety Standard Review

It is always better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to installing gates and operators. UL 325 and ASTM F2200 standards exist to ensure gate safety for not only property owners and visitors, but for installers and anyone servicing the gate and operator. This course begins with an overview of the different types of gates available today and the operators that move them, and then reviews how to meet UL 325 and ASTM F2200 safety standard requirements for swing and slide gates.

Openings
Automotive Dealership Door Operator Solutions

Provides an overview of the types of commercial doors, commercial door operators, safety sensors and automotive dealership accessory options, as well as a discussion of UL 325 compliance.

Openings
Firehouse Door Operators and UL 325 Compliance

Provides an overview of commercial door operators and includes discussions on types of commercial doors and operators, safety sensors, firehouse accessory options, and UL 325 compliance as it relates to firehouse door operation.

Openings
Off-Grid Solar Lighting: Solutions, Savings, and Sustainability

Provides an in-depth introduction into the technology and benefits of off-grid solar lighting. The course covers key considerations when selecting a system that is reliable, efficient, and cost-effective.

Electrical - Exterior improvements - Special construction - Specialties
Cellular PVC Trim: The Design Advantages

Provides an overview of the types, features, and benefits of designing with cellular PVC trim, including a discussion on the installation guidelines and manufacturing processes.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Critical Elements in Specifying Underslab Moisture & Gas Barriers

Provides an overview of the critical properties that require consideration when specifying underslab vapor barriers and moisture/gas barriers, as well as discussions on the basic installation guidelines to help insure a successful installation.

Concrete - Thermal and moisture protection
Metal Roof Systems: Design & Installation Considerations

Provides an overview of the components, the energy efficientfeatures, and specification considerations of metal roofing assemblies, as wellas discussions on design considerations and architectural details that impactproject requirements.

Metals - Thermal and moisture protection
Modern Snow Retention Products & Installation Methods

Provides an overview of snow retention systems, including components of both pad and bar types, features, installation, and layout.

Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Antimicrobial Protection for Building & Commercial Products

Provides an overview of antimicrobial additives that help protect products from degradation caused by microbes, with discussions on types of microorganisms and the array of products that can benefit from antimicrobials.

Finishes - Furnishings - Other - Plumbing - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
Increasing Concrete Durability and Sustainability with Crystalline Waterproofing

Although known for being a strong and versatile building material, there are a number of factors that affect the sustainability of concrete, and a variety of measures that can be taken to increase its durability and extend its service life. This course discusses the environmental impact of concrete and some of the main causes of concrete deterioration, and examines how crystalline waterproofing technology can be employed to increase the durability and sustainability of concrete.

Concrete - Thermal and moisture protection
Sustainable Performance Fabric in Luxury & Lifestyle Design

The proven durability and colorfastness of performance fabric allows it to maintain its appearance even in harsh outdoor environments. Today’s high-quality performance fabric looks right at home indoors, too, with soft, inviting textiles available in a wide array of colors, textures, and patterns. This course provides an analysis of the manufacturing processes, testing, and relevant sustainability considerations, and discusses the many possibilities for designing exceptional luxury and lifestyle spaces with performance fabrics.

Furnishings - Specialties
Residential Kitchen and Bath Design: Sustainability and Performance

Our planet’s resources are finite. Fresh water in particular, is under ever-increasing constraints. By choosing more efficient, eco-friendly fixtures and following sustainable building and product design programs, we can have a positive impact on this global issue, without sacrificing our current lifestyle. In this course, we will review these issues and discuss sustainability programs, products and design choices that can have a positive impact.

Finishes - Plumbing - Specialties
Tapered Roof Insulation Systems

Ponding water on a low-sloped roof can greatly reduce the performance and lifespan of the roof membrane. Tapered roof insulation systems reduce or eliminate ponding water when a roof deck does not provide adequate slope. This course describes the benefits of tapered polyisocyanurate insulation and discusses the profiles, panel repeats, and design options available. Also addressed are cricket installation guidelines, tapered roof system average R-values, and specification tips.

Thermal and moisture protection
Protective Treatments for Masonry and Concrete

As some of the earliest building materials, masonry and concrete have been used for their durability and strength. However, masonry architecture, both historical and contemporary, has been left vulnerable to water—the single most damaging element to masonry in our environment. This course will identify common water-related problems for masonry and concrete, describe protective treatments and their benefits, and explain the process for selecting and applying a protective treatment.

Masonry
Local Vacuum Networks for Science Facilities: Case Studies

Provides an overview of the benefits of multi-user, in-lab local vacuum networks for supply of lab vacuum in science buildings. It discusses the specification, design, and installation of local vacuum networks and uses in-depth case studies to illustrate design considerations in specifying local vacuum networks, and the benefits of this approach.

Plumbing - Utilities
Polyethylene Privacy Fencing: Beauty & Durability

This course offers an introduction to linear low-density polyethylene privacy fencing, including its attributes, components, and general installation instructions.

Concrete - Existing conditions - Exterior improvements - General requirements - Metals - Openings - Special construction - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
Storage Systems: Managing Space and Efficiency

Provides an overview of the types of high density storage solutions including shelving, rotary systems, mobile systems, and vertical and horizontal carousels. Includes a discussion on the factors used to determine the best system to meet the client’s requirements.

Equipment - Finishes - Furnishings - Specialties
Water Management Solutions for Shower Installations

Provides an overview of criteria used in designing water management systems for shower pans and walls. Includes discussions on traditional and modern methods of waterproofing shower floors and walls, new methods of construction, as well as the innovative design options that are available for curbless shower pans.

Finishes - Plumbing - Special construction - Specialties - Thermal and moisture protection
Direct-Vent Gas Fireplace Code & Standards

This course presents an introduction to the types of gas fireplaces and vents, and covers the applicable code and standards for direct-vent, factory-built gas fireplaces. Also included are discussions on the new protective safety barrier requirements, test methods for fireplace efficiency, and typical steps for installing a direct-vent gas fireplace and barriers.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Specialties
Walkable PVC Roof Deck Membranes

Provides an overview of walkable roof deck membranes and includes discussions on: system characteristics, components, and installation; moisture management: deflection and drainage; design considerations; and how to specify roof deck membrane systems.

Metals - Thermal and moisture protection
Selecting & Installing Underground Enclosures

Provides an overview of underground enclosures for non-deliberate traffic areas, including selection considerations, load ratings, placement, and installation, with a discussion of the ANSI/SCTE 77 performance standard.

Utilities
How Evolving Laboratory Design Trends and Developing Technologies Affect Choices in Laboratory Work Surfaces

Laboratory design is evolving and must respond to changing technologies and adapt to the needs of researchers. This course examines what is driving current trends in laboratory design, and how laboratory furnishings must perform to satisfy these trends. Particular attention is paid to laboratory work surfaces, the types of testing they undergo, and their performance characteristics.

Finishes - Furnishings - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
Insulated Metal Panels and the Environment

Provides an overview of the features and performance benefits of insulated metal panels (IMPs). It provides an in-depth look at a generic IMP EPD, discusses new LEED® v4 contributions, and outlines how IMPs meet the strict energy performance requirements of current codes and standards.

Exterior improvements - Metals - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Porcelain Pavers: Applications and Use

Outdoor porcelain pavers have many benefits. They are frost-resistant, skid-resistant, durable, easy-to-clean and have incredibly high breakage loads (up to 2200 lb) creating the perfect solution for gardens, terraces, and high traffic outdoor areas. This course will provide an overview of the manufacturing process of porcelain pavers, explain various installation methods, and discuss how porcelain pavers can contribute to today’s green building programs.

Finishes
Sound Control in Multi-Family Floor/Ceiling Assemblies

Provides an overview of the noise issues associated with floor/ceiling assemblies of multi-family dwellings, as well as the factors that affect acoustical performance. Also presented is a review of the acoustical solutions that are available with a focus on sound mats with poured underlayment (SMPU) systems.

Concrete
Speech Privacy & Sound Masking in Modern Architecture

Provides an overview of the role sound masking systems play within the context of speech privacy, with a focus on the principles of speech privacy, the fundamentals of how speech privacy is achieved, and what metrics are used to measure it.

Electrical - Equipment - Existing conditions
Sustainability from the Top: Blue, White, & Green Roof Benefits

Assesses the urban environmental issues of stormwater runoff and heat islands and describes how their damaging impacts can be mitigated by blue, white, and green roofs. The considerations and additional benefits of each roof type are also discussed.

Thermal and moisture protection
The Technical Side of a Kitchen Faucet

In a good kitchen design, the kitchen faucet plays a key role in terms of both function and style, therefore, choosing the right solution is a critical consideration. This course provides an overview of the functional and style options of kitchen faucets, as well as a discussion of the factors that relate to the quality of a kitchen faucet, including cartridge type, construction and finish.

Plumbing
Controlling Moisture Movement in Buildings: The Complete Approach - Below Slab Protection

Provides an overview of the types of moisture movement in buildings below grade and the effects of uncontrolled moisture movement. Included are discussions pertaining to the solutions and methods used to prevent and control moisture movement below grade and the industry codes and standards which must be met when specifying vapor retarders/barriers.

Concrete - Thermal and moisture protection
Managing Water Efficiency with Dual Flush Toilets

Provides an overview of water availability and scarcity,the effects of its inefficient uses and design tools to help create more water efficient buildings, and finally, discuss dual flush toilets and how they contribute to water efficiency.

Plumbing
Controlling Moisture Movement in Buildings: The Complete Approach

Provides an overview of the necessity and benefits of air, vapor, and moisture barriers in wall assemblies, with a discussion on how moisture makes its way into the building envelope, the negative impact it can have on the structure, and different design options to control air leakage and moisture movement to ensure a high performance building.

Concrete - Thermal and moisture protection
Kiln-Fired Glass: Function and Artistry in the Built Environment

Kiln-fired glass is a fine art form with many architectural and interior design applications. This course will explain how kiln-fired glass is produced, what the range of applications are, and how installations can meet architectural glass performance and safety requirements.

Openings
Recycled HDPE Plastic Lumber: Performance Characteristics & Applications

Provides an overview of recycled HDPE plastic lumber and includes discussions on manufacturing processes, comparisons to wood lumber and wood/plastic composite lumber, and the composition and construction of different types of recycled HDPE plastic lumber as well as their performance attributes and applications.

Exterior improvements - Special construction - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
Through-Wall Flashing for Masonry Cavity Walls

Water leaks and damage are some of the biggest problems encountered with masonry construction and cavity walls. The proper choice and installation of flexible through-wall flashing, however, can ensure that moisture is directed out of the wall cavity and the risk of potential damage is minimized.

Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
Considerations For Advanced Green Facade Design

This course examines the required considerations for successful green facade installations and projects and includes discussions on system selection, design, plant selection, maintenance, and client/owner education.

Exterior improvements - Metals - Special construction
Electric Radiant Heating: Thermal Comfort & Energy Savings

During the cold winter months it is nearly impossible to ignore the rising costs of heating bills. Designers, builders, facility managers, and homeowners are consciously seeking ways to lower their energy consumption without sacrificing indoor comfort levels. This course introduces a unique heating system that evenly heats the interior from ceiling to floor or from floor to ceiling using radiant heating panels. This heating method can reduce electrical costs and maintain occupant comfort by preventing heat from escaping a room.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Fabric Ductwork: The Metal Alternative

Provides an overview of fabric ductwork and the sustainable advantages it has over metal ductwork. It provides a comprehensive look at the design process for traditional fabric ductwork and includes discussions on shape and suspension/fabric retention, layout and fittings, air dispersion, fabric, and other options.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Vinyl Flooring Uncovered

This course provides an overview of vinyl flooring, its manufacturing process, testing standards, and performance characteristics. The course discusses the environmental impacts of vinyl flooring throughout its lifespan and its contributions to meeting green building codes and standards.

Finishes
Acoustical Solutions: Designing with Cementitious Wood Fiber Products

Provides an overview of cementitious wood fiber products increating acoustically sound commercial spaces. Products including ceilingpanels, interior panels, and structural roof deck systems are reviewed.

Concrete - Finishes
When to Use Storefront or Curtain Wall Construction

Provides an overview of the differences between curtain wall and storefront designs and functions. System fabrication and installation, and water performance are also discussed.

Openings
Pressure Equalized Rainscreens (PERs) for High-Wind Conditions

The typical challenges faced by designers of multistory building envelopes pale in comparison to wind forces of tornadoes and hurricanes. This course investigates how pressure equalized rainscreens (PERs) address heat loss, air infiltration, moisture migration, fire safety, and lateral forces—even under extreme wind and projectile testing. Aluminum composite material/metal composite material PERs are outlined in detail vis a vis standard tests, types of fabrication, and relevant building code requirements.

Thermal and moisture protection
Total Steel Project Performance

This course will discuss overall project performance from the perspective of improved steel joist design and metal decking design. This includes ways to improve the request for information (RFI) process, and ways to reduce a range of traditionally tolerated project costs. Best engineering practices, cost-accountable architectural achievement, practices that reduce the consumption of raw materials, and the importance of taking the project owner's point of view when designing the steel package will be summarized. Building information modeling (BIM) - based project collaboration will also be discussed.

Metals
New Code Requirements For Fire Rated Doors and Hardware

Provides an overview of fire rated doors, rating types, and other 2009 and 2012 International Building Code requirements, including NFPA regulations and ADA guidelines where applicable.

Openings - Specialties
Reducing Impact Noise in High Rises

Noise is now, and always has been, a huge issue for owners and residents of condominiums, apartments and co-ops and recently there has been a dramatic increase in litigation concerning acoustical privacy in multifamily projects. This course looks at how sound is transmitted and perceived, and how it relates to proper building design for acoustically treated spaces in multifamily dwellings. It also will describe a wide range of underlayment products that reduce impact sound transmission in various conditions.

Finishes
Under-Slab Vapor Retarders/Barriers: Restricting Moisture Infiltration

Provides an overview of the causes and consequences of moisture problems beneath concrete slabs in flooring applications, as well as a discussion on the types and characteristics of under-slab vapor retarders/barriers.

Concrete - Existing conditions - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Water Saving Solutions for Spa-Like Showers

When it comes to designing a spa-like shower system, a designer must balance the client’s desire for a spa-like experience with the requirements of stringent codes and standards. This course discusses water conservation; applicable codes, standards, and guidelines; and the showerhead technologies that address conservation issues.

Plumbing
Sealed Integral Blind Assemblies

This course provides an overview of integral blind assemblies and discusses their benefits over conventional blinds, components and framing options, performance characteristics and testing standards, and common applications.

Finishes - Finishes - Finishes - Furnishings - Openings - Specialties
Metal Roof Edges: Design, Testing, and Performance

The metal roof edge is the most visible and one of the most critical parts of a roofing system. However, it is often overlooked and the use of untested systems is common. This course will discuss why the design, testing and performance of metal edges is critical in ensuring the viability of the entire roof system, including an in-depth look at the ANSI/SPRI ES-1 standard.

Thermal and moisture protection
Cellulose Insulation: The Versatile and Sustainable Solution

Provides an overview of cellulose insulation, a sustainable material creating solutions for sound control, fire resistance, and thermal architectural challenges.

Thermal and moisture protection - Thermal and moisture protection
Architectural Applications of Cellular PVC for Exterior Moldings and Trim

Provides an overview of cellular PVC for moldings and trim, with a focus on how to install and maintain the material for window surrounds.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Acrylic Specialty Products: Inspirational Design Solutions

Provides an overview of the manufacturing processes, features, and benefits of specialty acrylic products that afford architects and designers unique and inspiring design solutions for a wide variety of applications.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Furnishings - Openings - Special construction - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
An Overview of Masonry Mortars

Provides an overview of the performance and specification considerations related to the different types of mortar used for masonry construction, including portland/lime mixes, mortar cement and masonry cement.

Concrete - Masonry
Breaking Old Rules for Air Barrier Installation

As buildings and what we demand of them have evolved, so has the technology for providing air, vapor, and water controls for the building envelope. This course will provide an overview of a sophisticated air barrier system using a self-adhered membrane that is not only highly effective, but also simple to apply with a minimum of surface preparation, and can be applied during cold or rainy conditions.

Thermal and moisture protection
Modular Linear Gas Fireplaces: Function and Design

Provides an overview of modular linear gas fireplaces including their applications, venting system, design possibilities, and installation procedures and considerations.

Exterior improvements - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Specialties
Green Roofs: A Sustainable Strategy

Provides an overview of green roof systems including the types, benefits, components and related standards, as well as a discussion on how green roofs mitigate urban heat island effect and reduce stormwater run-off.

Thermal and moisture protection - Utilities
High Art, Low Impact: Modern Luxury in Hospitality & Commercial Restrooms

Hospitality and commercial restrooms have a major impact on how patrons perceive a building or business. A modern luxury restroom doesn’t have to stop at simply meeting patrons’ expectations for sustainability, hygiene, and functionality; it can do so while also making a striking minimalist design statement that is sleek and elegant. This course presents some of the sustainable, hygienic, functional, and distinctive options for modern luxury restrooms.

Plumbing
Separating Cool Roofing Facts From Myths

White roofs made of vinyl can reflect three-quarters or more of the sun’s rays and emit 70% or more of the solar radiation absorbed by the building envelope. Despite protecting and keeping buildings cool in all climates around the world for decades, misconceptions about the energy impact of cool roofs still exist. This course uses the fundamental science behind cool roofs to address alleged issues concerning the performance of cool roof products.

Thermal and moisture protection
Extrusion Matters: XPS vs. EPS

Extruded polystyrene (XPS) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) are both types of rigid foam plastic insulation; their different manufacturing processes produce wide-ranging performance attributes, especially in water absorption and R-value. This course discusses the negative impact of water absorption on R-value and structural integrity; explains why codes and standards are sometimes specific in requiring XPS in applications where prolonged exposure to water occurs; and concludes with a look at best specification practices for accurate bids.

Masonry
High Performance Coatings for Aluminum Fenestration

Provides an overview of organic coatings for aluminum fenestration extrusions including powder and liquid coating resins, performance characteristics, environmental performance and coating application technologies.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Metals - Openings - Specialties
Lighting Solutions for Healthcare

Provides an overview of current lighting trends, energy management requirements, and current legislation affecting lighting design considerations for healthcare facilities.

Electrical
Porcelain Tile: Beyond Recycled Content

Porcelain tile containing recycled content provides residential and commercial building projects with a durable, easy to maintain finish material for interior or exterior, floors, walls, or other surfaces. This course highlights the eco-friendly production practices of porcelain tile and details its contributions to the design and performance of a building.

Finishes
The Purpose and Meaning of Spa Bathrooms

The current popularity of designing bathrooms as luxurious “spas” has created a stylistic shorthand of minimalism, natural materials, neutral palettes, and luxury fixtures.. However, this popularity is driven by deeper and more persistent influences than fashion or self-indulgence. This course will discuss the shift in bathroom design from places of cleansing to places of rejuvenation, how the current trend towards luxurious minimalism relates to prevailing social change, and how designers can apply this insight to their projects.

Finishes - Plumbing
The Workplace Break Room & Ice & Water Dispensers

Provides an overview of the importance of the workplace break room and how ice can play a crucial role in an enhanced refreshment service. Also addressed are the different types of ice available, the equipment that produces and stores ice and the Architect/Designer’s role in specifying the equipment, taking into account key consideration factors.

Equipment - General requirements - Plumbing - Special construction - Specialties
Specifying Stock Components for Architectural Metal Work

The course includes a discussion on: how to choose the best material for your job; available systems and their components; engineering data and the formulas to provide safe installations.

Existing conditions - Metals - Special construction
Electric Heating, Smart Heaters, & Wireless Controls

The need for efficient commercial and residential heating systems and for convenient ways to control them is increasing as building managers and homeowners demand energy cost savings and reliable, optimal occupant comfort levels when desired. This course introduces smart electric heaters with built-in wireless control technology and shows how synchronized control of an unlimited number of compatible smart heater designs can offer energy-efficiency and control for residential and commercial heating.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Specialties
Stretched-Fabric Systems

How hard can a wall finish work? In this course we’ll take a look at the aesthetic and functional versatility of stretched-fabric wall finish systems. We will review their components; their acoustic, thermal, aesthetic, and wall protection functions; and their code and green building applicability. We’ll also take a look at some design solutions and installations.

Finishes - Specialties
Bar and Plank Grating: Profiles and Specification Considerations

Provides an overview of the applications, terminology, and specification considerations relating to Bar and Plank Grating products.

Metals - Specialties
Designing Public Restrooms

Provides an overview of public washroom design including fixture counts, partition choices, accessibility and sustainable options.

Plumbing - Specialties
Effective Waterproofing

Provides an overview of effective concrete waterproofing technologies and how they improve the durability and lifespan of structures and includes discussions on water penetration, system selection, membrane protection, and cementitious waterproofing.

Concrete - Thermal and moisture protection
Engineered Wood Siding: Benefits for Sustainable Design

Provides an overview of the features, performance characteristics, styles and installation considerations of engineered wood siding and trim products.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Roofing Solutions for Alpine Regions

Provides an overview of the problems and solutions associated with roofing in cold climates, including a discussion on the proper engineering of snow retention devices.

Thermal and moisture protection
Thick Outdoor Porcelain Tile Paving Systems

Provides an overview of the performance characteristics and installation options for 20 mm (2 cm) thick porcelain tiles that are designed and made specifically for outdoor applications.

Finishes
An Introduction to Louver Selection

This course describes how to select and size ventilation louvers. It reviews louver basics, components, options accessories, considerations and sizing methodologies affecting selection and performance along with those tests and standards that inform selection, especially in regards to the use of WDR (Wind Driven Rain) and Hurricane louvers.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Openings
Color in Healthcare Environments: Evidence-Based Design Strategies

People experience color in different ways and in different settings; in particular, people in healthcare settings who are vulnerable, healing, or aging are influenced by colors used in interior design. This course presents an overview of color and how we perceive it, as well as some of the research findings on color’s effects on psychological, emotional, and physical health. Designers will also learn how color can enhance safety, orientation, and navigation, and the role that non-SBR rubber can play in offering optimal flooring solutions for healthcare institutions.

Finishes
Panel Radiators: the Modern Radiator Solution

Modern hydronic radiator systems are an energy efficient, healthy, and hygienic solution for residential and commercial applications. This course will discuss the principles of radiant heating, panel radiators, and how to size panel radiators for residential applications.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Benefits of High-Performance Gypsum Panels for Moisture Mgt and Project Scheduling

This course considers the design of energy-efficient buildings, which must include an effective, lasting, moisture-management strategy. Moisture management is essential to resilient, sustainable, healthy buildings.

Finishes - Openings - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Using Water Repellents to Prevent Water Intrusion into Above-Grade Masonry

Provides an overview of problems water creates for masonry structures, and how water repellents can help to prevent those problems.

Concrete - Finishes - Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
Architectural Applications for Perforated Metal, Expanded Metal and Wire Mesh

Provides an overview of the characteristics and architectural applications of perforated metal, expanded metal, and wire mesh products including descriptions of metal types and mechanical finishes.

Metals - Specialties
Autoclaved Aerated Concrete: New Applications

Provides an overview of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) with a discussion on the raw materials and production process, and a focus on the beneficial properties of the wide range of AAC products available today for use in a variety of commercial and residential projects.

Concrete - Fire suppression - Masonry - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Closing the Loop on Office Furniture

The office furniture industry is an ever-changing marketplace and this changeability has produced huge amounts of unwanted furniture. Remanufacturing addresses the waste, cost , and storage that comes with replacing office furniture. This course looks at trends in the office furniture industry, the environmental impacts created by legacy furniture, and a review of the environmental and economic benefits of remanufactured furniture as an alternative to scrapping, downcycling, or discarding to landfill.

Equipment - Finishes - Furnishings - Specialties
Complete Masonry Veneer Wall Systems: Performance and Specification Part 2

A complete wall system helps designers meet new building and energy codes while making the design process faster and simpler. The benefits of systemization are presented here in light of important changes in the 2015 IBC. A project example is provided to demonstrate how the height and area calculation process, prescriptive R-value requirements, and requirements for NFPA 285 are applied.

Masonry
Complete Steel Stud/Masonry Veneer Wall Systems: Performance and Specification

This course discusses all the elements that need to be considered to specify a steel stud masonry veneer wall as separate components, including air and weather barrier, drainage preservation, anchors and washers, and codes and standards and offers an alternative in the systemized wall.

Masonry
Design Criteria for Ceramic Tile/Stone Installations

Provides an overview of the key design elements that are required for a successful ceramic tile/stone installation, including a discussion of the importance of properly designed crack isolation, waterproofing, and sound control membranes.

Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection
Durability Design Analysis for Building Envelopes

As the demand for commercial zero-energy buildings drives the need for better-insulated and airtight enclosures, hygrothermal performance becomes an increasingly important consideration in the design process. This course explains the physics of heat and moisture transfer, with an application of hygrothermal analysis through the computer modeling tool WUFI® in order to design for durability.

Masonry
Durability in Commercial Roofing Assemblies

Provides an overview of the types and performance characteristics of cover board materials used in commercial roofing assemblies, along with a discussion of the forces that threaten roof-system durability.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Openings - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Eastern White Pine: Sustainable Versatility

Through sustainable management, the forests of New England have had a remarkable comeback since the 1830s, with eastern white pine being the most represented softwood in these forests. This light yet strong wood species has been used for generations and today, meets the requirements of a renewable and sustainable building material. This course reviews eastern white pine’s contribution to sustainability, its grading rules, wood products, and many applications.

Wood, plastics, and composites
Multi-Layer Decking: Using Cellular PVC Technology to Replicate Exotic Hardwood

Provides an overview of the performance characteristics and benefits of using multi-layer, cellular PVC decking—a durable decking material that replicates the unique beauty of exotic hardwood.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Special construction - Wood, plastics, and composites
Optimizing Performance in Commercial Fenestration

Provides an overview of optimizing commercial fenestration with thermal barriers and high performance glazing in aluminum window framing to maximize daylighting and thermal efficiencies in the building envelope.

Openings - Openings
Overview of Firewalls and the Use of Glass-Mat Gypsum Shaftliner Panels

Provides an overview of the advantages of using glass mat shaftliner panels for firewall assemblies in multi-story, multi-family housing, and covers the installation procedures and special conditions.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Openings - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Reflective Insulation & Radiant Barriers

Provides an overview of the benefits of installing reflective insulation and radiant barriers into the building envelope to reduce energy consumption, operation costs, and the structure's carbon footprint.

Concrete - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Plumbing - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Stainless Steel Textured Metals for Resilient Design

The many unique benefits and performance properties offered by stainless steel make it a powerful candidate in materials selection. This course discusses deep textured, three dimensional metals used in architectural applications and elaborates on: the metallurgy of metals; the environmental benefits of stainless steel; and the specification of stainless steel and deep textured metals.

Finishes - Finishes - Finishes - Metals - Special construction - Special construction - Specialties - Specialties
Sustainable Tile Installations Using Membrane Technology

Provides an overview of the types of membranes used to waterproof ceramic and stone tile installations and compares them in terms of performance and durability, ease of installation, control of variables, and function.

Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection
Terrazzo Flooring Systems

For generations, designers have turned to the beauty and functionality offered by terrazzo. In recent years, new technologies and materials mean terrazzo can respond to the needs of the most modern buildings. This course covers the evolution of terrazzo, terrazzo flooring systems, and the environmental advantages of terrazzo and how they apply to sustainable initiatives for indoor air quality, recycling, and resource efficiency.

Finishes - Specialties
The Evolution of Water-Resistive and Air Barriers in Commercial Building Envelope Construction

Designing an efficient building envelope includes the complex task of locating all the necessary control layers in relation to each other. In some situations combining a number of these layers simplifies the task. This course explores combined water-resistive barrier (WRB) and air barrier (AB) sheathing systems, their functions, relevant codes and standards, types available, and how they compare to traditional water and air barrier systems.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Openings - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Liquid Resin Membrane Systems: Seamless Waterproofing Solutions

Provides an overview of fully reinforced, cold-fluid-applied liquid resin waterproofing membrane systems, including the system components, application process, performance benefits and the range of applications.

Thermal and moisture protection
The evolving workplace: Putting LEDs to work in office design

This course examines LED task and ambient lighting in the contemporary workplace. It will first review LED technology, the advancements that are benefitting office lighting design and then the lighting requirements of the modern workplace and how LED serves these spaces.

Electrical - Specialties
Transmission du son et cotes ITSA

Les sons excessifs peuvent nuire à la santé et au bien-être des occupants. Il en résulte une tendance grandissante à améliorer la performance insonorisante des assemblages de bâtiment. Pour cette raison, des modifications importantes ont été apportées au Code national du bâtiment du Canada 2015 (CNB) visant à passer de l’indice de transmission du son (ITS) à l’indice de transmission du son apparent (ITSA) qui s’applique aux assemblages offrant des niveaux de performance insonorisante plus élevés. Le présent programme de formation explique comment les essais acoustiques en laboratoire sont réalisés, les principes de base du contrôle du son, les différentes méthodes de transmission du son à l’intérieur des bâtiments (son aérien, bruit d’impact et transmission indirecte du son) et comment satisfaire aux exigences du CNB 2015 pour les cotes ITSA.

Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection
An Overview of Protected Membrane Roof Assemblies

According to building professionals, the solution to achieving an energy efficient building envelope is to focus more on the roof. Protected membrane roof (PMR) assemblies deliver thermal efficiency and can play a valuable role in a sustainable design strategy. Presented in this course is a review of the components, advantages, ballast options, and design and installation considerations of PMR assemblies.

Thermal and moisture protection - Utilities
Hybrid Heat Pump Systems: Energy Efficient Comfort Solutions

Provides an overview of the operation of hybrid heat pump systems and hybrid heat pump geothermal systems, including their energy savings, low electrical consumption, and efficient use of reclaimed heat.

Equipment - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Performance Attributes of Secondary Window Systems

Provides an overview of the significant role that interior secondary window systems have in energy savings, efficiency, security, and comfort for existing buildings where window replacement is not desirable.

Openings - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Redwood: A Sustainable Building Product

Provides an overview of the sustainable attributes of redwood building products, including a discussion of redwood lumber grades, characteristics and applications. Also presented are the results of a recent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing redwood and plastic-composite decking options and information about redwood's Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Wood, plastics, and composites
Solid Surface: Seamless Form with Function

Provides an overview of the history of solid surface as a decorative material with a discussion on product characteristics and attributes, and a comparison of sustainability factors of three hard surface materials and their environmental impact.

Finishes - Furnishings - Wood, plastics, and composites
Walkable Pedestrian Thermoplastic Roof & Balcony Membrane Systems

The course provides an overview of pedestrian (walkable) roof and balcony polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane systems and includes discussions on their advantages, membrane construction, waterproofing concepts, and design considerations for integration into the building envelope.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection
Architectural & Security, Gate & Fencing Systems

Provides an overview of gate and fencing systems which are both functional and decorative, and are designed to meet modern security and design requirements while harmonizing with the surrounding environment.

Exterior improvements - Metals - Openings - Special construction
Superior Performing Water-Based PVDF Coatings on Cellular PVC Cladding

Provides an overview of the benefits cellular PVC as a cladding material and focuses on water-based PVDF coatings, how they work, and how their performance characteristics contribute to their durability.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
The Benefits of Mineral Wool as Continuous Insulation

Provides an overview of mineral wool, its manufacture and use, and its contribution to sustainable buildings as a continuous insulation.

Fire suppression - Thermal and moisture protection
Advances in Plumbing Design for Healthcare

Healthcare facilities are now striving to meet the needs of all patients to offer not only healthy and safe spaces, but inclusive spaces as well. Recent advances in plumbing design for healthcare facilities are helping to keep all patients and caregivers safe and healthy. This course reviews innovations in plumbing design and how these designs support trending healthcare needs, such as infection prevention, behavioral healthcare, and bariatric and ADA patients.

Plumbing - Special construction
Sustainable High Pressure Decorative Laminate

Provides an overview of the performance characteristics, fabrication techniques, and manufacturing processes of High Pressure Decorative Laminate (HPDL) which make it a sustainable decorative surfacing solution for commercial and residential applications.

Finishes - Furnishings - Wood, plastics, and composites
Preventive Biocidal Surfaces: Expanding the Scope of Interior Design for Healthcare

Provides an overview of various design approaches that mitigate the many health hazards associated with contaminated surfaces in health care environments, with a specific focus on preventive biocidal surfaces that utilize embedded technology that actively protects against microbial contamination.

Finishes - Furnishings - Wood, plastics, and composites
Creating Productive, Connected Outdoor Spaces with Access to Permanent Power

Electrical systems that deliver access to permanent power and enable device connectivity are critical components of the design and operation of high performance buildings. Today’s mobile technology means people can connect and move freely between the indoors and outdoors, and integrate their social and work lives, anytime, anywhere. This course examines permanent outdoor power delivery offerings , including charging stations and in ground power boxes, that support the growing demand for connectivity and data and audio visual communications in outdoor spaces and help to create an outdoor environment that promotes longer stays, stimulates creativity, and increases productivity.

Electrical
Creating Custom Curves: Adding Interest to Architectural Designs

Provides an overview of conventional methods of framing curves in wood and steel, as well as new methods of framing using flexible track systems. Discusses options for wall coverings and trims for curved surfaces.

Finishes - Metals - Special construction
Designing a Sustainable Masonry Cavity Wall Building Envelope

Provides an overview of the design elements, components, and construction techniques that characterize sustainable masonry building envelopes.

Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
Energy Code Basics: Plug Load & Lighting Controls

Provides an overview of the lighting requirements and provisions of the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 and the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code®, and identifies plug and lighting control strategies for energy efficiency.

Electrical - Exterior improvements
The Art of Residential Lighting

A comprehensive lighting plan is critical to the success of any residential design project. Proper lighting is effective and efficient and contributes to the comfort and functionality of the home. This course explores lighting concepts, sources, and controls. It discusses using layers of light to achieve design goals, and how to incorporate energy efficiency into lighting designs.

Electrical - Finishes
Vegetated Roofing Systems

Vegetated roofs were created for aesthetic reasons, but have evolved to include significant environmental advantages for building owners. This course will discuss how vegetated roofs can be used to mitigate the damaging environmental effects of stormwater runoff and urban heat islands. The history, purpose, benefits, components, installation, maintenance, and code considerations of vegetated roofing systems will also be discussed.

Thermal and moisture protection
Furfurylated Wood Modification: Beauty & Performance in Wood

Wood is a versatile building material that must be protected from exposure to moisture, pests, fungi, and molds. Tropical hardwoods are naturally durable, but unsustainable logging practices threaten their availability and the health of old growth forests. This course discusses Furfurylated Wood Modification, one method of changing the physical characteristics of fast growing wood to resemble tropical hardwood.

Finishes - Furnishings - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
Commercial Fenestration Products: Dock & Drive Through Openings

Provides an overview of commercial fenestration products including sectional doors, rolling sheet doors, and rolling steel doors. Discussions pertaining to common door features, hardware, insulation, installation and optional types of electric operators available for these doors are included.

Openings
An Overview of Commercial Rolling Door Products

Provides an overview of the features, components, options and applications of various types of commercial rolling door products.

Openings
Upward-Acting Commercial Sectional Door Systems

Provides an overview of the feature, benefits, and applications of upward-acting commercial sectional door systems. Selection criteria, and the construction and operation features that are available to enhance door performance are discussed.

Openings
How to Design an Accessible, ADA Compliant Locker Storage Area

Provides an overview of the required design elements of an accessible, ADA compliant locker or personal storage area, with a focus on ease of use, style, lock management, and applicable 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

Openings - Specialties
Gas Hearth Appliances: Enhancing Living Environments

Provides an overview of the variety of Gas Hearth Appliances (GHA) and the types of venting systems that are available today, as well as a discussion of the factors that require consideration to facilitate a successful GHA installation.

Equipment - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Plumbing - Specialties
Heat Bathing: Sauna, Infrared & Steam

Provides an overview of different types of heat bathing: sauna, infrared, and steam, with a focus on how to both select a product and implement heat bathing in residential and commercial projects.

Special construction
Wall Hanging Systems

Provides an overview of wall hanging systems with a focus on integrating systems in the overall design of a project and includes discussions on system elements, selection criteria, specialty applications, and sustainable design.

Equipment - Furnishings - Openings - Specialties
An Overview of Engineered Quartz Surfaces

Provides an overview of the characteristics, features and benefits of engineered quartz surfaces, as well as a discussion on the related green certification programs.

Finishes - Wood, plastics, and composites
Flexibility in Design With Lab Storage Components

Provides an overview of laboratory design principles and trends, laboratory pegboards and glassware drying racks, narcotic security storage cabinets, stainless steel countertops, and stainless steel shelving systems for the research laboratory and health care industry.

Equipment - Specialties
Grout Basics: Pre-Mixed Urethane Grout

There are a wide variety of grout types available in the market today. This course provides an overview, including composition, cost, performance characteristics and related ANSI standards of different grout types. This course also provides an in-depth discussion about the relatively new category of pre-mixed grouts, specifically pre-mixed urethane grout. The course will conclude with a discussion on how to choose the best grout for your projects’ specific requirements.

Finishes
Next Generation Solid Surface

Provides an overview of the characteristics of 100% Acrylic Solid Surface compared to other surface materials and the driving factors that contribute to its growing role in sustainable design strategies. Also discussed are the manufacturing, fabricating, and thermoformable processes of 100% Acrylic Solid Surface and the related green standards and certification programs.

Finishes - Wood, plastics, and composites
Moisture Management in Walls

Provides an overview of preventing and managing moisture in walls.

Thermal and moisture protection
Home Elevators

Provides an overview of the value of home elevators, planning for home elevator installation, and code considerations.

Conveying equipment
Design Flexibility and Efficient Thermal Comfort with Electric Underfloor Heating

Electric underfloor heating works by producing radiant heat which is evenly distributed from the floor and warms a room efficiently from the ground up. Since there are no baseboard heaters, radiators, or heating supply vents to work around, building owners and homeowners gain extra space and design freedom. This course explains how electric underfloor heating works and offers guidance on how to select and design an underfloor heating system that is aligned to integrate seamlessly into the overall living space and heating requirements of residential and commercial buildings.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Outdoor Wood Furniture Selection: Environment, Durability, & Design

Provides an overview of outdoor wood furniture selection considerations and includes discussions on forest management and FSC® certification, sustainable design choices made by wood furniture manufacturers, ideal characteristics for wood durability, and factors that contribute to sound outdoor wood furniture design.

Furnishings
Polyisocyanurate (Polyiso) Insulation for Commercial Exterior Wall Assemblies

Provides an overview of the physical and performance properties of polyisocyanurate (polyiso) foam board insulation ­­— a commercially-established, cost effective technology that is very useful for the construction of more energy efficient buildings.

Thermal and moisture protection
Specifying Air Barrier Membranes that Comply with Building Code Fire Safety Provisions

Recent changes in commercial wall assembly design are resulting in increased energy efficiency, but also new challenges to meeting fire safety provisions in Building Code. The focus of this course is on air barrier membranes and the proper integration of these materials into fire-safe wall assemblies.

Thermal and moisture protection
An Overview of Pest Bird Deterrent Systems

Provides an overview of bird deterrent products, along with a discussion of the characteristics of common pest birds, bird problem assessment, and the issues and concerns associated with the roosting and nesting of pest birds.

Specialties - Thermal and moisture protection
The Future of High-Performance Fenestration

Provides an overview of fenestration systems that incorporate thermally broken frames, enhanced glass coatings, and high performance warm edge spacers, as well as a discussion on energy, codes/regulations and the impact of high performance fenestration on sustainability.

Openings
The Role of Commercial Steel Doors in Resilient Design

Resiliency is a growing necessity. It is important to understand the impacts on the built environment resulting from natural and manmade disasters and disturbances and to design for those impacts now. Presented in this course is an overview of the benefits of using steel doors as part of a resilient design strategy for applications requiring resistance to blasts, tornadoes, and ballistics.

Openings
An Introduction to Priming

Provides an overview of the key reasons to apply a primer to every surface before painting a topcoat. Surface preparation, typical primer applications, stain-blocking and functionally specific primers are discussed.

Existing conditions - Finishes
Moisture Protection for Concrete and Masonry

Provides an overview of methods of reducing moisture intrusion in concrete and masonry walls with an emphasis on the role of sealers and coatings.

Existing conditions - Finishes - Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
Staying in Front of Your Customers

The program discusses how architects can achieve a better understanding of the market today in regards to servicing their customers. It provides an overview of the different types of tools available to keep your services relevant.

General requirements
Use of Coatings to Prevent Mold and Mildew Damage

Provides an overview of advances in antimicrobial mold and mildew-proof primers, paints, wallcovering installation systems, waterproofing coatings and remediation cleaners. Permeability of wallcovering and coatings to install them with, plus green building specification information for high performance, low VOC coatings for the prevention of mold and mildew are also reviewed.

Existing conditions - Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection
What End Users Want (from Architects and Engineers, That Is)

Designed especially for today’s executives in a difficult economy, this course brings together proven tactics that help increase sales and reach new customers. It focuses on presenting the results of comprehensive research that surveyed end users in facilities — the people who hire architects and engineers. The results stimulate thinking for the professional firm, and will help them shape their presentations to gain new business and retain current customers.

General requirements
Hardware for Residential and Commercial Pocket and Sliding Doors

There has been a resurgence in the popularity of pocket and sliding doors, largely due to their contribution to space-saving design. Innovations in door hardware allow these doors to serve a number of functions. This course explores the evolution of pocket and sliding doors, and discusses how the selection of the type of door, size, weight, track system, functionality, and application ultimately affects the selection of the appropriate door hardware.

Openings
Anodizing 101: Building, Construction & Design

Provides an overview of the sustainability of aluminum, the anodizing process, and the performance characteristics of architectural anodized aluminum. It includes information to assist in the selection and specification of architectural anodized finishes for aluminum sheet, extrusions, and panels.

Metals
Biomimicry: Design By Nature

Provides an overview of the practice of biomimicry to illustrate the relationship between nature’s solutions to light, heat and glare control and today’s shading design principles.

Furnishings - Specialties
Custom Shower Solutions for the Luxury Consumer

While the bathroom was once a strictly utilitarian space, a growing trend among luxury consumers is to create a custom, spa-like retreat right in the home. Surveys find that luxury consumers value functional and design excellence, uniqueness that reflects a creative side, and exceptional quality and value. This course examines the shower products available that help to create a personalized, multi-sensory experience with beautifully designed pieces that meet water efficiency standards.

Finishes - Furnishings - Plumbing - Special construction - Specialties
Customizing the Shower Experience

Provides an overview of the components and design and installation considerations related to custom shower design.

Plumbing
Concrete Faced Continuous Insulation Systems

Provides an overview of design criteria used in designing energy efficient buildings using concrete faced continuous insulation systems for low-slope roofing, walls and foundations. Included are discussions on protective membrane roof (PMR) systems, concrete faced insulated panels for walls and foundations, and concrete structural insulated panels (CSIPs).

Thermal and moisture protection
Introduction to Residential Ventilation

Provides an overview of the ventilation requirements of ASHRAE 62.2, understanding and calculating ventilation requirements and the mechanical options for meeting those requirements.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Rust Prevention 101

Provides an overview of the of importance of rust prevention and treatment and includes discussions on the rusting process, surface preparation, coating types, and choosing appropriate coating systems.

Existing conditions - Finishes - Metals
The Advantages of Continuous Insulation in Steel Stud Construction

Provides an overview of building practices that promote better building envelope design, the codes and standards that apply to energy efficiency, and the environmental advantages of using POLYISO continuous insulation in steel stud construction.

Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
Security Pass-Through Windows: Types, Options, & Specifications

Pass-through windows are a common and convenient method of conducting transactions in a variety of settings, some of which may present concerns for the security of the employees behind the windows. This course addresses the protection options available for security pass-through windows. Proper specification of pass-through windows as well as convenience and performance features are also discussed.

Openings - Openings
Impact of Window Treatments on Commercial Daylighting Design

Provides an overview of daylighting strategies for commercial applications and includes discussions about the relevance of daylight factor calculations and the impact fabric characteristics have on a shading solution.

Furnishings
Aluminum Extrusions

Provides an overview of the characteristics, technical information, and benefits of aluminum extrusions used as a building material with a focus on whole building design, sustainability and application possibilities.

Exterior improvements - Metals - Special construction - Specialties
LED Display Walls: Performance Characteristics & Advantages

Provides an overview of display walls using LED technology, with discussions of the components, performance, lifespan, and energy benefits of LED tiles.

Electrical - Equipment - Furnishings - General requirements - Special construction - Specialties
Pre-Engineered Steel Stair Systems

Provides an overview of pre-engineered metal egress stairs including discussions on advantages, types, class, fabricator vs. manufacturer, railings, stair flight and landing construction, connections, and building code requirements.

Concrete - Masonry - Metals - Wood, plastics, and composites
Designing with Architectural Decorative Glass

Provides an overview of architectural decorative glass including product options, applications, features and specification considerations. Also discussed is how decorative glass can contribute to sustainable design and LEED® initiatives.

Openings - Specialties
Creating a LEED® Healthcare Facility from Groundbreaking to Completion

Provides an overview of how a collaborative team effort between the owner, designers and contractors can establish project goals for sustainability and energy efficiency that result in LEED® certification of a healthcare facility.

General requirements - Other
Integrated Pest Management Plans for All Facilities, Including LEED®

Provides an overview of how integrated pest management (IPM) suppresses pest populations in effective, economical, and environmentally safe ways, and discusses how to establish an IPM plan for a facility, including LEED® building projects.

Other - Specialties
Next Generation Green Restroom Design v2

Provides an overview of how sustainable restroom design can address the global concerns of water shortages and the impacts of the building sector on our environment. This program identifies the newest technologies in high-efficiency restroom fixtures including how to choose water-saving products and the practical, economic, and environmental benefits of high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers versus paper towels. Also included is an in-depth analysis of how these products earn points toward LEED® v4 credits and other green building standards to comply with new, best practices in green building.

Equipment - Finishes - Plumbing - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
Accessibility & Detectable Warning Systems: Complying with Current Government Guidelines

Provides an overview of detectable warning systems and applications, including current ADA accessibility guidelines and State of California regulations for detectable warnings at curb ramps, vehicular ways, and transit platforms.

Finishes
European Beech: Durable, Sustainable, and Versatile

Discusses the benefits of using more wood, not less, to lower carbon emissions and tackle climate change, and identifies what sustainable hardwood species are the most abundant and where some of the best managed, certified hardwood forests are located. The physical and performance properties of European Beech are compared to eight other temperate hardwoods.

Finishes - Furnishings - General requirements - Openings - Special construction - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
Sink & Countertop Design: Material, Configuration, & Mounting Options

Choosing a sink and countertop for kitchen and bathroom installations can be overwhelming with the array of choices in today’s marketplace. To facilitate the selection process, this course provides an overview of the different sink/countertop materials, sink configurations, and installation methods that are utilized in both residential and commercial applications with a focus on seamless integration design.

Plumbing
Operable Walls for Sustainable Design

Operable wall systems integrate the indoors and outdoors and define interior spaces, providing flexibility and additional usable area without increasing a building’s footprint. Occupants benefit from expansive daylighting and views as well as quick access to fresh air. This course describes the types of operable wall systems, how they contribute to sustainable design, and the various options and considerations for selecting the correct system.

Openings
Factory Prefinishing of Exterior Building Materials

This course covers common on-site exterior paint failure issues and their causes and describes the factory coating process for exterior woodwork, substrate materials, installation tips and its many other benefits.

Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Polyfiber Doorframe Systems: Protection Beyond the Door

Provides an overview of polyfiber wood plastic composite material for doorframes, including its benefits over traditional doorframe materials and available design options, as well as its place as part of a complete moisture- and insect-resistant entryway.

Openings - Wood, plastics, and composites
Sustainable Design in Steel Integrated Door Systems

Provides an overview of steel integrated door systems, with discussions on the sustainable qualities of steel and the durability benefits of integrated door systems over standard doors.

Openings - Specialties
Fiberglass Doors: Gateways to Sustainable Design

Provides an overview of the components, green features, and testing standards of fiberglass entry doors, as well as a comparison of the properties between fiberglass, wood, and steel doors.

Openings - Wood, plastics, and composites
Maximizing Water Efficiency for Sustainable Restroom Design

This course provides an overview of water use and trends in the U.S., with a focus on choosing high-efficiency water saving products for sustainable restroom design, and a discussion on green building programs and initiatives.

Equipment - Furnishings - Specialties
Stone Coated Steel: Stepping Out of the Ordinary

Provides an overview of stone coated steel roofing systems including a discussion of the installation methods used, testing and standards, and comparative characteristics and sustainable attributes of stone coated steel roofing versus traditional roofing materials.

Thermal and moisture protection
Cable Tray: Types, Application and Code

Provides an overview of two types of cable tray; ladder tray and wire mesh cable tray, their components, characteristics and applications, and code related installation information.

Electrical
Residential Plumbing 101: Sinks, Tubs and Showers

Provides an overview of residential plumbing systems and how fixture and faucet function, operation, performance and placement affect water delivery in the kitchen and bathroom.

Plumbing
Vertical, Living Green Walls: Designing for Sustainability

Living green walls are beautiful, living works of art that provide numerous benefits. Planning by an experienced design team is the key to their success and sustainability. This course discusses the benefits of green walls and identifies factors that need to be considered during the design process. It examines critical elements paramount to green wall design, performance, and sustainability.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Furnishings - Specialties - Thermal and moisture protection
Lead Shielding: Radiation Protection Solutions

Provides an overview of radiation and the basics of radiation protection, as well as discussions on the types, characteristics and specification considerations of various radiation shielding products.

Special construction
Extreme Design: Achieving Green Building Standards with Air Movement

Provides an overview of LEED®, the Living Building Challenge™, and Green Globes® certifications and how incorporating air movement in a building project can contribute to earning points in all three rating systems.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Designing and Specifying Steel Mesh Fence Systems

Provides an overview of the material specifications, installation, and standards related to the design of steel mesh fence systems including chain link fabric, expanded metal, and welded wire.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Metals
Tankless Water Heating Solutions

Provides an overview of tankless water heating technologies, including the history, features and functions, and the energy and environmental benefits of a tankless system, as well as a discussion on how they compare to existing tank heater technology.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Plumbing - Utilities
ADA-Compliant Solid Surface Shower Compartment & Lavatory Design

Provides an overview of ADA-compliant design requirements for shower compartments and lavatory tops using solid surface materials - from planning and design to installation.

Plumbing - Special construction - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
Permeable Paving with Clay Pavers

Clay bricks have been used for construction projects such as walls and pavement for thousands of years. Fired bricks are one of the strongest and longest-lasting building materials and offer many advantages. This course discusses the advantages of using clay permeable paving in a construction project and how a permeable pavement system mitigates the damaging effects of stormwater runoff, and presents an overview of the design process.

Exterior improvements - Masonry
Sustainable Solutions for Large Openings

Provides an overview of large opening glass wall systems, their LEED® contributions, and how they lend themselves to sustainable design. The course focuses on: their benefits and applications; door types; door system components; and, selection and installation considerations.

Finishes - Openings - Specialties - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
The Next Generation of Cooking: Induction Cooking Systems

Cooktops are manufactured and classified by construction type and method of heat energy transfer. This course reviews the operation, control, performance, and efficiency of induction cooktops in comparison to their gas and electric counterparts, and shows how induction cooktops can be incorporated into any kitchen design in residential and specialty-commercial applications such as marine, mobile, military, academic, institutional, and hospitality.

Equipment
Towel Warmers: Versatility in Design and Function

Provides an overview of towel warmers/heated towel racks and includes discussions on: the functions, benefits, and applications of towel warmers/heated towel racks; centrally heated, electric, and hydronic heating systems; materials and finishes; installation and care; and, design and accessory options.

Electrical - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Other - Plumbing - Specialties
What Makes a Thermoplastic Roof Sustainable?

Provides an overview of the features, benefits, and life cycle impacts of thermoplastic PVC roofing membranes that makes it a sustainable product.

Thermal and moisture protection
Proper Installation of Below-Slab Vapor Retarders/Barriers: A Walk-Through of ASTM E1643-11

In recent years, moisture-related floor problems have become one of the costly and common issues in the construction industry. This course will review some common moisture related problems as well as examine the science behind vapor transmission and dew point. In addition, the course will discuss the current industry standards and recommendations as it relates to below slab vapor protection, with a focus on ASTM E1643. The course will also examine some ideal specifications that will effectively reduce deficiencies in vapor barrier/retarders.

Concrete - Thermal and moisture protection
Energy Savings Through Indoor Air Movement

Provides an overview of role of HVLS fans and indoor airmovement in achieving thermal comfort and energy savings.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Slate Roofing: Protecting Structures & Preserving History

Slate is one of the oldest and most durable roofing, flooring, and structural materials in the world. For hundreds of years, natural roofing slate has been installed in similar fashion, protecting structures and preserving history. This course discusses how the structural strength, versatility, and natural beauty of slate serves to enhance the design and appearance of a finished slate roofing installation. It also discusses technical data on the production, installation techniques, repair options, and accompanying tools, materials, and resources for the usage of natural slate.

Thermal and moisture protection
Vinyl: A Modern Material for Modern Healthcare

Provides an overview of the chemistry of vinyl with a focus on the attributes of vinyl products and their role in sustainable healthcare design, with a discussion of the innovative uses of vinyl that help provide solutions for future healthcare design challenges.

Fire suppression - Furnishings - General requirements - Wood, plastics, and composites
The Fireplace in Contemporary Design

Provides an overview of contemporary fireplace styles, options, venting, and installation, with a focus on cool wall technology and how it allows electronics and other design elements to be safely mounted over a fireplace.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Specialties
Outdoor Kitchen Design with Stainless Steel Cabinetry

This course provides an overview of designing safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing outdoor kitchen and living areas. Selecting outdoor kitchen cabinetry and appliances that meet a client’s needs and budget, and that address climate concerns can be challenging. The course discusses various types of cabinetry available with a focus on stainless steel as a positive alternative for cabinetry. Included is a synopsis of outdoor kitchen design principles and considerations.

Exterior improvements - Furnishings - Specialties
Aluminum Windows: Aesthetics and Performance

Provides an overview of the aesthetics and performance benefits of aluminum windows and the strategic role they play in the success of new construction and rehabilitation work.

Openings
Introduction to Firestopping

Provides an overview of firestop systems and their role in saving lives and property, with discussions on testing, technologies, and products that help prevent the spread of fire, smoke, and toxic gases.

Fire suppression
Low Impact Development & Permeable Pavers

Low Impact Development (LID) has several advantages over traditional stormwater management approaches. Since impervious pavement is the main source of stormwater runoff, LID strategies recommend permeable paving for hard surfaces. The course discusses LID, its goals and principles and how they are achieved. It provides an overview of permeable pavements, and more particularly, plastic permeable grid paver systems and how they support LID goals.

Exterior improvements - Special construction
Stone Composite Tree Grates

There are many factors to consider in the nurturing and maintaining of urban trees, including those relating to environment (soil, water, climate, etc.), tree rooting conditions, and protection above ground. This course provides a discussion of these factors, along with a review of the surface material options with a focus on stone composite tree grates.

Exterior improvements - Masonry
Louver Design & Performance: From Basic to Extreme

Provides an overview of the aesthetics, performance and weather resistance features of a variety of louver designs from the basic to the extreme.

Openings - Specialties
Sun Control Devices for Energy Efficient Design

This course provides an overview of exterior aluminum shading device systems, including the components, finishes, and design and engineering considerations, as well as a discussion of how shading strategies contribute to LEED® accreditation.

Openings - Specialties
Technology’s Influence on Water Delivery in the Home

Advances in technology are no longer confined to communications or transportation, they have spilled over into our home, in appliances, fixtures and water delivery. Today’s water delivery innovations improve functionality, and are changing the way people interact with their faucets. This course addresses the types of water delivery solutions in the kitchen and bathroom, and outlines three design considerations that must be considered when selecting a water delivery option.

Plumbing
Choosing GFRC Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete: Modern Materials for Classic Design

Since ancient times, concrete mixes and carved natural stone have combined to create substance, beauty, and longevity in our architecture. Glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) was created to ensure the attributes of concrete and stone continue to be enjoyed but with the efficiency in application that is expected in today’s world of design. This course covers the evolution of GFRC, its applications and how it is custom created, its advantages, and how GFRC compares to other types of architectural concrete

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Masonry
Manage the Moisture: Solutions for Exterior Walls

Problems associated with moisture in construction are common and wide-ranging—from mold and rot, to corrosion and degradation, to leakage and staining—and affect not just the durability, appearance, and functioning of the building, but the health of the building’s occupants. This course addresses the materials and techniques that help to manage moisture in exterior walls and includes examples of common mistakes that lead to failures.

Thermal and moisture protection
Continuous Insulation and Beyond

This course will focus on the changing energy codes and how they affect commercial wall assemblies. The new concept of continuous insulation (CI)—and how it is used throughout the codes—will be discussed. The NFPA 285 fire test and its role in code-compliant wall assemblies will also be discussed for commercial building types I—IV. The thermal performance, physical properties, and compliance attributes of polyisocyanurate insulation will be explained, as well as how it compares with some of the other insulation options available.

Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
HVLS Fans: Energy Efficiency & Occupant Comfort

Provides an overview of high volume low speed (HVLS) fans and includes discussions on the indoor environmental benefits of air movement; thermal comfort; supplementing a traditional HVAC system with HVLS fans; innovations in fan design and technology; and the standards that govern fan performance.

Equipment - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Thermal and moisture protection
Mineral Wool Core Panels: Innovative Fire Resistant Wall Construction

Provides an overview of Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) with a focus on the performance properties of mineral wool core panels, in terms of their green features and fire resistance ratings. Code requirements, design specifications, and environmental considerations are also discussed.

Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Designing and Installing Waterproof Tiled Showers with Curb Appeal

Provides an overview of one-piece shower bases and accessories and includes discussions on methods of waterproofing shower floors and walls, shower design, and installation and tiling guidelines for shower pans and accessories.

Finishes - Plumbing - Special construction - Specialties - Thermal and moisture protection
Rooftop Pipe and Equipment Support Systems

Provides an overview of pipe and equipment support systems and includes discussions on installation options, components, assembly, and design elements and processes.

Electrical - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Thermal and moisture protection
Acetylated Wood: Durable, Stable, Sustainable Wood for Windows, Doors & Siding

Discusses the process of wood acetylation, the resulting changes to wood, applications for this product, its green credentials and a number of case studies involving acetylated wood.

Finishes - Openings - Wood, plastics, and composites
The Principles of Rainscreen Construction

Provides an overview of the design principles of rainscreen wall design and its features and benefits.

Concrete - Masonry - Masonry - Metals - Metals - Thermal and moisture protection - Thermal and moisture protection
Access Door Considerations & Solutions

Provides an overview of access doors, including discussion on what they are, their differing functions, specifics of fire-rating and testing, and how to complete a successful installation.

Fire suppression - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Openings - Plumbing
How to Specify Colored Concrete

Provides an overview of colored concrete including coloring methods, pigments, color consistency, and maintenance. It also examines the specification considerations of cast-in-place and precast concrete as well as concrete finishes.

Concrete
Green Building Entrances: Mats and Gratings that Perform

An entryway not only creates a first impression of a building, it is expected to provide a safe, dry, and clean surface for foot and wheeled traffic entering and exiting the facility. This course discusses the design of entryway flooring systems, identifies the options available, and explains their role as the first line of defense in protecting a building’s interior floors and indoor environmental quality.

Furnishings - Openings - Other - Special construction - Specialties
Healing Gardens: The Role of Fabric for Shade & Seating

Provides an overview of the benefits of incorporating performance fabrics into outdoor healing spaces in healthcare settings, with discussions on the importance of seating and shade in healing gardens and fabric selection considerations.

Exterior improvements - Furnishings
Surface Preparation for Flooring Installation: Meeting Industry Standards

Surface preparation is one of the most critical steps to achieve long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing flooring. This course explores the importance of surface preparation, including meeting industry standards, and outlines numerous moisture and flatness issues and remediation techniques to ensure a durable, long-life flooring installation for a variety of flooring materials.

Concrete
High Performance Barrier Wall Systems Using Insulated Metal Panels

Provides an overview of insulated metal panels as barrier wall within rainscreen wall systems, their performance benefits and contribution to energy efficiency.

Existing conditions - Exterior improvements - Finishes - Metals - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Promoting Tree Health in Urban Environments

Provides an overview of the factors that affect the health of urban tree environments including the climatic conditions of the project site, tree planting techniques and the use of architectural hardscape amenities.

Exterior improvements - Metals
High Gloss and Illuminated Surfaces for Sustainable Designs

Provides an overview of aluminum framed panels with solid acrylic, back painted glass, and architectural resin inserts, along with LED illuminated panels and shelving. It describes the materials, their components and options, and their performance and sustainability characteristics.

Electrical - Finishes - Furnishings - Openings - Specialties
Modular Vacuum for Labs: Sustainability, Scientific Performance & Economy

This course will focus on the benefits of multi-user, in-lab local vacuum networks for supply of laboratory vacuum in science buildings. The course will review common approaches to laboratory vacuum and consider the relative strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Emphasis will be placed on considerations related to the specification, design, and installation of a “local vacuum network.” Case studies will demonstrate the applicability of local vacuum networks for new and renovated lab space in a wide range of facilities and scientific disciplines.

Plumbing - Specialties - Utilities
Rainscreens, Barrier Walls & The Insulated Metal Panel Solution

Provides an overview of insulated metal wall panels (IMPs) used as barrier walls behind various rainscreen systems, with a discussion on the performance advantages of IMP barrier walls for air, water, vapor and thermal management.

Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Reroofing Commercial Buildings: 2015 IECC Requirements

Provides an overview of code requirements pertaining to commercial reroofing, including a discussion of the impacts of retrofit construction on energy efficiency.

Exterior improvements - General requirements - Thermal and moisture protection
Using Aluminum Extrusions to Meet the Challenge of Sustainable Buildings

Provides an overview of evolving green/energy codes and their impact on the specification of aluminum extrusion-based building components; presents alternative thermal management technologies and illustrates how aluminum extrusions can contribute to “green” commercial structures. Note: This course is not intended to be a primer on aluminum extrusions. Basic information about extrusions and the extrusion process can be found in the course “Aluminum Extrusions.”

Exterior improvements - Metals - Special construction - Specialties
Asphalt Roofing Systems

Although built-up roofs are the oldest type of low-slope roofing systems, gaining an understanding of the advantages and characteristics of modified bitumen membranes will help you select the asphalt roofing system that improves performance and saves on installation costs over traditional asphalt roofs. Learn how “mod bit” roofs, whether APP or SBS, provide improved durability with stronger reinforcements, resistance to hail and traffic damage, and provide factory-controlled quality manufacturing.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
EPDM Roofing Systems

Gaining a solid understanding of the advantages of EPDM roofing systems demonstrates why this membrane has the longest proven performance record of all single ply membranes. EPDM’s high-performance synthetic rubber compound provides outstanding weathering in climates worldwide. Multiple attachment types and colors are available for an EPDM roofing solution, and environmental benefits of the white EPDM membranes are explored as they provide the lowest carbon footprint of all single-ply membranes.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Electric Fireplaces: Design Considerations for Public Spaces

Public spaces can benefit from the addition of a fireplace and the inviting ambiance it offers. With the advent of new and innovative technologies, along with the ease of installation and maintenance, electric fireplaces can offer a safe, sustainable option. This course provides an overview of electric fireplaces, including their advantages in public space applications in terms of energy efficiency, heat control, and public health and safety.

Specialties
Innovative Products and Services for the Rooftop

Green building, also known as sustainable building, is both a structure and a process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life cycle. A critical part of green building includes innovative products and services for the rooftop: solar PV systems, daylighting systems, and vegetative roofing systems. These innovative products and services for the rooftop will increase energy efficiency. They also use environmentally responsible design methods and materials, and improve the work environment for occupants.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Introduction to Architectural Metals for the Building Envelope

Metal has many benefits in the design of a building. It provides visual beauty, as well as being strong, lightweight, and durable. There are options for every budget, look, function, and scale, and it’s a great choice for sustainability. This course explains the four base metal types — steel, aluminum, natural metals, and stainless steel — and the unique attributes each brings to a building project. It also provides foundational knowledge on the two types of wall panel systems — barrier and rain screen — as well as the four metal wall panel options.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Path to Energy Savings in the Building Envelope

Sustainable construction and high-performance buildings offer tremendous benefits to building owners, building occupants, and the larger community. Course content goes beyond codes, standards, and sustainability rating systems to explore options and best practices for getting the most out of green construction. This course provides foundational information and application opportunities on topics such as optimizing a building's energy efficiency; installing innovative, alternative energy solutions; and addressing the larger community challenges of storm water management and the urban heat island effect.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Roofing Insulation and Cover Boards

Arguably, selecting insulation and cover boards is the most important decision when designing a roofing system because of the many benefits these products provide in terms of service life, building safety, and energy efficiency. This course explores the characteristics, advantages, and cautions of the primary insulation and cover boards on the commercial roofing market today, and then considers the installation methodologies that will optimize the building's energy efficiency.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Roofing Systems: View from the Top

Whether replacing an existing roof, building a new roof from scratch, or some type of roof repair project in between, deciding on critical design factors is the key to a successful roofing system project. Each layer of a roofing assembly requires careful consideration and analysis to assess for impacts to the entire building. Using real-life scenarios and practice activities, this course explores the most common components of a roofing system, the advantages and disadvantages of each system, and how the critical factors aid in the assessment of the most appropriate system to meet the needs of the building and client.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Thermoplastic Roofing Systems

Made to withstand the elements over time, learn how Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) membranes are designed to offer exceptional resistance to ultraviolet light, ozone, and weathering. Gain an understanding of why TPO single-ply roofing systems are the fastest-growing commercial roofing product, and have gained broad industry acceptance for their many performance and installation advantages such as heat-welded seams. This course reinforces that not all thermoplastic roofing solutions are alike, and that TPO is the most environmentally friendly thermoplastic available.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Metal Roofing Systems

There are several options available for steep slope metal roofs, but how do you choose the best option for your building? This course is designed to answer exactly that question. Learn about the types and finishes of metal, and the systems available to meet your building’s needs. This course will also answer specific questions about oil canning, warranties, and the importance of proper attachment for metal flashings on low slope roofs.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Alternative Choices: Specialty Siding

Provides an overview of the different types of specialty siding materials with a focus on their performance characteristics, lifecycle costs, and sustainability factors, and a discussion on key installation and specification techniques to ensure a quality, durable product that meets the latest industry standards.

Wood, plastics, and composites
Polyiso CI for Code-Compliant Walls in Type V and Residential Construction

Provides an overview of the use of polyisocyanurate as a continuous insulation in Type V and residential construction, and its use as a multifunctional envelope component-air barrier, weather-resistive barrier and vapor retarder-by reviewing code requirements for the building envelope.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Proper Use of Masonry Joint Reinforcement and Accessories

Ensuring proper use of methods and materials allows masonry walls to perform well and enjoy a long life. Use of masonry joint reinforcement and accessories is an essential part of this. This course provides a brief history of solid masonry walls leading up to the modern cavity walls of today, including a discussion of the basic working knowledge of masonry joint reinforcing, structural codes, and moisture control in cavity wall construction.

Concrete - Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
Sound Transmission and ASTC Ratings

Excessive sound can negatively impact the health and well-being of occupants. This has resulted in a growing trend to improve the acoustical performance of building assemblies. Due to this, there have been significant changes in the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) moving from sound transmission class (STC) to apparent sound transmission class (ASTC) ratings that reflect assemblies that provide increased levels of acoustical performance. The course will explore how laboratory acoustical testing is performed, the principles of sound control, the different methods of sound transmission within buildings (airborne, impact, and flanking), and how to meet the 2015 NBC requirements for ASTC ratings.

Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection
Slate Roofs in America: An Enduring Architectural Statement

Provides an overview of the history of slate roofs and various slate roofing alternatives. The course includes discussions on the appearance, performance, and costs of various types of roofs that replicate natural slate, with a focus on composite slate tile roofing, its durability, specification, and installation.

Thermal and moisture protection - Thermal and moisture protection
Insulated Siding: Product Performance & Styling Choices

Insulated vinyl siding, known as insulated siding, is an exterior cladding that combines the protection and low maintenance of traditional vinyl siding with the energy efficiency of EPS foam. The composite results in an improvement in performance and aesthetics. This course discusses the benefits associated with installing insulated siding on new and renovation residential construction projects, and the range of architectural styles that can be achieved with the breadth of design and color options available.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Energy Efficient Envelope Design with Insulated Concrete Sandwich Walls

Provides an overview of insulated concrete sandwich walls, their benefits, applications, thermal and moisture resistant properties and contribution to sustainable buildings.

Concrete - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Insulated Metal Wall and Roof Panels for Sustainability and Energy Efficiency

Provides an overview of insulated metal wall and roof panels (IMPs) in terms of their material, finish, and construction life cycle; designed with features and benefits to enhance building performance, conserve energy and contribute to the sustainable built environment.

Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Architectural Finishes

Provides an overview of architectural finish film as a versatile decorative material, with a discussion on its uses, manufacturing process, beneficial characteristics, and proper installation technique to ensure a quality, long-life product.

Finishes
Innovation in Intumescent Coating Technology

Provides an overview of the evolution of intumescent coatings. The program focuses on intumescent acrylic latex paint coatings and the performance and aesthetic advantages they have over traditional coatings. It includes discussions on codes and standards, applicable substrates, adhesion, and application, curing, and cleanup.

Finishes - Fire suppression - Metals - Wood, plastics, and composites
Enabling Successful Contemporary Tile Installations

In order to address tile installation difficulties effectively and avoid failures, designers and specifiers must maintain full awareness of current knowledge, practices, and products. This course reviews potentially problematic contemporary tile installation issues along with the industry guidance, methodologies, and products available to address them.

Concrete - Finishes - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Metals - Plumbing - Thermal and moisture protection
Engineered Stone: Designing for Sustainability

Provides an overview of engineered stone, with a focus on the process of designing with the material and descriptions of how engineered stone makes an appropriate, attractive, cost-effective, and sustainable design choice.

Finishes - Masonry - Wood, plastics, and composites
Fall Protection Systems: Selection, Specification, and Compliance

Provides an overview of fall protection and contains discussions on: the need for fall protection; the hierarchy of fall protection; fall arrest systems; and, the governing standards and regulations surrounding fall protection.

Equipment
SBS Modified Asphalt Roofing and Underlayment Systems

Provides an overview of SBS modified asphalt roofing andunderlayment systems and includes discussions on the properties of SBS modifiedasphalt membrane (SMAM), applications, testing, codes, underlayments, andprovides a comparison with other commercial roofing material.

Thermal and moisture protection
Creating a Recycling Program

This program provides an overview of the purpose of recycling, steps on setting priorities and analyzing needs when setting up a recycling program, considerations for servicing workstations and servicing public spaces, guidance on how to select the right bins, and other tips for improving sustainability efforts.

Equipment - Furnishings - Specialties
Enhancements to Manufactured Stone Veneers Through Dry-Cast Technology

In addition to enhancing building appearance, veneer usage has a number of benefits. This course provides an overview of the advantages and features of manufactured stone (and masonry) veneers (MSV) and a comparison between the dry-cast and wet-cast fabrication methods. It also reviews proper installation techniques for MSV in commercial and residential applications.

Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
Advanced Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Design and Construction

Provides an overview of insulated concrete form construction (ICF) and includes discussions on the financial and sustainable benefits of ICFs, design considerations, the installation process, flooring systems, and project applications.

Concrete
Electrical Device Safety

Provides an overview of electrical devices and the safety issues associated with them. The course includes discussions on the features of duplex receptacles, hospital grade receptacles, GFCIs and other electrical devices and also discusses updated UL requirements and NEC codes.

Electrical
Rebounding Bollards: Use and Design Considerations

Provides an overview of rebounding bollards and includes discussions on the various types of bollards, the benefits of using rebounding bollards in various applications, the components of bollards, and design considerations.

Equipment - Exterior improvements - Furnishings - Special construction - Specialties
Sustainable HVAC Design: Using Air Movement in Air Conditioned Buildings

Provides an overview of the principles of thermal comfort, heat transfer, and the benefits of the innovative HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) strategy that pairs traditional air conditioning with energy-efficient air movement.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Designing with Perforated Metal

Provides an overview of perforated metal, including its history, applications, specifying standard and custom perforated metal, along with a discussion on how it is used to sculpt light, control sound, and compose views.

Finishes - Metals - Specialties
Naturally Durable Wood Products - The Cornerstone of Sustainability and Green Building

Provides an overview of naturally durable wood products, their role, and applications within the green building movement.

Exterior improvements - Exterior improvements - Finishes - Finishes - Furnishings - Furnishings - Special construction - Specialties - Specialties - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites - Wood, plastics, and composites
Quartz Surfacing Basics

Provides an overview of quartz surfacing materials in termsof its performance capabilities, sustainable attributes, and endless designpossibilities for both residential and commercial construction and designapplications.

Finishes - Wood, plastics, and composites
Insulated Metal Panel Roof Systems

Provides an overview of the performance benefits and aesthetics provided by insulated metal panel (IMP) roof systems.

Existing conditions - Finishes - Finishes - Metals - Metals - Special construction - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection - Thermal and moisture protection
Rice Husk Hybrids: Decking & Cladding Applications

The increasing demand for eco-friendly products has prompted a growing interest in the field of hybrid building materials, including those made with natural fibers from agricultural wastes. This course explores the development, features, performance benefits, and installation considerations of rice husk hybrid materials for decking, façade, and siding applications.

Wood, plastics, and composites
Water Features & Sustainable Design: Balancing Captivation & Conservation

Water is not only a vital resource but an essential element of life that entertains, attracts and soothes. It is also something that needs to be used with care and conserved. This course discusses how to balance the desire for water features in and around our buildings with the need to design sustainably. It will review energy, water and space conservation techniques and illustrate them with case studies of water features from around the world.

Other - Special construction - Specialties
Enriching Living Spaces with Fireplaces: Three Steps to Increase Homebuyer Satisfaction

Provides an overview of the three steps for builders, architects and designers to facilitate fireplace design and selection that will increase homebuyer satisfaction, as well as a discussion on the current trends of indoor and outdoor fireplaces.

Electrical - Equipment - Exterior improvements - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Masonry - Plumbing - Specialties
Gas Fireplaces: Adding Ambiance to Any Room

Provides an overview of gas fireplaces and discusses their advantages over wood-burning fireplaces, types of gas units and venting options, their versatility in placement, and, design and functional considerations critical to the selection process.

Equipment - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Specialties - Utilities
Specifying Fireplaces to Meet National Green Building Programs

Provides an overview of how hearth products contribute to home comfort, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and environmental sustainability. Discussions pertain to how to identify different hearth product categories, and how some types qualify for national green building programs, and why others do not.

Equipment - Exterior improvements - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Masonry - Plumbing - Specialties
The Design Advantages of Synthetic Roofing Solutions

Provides an overview of the features and benefits of slate and shake synthetic roofing products, including a discussion on the testing methods used to rate specific performance characteristics.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Water Delivery Solutions For Green Building

Provides an overview of the benefits of green building with a focus on the need for water efficiency and includes discussions on LEED® certification, specifically relating to green products for the kitchen and bath.

Plumbing
The Heart of the Home: Specifying Gas Fireplaces for Today’s Homes

Provides an overview of today’s factory-built gas fireplaces, including terminology, fireplace types, specialty fireplace options, design considerations, venting parameters, selection criteria, and key specification issues.

Exterior improvements - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Masonry - Plumbing - Specialties - Specialties
Architectural & Industrial Metal Grating Solutions

Provides an overview of the history of metal bar grating and compares and contrasts the different types of grating in terms of materials, fabrication processes, finishes, design and use in the architecture and engineering industries.

Metals
Metal Composite Materials: Surface and Finishes

Today’s building designs demand reliable building envelopes coupled with pleasing aesthetics. This course discusses the composition and benefits of metal composite material panels and focuses on the finishes achieved with anodized and organic coatings as well as their applicable standards and specifications.

Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection
Insulated Concrete Forms

Provides an overview of ICF design, construction and environmental benefits.

Concrete - Finishes - Masonry - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Sustainable Materials for the Bath

Provides an overview of sustainable materials for the bath, including production, performance, maintenance, and frameworks for assessment; and focuses on recycled copper, sustainably made concrete, FSC-certified bamboo, and reclaimed wood.

Finishes - Plumbing
Automated Windows for Natural Ventilation

Natural ventilation relies on air pressure differences instead of or in conjunction with mechanical means to move fresh air through buildings. A properly designed natural ventilation system lowers capital and operating costs while improving energy efficiency and safety, as well as occupant health, well-being, and performance. This course demonstrates the role of windows and skylights in a ventilation strategy and discusses how an automated, programmable window operating system maximizes the benefits of natural ventilation.

Electrical - Equipment - Openings - Special construction - Specialties
Photoluminescence: Applied Use in Code Compliance and Enhanced Safety

Provides an overview of the benefits of photoluminescent (PL) safety products and the codes and testing standards related to photoluminescent way-finding systems.

Concrete - Finishes - Metals - Specialties
Post-Frame Construction in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings

Provides an overview of post-frame construction, including its attributes, construction methods, materials and its applications for low-rise commercial buildings.

Metals - Special construction - Wood, plastics, and composites
Sink System Trends for Sustainability and Accessibility

Trends in washroom design are often driven by environmental issues and efficiency, but must always meet the standard requirements of all public washrooms: accessibility, cleanliness, and safety. This course takes a look at the trends in sink systems, materials, designs, and accessories. It also reviews the accessibility requirements of commercial washrooms.

Equipment - Plumbing - Specialties
Mitigating Thermal Bridging with Fluid-Applied Coatings

The methods for mitigating thermal bridging often mean a break in not only in thermal continuity but also structural continuity, leading to complex structural solutions. This course discusses a new take on fluid-applied thermal coatings for use as thermal breaks. It looks at how they are proving to be an innovative solution to minimize thermal bridging in both new and existing buildings, provides case studies and research showing their effectiveness and cost savings over traditional thermal break materials.

Finishes
Exterior Shutters in 21st Century Architecture

Provides an overview of different types of exterior shutters available on the market today, including a discussion on the characteristics and benefits of each, proper installation techniques, and shutter hardware. Additionally, it provides an overview of specifying exterior shutters, including storm shutters, to meet various building codes and standards.

Exterior improvements - Openings - Wood, plastics, and composites
EPS Product Solutions

Provides an overview of EPS insulation, EPS Geofoam and ICF/SIP building system solutions produced using sustainable EPS manufacturing processes. Applicable material properties, product standards and code references are provided.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Special construction - Specialties - Thermal and moisture protection - Utilities
Factory Preblended Mortar for Masonry Construction

Provides an overview of the components, manufacturing, features, and benefits of factory preblended mortar vs. field mixed mortar, including a discussion of specification standards and considerations when selecting masonry mortar.

Masonry
Wine Storage and Display Systems

Wine is a critical element of entertaining and culinary experiences, and modern wine cellars help make bottle collections part of engaging, artistic focal points in restaurants and homes throughout the world. This course focuses on the evolution of the wine cellar, from refrigeration to modern materials and display systems. It defines passive and active (cooled) storage, and identifies key considerations when building a wine cellar.

Equipment - Finishes - Furnishings - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Metals - Openings - Thermal and moisture protection
ADA Compliant Plumbing Products for Accessible Kitchens and Baths

Provides an overview of how the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design apply to plumbing products and discusses how universal design make kitchens and baths more accessible for all people to use.

Plumbing
Designing with Water

Provides an overview of incorporating indoor water features in a variety of architectural applications, with a focus on system components and types of water features, as well as considerations for a successful installation.

Special construction - Specialties - Specialties
Insulated Metal Panels in Rainscreen Systems

Provides an overview of insulated metal panels (IMPs) and their emerging use as the complete insulation and air vapor barrier backup for various modern walls. The course discusses features and benefits of IMPs, IMP rainscreen wall systems, and the stringent new insulation requirements of current energy codes and standards.

Finishes - Metals - Thermal and moisture protection
Sustainable Design With Recycled Rubber Surfaces

Provides an overview of interior and exterior recycled rubber surfacing products in terms of their sustainable design benefits and applications and includes discussions on rubber manufacturing, post-consumer tires, and green building certification programs.

Exterior improvements - Finishes
PVC Water & Sewer Pipe System Installation

Provides an overview of the installation of PVC pressure pipe and gravity sewer systems, including discussions on trench construction, loading, pipe assembly, and embedment.

Utilities
When Sound Control Matters: Floor Underlayment Solutions

Sound abatement products are not just a building owner and occupant preference; minimum sound abatement ratings are required by many local building codes for multi-story residential, commercial, and multi-purpose buildings. Following an introduction to the basics of sound, this course presents a summary of the most common sound control methods, with a focus on the options available for floor underlayment.

Finishes - Special construction - Specialties
Commercial and Industrial IMP Building Envelope Solutions

Provides an overview of the insulated metal panel in commercial and industrial building applications, its components and manufacturing, design options, and contribution to energy performance and build speed savings.

Existing conditions - Finishes - Metals - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Vertical Transportation: Machine Room-Less Elevators

Provides an overview of machine room-less (MRL) elevators and includes discussions on the history of elevators, low-rise and mid-rise applications, industry standard configurations, and the green benefits achieved using machine room-less elevators.

Conveying equipment
Synthetic Turf for Residential and Commercial Landscapes

Provides an overview of the construction and physical performance of synthetic turf for surfacing and landscaping in residential and commercial applications.

Exterior improvements - Special construction - Specialties
The Building Envelope Solution

Provides an overview of building envelope systems and their function, with a focus on selecting performance-based products for below-grade, above-grade, and roofing applications, and a discussion on best practices for design and installation.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Healthy IAQ in Energy Efficient Buildings

As we become more aware of the levels of toxins in our environment we are realizing that the quality of air inside our homes is just as important as the quality of air outside our homes. This course provides an overview as to why indoor air quality is so important to our health and how to improve indoor air quality by using a balanced ventilation system.

Equipment - General requirements - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Special construction - Specialties
Trash, Recycling, & Linen Chutes: Components and Installation

Provides an overview of trash, recycling, and linen chutes and includes discussions on system components, accessory components, compactors and sorters, and meeting NFPA 82 codes. The program also guides you through a typical installation of a chute system.

Conveying equipment - Equipment - Special construction
Deep Deck Composite Floor Systems

A deep deck composite floor system consists of a high-strength, long span steel floor deck that acts as a permanent concrete form to create a reinforced, one-way slab that meets the structural strength, minimum deflection, fire rating, and sound control common to residential or commercial construction. This course explains the design and installation of deep deck composite floor systems and how they offer advantages in economy, safety, strength, and durability.

Concrete - Masonry - Metals - Wood, plastics, and composites
High Performance Building Envelope Designs with Insulating Concrete Forms

Provides an overview of advancements in Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) technology and discusses the potential contribution held by ICFs to support improved sustainability and resilience.

Concrete - Thermal and moisture protection
Concrete Tile Roof Systems: The Sustainable, Superior Roof Solution

Provides an overview of the features, benefits, and installation of concrete tile roof systems, along with a discussion of the green building codes and programs related to concrete roofing systems.

Thermal and moisture protection
Cable Railing Assemblies: Prefabricated Kits and Custom Design Options

When it comes to railing infill, most people immediately think of vertical pickets, horizontal rails, or glass panels. However, today’s cable railing infill options offer many benefits. Stainless steel cable infill is strong, durable, and versatile and offers long-lasting beauty. This course provides an overview of horizontal cable infill and its advantages, and discusses frame design, prefabricated and custom assembly kits, installation specifications, and special safety requirements.

Exterior improvements - Metals - Specialties
Concrete Waterproofing with Crystalline Technology

Provides an overview of how crystalline waterproofing technology provides a high level of performance to concrete structures and what design professionals need to know in order to specify and understand how this chemical technology can improve building projects, cut costs and help earn LEED® credits.

Concrete - Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection
Metal Composite Materials

Provides an overview of metal composite panels and how their different components affect their performance characteristics.

Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
The Next Generation of Air Knife Technology

Provides an overview of hand drying concepts and the advantages of hand dryers with air technology. It reviews the impact the choice of hand-drying equipment has on public health, occupant comfort, facility operations, and our environment.

Electrical - Plumbing - Specialties
Universal & Sustainable: Green Hand Drying for All Abilities

Provides an overview of air knife hand dryers that benefit the environment through energy-efficiency, resource conservation, and waste reduction, and benefit all members of society by meeting ADA requirements and Universal Design principles.

Electrical - Plumbing - Specialties
Coating of Aluminum Extrusions

Provides an overview of aluminum extrusion coatings and includes discussions on the aluminum extrusion process; a comparison of powder and liquid coatings; an overview of the chrome and the chrome-free pretreatment processes; and, the performance objectives of AAMA testing standards.

Exterior improvements - Metals
Specifying The Right Locker: Matching Form to Function

The need for storage products is universal. Lockers are widely used in educational facilities, fitness centers, health care, commercial, and industrial locations. This course will outline the components of different types of lockers, describe the process of locker selection, and explain the benefits of a properly specified locker.

Specialties
Vertical Transportation: Destination Controls for Elevators

Provides an overview of how changes to destination-dispatch technology has improved how buildings control elevators and optimized passenger mobility and to achieve maximum energy efficiency.

Conveying equipment
Specifying Code-Compliant Toilet Partitions

This course provides information relative to selecting and specifying code-compliant toilet partitions for commercial restrooms, including material type, hardware, and mounting configurations. Fire and accessibility codes will be discussed, as well as guidelines for writing toilet compartment specifications.

Furnishings - Plumbing - Specialties
Building Shielding: Architectural Solutions for Security and Performance

Buildings need protection from cyber as well as physical threats. Building shielding offers several architectural solutions that contribute to the security of both building occupants and wireless systems. These solutions also help reduce unwanted solar heat and glare while providing protection from the elements and people. This course presents the security and performance benefits of shielding technology that can improve wireless performance, energy efficiency, and occupant comfort, satisfaction, and safety.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Special construction - Specialties
Performance Benefits of Insulated Metal Panels

Provides an overview of the sustainable and building performance benefits of insulated metal wall and roof panels and includes discussions on materials, design and finish options, construction life cycle, enhanced building performance and energy conservation, and applications.

Existing conditions - Exterior improvements - Finishes - Metals - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Electric Vehicle Charging: Basics and Beyond

The growth of electric vehicles (EVs) and the behavior of EV drivers are increasing the demand for electric vehicle charging stations. This education course explains the different types of charging available and their suitable applications, and discusses the planning and installation considerations for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).

Electrical - Equipment - Other - Specialties
Boosting Energy Performance in Brick Walls

Provides an overview of designing for energy efficiency in brick masonry construction, including discussions of best practices for insulating the building envelope, avoiding thermal bridges and condensation, and the use of passive heating/cooling strategies.

Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
Living Wall Biofilters: Growing Clean Air and Energy Savings

At first glance, a living wall biofilter appears as a vertical, hydroponic green wall of plants. However, it is an active filtration system that is an integrated part of the air handling system for a building. This course explains how living wall biofilters improve indoor air quality, enhance building performance, and create healthier, more pleasant indoor environments.

Finishes - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Specialties
Single-Skin Metal Panels for Pressure-Equalized Rainscreen (PER) Applications

Various control strategies are used to prevent rain from penetrating a building envelope and entering a building assembly. This course compares exterior wall metal cladding systems and takes an in-depth look at the design options, testing, specifications, environmental implications and the detailing of single-skin metal panel systems as used in a pressure-equalized rainscreen (PER) application.

Metals - Thermal and moisture protection
Exterior Perimeter Steel Pedestrian Security Gates

Provides an overview of the material specifications, industry standards, hardware options, installations, and application considerations necessary to design and specify exterior pedestrian steel gates.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Masonry - Metals - Openings - Special construction - Specialties
Resinous Terrazzo & Seamless Flooring Systems

Provides an overview, including the history, components, characteristics, types, and applications, of resinous terrazzo and seamless flooring systems.

Finishes
Building Green Interiors With Wood Products

Provides an overview of types of interior wood flooring and moulding products and includes discussions on their sustainable attributes, Baltic birch plywood, on-site and factory finishing methods, and green building programs and organizations.

Finishes - Furnishings - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
Universal Design: The New Normal

Reviews the implementation of universal design to create aesthetically pleasing, functional, adaptable living spaces for everyone, regardless of age or ability, with a focus on the types of products available in the market today to meet the needs of the client, wherever they are in their lifecycle.

Equipment - Plumbing - Specialties
Advantages of Cold Applied Roofing Systems

Provides an overview of cold applied roofing systems, how they differ from hot applied asphalt, their components, benefits and application considerations and procedures.

Thermal and moisture protection
Architectural Paving Surface Technologies and Finish Advancements

Provides an overview of the unique finishes and technologies of segmental concrete paver systems, including a discussion of the design possibilities that the range of options afford today’s architects, landscape architects and engineers.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Finishes - Masonry
Specialty Door Hardware

Provides an overview of specialty door hardware with a focus on the specific components that make up this category, including a discussion on applying specialty door hardware to specific projects.

Metals - Openings - Specialties
Sustainability and Stainless Steel in Elevated Pools, Spas and Thermal Rooms

Provides an overview of stainless steel pools, spas, and spa experience rooms, with a close look at stainless steel and its performance characteristics, and the aspects of stainless steel pools that make them an environmentally friendly choice.

Exterior improvements - Metals - Special construction - Specialties
Residential Door Hardware: New Function, New Look

Traditional residential door hardware is simple to use, but not always convenient. This course explores a new type of door hardware that can be operated in two new ways: pushing or pulling on the knob or lever to release the door latch. The course includes discussions on the functions of door hardware, types of locksets, security issues, benefits of push/pull/turn door hardware, and concludes with installation examples.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Metals - Openings - Specialties
The Plastic Pipe Solution to Water Infrastructure Failures

Provides an overview of the modern water infrastructure, with discussions on common pipe materials, causes and impacts of pipe failure, and the benefits of plastic pipe as a durable, low-cost solution.

Utilities
Polymers in Concrete: A Sustainable Choice for High Performance Flooring

It is increasingly critical to be conscious of the environmental impact of the materials and methods we choose to use in construction. Concrete is one of the most widely used materials in construction around the world, and it is important to consider its place in sustainable construction. This course discusses the use of polymers in concrete in high performance flooring applications, including advantages and enhanced characteristics that lead to longer life and use in resurfacing and repair, saving the environmental and economical costs of new construction.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Finishes - Special construction - Specialties
Concrete Restoration, Joint Treatment and Crack Repair

Provides an overview of the key factors in the proper specification and installation of concrete joints, as well as discussions on the methods and materials that are used to repair cracks and spalling.

Concrete
Synthetic Trim Materials: Cellular PVC Products

Provides an overview of synthetic trim materials with a focus on cellular PVC trim products, applications, manufacturing, proper installation, painting, and advantages over wood and other synthetic trim materials.

Wood, plastics, and composites
Sustainable Attributes of LVT Flooring

Vinyl is one of the most popular types of plastic because of its durability and cost-effectiveness. However, the safety and sustainability of vinyl often comes into question. This course discusses the human and environmental impacts of vinyl, sustainable corporate strategies, and product transparency.

Finishes
Re-evaluating Kitchen Surfacing

The design of the common modular kitchen has, for almost a century, remained largely unchanged. Veering away from its basic conceptual arrangement, this course presents a discussion on the use of quartz surfacing in innovative kitchen design concepts that are created with optimal functionality in mind. Also reviewed are the characteristics, performance benefits, and application possibilities of quartz surfacing.

Finishes - Wood, plastics, and composites
Single-Component Silicone Sealants

The performance of sealants is critical to the success of any construction project. This course examines silicone sealants, their composition, characteristics, and use in the construction industry, and how to select the appropriate silicone sealant type.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Finishes - Masonry - Metals - Openings - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Kinetic Architectural Systems

Kinetic architectural systems blur the separation between outdoor and indoor spaces, maximizing a living or working area and making it usable throughout the year. When retractable structures, roofs, skylights, windows, or doors are integrated into a building project, enclosed spaces are no longer limited to being indoor spaces only. This course discusses the foundational, engineering, and mechanical requirements for incorporating motion in architecture to provide flexible living and working environments in any type of weather.

Openings - Special construction - Specialties
Daylighting Using Skylights and Curtainwall Systems

Provides an overview of achieving daylighting in building design using skylights and curtainwall. This program includes discussions on the basics of daylighting, glazing options, daylighting methods, creative design, and green benefits of daylighting systems.

Openings - Specialties
Elevated Outdoor Flooring System for Stone and Tile

There are many important considerations and issues related to outdoor tile and stone surfacing installations. This course provides an overview of the causes of their frequent failures, a detailed description of a system which addresses those issues and avoids the failures, and case studies of successful system installations in various contexts.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Finishes - Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Electric Fireplaces: A Stylish, Simple, and Safe Alternative

Fireplaces remain one of the most desirable household features for homeowners, complementing a range of different lifestyles and appealing to a range of demographics. This course provides an overview of electric fireplaces, focusing on their design possibilities, flame technologies, ease of installation, environmental efficiency, cost-saving benefits, and their advantages over gas and wood-burning fireplaces.

Electrical - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Specialties
Materials World: Navigating LEED v4 Materials Credits

This course takes a close look at the Building Disclosure and Optimization credits, the changes in thinking from LEED 2009, and strategies and tools used to determine material health.

General requirements - Other - Specialties
Powder and Liquid FEVE Coatings for Curtain Wall Applications

Maintaining the beauty and aesthetics of a project requires protecting against the elements. An effective way to do this is with the use of protective coatings. This course discusses fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) fluoropolymer coating technology, including the various types of FEVE resins and their applications, with a focus on performance characteristics, sustainability factors including LEED credits, and life cycle costs.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Metals - Openings - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Concrete That Cleans Itself and the Environment

Provides an overview of photocatalytic technology in concrete and the benefits this technology offers in accelerating the self-cleaning and pollution abatement properties of concrete, while maintaining the same mechanical and physical properties of traditional concrete. Current environmental issues, factors that influence building performance, and field test and case studies are presented.

Concrete - Masonry
Sustainable Waterproofing Solutions

Provides an overview of the sustainable benefits of integral concrete waterproofing and analyzes traditional waterproofing methods as compared to integral methods in terms of durability, risk, cost, and construction timeline.

Concrete - Thermal and moisture protection
Entrapment Protection for Motorized Doors

This course explains the need for entrapment protection devices on motorized commercial and industrial doors and discusses how to specify the appropriate sensing edge actuation method and monitoring function to meet design, safety, and industry code requirements for specific building projects.

Openings - Specialties
Aggregate Piers for Settlement Control and Bearing Capacity

Provides an introduction to ground improvement technology and an in depth look at aggregate piers, their function, installation and benefits.

Existing conditions - Special construction - Specialties
Keys to a Successful Green Roof

Provides an overview describing the proper design, implementation and installation of a green roof, with a focus on the environmental benefits such as stormwater management, and a discussion on how to specify a green roof for single source warranty.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Bathroom Design Trends & Water Delivery Solutions

Provides an overview of the demographic and societal trends influencing bath design and the efficient water delivery solutions available to meet the trends, address the aesthetic and personal needs of all users, and contribute to the sustainable built environment.

Plumbing
Innovative Water Delivery Solutions for Today’s Kitchen Design Trends

Provides an overview of kitchen design trends and how innovative water delivery solutions meet the evolving needs and expectations of our ever-changing population.

Plumbing
Selecting Insulating Glass Sealants for Durability and Energy Efficiency

Provides an overview of the characteristics insulating glass (IG) sealants must provide to ensure long-term thermal performance, structural durability and longevity of insulating glass units (IGUs).

Openings - Thermal and moisture protection
Recycled Rubber Roofing for Steep Slope Applications

Provides an overview of features and benefits of recycled rubber roofing for steep slope applications.

Thermal and moisture protection
Floor Warming, Primary Heating, Snow Melting & Roof De-Icing with PTC Heaters

Provides an overview of self-regulating polymer technology and the performance benefits of using PTC (positive temperature coefficient) heaters for energy efficient floor warming, primary heating, snow melting, and roof de-icing.

Electrical - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Heat Recovery Ventilation: Why Efficiency Matters

Provides an overview of different types of mechanical ventilation systems and discusses why heat recovery ventilation (HRV) and energy recovery ventilation (ERV) systems are characterized by a high level of energy efficiency and as an effective means for improving indoor air quality.

Equipment - General requirements - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Special construction - Specialties
Premium Barn Door Hardware and Base Bottom Rolling Door Hardware

Provides an overview of two types of stainless steel decorative sliding door hardware systems and includes discussions on the functional types of systems available and options for handles and locking pull systems. It also outlines planning considerations and offers sample installation guidelines.

Openings
Reflective Concrete Floors: Durable & Sustainable

Provides an overview of the environmental impacts of building with concrete along with a discussion of the features of reflective and decorative concrete floors and their role in a sustainable building strategy. As well, we present a review of the best practices and specification considerations that are required to facilitate a successful concrete floor installation.

Concrete - Finishes - Masonry
Continuous Insulation in Commercial Wall Assemblies: NFPA 285 Compliance

Although NFPA 285 has been part of the building code since 2000, there are still misunderstandings as to how materials and assemblies meet its requirements. This course reviews the types of continuous insulation (CI) options and discusses the advantages and challenges of several CI assemblies that pass NFPA 285.

Thermal and moisture protection
Planning Guide for Accessible Restrooms

Restroom facilities should provide easy access and use for all users, regardless of ability. It is becoming increasingly important to know the tools needed to properly plan an accessible restroom that will meet the requirements of the ADA and other standards. This course will explore how accessibility standards accommodate a wide range of users, including how to design lavatories, toilet compartments, bathing facilities, and their accessories to meet accessibility requirements.

Furnishings - Plumbing - Specialties
Window Films for Safety and Security Applications

Provides an overview of safety and security window film and attachment systems and includes discussions on the history of films and film classifications, the functional benefits and applications of window films and attachments systems, as well as relevant testing standards and specifications.

Openings
An Introduction to Sourcing Dimensional Stone: The Example of Verona, Italy as a Materials and Processing Center

Provides an overview of dimensional stone and gives an architect the basic criteria for selecting stone materials and fabrication services.

Masonry - Other
Sustainable Design: The Use of Natural Stone in Green Architecture

This course will provide you with an introduction to stone, an overview of the principles and drivers in the green/sustainability building movement, and descriptions of how stone makes an appropriate, attractive, and natural material design choice that will contribute to a holistic solution over the life cycle of a project. New case study on Markim Hall added in July 2012.

Masonry
Mitigating Ballistic Threat with Fiberglass Composite Panels

Provides an overview of bullet-resistant fiberglass composite panels and the need for architectural armoring. The course discusses ballistic material testing and standards, the types of ballistic materials available, and fiberglass composite panel applications and installation considerations.

Finishes - Special construction - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
Display Wall Technologies: Requirements & Considerations

Provides an overview of display wall technologies and their differences for consideration when designing and specifying a dynamic and engaging display wall.

Electrical - Equipment - Furnishings - General requirements - Special construction - Specialties
Thermal Spacers for Code Compliance and Improved Energy Efficiency in Metal Buildings

The key to an energy-efficient metal building is the implementation of a continuous insulation system that eliminates thermal bridging and prevents condensation. This course discusses how using thermal spacer blocks and metal building insulation in the building envelope increases energy performance and meets stringent energy code requirements.

Metals - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
The Future of Shade: Fabric Components in Sustainable Architectural Design

Shade structures are becoming increasingly inherent to the design conversation. As the environment is constantly changing and evolving, our requirements for shade are evolving along with it. This course provides an overview of how fabric is being integrated into architectural designs for exterior shading focusing on design, personal health, and energy efficiency.

Exterior improvements - Furnishings
Acrylic Foam Tape for Structural Glazing & Architectural Panel Applications

Provides an overview of the physical properties, performance characteristics and design benefits of using acrylic foam tapes for structural glazing and architectural panel applications.

Openings
Daylighting Strategies

Provides an overview of how to best harness the benefits of natural light with proper daylighting strategies, as well as discussions on how to calculate daylighting accurately and case studies on the performance of daylight redirecting films.

Openings
Green Roof Design Considerations

With a focus on hybrid green roof systems, this course provides an overview of green roofs, including system options and design and specification considerations, such as plant selection, irrigation, mitigation of wind pressure and fire risk, sloped applications, and warranty options.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Introduction to Residential Lighting Design

This course provides an overview of the processes used in residential lighting design and includes discussions on types of lamps, types of lighting fixtures including recessed lighting, the Layered Lighting System and room lighting techniques.

Electrical
Sun Control Window Films

Provides an overview of the significant role solar control window film can play in a energy savings, occupant comfort, and daylighting strategies for architectural applications.

Openings
Through Penetration Firestopping

Provides an overview of the performance and attributes of firestopping technologies, materials and products that are used to firestop through penetrations in commercial applications. Industry fire testing standards and third parting listings are also discussed.

Fire suppression
How to Read Product Environmental Profiles: Understanding the Value of EPDs

The expectation for better products, better systems, and better buildings has created demand for reliable disclosure methods for the health and environmental impacts of building materials. This course will explore the product transparency movement in terms of environmental product declarations, in particular the product environmental profile (PEP). An overview of how a PEP is created, the basic terms used in a PEP, and a part-by-part review of a sample PEP are presented.

Electrical
Black vs. White Membranes: What Is the Sustainable Energy Efficient Choice?

The idea that white roof membranes are the most effective way for building owners to save energy and lower costs is widely accepted; however, cool roofs may actually increase energy consumption in cold climates. This course challenges the assumption that white membranes always offer the most energy conserving roofing system and discusses why it is essential to consider a building’s geographic location when specifying the color of a roofing membrane.

Thermal and moisture protection
Natural Cork Flooring

Provides an overview of natural cork flooring, both glue-down tiles and floating floor options, including discussions on sustainability and installation procedures.

Finishes
New Generation Solar Lighting Solutions

Solar lighting solutions require a level of due diligence to determine a good fit between customer, product, and vendor. This course provides an overview of the factors that require consideration when specifying an outdoor solar lighting system. Also discussed are the components, features, and benefits of the newest generation of off-grid, self-contained solar lighting that offers a cost-effective solution for an expanding number of applications.

Electrical - Exterior improvements - Specialties - Utilities
Interoperability Strategies for Safe, Acuity Adaptable Patient Room Environments

Provides an overview of the challenges of designing and equipping an acute care patient room, and explores how the connected activities that occur in the patient room can affect patient safety and the delivery of care, and how architects and planners must consider the connected room solution where the design and technology successfully work together to meet the continuously evolving acuity and care needs of the patient.

Equipment - Special construction - Specialties
Grease Interceptors: Solutions for the Operational Management of FOG

Provides an overview of the adverse effects fats, oil, and grease (FOG) have on the sanitary sewer system, the principles of operation of grease interceptors, and the industry requirements for an effective grease management system in commercial food service applications.

Plumbing
Green, Living Wall Design Considerations

Provides an overview of living walls with a focus on vertical planter systems with integrated irrigation. Presented are discussions of the benefits of living walls, a comparison of system options, as well as design and specification considerations, including plant selection, growing media, lighting, and maintenance requirements.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Responsible Wood Sourcing

Provides an overview of why and how to specify and source responsible wood products, including discussions of the threats to, impacts of, and solutions to deforestation and forest degradation.

Exterior improvements - Furnishings - Openings - Wood, plastics, and composites
PVC Roofing Materials: Performance, Construction, & Functionality

In roofing systems, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) membrane has been used as a waterproofing material for over 40-years. This course discusses the environmental profile of PVC, the role PVC single-ply roofing membranes play in high-performance building design, and the key selection criteria to consider when specifying a PVC single-ply membrane for a specific application.

Thermal and moisture protection
Brickwork Aesthetics

Brick's modular size gives it a level of design flexibility not found with many other materials. This course discusses how brick’s size, shape, texture, color, and position in a wall can be used to create walls with unique appearances. The addition of striking design elements through the use of details such as arches, recessed and projecting courses, brick sculpture, and specially shaped brick is also examined.

Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement

This course is an overview of permeable interlocking concrete pavements, related environmental issues and solutions, system components, selection and basic design information.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Finishes - Masonry
Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement: Part II Designing with PICPs

Provides an overview of data required and methods used forsizing the base and sub base for permeable interlocking concrete systems.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Finishes - Masonry
Shining a Light on BIM — An Enlightening Introduction

Provides an overview of how designers and engineers have moved from their basic 2D environment, into a highly intelligent, collaborative world based in the cloud. Design, construction, and building maintenance will never be the same.

Electrical - General requirements - Other
Creating Healthy Living Environments with New Paint Technology

Provides an overview of sustainable design and the creation of healthier environments in reference to architectural paints. Included are discussions regarding the components of paint; independent testing methods and standards; categories of LEED®; and specification of paint systems for today’s designer.

Finishes
Créer des milieux de vie sains grâce à une nouvelle technologie de peinture

Introduction au design durable et création d’environnements plus sains par des peintures architecturales. On trouvera aussi des réflexions sur les composants de la peinture; des méthodes d’évaluation et des normes indépendantes ; les catégories LEED® ; enfin, les particularités des systèmes de peinture pour le designer d’aujourd’hui.

Finishes
Color & Paint in Environments for the Aging

Provides an overview of the changes in color perception among the elderly as a result of aging or disease, with discussions of appropriate color use and application of low- or no-VOC, durable, high-quality paint to facilitate quality of life in all environments for aging.

Finishes
LEED v4: Paint and Coatings

Provides an overview of the new LEED v4 BD+C New Construction credits to which paints and coatings may apply. It reviews credit intents, explains credit requirements and describes where to find materials to meet the needs of the credits.

Finishes
Air Curtains: Energy Savings & Occupant Comfort

Provides an overview of how air curtains contribute to occupant comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality when the door is open. Discusses how air curtains work, applications, controls, and how to select and install. This course also reviews how air curtains improve whole building energy efficiency versus conventional methods.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Openings
An Introduction to Waterstop

Provides an overview of the manufacturing, history, properties and types of products available, selection for various conditions and proper installation techniques of waterstop into concrete structures.

Concrete - Thermal and moisture protection
Engineered Segmental Retaining Walls

Segmental retaining walls (SRWs) can strengthen steep slopes, hold back soil in grade changes, create useable land, and enhance the aesthetics of any landscape. This course looks at the site and application factors that determine whether a segmental retaining wall must be engineered and soil reinforced, and provides technical information about the components and construction of an SRW.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Finishes - Masonry
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs): Benefits and Advantages

It is an expectation that today’s buildings have to be more than just aesthetically pleasing, they have to provide measurable benefits. This course outlines the environmental benefits of insulated concrete forms (ICFs) and examines the advantages that ICFs and ICF technology have over conventional construction materials for building envelopes in all building types.

Concrete - Special construction
Color Foundations

Provides an overview of color basics, including terminology, color perception, the psychology of color, how light affects color, and current styles and color trends.

Finishes
Colour Foundations (CDN)

(Canadian Version) Provides an overview of colour basics, including terminology, colour perception, the psychology of colour, how light affects colour, and current styles and colour trends.

Finishes
Fondements des couleurs

Fournit une introduction aux principes de base des couleurs,notamment la terminologie, la perception et la psychologie des couleurs, les effets de la lumière, ainsi que les styles et les tendances actuelles.

Finishes
Aluminum Composite Material (ACM): Sustainable Materials & Processes

Provides an overview of the versatility, sustainability, and functionality of aluminum composite material (ACM) and discusses why it is selected for architectural cladding, interiors, and signage applications in new and existing buildings around the world.

Existing conditions - Metals - Thermal and moisture protection
Paint Technology: Chemistry and Performance

Provides an overview of types of paint, paint finishes, surface preparation, and primers.

Finishes
Paint Technology: Chemistry and Performance (CDN)

(Canadian version) Provides an overview of types of paint, paint finishes, surface preparation, and primers.

Finishes
Technologie en matière de peinture: Chimie et performance

Aperçu des types de peintures, de finis, de préparations de surface et d’apprêts.

Finishes
L'origine de la couleur et des pigments

Offre une vue d’ensemble de l’origine et de l’évolution des pigments de couleur par un regard sur des civilisations et des époques du passé.

Finishes
Origins of Color and Pigments

Provides an overview of the origins and evolution of color pigments by looking at historical civilizations and time periods.

Finishes
Origins of Colour and Pigments (CDN)

(Canadian Version) Provides an overview of the origins and evolution of colour pigments by looking at historical civilizations and time periods.

Finishes
What's In A Wall? Components in a Cavity Wall

There are several key elements that must be considered with a cavity wall system. Heat, air, and moisture — both vapor and liquid — have a definite impact on how a cavity wall system should be designed and constructed. Once these elements have been addressed, a cavity wall system will increase energy efficiency, meet the required energy and fire code standards, and will provide cost-savings over the life of the building.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Paint 201: Practical Solutions and Problem-Solving Techniques

Provides an overview of the classification of paints, advantages and disadvantages of latex versus alkyd coatings, surface preparation and priming techniques, and causes and solutions for common paint problems.

Finishes
Paint 201: Practical Solutions and Problem-Solving Techniques (CDN)

(Canadian Version) Provides an overview of the classification of paints, advantages and disadvantages of latex versus alkyd coatings, surface preparation and priming techniques, and causes and solutions for common paint problems.

Finishes
Peinture 201 : Solutions pratiques et techniques de résolution de problèmes

Fournir une présentation de la classification des peintures, des avantages et inconvénients du latex par rapport aux enduits en alkyde, des techniques de préparation de surface et d’impression, et enfin, des causes et solutions de problèmes courants en peinture.

Finishes
Spa-Inspired Shower Solutions

Provides an overview of the trends in shower design, the benefits of hydrotherapy and the components and technologies that are available to create a spa-like shower experience for today’s homeowners.

Equipment - Plumbing - Specialties
Wine Cellars: Room Construction and Design Considerations

Provides an overview of the design and construction requirements for wine storage, including climate control.

Equipment - Furnishings - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Openings - Special construction
Color and Light

Provides an overview of the properties of color and light.The program includes discussions on types of lighting, metamerism, ColorRendering Index (CRI), and Light Reflectance Value (LRV) and how they affectdesign choices.

Finishes
Colour and Light (CDN)

(Canadian Version) Provides an overview of the properties of colour and light. The program includes discussions on types of lighting, metamerism, Colour Rendering Index (CRI), and Light Reflectance Value (LRV) and how they affect design choices.

Finishes
High Performance Floor Coatings

Provides an overview of the basic characteristics of concrete as a floor substrate; floor coating types and selection of appropriate materials; proper coating application and importance of preliminary inspection and surface preparation.

Finishes
Three Centuries of Color

Illustrates how the use of color can express our individuality and culture, and how the past can inspire us with fresh ideas for using color in the present. Highlighting the prevalent colors of more than ten decades, this course also looks at the societal, political, technological and cultural influences which impacted and defined the personality of each decade.

Finishes
Sound Attenuation with Resilient Sound Isolation Clips

Provides an overview of acoustics and building construction techniques for sound attenuation with a focus on the use of resilient sound isolation clips.

Finishes - Special construction - Specialties
Luxury for Kitchen & Bath

Provides inspiration and an overview of kitchen and bath products that will meet the demands of the luxury consumer.

Equipment - Equipment - Plumbing - Specialties
The Fresh Approach to Choosing Exterior Colors

Provides an overview of the FRESH approach; a strategic method used for the selection of colors for the exterior of buildings. The course focuses on both residential and commercial design considerations, and details the steps to follow in the color selection process to achieve a harmonious design.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Cement Board and Exterior Finishing Systems

Provides an overview of cement backer board, features and benefits, and versatile interior and exterior applications with a focus on exterior applications, including Cement Board Stucco Systems (CBSS) and Cement Board Masonry Veneer (CBMV). The program reviews CBSS and CBMV components and performance benefits.

Finishes - Special construction
Coatings for Steel Railing & Fence Systems

Provides an overview of the different coating technologies available for steel railing and fence systems and how the coating process makes a difference to the life of a project.

Exterior improvements - Metals
Commercial Restroom Design: Sanitary, Accessible, Durable, & Water-Efficient

Provides an overview of the commercial restroom and its particular fixture requirements to ensure sanitation, vandalism resistance, durability, accessibility, and water efficiency.

Equipment - Plumbing - Specialties
Solving Architectural Noise Problems

Provides an overview of sprayed cellulose thermal/acoustic finishes and how they can be used to solve architectural noise problems. This course discusses noise and hearing loss, acoustics and life safety, and aesthetic and cost issues.

Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection
Four Stories of Integrated Process and of Lessons Learned

This course follows the growth of the IP through four stories of projects whose objectives were met or exceeded though the use of the IP. The projects range in age from 1993 to the present and in scope from a series of single-family homes and a freestanding rural structure to a multi-acre inner city mixed use redevelopment. The course will highlight the IP components employed while focusing on the more invisible benefits and the lessons learned from each of the IPs.

General requirements - Other - Specialties
Interior Fiberglass Mat Gypsum Panels: Benefits for Sustainable Construction

Provides an overview of fiberglass mat gypsum panels, and explains their potential contribution to LEED® certification and other sustainable building codes and standards, as well as addresses issues of indoor air quality and construction scheduling.

Finishes - Openings - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Specifying Levels of Finish for Gypsum Wallboard

Provides an overview of gypsum wallboard manufacturing, a review of the Gypsum Association's recommended levels of finish and examples of writing specification of levels of finish.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Openings - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Submetering for Intelligent Building and Sustainability: Measurement & Verification

Provides an overview of submetering and measurement & verification (M&V) technologies and products, and illustrates how they can be integrated into building management systems (BMS) to reduce energy consumption and overall operating costs.

Electrical - Equipment - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Specialties - Specialties
The Evolution of Shower Systems: Creating Spa-Like Shower Experiences

Provides an overview of standard and custom shower systems, including the evolution of showers, design and installation considerations for custom showers, and green programs that address showerhead requirements and water conservation.

Plumbing
Acoustic Doors and Green Design

Provides an overview of acoustic door assemblies including their components, features and their role in occupant comfort in both workplace and school environments.

Openings
Designing with Bamboo for Superior Environmental & Human Health Impacts

Provides an overview of the history, uses, characteristics and specification considerations of bamboo including a discussion of the health advantages and green benefits of designing with bamboo products.

Finishes - Furnishings - Wood, plastics, and composites
Economics of Green Building

This LEED® Specific course provides an overview of the economics of LEED® green building design and includes discussions on economic, environmental and social impacts; market conditions, legislative pressures and consumer demand; and, tools and strategies to assess costs and benefits, ROI and simple payback.

General requirements - Other - Specialties
New Urbanism: LEED® Application for Community Location, Linkage and Density

This LEED® Specific course looks at concepts of New Urbanism in its applicability to the LEED rating system. This course will compare, contrast, and provide design elements that fall within the standards of New Urbanism but meet the standards set forth by the LEED rating system. LEED for New Construction and LEED for Neighborhood Design are addressed throughout the course. Key concepts include community connectivity, density issues, streetscapes and project site and surrounding factors. Ways to earn the LEED credits are also addressed.

Exterior improvements - Other - Specialties
Water Use Reduction Calculations in LEED®

This LEED® Specific course is for anyone working on a LEED project and will address issues such as proper calculation methodology, accounting for urinals in buildings, proper weighted calculations for dual-flush toilets, public vs. private fixtures, fixture usage groups and the use of proper gender ratios, and how to successfully submit the LEED Prerequisite/Credit Forms in LEED Online. Learn what reviewers are looking for and how to submit it right the first time.

Other - Plumbing - Specialties
LEED GA Exam Prep

This 4 hour course provides an introduction to green building and covers each of the credit categories within the LEED BD+C rating systems to prepare the reader for the LEED GA exam.

Other
Firestop Systems for Maintaining Fire Ratings of Walls and Floors

Provides an overview of firestop systems used for maintaining or regaining the fire resistance rating of a fire separation and includes discussions on testing standards, fire classified floor boxes, poke-thru devices, and through-wall penetration systems.

Electrical - Fire suppression
Fire & Smoke Protection with Life Safety Dampers

Provides an overview of life safety dampers: fire, smoke, and combination fire/smoke dampers with a focus on different styles and types, their uses and benefits, and a discussion on proper installation practices and guidelines.

Fire suppression - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Rethinking Vertical Accessibility

Provides an overview of vertical wheelchair lifts, including the features, the code and regulatory requirements, and the benefits of specifying a vertical wheelchair lift solution to both the user and the facility owner.

Conveying equipment - Equipment - Specialties
Daylighting with Aerogel-Filled Multiwall Polycarbonate

Provides an overview of aerogel-filled multiwall polycarbonate including its contribution to daylighting, thermal and light transmission properties, and multiple architectural design applications.

Finishes - Openings - Special construction - Specialties - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Polyiso CI for Code-Compliant Walls in Types I-IV Construction

Provides an overview of the use of polyisocyanurate as a continuous insulation, and its use as a multifunctional envelope component—air barrier, weather-resistive barrier and vapor retarder—by reviewing code requirements for the building envelope.

Exterior improvements - General requirements - Thermal and moisture protection
The ABCs of EPDs

Discusses the concept of the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) as applied to building materials and how to integrate EPDs into design and product selection decisions.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
Gypsum Board: Beyond Recycled Content

Provides an overview of the characteristics of gypsum board that allow it to contribute to sustainably designed buildings, and a look at methods for ensuring continued healthy indoor air and eliminating waste.

Finishes - Special construction
Pultruded Fiberglass Windows

Provides an overview of pultruded fiberglass window systems and compares them with traditional wood, aluminum, and PVC window systems across a wide variety of performance attributes including: strength and durability, sustainability, condensation resistance, expansion /contraction, fabrication and installation.

Exterior improvements - Openings - Wood, plastics, and composites
Advantages of Using Cover Boards in Low-Slope Roofing Assemblies

Provides an overview of low-slope roof systems with a discussion on various cover board types and reasons for their use, including benefits, primary features and challenges.

Finishes - Special construction
Construction Waste Management in LEED®

This course is aimed at Contractors and their trades who are working on a LEED project pursuing the Materials and Resources prerequisite and credit for Construction and Demolition Waste Management in LEEDv4. This course will provide you with tools and resources to effectively manage the construction and demolition waste on your project in order to meet LEED requirements.

General requirements - Other - Specialties
Cementitious Materials in Concrete: Performance & Sustainability

Provides an overview of the manufacturing, characteristics, and performance properties of cements and Supplementary Cementitious Materials in concrete and how they can enhance concrete performance, including a discussion on their role in sustainable construction.

Concrete - Masonry
A Practical Look at Green Buildings for Contractors

This course is aimed at Contractors and their trades who are working on green building projects or who would like to be more involved in green buildings. This course will provide an overview of what a green building is, different ways that Contractors and their trades can get involved, and the key areas that fall under the Contractor’s responsibility when executing a LEED® project.

General requirements - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Other - Specialties
Sustainable Building Materials: LEED® Application for Transparency and Environmental Accountability

Sustainability through multi-attribute assessments are introduced to help the building professional utilize more comprehensive sources. This course addresses new techniques, risks, and basic leadership skills for successful sustainable projects. Furthermore, it looks at how design and construction teams can cooperate with material suppliers in tracing a material’s life-cycle from raw material extraction, manufacture, installation, and finally, material end-of-life considerations. The new Green Building Design and Construction, LEED version 4 (v4) rating system, is evaluated for its incorporation of a multi-attribute focus on building materials and resources.

General requirements
Construction IAQ Management in LEED®

This course is for anyone working on a LEED project that is pursuing the Construction IAQ Management Plan — During Construction point. This course will look at how teams can work together to make sure the correct documentation is collected and that, ultimately, the plan is being implemented effectively by everyone involved. This will result in fewer questions from reviewers, less backtracking by the project team to collect documentation retroactively, and a less contaminated space for future occupants. This course is applicable to LEED 2009 as well as LEED v4, as this credit has not changed.

General requirements - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Other - Specialties
Gestion durable de l'eau et des eaux pluviales

Présenter un aperçu des modes de gestion de l’eau et des eaux pluviales à l’échelle d’un terrain, d’un quartier et d’un bassin hydrologique et examiner le lien entre ces modes de gestion et la planification de collectivités durables et la conception de bàtiments écologiques.

Exterior improvements - General requirements - Other
Les rudiments de la planification de collectivités durables

Donne un aperçu de la conception d’une collectivité durable en mettant l’accent sur l’application des six principes de base de la planification pour intégrer les bâtiments dans les collectivités et créer ainsi des lieux de vie sains, tranquilles et respectueux de l’environnement.

Exterior improvements - General requirements - Other
Plan de gestion durable des déchets solides

Donne un aperçu de l’importance qu’il faut accorder à l’élaboration d’un plan intégré de gestion des déchets solides (PIGDS), et aborde l’impact des déchets sur l’environnement, les éléments clés d’un PIGDS et les étapes menant à l’élaboration d’un PIGDS complet.

Exterior improvements - General requirements - Other
Planification énergétique durable dans les collectivités

Ce cours offre une vue d’ensemble de la planification énergétique dans les collectivités et comporte, en plus d’une démonstration et d’une sensibilisation aux principes, des discussions sur les modes classique et durable de la planification énergétique, le processus d’une planification durable en la matière et la gestion de l’offre et de la demande d’énergie.

Exterior improvements - General requirements - Other
Sustainable Community Energy Planning

Provides an overview of community energy planning (CEP) and includes discussions on conventional and sustainable energy planning, developing a sustainable CEP, energy demand and supply management, and energy education, demonstration, and awareness.

Exterior improvements - General requirements - Other
Sustainable Community Planning Essentials

Provides an overview of sustainable community design, with a focus on applying the six basic planning principles to integrate buildings into communities, which in turn creates healthy, peaceful, environmentally conscious spaces.

Exterior improvements - General requirements - Other
Sustainable Solid Waste Management Planning

Provides an overview of the importance of developing an integrated waste management plan (IWMP), and includes discussions on the environmental impacts of waste, the keys elements of an IWMP and the steps involved in developing a comprehensive IWMP.

Exterior improvements - General requirements - Other
Sustainable Water and Stormwater Management

Provides an overview of site, neighborhood, and watershed water and stormwater management approaches and their relationship to sustainable community planning and green building design.

Exterior improvements - General requirements - Other
The Restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Provides an overview of the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, including details regarding structural issues, moisture intrusion, roof and terrace restoration, and interior and exterior coatings.

Other