Inspiring Play: Low-Cost Options to Renew & Transform Asphalt Playgrounds

Time spent on the playground has positive effects on students’ mental wellness, physical health, and academic performance, yet too many playgrounds consist of dark, hot, boring asphalt. This course presents the benefits of low-cost, water-based acrylic coatings to renew and rejuvenate playground surfaces. These solar reflective coatings help protect asphalt and keep it significantly cooler while transforming dull play surfaces into safe, fun, and engaging spaces.

Exterior improvements
Low Slope Roofing: Why Choose Thermoplastic Single-Ply Roofing Systems?

Their cost, flexibility, and relative ease of installation are just a few of the reasons why single-ply roofing membranes have seen a growth in popularity over the years. With a focus on commercial roofing systems, this course explores the drawbacks of traditional asphaltic roofing, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of single-ply roofing systems and their attachment technologies.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
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
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
Trash, Recycling, & Linen Chutes: Components and Installation

Trash, recycling, and linen chutes must be designed, installed, and maintained to meet NFPA 82 standards. This course addresses 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
Ultra-Thin Prestressed Precast Panel Technology

Ultra-thin prestressed precast technology provides a versatile, lightweight panel that offers the strength and aesthetic versatility of concrete at a fraction of the weight. Reviewed in this course are the benefits, design and cost considerations, and the connection and fastening systems of prestressed precast panels in architectural applications.

Concrete - Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
Submetering for Sustainable Intelligent Buildings in the IoT Age

Metering platforms are essential to understanding the use of energy within a building. Submetering is a vital part of sustainability programs and intelligent building design. This course discusses submetering and measurement and 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.

Communications - Electrical - Integrated automation
Biomimicry: Design By Nature

Animals, plants, and microbes are engineers of what works and lasts on earth. Biomimicry is a practice in which nature's designs, patterns, and strategies are examined to find sustainable solutions to our technical and design problems. This course discusses how applying the concepts of biomimicry can better connect our designs and buildings with nature and examines the relationship between nature's solutions to light, heat, and glare control and today's shading design principles.

Furnishings - Specialties
Impact of Window Treatments on Commercial Daylighting Design

Daylighting is the controlled admission of natural light into a building. It takes into consideration both direct sunlight and diffuse skylight, and reduces use of electric light, thereby decreasing energy costs. This course evaluates a variety 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.

An Overview of Engineered Quartz Surfaces

For those who desire the look and feel of granite, but are concerned about its drawbacks, engineered quartz may be the solution. Harder and stronger than granite, engineered quartz offers a design aesthetic that is different from other surfacing materials. This course 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
Concrete Waterproofing with Crystalline Technology

Historically, traditional waterproofing methods involve the placement of a barrier or membrane between the concrete and water. Unlike membranes and other surface systems, crystalline waterproofing is designed to make the concrete itself waterproof. This course discusses 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
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
Daylighting with Aerogel-Filled Multiwall Polycarbonate

Aerogel is a translucent lightweight solid made from silica (sand) that is long-lasting and safe in its production and application. When filled with aerogel, multiwall polycarbonate provides high strength, high light transmittance, and high thermal resistance in a lightweight, long-lasting glazing system. This course examines aerogel’s remarkable properties and the glazing performance of aerogel-filled multiwall polycarbonate to daylighting design in multiple architectural design applications.

Finishes - Openings - Special construction - Specialties - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Designing with Commercial/Industrial Insulated Metal Wall Panels

Insulated metal panels (IMPs) are lightweight composite exterior wall and roof panels with superior insulating properties. Commercial and industrial buildings benefit from their energy efficient insulation, lightweight construction, durability, and cost-effective, timely installation. This course discusses IMPs in terms of their design options, appropriate support structure, installation, function, code compliance, and warranties.

Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Designing with Insulated Metal Roof Panels

Lightweight, pre-finished, and factory-fabricated insulated metal panels (IMPs) offer building owners a cost-efficient and easy-to-install roofing system that provides an air barrier, vapor barrier, and insulation all in one product. This course discusses the characteristics of IMPs and the installation process, and explains why IMPs are ideally suited for pre-engineered and structural steel buildings. The role of IMPs in a building’s hygrothermal control layers and IMP code compliance are reviewed.

Metals - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Frameless Direct Vent Gas Fireplaces: Innovative Design Freedom

Today’s gas fireplaces make a stylish, modern design statement while providing a safe and efficient option for supplemental heat. This course explores the benefits of direct vent, electric ignition gas fireplaces over other fuel and venting options, with a focus on the innovative features and design possibilities offered by frameless fireplaces suitable for any residential or commercial space.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
IMPs, EPDs and HPDs: Sustainable Performance

The use of sustainable materials and products during building design will become the standard within the construction industry, and environmental product declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs) help architects and owners make informed decisions for their projects. Insulated metal panels— a prime example of a sustainable product—are one of the most cost-effective solutions to reduce energy and greenhouse gases.

Metals - Thermal and moisture protection
Insulated Metal Panels: The Perfect Envelope Solution

Fundamentally, a building envelope functions as an environmental separator, and has specific hygrothermal control requirements. This course examines how insulated metal panels (IMPs) create the perfect envelope solution, incorporating the same control layers as site built wall systems. Discussions include: building envelope design; perfect/universal walls; and the use of IMPs to provide the building envelope’s exterior finish, and the air, vapor, water, and thermal barriers.

Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Mineral Wool IMPs: Sustainable, Fire—Resistant Construction

A sound building envelope should be sustainable, and provide fire resistance, good thermal performance, and protection from the elements. Mineral wool, fire rated insulated metal panels (IMPs) can improve building performance and contribute to a sustainable design strategy. Included in this course are discussions on mineral wool IMP characteristics and design options, performance advantages, and installation considerations. The course details how fire resistance is specified in the International Building Code and provides examples of fire wall and fire partition construction assemblies.

Thermal and moisture protection
Navigating the Ins and Outs of Decorative Tile and Stone

There are many types of decorative tile and stone to choose from to enhance designs, and many things to consider in relation to selection and installation. This course discusses the physical and performance characteristics of decorative tile and stone, sustainability considerations, manufacturing processes and finishes, applicable standards and specifications, and installation materials and methods.

Next Generation Solid Surface

Acrylic solid surface is an attractive design solution, delivering enhanced aesthetics combined with superior properties. This course 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
SBS Modified Asphalt Roofing and Underlayment Systems

Choosing the correct roofing materials is a critical first step for builders, architects, and designers as they construct a new building, and for facility managers who work with these professionals to remodel existing buildings. This program examines SBS modified asphalt roofing and underlayment systems and includes discussions on the properties of SBS modified asphalt membrane, applications, testing, codes, and underlayments, and provides a comparison with other commercial roofing materials.

Thermal and moisture protection
Synthetic Turf for Residential and Commercial Landscapes

Artificial turf is essentially a flooring fabric made from a variety of materials and layers. Since its creation, the artificial turf industry has studied the behavior of natural grass and the safety and sustainability of artificial grass. This course examines today’s artificial grass systems and discusses how they are carefully planned, designed, and built to suit the specific needs of an outdoor residential or commercial landscape.

Exterior improvements - Special construction - Specialties
Vertical Transportation: Destination Controls for Elevators

Destination-dispatch technology has improved how buildings control elevators and optimized passenger mobility to achieve maximum energy efficiency. By grouping passengers with similar destinations, a significant number of benefits to the building owner and occupants are realized. This course discusses the key planning considerations for elevator projects and takes a look at the advantages of destination-dispatch elevators and how they provide solutions to the many challenges building owners and users face.

Conveying equipment
Vertical Transportation: Machine Room-Less Elevators

Machine room-less elevators have proven to be a smart choice for low- to mid-rise commercial and residential buildings, with operating mechanisms that enhance the rider’s experience, improve safety, and minimize downtime, and a gearless function that saves energy. This course examines 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
The Design Versatility of the Single-Component Metal Panel

As architects push the boundaries of design, the need for a material that offers the greatest amount of flexibility is required. From the vast number of aesthetic options, superior durability, cost efficiencies, and ease of installation in all weather conditions, single-component metal panel systems offer such flexibility.

Thermal and moisture protection
Daylighting Using Skylights and Curtainwall Systems

In addition to being an effective alternative to artificial lighting options, daylighting provides a wide range of other benefits for both the building and its occupants. This course addresses 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
Inspection of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Systems

There are many steps required to ensure a well thought out and complete construction project. This course examines procedures for inspection of permeable interlocking concrete pavement or PICP. It addresses preconstruction meeting details, requirements for submittals, and site inspection points from project start to completion. Various testing methods and inspection criteria are presented as well, and the importance of having an ICPI-trained contractor on the job site is discussed.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Finishes - Masonry
Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Maintenance

PICP plays a vital role in the urban restoration of natural hydrologic processes as it traps stormwater where it falls and slowly releases it into the ground. PICP is considered a best management practice by the Environmental Protection Agency and complies with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System regulations. But in order to be effective, PICP must be properly and regularly maintained. This course addresses inspections, test methods, equipment, repairs and reinstatement to ensure PICP continues to contribute to green infrastructure goals.

Existing conditions - Exterior improvements - Masonry
Structural Design of Interlocking Concrete Pavers for Municipal Streets and Roadways

Interlocking concrete pavers (ICP) have the ability to spread applied loads via the interlock between each unit. This means that the surface does not respond structurally as single pavers but as a composite paved surface. This structural characteristic of ICP allows the design method for these pavements to be based on flexible pavement design. In this course, we examine the ASCE and ICPI structural design methods for ICP and review examples using different soil strengths/stiffnesses and traffic uses. Finally, we survey the design and construction support material and software available from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.

Existing conditions - Exterior improvements - Masonry
Specialty Doors for Healthcare Design

Specialty door and frame assemblies have been developed that are designed specifically for the built healthcare environment where performance criteria are critical. Reviewed in this course are specialty door and frame assemblies that meet the challenges of infection prevention, building cleanliness, patient privacy, and increased security, as well as containment of radio wave and radiation interference in hospitals and clinics.

Equipment - Finishes - Fire suppression - Openings - Specialties
Spray Foam in Commercial Design

Insulation is one of the most critical factors in maintaining the life of a building. With benefits such as energy efficiency and code compliance, polyurethane spray foam insulation is the ideal choice for many interior and exterior applications. This course examines both low- and medium-density polyurethane spray foam insulation, its characteristics, design considerations, and life cycle analysis for commercial applications.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Thermal and moisture protection
Traffic and Parking Systems: Manual and Motorized Traffic Control

Safe and effective traffic control is a necessity for a variety of facilities and locations, both commercial and residential. This course reviews options for traffic and parking control, both manually-activated and motorized traffic spike systems. Discussions include advantages, key features, safety requirements, and installation information.

Electronic safety and security - Equipment - Exterior improvements - Integrated automation - Metals
The Design & Performance Benefits of Insulated Metal Panels

Insulated metal panels (IMPs) fulfill several functions of the building envelope and numerous aspects should be considered in their design from a structural, energy efficiency, and fire safety standpoint. Reviewed in this course are the specification considerations, design opportunities, and the standards and policies pertaining to IMP systems. Also discussed are the many performance benefits and green advantages IMPs offer over traditional building envelope materials.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Thermal and moisture protection
Introduction to Residential Lighting Design

Good lighting design contributes to a home’s comfort and functionality. Lighting can be used to evokemoods, illuminate tasks, or provide security. This course examines 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.

Cellular PVC R&R Prefinished Shingles: Milling Makes the Difference

Homeowners are looking for alternatives to traditional cladding materials that are affordable and long-lasting, and require little or no upkeep. Advances in technology and manufacturing techniques mean cellular PVC cladding products can meet all of these requirements without sacrificing aesthetics. This course reviews the benefits of cellular PVC as a cladding material and discusses how cellular PVC R&R prefinished shingles can provide the look and feel of wood shingles with an extended level of durability and low maintenance.

Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Lightweight Limestone Composite Panels: Durable, Versatile, & Beautiful

Indiana limestone is featured in many iconic buildings across North America. Limestone composite panels offer the same beauty and durability as solid stone in a lightweight product that gains flexural strength and impact resistance from its aluminum honeycomb core. This course presents an overview of limestone composite panels from fabrication to installation, and explores the benefits, testing, and applications of this cost-saving and versatile cladding option.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
Metal Roofing Systems: Details Matter

The goal of any roofing project should be long-term performance of the roof system. This means thoughtful, long-term consideration of any details incorporated into it. This course discusses details and conditions to consider when installing trim, seams, and accessories into a metal roofing system to ensure long-lasting performance. Examples of incorrect and correct installations and their effects on the performance of the roof are shown.

Thermal and moisture protection
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
Pushing the Envelope: Going Beyond Conceptual Design

The importance of the building envelope in improving energy efficiency and building performance has been well established. The many envelope products and systems now available, along with a considerable amount of (mis)information as to their usage, make it difficult for designers to make choices that avoid costly building failures. This course explores in detail proper product selection, performance characteristics, applicable codes, testing procedures, best practices, and tie-in details for air and vapor barriers that will ensure a continuous air seal and a high-performance envelope.

Masonry - Metals - Thermal and moisture protection
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
Current Trends in Design: Curbless Shower Systems

Bathrooms can be dangerous places for people with and without physical limitations. The prevalence of bathroom falls amongst persons of all age groups and levels of ability has driven the trend of accessible shower design. Presented here is an overview of how curbless shower pans are designed for durability and safety, and meet the needs of accessible design. Included are discussions on traditional and modern shower pan design and installation methods and their associated drawbacks and benefits. Industry resources and standards are outlined.

Finishes - Plumbing
Transparency: The Role of Environmental Product Declarations

Driven largely by public interest in minimizing the potential environmental impact of building products, architects and builders actively embrace “green” initiatives and are calling for building product transparency. The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) was developed to address this need. This course examines the EPD and includes discussions on who wants EPDs and why, the EPD development process, the contents of an EPD, and the future of EPDs.

Communications - Concrete - Conveying equipment - Electrical - Electronic safety and security - Equipment - Existing conditions - Exterior improvements - Finishes - Fire suppression - Furnishings - General requirements - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Integrated automation - Masonry - Metals - Openings - Plumbing - Special construction - Specialties - Thermal and moisture protection - Utilities - Wood, plastics, and composites
Advantages of Cold Applied Roofing Systems

When the asphalt fumes, open flame and kettles that accompany hot applied roofing are not permissible, cold applied roofing is an option. There are a variety of types of cold applied roofing that offer easy portability of materials to the roof, smaller roofing crews, ease of application and a low VOC option. In this course we’ll focus on the adhesive application of modified bitumen membranes using bituminous cold process adhesives, the adhesive types, their components and characteristics, application methods and design and use considerations.

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

Expansion or modification of electrical cabling is rarely considered yet occurs during the lifetime of most buildings. Expansion of in-wall cabling requires additional work and trades, but cable trays facilitate removal and addition of cabling. This course reviews of two types of cable tray—ladder tray and wire mesh tray—their components, characteristics and applications, and code related installation information.

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
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.

Electric Infrared Heating Systems: A Sustainable Choice

Infrared patio heaters are the best method of increasing comfort for outdoor entertaining areas of any size. There are many variables in creating a warm ambient setting as both the effectiveness and the cost of heating an outdoor space greatly depend on the heating option that is selected and the way it is designed. This course looks at the outdoor heating options that are available with a focus on the types, color choices, mounting methods, and control options of electric infrared heaters, including a review of the steps that are required in selecting the best solution.

Electrical - Exterior improvements - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Electrical Device Safety

Electrical devices impact the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants, so proper specification is critical. This courses looks at 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.

Energy Code Basics: Plug Load & Lighting Controls

Energy codes are appearing on the Federal, State, and Local level in an effort to reduce energy consumption, save consumers money, and reduce CO2 emissions. Whether new or existing, energy codes play an important role in the buildings we design, build, and ultimately live, work and play. This course examines 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
Engineered Wood Siding: Benefits for Sustainable Design

Siding adds to the attractiveness of a residence while protecting the home from damage by the elements. Options for siding and trim encompass a variety of materials, including engineered wood, natural wood, fiber cement, and vinyl. This course reviews 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
Firestop Systems for Maintaining Fire Ratings of Walls and Floors

Unprotected openings resulting from the installation of electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems represent a breach of the fire resistive floor or wall assemblies. This course examines 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
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.

Exterior Cladding Innovation: Rainscreen Design with Ultracompact Surfacing

Modern construction has come to understand that a façade, as part of an overall building envelope, is not only a visual statement, but also an important influencer in the protection of a wall’s structural components, the energy efficiency of the building, and the health of its occupants. This course explores a unique surfacing material known as ultracompact surfacing (UCS) and evaluates its mechanical properties, technical characteristics, and aesthetics to illustrate its endless design potential in exterior cladding, façade and rainscreen applications.

Exterior improvements
Flooring: The Next Generation — Ultracompact Surfacing

Large format floor tiles are elegant, classy, and timeless, and create spacious and stylish environments with high-end appeal. This course introduces a unique, cutting edge surfacing material known as ultracompact surfacing (UCS) and explores how it is manufactured, installation considerations, and the attributes that contribute to its superior performance and design potential.

Ultracompact Surfacing: Redefining Boundaries of Interior and Exterior Spaces

Sinterization is a specialized manufacturing process that uses extreme heat and pressure to create a unique product called ultracompact surfacing material. This cutting-edge material can be used in ways that natural stone, solid surface, or quartz material cannot. This course examines the advantages of ultracompact surfaces in terms of strength, durability, chemical resistance, absorption, abrasion resistance, and ASTM testing. Design flexibility with ultracompact surfaces in terms of color, texture, and format is also discussed and possible interior/exterior application options are considered.

Finishes - Wood, plastics, and composites
Understanding Quartz Surfacing Material

Quartz surfacing material is one of the most durable products in the market today. While there are many surfacing options available, such as natural stone, acrylic solid surface, ceramic, concrete, and laminate, none offer the flexibility, strength and endless design possibilities as a quartz surface. This course will examine the characteristics, attributes, and manufacturing processes involved with quartz surfaces. A comparison of other surfacing options will be discussed, as well as using quartz surfaces in healthcare system applications.

Outdoor Amenity Space Solutions for Hospitality, Commercial, and Multifamily Applications

This course reviews the trends in outdoor amenity spaces in hospitality, commercial, and multifamily developments with a focus on the use of stainless steel cabinetry in outdoor kitchen design. Included are discussions on outdoor kitchen components, mobile food and beverage service carts, and the post and panel system developed for multifamily applications.

Equipment - Exterior improvements
Outdoor Kitchen Design with Stainless Steel Cabinetry

Selecting outdoor kitchen cabinetry and appliances that meet a client’s needs and budget, and that address climate concerns can be challenging. This course explores the design of safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing outdoor kitchen and living areas, and presents the 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
Specifying Commercial Aluminum Finishes

Commercial aluminum wall, window, and roof systems have undergone improvements in recent decades, making them technologically sufficient to meet contemporary standards of durability. In addition to being familiar with the systems' thermal and other ecological benefits, specifiers need to understand paint chemistry and the difference between powder and liquid coating application methods. It is also important to understand third-party specifications published by AAMA, which cover architectural coatings.

Finishes - Metals - Thermal and moisture protection
Designing with Water

Without a doubt, the human-nature connection contributes to well-being and improves our mood. Water features are one way to extend this connection to the indoors. In this course we’ll review the components of indoor water features, design options and considerations and look at a few case studies.

Special construction - Specialties - Specialties
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
Understanding Low-E Coatings

High-performance architectural glass can significantly improve the energy efficiency of buildings while reducing their operating costs and carbon emissions. This course provides in-depth information about the solar energy spectrum and common glass performance measures, including the manufacturing processes for passive and solar control low-e coatings and how the energy, environmental, and economic benefits of low-e glass are quantified.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Openings
Vinyl & Aluminum Railing Systems

Railing systems perform various functions, meeting safety requirements and serving as a key component of a building’s aesthetic. This course includes a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of aluminum and structural vinyl railing systems, how they are made, and how they are used in the building industry, including a detailed summary of how they meet various code requirements.

Exterior improvements - Metals
Recycled Rubber Roofing for Steep Slope Applications

Rubber roofing is roofing material which contains natural rubber, often recycled tire-derived rubber, as its key or major ingredient. It often contains other ingredients such as compatibilizers, stabilizers, UV (ultraviolet light) inhibitors, and color which make it suitable for sloped roof applications. Recycled rubber roofing has a significant ecological impact today, as well as in the future when it can be recycled again and made into new roofing material. This course illustrates the environmental and performance benefits of rubber roofing and discussed why it facilitates fast and easy installation.

Thermal and moisture protection
Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Metal roofing and especially standing seam roofing (SSR) has a long history of top performance as well as a number of styles and uses. In order to take advantage of the benefits of SSR, it is necessary for each designer to choose, specify, and detail the correct product for every installation. This course explains the differences in application parameters, wind testing protocols, design details, and available warranties that can inform those choices and, in turn, lead to problem-free SSRs.

Metals - Thermal and moisture protection
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
Specifying High Security Lockers for Schools

Steel lockers for K—12 applications come in five categories of construction to suit varying security, durability, ventilation, and maintenance requirements. The use of generic locker specifications can result in products that meet budgets but not the client’s specific performance needs. This course discusses the specifiable features of lockers for school applications and offers recommendations for appropriate choices.

Artisanal Craft in Sustainable Spaces

Artisanal handcrafted fixtures and furnishings are not only unique, functional, and aesthetically appealing, they can establish a sense of connection with the maker. Many artisanal handcrafted products are made using traditional techniques that have been passed down over time, often from generation to generation. This course illustrates the value of bridging cultures, combing artisan heritage with innovative design, and investing in the craftsmanship of kitchen and bath furniture made by hand with sustainable and reclaimed materials.

Recycled Glass-Quartz Surfacing: Beauty, Versatility, and Sustainability

In today’s market, designers are always looking for innovative products that are beautiful, versatile, and sustainable. Glass-quartz surfacing encompasses all of these characteristics. This course describes the importance of recycled content surfaces and their environmental significance including reducing the use of natural resources and improving indoor air quality. Traditional and recycled surfacing materials are compared, the sustainable manufacturing process is explained, and case studies are discussed.

Finishes - Furnishings - Masonry - Wood, plastics, and composites
Sustainable Materials for the Bath

The triple bottom line approach to sustainability requires thinking of the world as an interconnected system of economic, environmental, and social well-being. Choices can be made to select home furnishings made from durable, recycled, recyclable, rapidly renewable, and/or reclaimed materials from companies who work to improve the lives and livelihoods of others. This course looks at recycled copper, sustainably made concrete, FSC®-certified bamboo, and reclaimed wood used in bath fixtures and furniture handmade by skilled artisans.

Finishes - Plumbing
Cove Lighting Systems

Cove lighting systems deliver a modern detail to ceilings and walls while providing the evenly distributed, visually comforting illumination of indirect lighting. This course explores the many uses for coves, the basics of placement and construction, and the various features and installation methods for different cove framing options.

Photoluminescence: Applied Use in Code Compliance and Enhanced Safety

Falls are responsible for more open wounds, fractures, and brain injuries than any other cause of injury. Photoluminescent (PL) exit path markers have proven to provide safe and quick egress in all light conditions for occupants and fail-safe guidance to first responders entering unfamiliar surroundings in the event of an emergency. This course discusses the benefits of PL safety products and the codes and testing standards related to PL way-finding systems.

Concrete - Electrical - Finishes - Metals - Specialties
Elevator Selection for Low-Rise Buildings

Elevators are integral to accessible, smooth, and efficient operations in many applications. For low-rise buildings, hydraulic or gearless machine room-less (MRL) elevators are most common; this course presents the differences between the two in installation, maintenance, speed, energy efficiency, sustainability, and cost. Also addressed are the distinctions between proprietary and nonproprietary elevator systems and recommendations on how to specify a nonproprietary system to maximize its long-term benefits.

Conveying equipment
Slate Roofs in America: An Enduring Architectural Statement

The distinctive look and beauty of natural slate roofing cannot be denied, but it does have its shortcomings. This course explores the history of slate roofs and various slate roofing alternatives and 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
Making Products Last: A Review of Metal Panel Warranties

There is no blanket approach to warranties for metal panel roofing. It is a misconception that the standard warranty holds the manufacturer responsible for defects in installation. This course discusses three types of warranties typically seen in metal roof design specifications, and to show how warranties work, what is covered, and what is excluded, some of the key issues associated with the installation of metal panel roofing are presented.

Finishes - General requirements - Metals - Thermal and moisture protection
Millennials and the Multi-Family Market

Millennials, sometimes known as Gen Y, account for nearly 75 million people in the U.S., ranging from 18 to 34 years of age. They are creative, technologically savvy, and can be described as a “green” generation, concerned about the environment and sustainability. The purpose of this course is to better understand the Millennial demographic and their ever-increasing impact on the growing multi-family market.

Polyiso CI for Code-Compliant Walls in Type V and Residential Construction

Continuous insulation is part of building standards and state and energy codes, due to its ability to reduce thermal bridging and its associated heat loss and energy consumption. This course looks at 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
Polyiso CI for Code-Compliant Walls in Types I-IV Construction

There are a multitude of building envelope products used, and a variety of methods taken, for achieving energy and building code requirements. Understanding the different roles a product plays in the envelope simplifies its design. In this course we’ll take a look at: the code requirements for buildings classified as IBC Type I-IV, paths to achieving compliance and the number of roles polyisocyanurate insulation plays in meeting these requirements.

Exterior improvements - General requirements - Thermal and moisture protection
Coating of Aluminum Extrusions

Aesthetics and performance are key considerations for architectural metal finishes. This course addresses 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
Metal, Wood, Phenolic, and Plastic Lockers: Specifying the Right Solution for Facility Needs

Not all types of storage lockers are the same, and each facility application calls for its own specifications. There are many different requirements to consider for locker selection. This course reviews the functional and operational needs of users in health and fitness centers, schools, athletic team locker rooms, medical facilities, industrial and manufacturing sectors, and law enforcement facilities. The features and components of metal, wood, phenolic, and plastic lockers are discussed, and guidelines are presented for specifying the right locker solution for user needs.

Equipment - Specialties
Entrapment Protection for Motorized Doors

Motorized doors in industrial and warehousing environments provide convenience, save time, and increase productivity. However, motorized doors also carry the risk of entrapment. 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
PVC Roofing Materials

PVC membranes have been used in roofing systems as a waterproofing material for over 40 years. Starting out as an adhesive to attach rubber to metal sheets, PVC’s production technology quickly advanced, making the product more usable. From fabric coatings to wire insulation to roofing membranes, the uses for PVC continued to evolve. This course discusses the history of PVC and the role PVC, KEE, and KEE HP play in the roofing membrane industry today. Various installation methods are discussed and the benefits of using PVC in roofing systems are examined.

Thermal and moisture protection
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
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 - Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection - Thermal and moisture protection
High-Performance Insulated Sandwich Walls Using Composite Design

This course explains and illustrates how high-performance, fully composite insulated sandwich wall panels can be detailed to achieve continuous insulation. It explores the pros, cons, and attributes of wythe connectors such as carbon fiber trusses as well as panel insulation options, manufacturing and testing procedures, and installation methods. It concludes by providing a comprehensive set of sample installations to illustrate the broad range of building types and appearances that can be created with insulated sandwich wall systems.

Concrete - Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
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
Combatting Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)

The cleanliness of rooms in healthcare facilities is critical in preventing patients from contracting life-threatening infections. Along with proper hand hygiene, frequent privacy or cubicle curtain changes help prevent the spread of healthcare associated infections (HAIs). This course examines the social, economic, and operational impact HAIs have on a healthcare organization and explains why removable curtain systems make it easier to keep privacy curtains clear of dangerous pathogens and protect the physical health of the building users.

Furnishings - Specialties
Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Systems: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

A rooftop solar photovoltaic system offers myriad benefits to both building owners and the environment; to maximize the benefits, however, it is important to be aware of the potential causes and effects of problems with rooftop installations. This course presents the issues to consider to prevent damaging the roof, voiding the roofing warranty, and incurring additional costs. Solar system mounting options are explored in terms of how they can help eliminate concerns around rooftop installations.

Equipment - Plumbing - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Healing Gardens: The Role of Fabric for Shade & Seating

Many cultures have long viewed contact with nature as restorative. The growing body of research on the benefits of nature to mental, physical, and social well-being has meant that many facilities are incorporating healing gardens into a holistic approach to healthcare. This course addresses the role of healing gardens in healthcare settings, the importance of seating and shade, and the considerations in the selection and care of performance fabric used in healing gardens.

Exterior improvements - Furnishings
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
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
Digital Art in Architectural Projects

While architects and designers have many choices for specifying dynamic architectural surfaces in their projects, the result of using photography in such applications has historically presented challenges. This course explores typical digital images used in glass installations, gigapixel photography, guidelines for glass transparency, and the impacts of luminosity and reflectivity. Finally, it looks at potential applications for gigapixel images in large- or small-scale architectural surfaces.

Furnishings - Metals - Openings - Specialties
High-Speed Hand Dryers: A Green Solution

Sustainability in construction and operation is becoming the new normal and the cleaning industry has responded by offering products for restroom facilities that are as energy-conserving and as environmentally-friendly as possible. This course provides an overview of the hand-drying options that are available for commercial restrooms, including the economic and environmental benefits of high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers.

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

All wine, whether one that is meant to be drunk in the first few years of its life or to be housed for years on end, can benefit from proper storage. Creating a wine storage space isn’t only about keeping the wine at the proper temperature. This course looks at general considerations for wine cellar design and a more detailed look wine cellar fit out and construction, including climate control.

Equipment - Furnishings - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Openings - Special construction
Noise Control Solutions: Resilient Sound Isolation Clips

Within building spaces, noise can be reduced by using materials or assemblies that mitigate the transmission or isolate the sound. To do this it is important to understand how sound moves through building materials and partitions and the impact of sound mitigation products. In this course we look at the basics of sound, techniques, and products to prevent sound transmission.

Communications - Finishes - Special construction - Specialties
ADA Compliant Plumbing Products for Accessible Kitchens and Baths

The delivery of water can raise a variety of design issues and opportunities. This course discusses how the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design apply to plumbing products, including faucets, flush valves, toilets, and shower enclosures, and addresses key considerations for creating ADA-compliant restrooms, baths, and kitchens. It also illustrates how all structures, including residences, can benefit from elements of universal design and accessibility features that make a space safer and easier for people of all ages and abilities.

The Evolution of Shower Systems: Creating Spa-Like Shower Experiences

As a result of new technology and innovative bath fixtures, showering can now be a multi-dimensional experience. With the myriad of options available in the marketplace, consumers look to building professionals to help create a shower solution that meets their personal needs. This course 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.

Water Delivery Solutions For Green Building

Green building helps preserve the environment and natural resources, and there are a variety of water-saving products available for kitchens and baths to help meet green design goals. This course explores 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.

Floor Warming, Primary Heating, Snow Melting & Roof De-Icing with PTC Heaters

With a radiant heat system, the temperature profile associated with a forced-air system is switched around, and the entire floor becomes the radiator. The heat radiates from the floor, warming all of the objects in the room, and everything in the room gains a warm, comfortable feel to it. This course evaluates 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
Designing High-Performance Data Centers for Intelligent Buildings

Today’s buildings are evolving from independently-functioning structures to intelligent buildings that interact with occupants and surrounding buildings. This trend has impacted the design, operation, and maintenance of data centers around the globe due to the increased demand of data and digital communication, and has resulted in more high-performance data centers. This presentation addresses the specific needs of data centers and presents high-performance design solutions that support sustainable design.

Communications - Electrical - Electronic safety and security - Special construction - Specialties
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
Specifying Code-Compliant Toilet Partitions

There are numerous model codes written by both the ICC and NFPA relating to toilet room privacy 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
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.

Smoke Containment Strategies for Elevator Hoistways and Lobbies

The spread of smoke in mid- and high-rise building fires is recognized as a major threat to the safety of the building occupants and responding fire personnel and the effectiveness of firefighting operations. This course explains how smoke migrates in a multi-story building fire and discusses how building codes have evolved to address this danger and why they mandate smoke containment in specific areas of a structure. Product applications and assemblies designed to meet building code requirements and limit vertical smoke migration via elevator hoistways and lobbies are examined.

Communications - Electronic safety and security - Fire suppression - Integrated automation - Openings - Specialties
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
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
The Fireplace in Contemporary Design

Gas fireplaces offer a green, environmentally friendly heating solution for the modern era, with high efficiency ratings and contemporary designs that don’t sacrifice form for function. This course offers 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
Planning & Designing a Greenhouse Structure

Greenhouses are used in an array of applications from residential to commercial, institutional, or educational. This course describes the glazing options, accessories, environmental controls, and planning considerations that contribute to a successful greenhouse. Also presented are the configuration options and decorative details that make each greenhouse unique and ideally suited for its purpose.

Exploring Product Selection for Health and Wellbeing Credits Across Sustainable Building Rating Systems

There is a growing realization that the buildings we live and work in play an important role in the health and wellbeing of building occupants. Green building rating systems are starting to incorporate health and wellbeing criteria and this course will look specifically at how products and materials can help meet the health and wellbeing requirements across these systems.

Concrete - Conveying equipment - Electrical - Equipment - Existing conditions - Exterior improvements - Finishes - Fire suppression - Furnishings - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Masonry - Metals - Openings - Plumbing - Special construction - Specialties - Thermal and moisture protection - Utilities - Wood, plastics, and composites
Local Vacuum Networks for Science Facilities: Case Studies

Local vacuum networks are economical and sustainable systems that provide high-quality vacuum to every lab vacuum port. This course explores the benefits of multi-user, in-lab local vacuum networks in science buildings using in depth case studies to highlight the wide range of flexible, adaptable solutions supported by this strategy.

Plumbing - Utilities
Preservative-Treated Wood: Specification and Use

In applications where wood may be exposed to moisture, insects or fungal organisms, preservative-treated wood can ensure a project’s durability. This course reviews: the manufacturing process for pressure-treated wood; types of preservative treatments and the required levels of retention as dictated by the end-use application, desired service life and exposure conditions; American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) Use Category standards; current issues concerning preserved wood in residential and commercial construction; and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for aquatic uses.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Aggregate Piers for Settlement Control and Bearing Capacity

Ground improvements techniques are used when soils are not capable of supporting proposed structures. These methods improve the ground in three ways to varying degrees: increase strength, increase stiffness and reduce compressibility. This course provides an introduction to ground improvement technologies and an in-depth review of aggregate piers, their design, installation and benefits.

Existing conditions - Special construction - Special construction - Specialties
Building Energy Efficiency & Roof Design

Finding ways to improve the energy efficiency of buildings is a key focus of many codes organizations, designers, architects, and government groups. This course examines how the roof of a building—one of the few parts of a building envelope that undergoes periodic replacement—impacts energy efficiency. It also explores how roof design can be a key contributor to meeting both sustainability and energy operating cost goals.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - 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
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 - Electrical - Finishes - Finishes
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
Insulated Metal Panels: Uniting Energy Efficiency with Design Versatility

Insulated metal panels (IMPs) can be the right choice to deliver the excellent thermal capabilities and performance that architects, designers, and building owners demand. This course provides a review of Insulated Metal Panel systems in terms of their performance characteristics, profiles, and 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
Air Curtains: Seamless Protective Barriers

Air curtains create a seamless barrier of air over any door, window, or opening, offering significant energy savings to building owners and helping to maintain interior building temperatures. This course will provide an overview of air curtains and how they can affect whole building energy consumption by minimizing energy lost through an unprotected opening. Selection, application, and installation of the various types of air curtains will be discussed in detail.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Sustainable Design: The Use of Natural Stone in Green Architecture

New and ancient sources of natural stone, along with advances in technology, make stone an attractive and appropriate material choice for many different applications. 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 attractive and natural material design choice that will contribute to a holistic solution over the life cycle of a project.

Wood-Plastic Composite Cladding for Sustainable Rainscreen Wall Systems

Rain has been cited as the most important thing to control in wall construction. Rainscreen systems have, for over five decades, proven to be highly effective in this regard. Following an analysis of moisture management issues and rainscreen systems, this course then identifies the unique attributes of wood-plastic composites (WPC) for use in rainscreen applications. It concludes with a detailed description of how WPC cladding should be applied and fastened in rainscreen systems.

Wood, plastics, and composites - Wood, plastics, and composites
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
Vinyl Flooring Uncovered

Vinyl is strong and resistant to moisture and abrasion, and therefore is the most widely used plastic for building and construction. This course presents 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.

Architectural Resin Solutions for Light, Color, & Pattern

Architectural resin panels are engineered to suit the demands of a wide array of interior and exterior applications and offer almost unlimited combinations of color, pattern, and design. This course presents the features and options that allow resin panels to meet design requirements for both function and beauty, and discusses how resin panels may play a role in projects seeking LEED®, Living Building Challenge®, or WELL Building Standard® certification.

Electrical - Finishes - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
Metal Composite Materials

Metal composite panels deliver a clean and elegant aesthetic while acting as a rain screen or barrier wall. These panels can be produced in two different manners which affect their performance and applicability. This course will review metal composite panels, their methods of manufacture, performance capabilities and methods of installation.

Metals - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Fireplaces & Consumer Appeal

The regal ambiance a fireplace brings to a space is undeniable and desirable, and with today’s hearth innovations, technologies, and design options, it’s possible to include a fireplace in virtually any room in any type of residential or commercial project. This course examines homebuyer attitudes concerning fireplaces, various types of hearth products, and heat management systems, and provides guidance on specifying the right fireplace for a project.

Exterior improvements - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Specialties
Designs and Techniques for Barrier Free Showers

This course focuses on barrier free shower design and installation. Following a brief review of the reasons, benefits, and legal requirements for barrier free showers it summarizes the features and attributes of shower assemblies, relevant industry standards, waterproofing membranes and drains, best practices, installation methodology, installation tips and techniques, and walk/roll in showers. It includes a review of the design considerations and advice for the creation of perfectly performing showers which follow the latest design trends.

Finishes - Plumbing
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.

Designing Installation Systems for Large Format & Gauged Porcelain Tile & Panels

There is a current trend by designers to specify large format tiles with minimal joints in order to create a sleek, modern look for floors and walls in contemporary buildings. To create and maintain the desired look, it is important to understand the proper installation procedures and products that should be employed. This course describes in detail the tools, techniques, and installation procedures applicable to large format and gauged porcelain tile and panel installations and illustrates how such installations expand design opportunities for walls and floors.

Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection
Greening the Amenity Deck

Over time urban parks and other open landscaped areas are being lost to development. One solution to mitigate this issue is to reconsider undeveloped areas such as building roofs to create green amenity spaces. Amenity decks can provide some alleviation of lost green space, while affording developers the potential to monetize unutilized spaces in their buildings and provide an advantage over older buildings to attract tenants.

Furnishings - Furnishings
Managing Water Efficiency with Dual Flush Toilets

Water is valuable and shortages occur every year in parts of the U.S. Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home. This course delves into the problem of water scarcity and efficiencies and discusses a solution in the form of dual flush toilet technology, specification and applications.

Speech Privacy & Sound Masking in Modern Architecture

Surveys find that lack of speech privacy is a key source of workplace complaints, and worker productivity increases when acoustic distractions are reduced. This course reviews 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 it is achieved, and what metrics are used to measure it.

Electrical - Equipment - Existing conditions
Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation and Building Code Requirements

Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation can be applied with precision almost anywhere, expanding to completely fill gaps and spaces, providing a durable, long-lasting, energy efficient solution to today’s green building insulation demands. This course summarizes the attributes, benefits, and applications of SPF and discusses how spray polyurethane foam insulation meets compliance in terms of energy efficiency, construction, and safety practices within the building codes.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Thermal and moisture protection - Thermal and moisture protection
The Comeback of the Drinking Fountain

Contemporary drinking fountains, water coolers, and bottle fillers provide communities with access to safe, clean drinking water. This course recounts the history of the drinking fountain and addresses regulations surrounding drinking water distribution and treatment. It compares the use of bottled water to bottle fillers and provides guidelines for specifying commercial water delivery systems.

Equipment - Exterior improvements - Furnishings - Plumbing
Insulated Metal Panels and the Environment

A highly efficient building envelope should meet the most demanding performance requirements and contribute to LEED® credits and net zero energy targets. Presented here are the features and performance benefits of insulated metal panels (IMPs). The course 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
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
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
Architectural Finishes

Sometimes a design finish cannot be achieved within a certain budget or time frame. While not intended to be a substitute for real materials in every situation, architectural finishes mimic the aesthetics of natural and other materials. This course discusses the uses, manufacturing process, performance characteristics, selection considerations and proper installation techniques of architectural finishes.

Daylighting Strategies

Considering that 90—95% of our time is spent indoors and that 28% of the energy demand in commercial buildings comes from lighting, proper daylighting strategies are more essential than ever. This course describes how to best harness the benefits of natural light without causing occupant discomfort, discusses how to calculate daylighting accurately, and presents case studies on the performance of daylight redirecting films.

Innovative Water Delivery Solutions for Today’s Kitchen Design Trends

The evolution of kitchen design reflects how our lives have changed, and these changes have made a profound impact on the way we use water and our expectations regarding water delivery. This course discusses how kitchen water-delivery technology is changing to: meet and anticipate the evolving needs and expectations of our ever-changing population, provide stylish and innovative solutions that add multi-functionality to faucets, and help consumers find a smarter way to work with water.

Post-Frame Construction in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings

The term “post-frame building system” refers to a building erected with structural frames of wood posts as columns and trusses or rafters for roof framing. Post-frame buildings are engineered for site and building requirements and through proper design and quality materials, they can be constructed to be as strong as a steel-frame building. This course covers the attributes, construction methods, materials, of post-frame building systems and their applications for low-rise commercial buildings.

Metals - Special construction - Wood, plastics, and composites
Sun Control Window Films

Originally developed to reduce solar heat gain from entering through a pane of glass, window films in today’s market provide UV protection, reduce glare, reduce fading, increase occupant comfort, offer safety and security, and yield energy savings. This course evaluates the performance of different types of solar control window films and offers daylighting strategies for commercial, retail, and residential building and architectural applications.

Window Films for Safety and Security Applications

Safety and security window films offer protection from a variety of events, from accidents and natural disasters, to break and entry and bomb blasts. This course examines 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 attachment systems, as well as relevant testing standards and specifications.

Bathroom Design Trends & Water Delivery Solutions

Demographic and societal trends have an influence on bath design. This course examines their influence 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.

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
Polycarbonate Sheet Products for High Performance Architectural Glazing

Building owners value daylighting and views, but face security and safety challenges with large amounts of glazing. Polycarbonate sheet products offer a variety of glazing solutions that resist security threats while providing transparency, strength, and durability. This course introduces the grades and characteristics of polycarbonate sheet products, and discusses how they meet the requirements for protection against forced entry, ballistics, and blasts.

Finishes - Openings - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
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
Architectural Paving Surface Technologies and Finish Advancements

Segmented pavers have been successfully used for roads, courtyards and paths for hundreds of years. Durability of materials being one of the key reasons for their lasting popularity. These days modern pavers offer up a wide variety of newer performance capabilities and finishes. In this course, we’ll take a look at the unique technologies of segmental concrete paver systems, the types, finishes and their design considerations.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - 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
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
NFPA 285 and Metal Composite Materials

The demand for high-performance, durable, energy-efficient buildings has led to building envelope designs that incorporate greater amounts of combustible material in cladding, insulation, and weather-resistive barriers. Understanding how to meet both sustainability challenges and code requirements can be a complex and confusing process. Beginning with the history of NFPA 285, this course presents an overview of the test method and fire code in relation to various building envelope materials, with particular attention given to metal composite materials ( MCMs).

Existing conditions - Metals - Thermal and moisture protection
Rust Prevention 101

Rusting is a natural process that occurs due to everyday environmental conditions, but it is both predictable and preventable. This course explains the 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
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
Aluminum Composite Material (ACM): Sustainable Materials & Processes

Aluminum composite material (ACM) is a lightweight composite material consisting of two sheets of aluminum facings thermobonded to a polyethylene core or to a fire retardant core. It is used for exterior as well as interior applications for architectural cladding, interiors, and signage applications in new and existing buildings around the world. This course discusses the versatility, sustainability, and functionality of ACM by examining common design, testing, and manufacturing techniques and evaluating different types of ACM systems, finishes, and coatings.

Existing conditions - Metals - Thermal and moisture protection
Commercial Rolling Service Doors: Options and Applications

Commercial rolling service doors offer high performance solutions for demanding areas. Used both internally and externally, these doors provide excellent thermal insulation, strength, and durability in challenging environments. This course examines the characteristics of rolling service doors, fire doors, grilles, and shutters. Door operation, parts, fire code requirements, and wind load information are also discussed.

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.

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.

Reducing Peak Energy Demand: The Hidden Benefit of Cool Roofs

Across the United States, building owners in hot and cold climates are subject to peak energy demand charges. This course examines the economic and environmental effects of peak energy demand as applied to modern buildings, focusing on how peak energy demand is incorporated into utility billing structures and how cool or reflective roofing yields peak demand and net energy savings in all climates within North America.

Thermal and moisture protection
Water Management Solutions for Shower Installations

From “fashion to function,” the shower space of the bathroom is a focal point, offering a quiet respite in which to rejuvenate. Shower spaces should be built to last, using durable materials combined with sound installation practices in order to reduce the life cycle and replacement costs. This course outlines the 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
Acrylic Foam Tape for Structural Glazing & Architectural Panel Applications

Acrylic foam tape is a two-sided, closed-cell acrylic foam, pressure-sensitive adhesive. It is adhesive throughout its entire construction, including the foam core. This course evaluates the physical properties, performance characteristics, and design benefits of using acrylic foam tapes for structural glazing and architectural panel applications.

Concrete Faced Continuous Insulation Systems

Concrete faced insulated products are composite pre-finished panels that are used to construct walls and roofing assemblies to maximize the energy efficiency, durability, and performance of a building envelope. This course discusses the design criteria used in designing energy efficient buildings using concrete faced continuous insulation systems for low-slope roofing, walls, and foundations. The functional and physical features of protective membrane roof (PMR) systems, concrete faced insulated panels for walls and foundations, and concrete structural insulated panels (CSIPs) are evaluated.

Thermal and moisture protection
Introduction to Firestopping

Each year in the U.S. there are millions of fires, resulting in thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of injuries, and billions of dollars in property loss. This course examines 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
Natural Cork Flooring

In harvesting cork, the tree is not cut down and not damaged, making cork a rapidly renewable resource. Along with the use of recycled content and low VOC adhesives the use of cork flooring has low environmental and human health impacts. This course looks at the sustainability of natural cork flooring, both glue-down tiles and floating floor options, including discussions on performance characteristics, aesthetics and installation procedures.

Selecting & Installing Underground Enclosures

Underground enclosures provide safety for pedestrians and vehicles and easy access for maintenance and repair. This course presents 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.

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
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.

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
Through Penetration Firestopping

Passive firestop systems help prevent the spread of fire, smoke, and toxic gas through openings in fire-rated construction created by penetrations and gaps between walls or floors/ceilings in fire-rated construction. The firestopping of openings in fire-rated construction re-establishes the integrity and fire rating of a wall, floor, or assembly, and aids in the protection of escape routes. This course identifies the main through penetration firestop technologies, evaluates the materials and products that are used to firestop through penetrations in commercial applications, and discusses industry fire testing standards.

Fire suppression
Mitigating Ballistic Threat with Fiberglass Composite Panels

Unfortunately gun violence is a reality and design strategies must be employed to ensure a suitable level of protection. This course addresses 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
Benefits of a Rigid Roof Board in Commercial Roofing Systems

Roofing is a big investment and that’s why durability is so important: it translates directly into lower total cost of ownership. Given the number of low-slope commercial roofs found in today’s cities, it is key that architects/designers have an understanding of the forces that affect the durability of a roof assembly. This presentation looks at the value rigid cover boards deliver to a commercial roof assembly, how they perform in adverse conditions, and how different types of cover boards compare to each other.

Thermal and moisture protection
Optimizing Performance in Commercial Fenestration

While aluminum frames allow large glazed areas to maximize daylighting for energy savings and health benefits, aluminum is also a highly conductive material. This course explores how thermal barriers and high performance glazing serve as a solution to aluminum’s conductive properties, to help achieve daylighting and thermal efficiencies in the commercial building envelope.

Openings - Openings
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
Vector Graphics in Architectural Laminated Glass

Architectural laminated glass has become an increasingly desired material for indoor and outdoor projects, and digital imagery is a popular method of incorporating design elements. This course describes how vector graphics can be used in architectural design, what vector graphics are, and how they differ from raster images. It also examines in detail how vector graphics are used in architectural laminated glass...

Furnishings - Openings
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
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 Art of Airflow: Custom Ventilation Grilles

Ventilation grilles influence HVAC system performance, but can pose aesthetic challenges for designers. Custom grilles made with modern fabrication techniques employ a variety of materials and finishes, to create solutions that enhance and fully integrate with architectural interiors. This course will discuss the basic mechanics of effective air distribution in buildings, performance characteristics of grilles, grille types, and custom design options.

Equipment - Finishes - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Metals - Specialties
Advantages of Using Cover Boards in Low-Slope Roofing Assemblies

A well-designed building is only as durable as the roof that protects it. For a relatively minor investment, roofing cover boards solve many issues that cause damage to a roof during installation and into the warranty period. This course reviews low-slope roof systems and discusses various cover board types and reasons for their use, including benefits, primary features, and challenges.

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

Masonry is an ideal sustainable building construction material as it is extremely durable, recyclable, and reusable. It allows for extraordinary design versatility so it can meet both aesthetic and functional requirements. This course looks at the design elements, components, and construction techniques that characterize sustainable masonry cavity wall building envelopes.

Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
Vinyl Siding: Detailing and Styling Choices

Cladding can have a significant effect on the environmental performance and aesthetic appeal of a residential or mixed-use building. When designing a building exterior, in new construction or for a makeover, there are many variables to consider and numerous cladding options to choose from. This course discusses the performance of vinyl siding products, including their design, color retention, ease of installation, and durability, and illustrates how vinyl siding can achieve almost any architectural style, to suit any neighborhood.

Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Automotive Dealership Door Operator Solutions

Commercial door manufacturers have developed solutions that are specifically tailored to address the unique challenges of the automotive dealership market, which include high energy costs, damage to automobiles, and costly repairs. This course provides a review 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.

Commercial Door Operators: A UL 325 Safety Standard Review

Facilities that require commercial doors and operators depend on the smooth functioning of these systems for productivity, profitability, security, and safety. This course addresses the various types of commercial doors and operators 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.

Firehouse Door Operators and UL 325 Compliance

Firehouse doors are operated frequently, and it is critical that the doors operate as intended, every time they are used. This course examines 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.

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.

When to Use Storefront or Curtain Wall Construction

Using a storefront system for an application where a curtain wall should be can lead to many problems. This presentation reviews the performance and structural considerations that might lead to choosing a curtain wall over a storefront system and vice versa, and discusses how design intent and certain design features will drive system selection. System fabrication and installation, and water management, are also discussed.

Technology and the Ideal Styling Space Experience

Whether in a home or hotel, the bathroom serves as both grooming station and refuge. The well-designed styling space saves us time and effort, as well as making the time we spend more enjoyable. This course discusses what constitutes the ideal styling space experience and recent technological innovations that help achieve it.

Electrical - Electrical - Furnishings - Furnishings - Plumbing - Plumbing
Concevoir un projet avec la mousse de polyuréthane giclée

Afin d'évaluer pleinement l’influence de la mousse de polyuréthane giclée et de son importance dans l'industrie de la construction d'aujourd'hui, il est nécessaire que l'on considère de plus près l'un des principaux objectifs des architectes et des ingénieurs du domaine du bâtiment; celui de créer des structures durables qui permettent une créativité maximale du design. Avec sa capacité à épouser n'importe quel profil et à adhérer à n'importe quel type de surface, la mousse de polyuréthane giclée offre une telle créativité. Ce cours examine les propriétés de performance des produits de mousse giclée et traite des concepts de conception avancés exploitant celle-ci.

Thermal and moisture protection
Durability in Commercial Roofing Assemblies

Given the number of low-slope commercial roofs found in today’s metropolitan cities, it’s key that architects/designers have an understanding of the forces that affect the durability of a roof assembly and the high performance options that are available in order to choose the best solution for each project. This course provides a review 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
Overview of Firewalls and the Use of Glass-Mat Gypsum Shaftliner Panels

In multi-story, multi-family housing it is the area separation wall (firewall) which prevents fires from spreading to adjacent units. This course examines 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
Home Elevators

Accommodating an aging population in multi-storey homes means finding ways to simplify access to all levels. As home elevators continue to decrease in cost, they are being considered as the most effective solution. This course reviews all considerations needed for the installation of a home elevator including locating, power and structural requirements, and code considerations.

Conveying equipment
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
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
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
Energy-Efficient Envelope Design Using Integrally-Insulated Concrete Tilt-Up Panels

High performance buildings require envelopes with thermal, air and vapor layers that are typically installed individually and by separate contractors, adding to the complexity of their construction. Integrally insulated concrete tilt-up panels provide multiple building envelope layers in one element. In this course we’ll look at these insulated concrete walls, the types, their components, their thermal and moisture resistant properties and where they are used.

Concrete - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Expansion Joint Cover Systems

An expansion joint is a structural gap designed to accommodate the movement of a building in a controlled manner, preventing damage to the internal and external finishes of a building. Expansion joints run throughout a building, in walls, ceilings, and floors. Expansion joint covers provide a covered transition across an expansion opening and remain unaffected by the relative movement of the two surfaces either side of the joint. This course explains how to determine joint movement requirements and how to size a joint. It also discusses the performance of different expansion joint cover systems and the applicable fire protection and building codes.

Thermal and moisture protection
Innovations in Segmental Retaining Walls

For centuries retaining walls have been built using the same methodology, a stacked block wall placed to hold back a load of earth. Technologies such as anchors and soil-stabilizers, allowed for higher and stronger walls. But difficult site conditions made the use of these methods problematic or impossible. The latest innovations in retaining wall construction offer solutions to these challenging site conditions. In this course , we will be discussing new solutions for using Segmental Retaining Walls (SRWs) and Mass Segmental Retaining Walls (MSRWs).

Exterior improvements
Redwood: A Sustainable Building Product

Redwood—one of nature’s longest-lasting, strongest, most beautiful and environmentally-friendly building materials—is commonly used for decking, siding, and timbers because of its natural beauty and resistance to decay. This course covers 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
Steep Slope Roofing: Ventilation Solutions

An improperly ventilated house is susceptible to a range of problems, from mold growth and structural damage to increased energy costs. Achieving proper ventilation means understanding the flow of air into and out of the building envelope. This course discusses principles of proper ventilation in houses with steep-slope roofing—from the science behind moisture and airflow to the products used to assist ventilation through a structure.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Thermal and moisture protection
Sustainable Tile Installations Using Membrane Technology

Critical to the longevity of any tile installation is the use of the appropriate membrane. This course delves into 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
The Benefits of Mineral Wool as Continuous Insulation

Choosing the right insulation is becoming one of the most important decisions in design, construction and retrofit, as insulation has a dramatic impact on the energy efficiency of a building. The use of continuous insulation (ci) construction systems on the exterior of the building is critical in order to design energy efficient buildings. This course reviews the manufacture and use of mineral wool, and its contribution to sustainable buildings as a continuous insulation.

Fire suppression - Thermal and moisture protection
The Design Advantages of Synthetic Roofing Solutions

Synthetic roofing materials have been available in the market for more than a decade, providing a cost-effective, viable alternative to traditional slate and shake roofing systems. This course 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
Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) Decorative Panels: Attractive, Durable, & Sustainable

Thermally fused laminate (TFL), formerly known as thermally fused melamine (TFM) or low-pressure laminate (LPL), is a decorative surfacing material used in cabinetry, countertops, shelving, store fixtures, moldings, and furniture in commercial and residential applications. This course explores the history of the surface treatment, its manufacture and sustainability, end-use considerations, compatibility with other decorative surfaces, and innovative design options.

Finishes - Furnishings - Wood, plastics, and composites
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
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
Cellulose Insulation: The Versatile and Sustainable Solution

Modern cellulose insulation has expanded into a wide range of innovative applications in the building industry. Cellulose insulation products contribute to improved building durability and can help meet or exceed global green building program targets. This course discusses cellulose insulation, a sustainable material creating solutions for sound control, fire resistance, and thermal architectural challenges.

Thermal and moisture protection - 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
Colour and Light (CDN)

(Canadian Version) Without light, an object or a viewer, we do not have colour. In fact, the way we perceive and view colour is impacted by light, both natural and artificial. This course delves into 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.

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
Electronic Access Control for Group R Occupancy

Multi-family Group R construction has traditionally been access controlled by means of pin and tumbler mechanical locks. With the migration to electronic access control locks, it can be complicated to understand how to comply with building and fire codes. This course attempts to demystify electronic access control by addressing the basic components, important terms, and design and code considerations; it concludes with a look at several case studies.

How Surface Color and Design Affects Our Physical, Mental, and Social Well-Being

Surface design and color impacts people in one way or another. Why do some surroundings induce a sense of calm, happiness, or inspiration while others offer nothing but distraction, discomfort, chaos, doom, and gloom? Interior surfaces are the point of contact between users and their environment, as well as an important connection between the visual world and physical world. This course will examine the integral role that surface color and design plays in interior spaces. Key requirements in the selection and specification process will also be discussed.

Finishes - Furnishings - Wood, plastics, and composites
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
Two-Hour Fire-Resistance-Rated Walls

Townhomes, two-storey residences which share one or more walls with its neighbors, are required to utilize area separation walls between units. A key design criterion of any firewall, besides its fire rating, is that it be structurally independent in a fire. This course evaluates two-hour fire-resistance-rated walls used in townhome construction, the options available in today's marketplace, firewall installation requirements, and fire resistance testing.

Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection
Universal & Sustainable: Green Hand Drying for All Abilities

“Sustainable” design isn’t just “environmental.” It’s design that works for and contributes to the health and welfare of all individuals as well as the planet, now and in the future. This course looks at hand dryers as part of sustainably designed restrooms, and discusses how air knife hand dryers 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
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.

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
Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Systems: Design & Construction

Low impact development (LID) includes a variety of practices that mimic or preserve natural drainage processes to manage stormwater. One of these practices is the use of permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) systems. This presentation addresses environmental concerns related to impervious surfaces, PICP design for hydrological and structural requirements, and PICP installation and maintenance processes and considerations.

Exterior improvements - Finishes
Roofing Solutions for Alpine Regions

Currently, there are no national or state codes relating to snow retention for roofing applications. Consequently, it is very important for building professionals to take extra care when designing a snow retention system for installations in snowy environments. This course provides a review 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
Spray-Applied, Cellulose Acoustical Finishes for Open-Plan Design

This course examines the relationship between acoustics and open-plan design and describes how spray-applied, cellulose acoustical finishes can be utilized to optimize comfort, productivity, and to further sustainable design objectives in open office environments. Unlike hard surfaces and materials, which reflect sound, spray-applied, cellulose acoustical finishes absorb excessive noise. In addition to acoustic performance, this material offers additional performance properties, and can be tailored to meet distinct design objectives for a wide range of project types.

Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection
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.

The Next Generation of Air Knife Technology

Ensuring hands are dry is crucial for maintaining hygiene levels, but when a hand dryer is too slow many people give up trying to get their hands completely dry and exit the bathroom with wet hands. This course discusses hand drying concepts and the advantages of hand dryers with air technology. It also reviews the impact the choice of hand drying equipment has on public health, occupant comfort, facility operations, and our environment.

Electrical - Plumbing - Specialties
Waterproofing Design and Application Procedures

Moisture infiltration through a building envelope can cause widespread damage to building elements and construction materials. In some cases, it can threaten or destroy a building’s structural integrity. The components of today’s waterproofing systems for floors and walls above- and below-grade, or plaza decks are designed to work together to provide tight, durable, and complete protection not just against water, but all other environmental contaminants. This course discusses the fundamentals of waterproofing design, the types of materials used, and the considerations for selecting a waterproofing system to meet the requirements of a building project.

Concrete - Thermal and moisture protection
Cement Board and Exterior Finishing Systems

Cement board is a lightweight, rigid substrate that provides an exceptionally hard, durable surface that is able to withstand prolonged exposure to moisture. This course addresses cement backer board, its features and benefits, and versatile interior and 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
Noise Control Products for Industrial & Architectural Applications

Unwanted sound can become more than a mere annoyance. Excess noise has been found to increase stress and distraction, reduce learning and productivity, and even lead to hypertension and permanent hearing loss. This course presents an overview of how sound is described and measured and discusses the many industrial and architectural products available to control noise in virtually any environment.

Finishes - General requirements - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Openings - Special construction
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
Pultruded Fiberglass Windows

Window frames offer many important benefits for buildings, especially when it comes to energy and environmental performance, and frame material selection is a critical aspect of the design process. This course discusses pultruded fiberglass window systems and compares them with traditional wood, aluminum, and PVC window systems across a wide variety of performance attributes.

Exterior improvements - Openings - Wood, plastics, and composites
The Solar-Ready Roof: Optimize the Design

With the demand for sustainable power on the rise, building owners and homeowners alike are turning to solar power as a supplemental power generator. Choosing the right platform for the solar panels is a critical step in the design process and can have a significant impact on both initial and long-term costs. This course will discuss the basics of photovoltaic systems, including the components and rooftop applications. Comparisons between traditional roofing and standing seam metal roofing platforms will be examined, and the benefits of a non-penetrating clamping system will also be discussed.

Electrical - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Walkable Pedestrian Thermoplastic Roof & Balcony Membrane Systems

Waterproof roof and balcony membrane systems are designed to prevent building envelope failure and keep areas below the deck surface dry. Presented here are pedestrian (walkable) roof and balcony polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane systems, with discussions on their advantages and membrane construction, as well as waterproofing concepts and design considerations for integration into the building envelope.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - 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.

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
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
Color and Light

Without light, an object or a viewer, we do not have color. In fact, the way we perceive and view color is impacted by light, both natural and artificial. This course delves into the properties of color and light. The program includes discussions on types of lighting, metamerism, color rendering index (CRI), and light reflectance value (LRV) and how they affect design choices.

Creating Healthy Living Environments with New Paint Technology

Around the globe, companies and manufacturers are embracing socially responsible design, construction, and the development of sustainable products. This course 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.

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
Designing and Installing Waterproof Tiled Showers with Curb Appeal

A completely waterproof shower with curb appeal is gratifying to design, easy to install, and offers peace of mind to both the designer and client. This course examines 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
Green Roofs: A Sustainable Strategy

Designing with green roofs affords design professionals opportunities to plan projects with exciting new elements, added value, and significant, tangible benefits, thereby enhancing the built environment with newly-created landscapes. This course examines green roof systems including the types, benefits, components and related standards, as well it provides a discussion on how green roofs mitigate urban heat island effect and reduce stormwater run-off.

Thermal and moisture protection - Utilities
High Performance Floor Coatings

Adhesion and long-term integrity of a high-performance floor system can be undermined by any number of factors. Although surface preparation is one of the most critical aspects of floor coating, there are a number of other steps that must be included. In this course we will review the necessary steps for a successful high performance floor coating application including preliminary inspection and surface preparation, selection of appropriate products and proper coating application tips.

L'origine de la couleur et des pigments

Au fil de l’histoire, le désir des gens de communiquer, de raconter des histoires et d’exprimer leur identité culturelle nous donne la clé du besoin que ces gens ont eu, très tôt, d’utiliser et donc de fabriquer des pigments. La création de la couleur était alors un art, et elle l’est demeurée. L’histoire de la couleur est constellée de découvertes, de richesse, de pouvoir, de religion, de commerce et de science. 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.

Louver Design and Selection: What Every Architect Should Know

Today’s louvers are not only functional but offer enhanced architectural design to the façade of many buildings. More than just a hole in a wall, louvers are responsible for reducing or eliminating water infiltration, and offer protection from heavy storms and hurricanes. Different types of louvers and their applications will be discussed in this course as well as specific terminology and AMCA/BSRIA testing procedures and certified rating programs.

Origins of Color and Pigments

Throughout history, human desire to communicate, tell stories, and to express cultural identity, gives us a glimpse at the need for early use and creation of pigments. Creating color was, and still is, an art. Its history is one of discovery, wealth, power, religion, trade, and science. This course discusses the origins and evolution of color pigments by looking at historical civilizations and time periods.

Origins of Colour and Pigments (CDN)

(Canadian Version) Throughout history, our human desire to communicate, tell stories, and to express cultural identity, gives us a glimpse at the need for early use and creation of pigments. Creating colour was, and still is, an art. Its history is one of discovery, wealth, power, religion, trade, and science. This course discusses the origins and evolution of colour pigments by looking at historical civilizations and time periods.

Performance Attributes of Secondary Window Systems

Window enhancements could be the most under-utilized energy saving technology. This course delves into 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
Three Centuries of Color

Over time a color pattern has developed through the historic events, society, arts, and technology that shape each decade. A correlation can be drawn between the happenings and the prevalent colors for every decade through periods of rest and periods of upheaval. This course 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.

Using Water Repellents to Prevent Water Intrusion into Above-Grade Masonry

Water intrusion creates a variety of problems for masonry structures, including, freeze-thaw damage, chemical and pollution based attacks, efflorescence, calcium carbonate stains, and mold. This course reviews the application and specification considerations related to water repellents and how they can help to prevent these problems.

Concrete - Finishes - Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
Color Foundations

It is well known that color in the built environment has an impact on the perception of space and our behavior in a space. Designers must understand color to create an ambiance or style and to influence spatial use and perception. In this course we will look at how color is perceived and processed, its emotional impact, how it interacts with light and finally, provide tips for implementing color in the built environment.

Colour Foundations

(Canadian Version) It is well known that colour in the built environment has an impact on the perception of space and our behavior in a space. Designers must understand colour to create an ambiance or style and to influence spatial use and perception. In this course we will look at how colour is perceived and processed, its emotional impact, how it interacts with light and finally, provide tips for implementing colour in the built environment.

Commercial Fenestration Products: Dock & Drive Through Openings

Commercial fenestration products including sectional doors, rolling sheet doors, and rolling steel doors can improve building performance and provide essential building/opening protection. This course discusses common door features, hardware, insulation, installation, and optional types of electric operators, and evaluates the performance criteria required for a specific dock or drive through opening.

Creating Stone Decks with an Engineered Polymer Structural Support System

A stone deck is a low-maintenance, stunning alternative to a wood or composite deck. This course takes a detailed look at an engineered polymer structural grate support system used in the creation of stone decks. Common issues with wood and composite decks are presented. The installation of structural grate support systems in new and retrofit or remodel construction, in ground applications, and in commercial rooftop applications is discussed.

Special construction - Specialties - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
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.

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.

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
LED Display Walls: Performance Characteristics & Advantages

LED display walls create high-impact, seamless visuals for corporate settings, hospitality venues, and retail stores. Their modular design offers unmatched creative freedom, and they outperform other display technologies in brightness, color gamut, service life, and power consumption. This course presents an overview of LED display walls with discussions of the components, performance, lifespan, and energy benefits of LED tiles.

Electrical - Equipment - Furnishings - General requirements - Special construction - Specialties
Reflective Insulation & Radiant Barriers

Building systems can be enhanced by incorporating reflective insulation or radiant barriers into the building envelope. With effective insulation, heat transfer is reduced, resulting in less summer heat gain, and less winter heat loss. This course explains common and effective uses for reflective insulation and radiant barriers in a wide range of construction and building applications and demonstrates how these systems reduce energy usage, increase the lifespan of the mechanical equipment for heating and cooling, and reduce maintenance requirements and frequency of replacement.

Concrete - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Plumbing - 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
Paint Technology: Chemistry and Performance (CDN)

(Canadian version) Paints provide a decorative and protective barrier on the surfaces and substrates they are applied to. Paint performance is influenced by the quality of the ingredients, and by specifying the correct product and finish for the application. This program discusses types of paint, paint finishes, surface preparation, and primers.

Reroofing Commercial Buildings: 2015 IECC Requirements

Roofing is one of the most common renovation projects. Retrofit construction provides vast opportunities in terms of improving the energy efficiency of the built environment. This course reviews the 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
The ABCs of EPDs

The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is not just an idea about how to “grade the greenness” of products; it is a well-developed, globally recognized way, to make responsible comparisons and decisions regarding sustainable material design. This course discusses the concept of the EPD as applied to building materials and how to integrate EPDs into design and product selection decisions. Detailed information from different thermal insulation EPDs is used demonstrate how thermal insulation provides a unique and significant “pay-back” in terms of energy and environmental impacts.

Exterior improvements - 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
Sun Controls: A Sustainable Design Practice

Currently, buildings are the single biggest contributor to GHG emissions, accounting for roughly half of all energy consumption in the US and globally. It is crucial to reduce this level of consumption by including high performance envelope strategies like shading systems, in all new building designs. In this course, we will look at shading systems, examine shading and design strategies, and learn tips for successful selection and design.

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
Integrating Building Product Sustainability Early Into the BIM Design Process

Sustainable building design (SD) using the integrated design process (IDP) and building information modelling (BIM) is now a well-established practice, but until recently, green product selection was a parallel process. This course demonstrates how advanced software now seamlessly integrates the gathering, documentation, and sharing of accurate SD product information where it can be the most effective: at the early stages of a BIM/IDP process.

General requirements
Sustainable High Pressure Decorative Laminate

Understanding a product’s life cycle impact is central to the selection of materials for any green building. High pressure decorative laminate (HPDL) manufacturers have initiatives in place to reduce waste, energy and virgin materials in its production. This course introduces HPDL, its performance characteristics, fabrication techniques, and manufacturing processes and the processes and ingredients that make it a sustainable decorative surfacing solution for commercial and residential applications.

Finishes - Furnishings - Wood, plastics, and composites
Paint Technology: Chemistry and Performance

Paints provide a decorative and protective barrier on the surfaces and substrates they are applied to. Paint performance is influenced by the quality of the ingredients, and by specifying the correct product and finish for the application. This program discusses types of paint, paint finishes, surface preparation, and primers.

Biophilic Design and Resilient Flooring

The recent shift towards protecting the environment has also brought about a better understanding of our innate need to reconnect with our natural surroundings. This is known as biophilia. In this course, we will examine the elements of biophilic design and how to implement biophilic design strategies, known to improve physical and mental well-being of occupants. The use of resilient flooring in commercial applications offers an opportunity to implement biophilic design.

Exterior improvements - Finishes
Controlling Moisture Movement in Buildings: The Complete Approach

Proper building envelope design, component detailing, and wall system performance are critical in a durable, energyefficient building. One of the key aspects of achieving a highly efficient and durable building is the ability to protect the building from unwanted air and water infiltration. This course reviews the necessity and benefits of air, vapor, and moisture barriers, 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
Controlling Moisture Movement in Buildings: The Complete Approach - Below Slab Protection

One of the more complicated issues today in building science is addressing moisture movement, since moisture can penetrate a building in a number of different ways. By knowing and understanding the source of the water and its movement, effective solutions can be developed to eliminate or retard moisture movement. This course focuses on moisture movement below grade and the methods used to prevent and control the different types of moisture movement to provide complete below slab protection. Industry codes and standards which must be met when specifying vapor retarders/barriers are also discussed.

Concrete - Thermal and moisture protection
Entrance Flooring Systems: Design with the Elements in Mind

Cleaning is one of the higher continuous operational expenses faced by commercial building owners. Incorporating an entrance flooring system will reduce cleaning costs, improve safety and provide an environmental benefit to the building users. This course reviews entrance flooring system design considerations including code, environmental, safety and aesthetic considerations for high-traffic entrances.

Finishes - Furnishings - Specialties
Polymeric Liquid Applied Membranes (PMMA/PMA) for Roofing & Waterproofing

Ensuring a building’s roof is waterproof, on top of being structurally sound, is critical to the success of any building project. This course examines rapid curing, polymeric liquid applied waterproofing membranes for roofing and other demanding applications. Discussions include the history of PMMA, PMMA system components and characteristics, the installation process, and the versatility of PMMA products.

Thermal and moisture protection
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
Effective Waterproofing

Critical to concrete waterproofing are the products used in combination to create a system that ensures complete control of moisture migration. Presented here are effective concrete waterproofing technologies and how they improve the durability and lifespan of structures. Discussions include water penetration, system selection, membrane protection, and cementitious waterproofing.

Concrete - Thermal and moisture protection
Selecting Materials for Outdoor Applications: Choice of Materials—and Product Suppliers—Matters on Many Levels

Architects and designers have many options for specifying site furniture products for their projects, and selecting materials and finishes is an integral part of this process; yet, making material selections has become more and more complex. The course examines conditions and constraints of outdoor environments; evaluates materials commonly used in outdoor applications; discusses using green building standards and rating systems, and the role of suppliers as resources for material selection; and provides examples of products that adhere to a higher environmental standard.

Electrical - Exterior improvements - Furnishings
Healthy Indoor Air Quality by Design

Indoor air quality can dramatically influence the health and comfort of building occupants. It is critical to understand and control common pollutants in order to reduce the risk of health concerns related to indoor environments. This course examines the pollutants common to building interiors and their potential to cause adverse health effects. Discussions include VOC content and emissions, the value of an IAQ management plan, and the importance of specifying low-emitting materials.

General requirements
Air Curtains: Energy Savings & Occupant Comfort

An air curtain, also known as an air door, employs a controlled stream of air aimed across an opening to create an air seal. This seal separates different environments while allowing a smooth, unhindered flow of traffic and unobstructed vision through the opening. This course discusses how air curtains work and why they can contribute to occupant comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality when the door is open. It also reviews how air curtains improve whole building energy efficiency versus conventional methods.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Openings
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
Complete Steel Stud/Masonry Veneer Wall Systems

In today’s high performance building market, specifying materials that work together as a complete wall system is more critical than ever. Systems can help designers meet new energy codes, reduce costs and improve building function and sustainability while making the design process faster and simpler. Focusing on the most common exterior wall system, steel stud with masonry veneer, this course will detail key system components, recent advances in building analysis, code requirements and a comprehensive systems approach.

Masonry - Metals - Thermal and moisture protection
Improving and Prolonging the Performance of Finished Concrete Floors

With the relatively recent development of new products and procedures for polishing concrete, concrete floors have added aesthetic appeal to their list of impressive performance characteristics. This course will discuss improving and prolonging the performance of finished concrete floors by exploring the many benefits of concrete flooring, summarizing the procedure for creating concrete floors, explaining maintenance methods and spill removal, and explaining how a floor protection plan will aid in the prolonged service life of the floor.

Ligature-Resistant Patient Safety Hardware

Risks of self harm and suicide are inherent in behavioral health facilities. The common areas for concern in psychiatric inpatient units are ligature attachment points that present a hanging risk. In this course we review the evolution of patient safety hardware with a focus on ligature-resistant hardware designed to prevent the opportunity for self harm.

Outdoor Amenity Space Surfacing Materials and Systems

Over the past few decades, exterior building spaces and roofs have significantly transformed from utilitarian ballasted roof systems to roof systems with highly programmed, environmentally conscious, people-friendly amenities that promote healthier lifestyles. A variety of products and materials can be utilized in the design and construction of roof gardens and decks. This course will review the construction of basic types of roof systems, as well as the range of hardscaping products that are available to designers.

Exterior improvements - Masonry - 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
Design with Aluminum Full View Sectional Doors

Aluminum Full View (AFV) doors are a fast growing segment within the building product industry. They have a wide range of applications in a variety of building types. This course will look at potential applications and building types, options for installation, and custom options in design when specifying AFV doors.

Openings - Specialties
How To Specify Paint

Comprehensive paint specifications define minimum quality levels and the materials and methods required to achieve them. This introductory course reviews paint specification types/formats, key performance and application standards, key variables addressed by paint specs, general product recommendations, and paint submittals.

color’s impact on MIND & BODY in interior environments

The colors that surround us every day play an important role in our emotions and behavior when we engage with a specific finish material or environment. This course provides an overview of how the human eye sees color, the effect it can have on our moods, behavior, and physiology, and lastly, how it can be used as a powerful tool to send messages about spaces or products to consumers.

Finishes - Wood, plastics, and composites
Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement for Stormwater Management

Permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) has the ability to create solid, strong surfaces for pedestrians and a range of vehicular uses, and can help maintain a site’s existing natural hydrologic function and reduce the overall impact of development. This course discusses the components of a PICP system and how they work together to manage stormwater in a variety of applications. Also addressed are hydrological and structural factors to consider when designing with PICP, and how PICP contributes to sustainable building goals and projects.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Finishes - Masonry
Specifying Straight Sliding Hardware Systems

It is an expectation that today’s buildings have to be more than just aesthetically pleasing; they also have to provide flexibility for ever-changing space uses. Sliding hardware systems can improve accessibility, increase access to daylight, and provide innovative space division. This course outlines sliding hardware systems in buildings, examines their advantages over conventional swinging doors in all building types, and discusses how to specify these systems.

Openings - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
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
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.

Composite Aluminum/Wood Windows for Thermal and Structural Performance

Composite aluminum/wood windows (not aluminum clad wood windows) combine the beauty and warmth of wood with the strength, weather resistance, and durability of finished extruded aluminum. This course explores the unique design capabilities of composite aluminum/wood windows and explains how their technical features, design elements, and hinge operating system contribute to their high structural strength, water management, and thermal performance.

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.

Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) in Construction: The Dust Hazard the A&D Community Must Address

Touted as the ‘new asbestos’, respirable crystalline silica (RCS) is the major cause of silicosis—the most common occupational lung disease in the world. Mounting medical evidence now suggests RCS is also correlated to lung cancer and kidney disease. This course shares and discusses facts, concerns and rulings related to silica, and offers techniques for detecting, monitoring and reducing this inhalation hazard.

Concrete - Finishes
Water Savings with Every Flush: Improving Water Conservation in High Performance Buildings

Today—as climate change, population growth, and record droughts present an unprecedented strain on our water supply—conservation technology is building awareness to the importance of having the most water efficient fixtures in a home or business. This course recognizes the flush toilet as one of the biggest users of water and discusses how toilet design is pushing flush technology to develop ways for homes and commercial buildings to conserve water without sacrificing the performance of the toilet. Industry testing protocols and the water-saving capabilities of different technologies are evaluated.

Heat Bathing: Sauna, Infrared & Steam

Adding small pockets of luxury to a home has become commonplace in spaces like the kitchen and bathroom. Personal saunas are a natural extension to this way of thinking, supporting an owner’s health and relaxation. This course looks at the wide variety of heat bathing options: 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
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.

Earthwork - Exterior improvements - Plumbing - Special construction - Utilities
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
Integrated Pest Management Plans for All Facilities, Including LEED®

Pest control is vital to protecting our quality of life, food and water sources, and environment. How pest control is achieved is just as vital to the long-term safety and sustainability of our health, buildings, and natural resources. This course discusses how integrated pest management (IPM) suppresses pest populations in effective, economical, and environmentally safe ways, and details how to establish an IPM plan for a facility, including LEED® building projects.

Other - Specialties
Thick Outdoor Porcelain Tile Paving Systems

Thick 2 cm (20 mm) porcelain tiles that are specifically made for outdoor installations offer a blend of design, versatility, performance, simplicity of installation, and eco-sustainability. Many of the concerns regarding substrate preparation, bond failure, and slip resistance associated with laying thinner tiles outdoors are eliminated. This course discusses the material characteristics and installation of thick outdoor porcelain tiles—a paving system with high technical and visual performance.

Beautiful Bathroom Design for Easy Maintenance and Superior Hygiene

The cleanliness of a hotel guestroom bathroom directly impacts a hotel’s profitability, by its influence on customer satisfaction and hotel image. Designers should not only consider aesthetics but also the selection of finishes and fixtures that allow for faster, more cost effective sanitation. This course examines the role of clean hotel bathrooms in hotel profitability, customer satisfaction, and public health. Potential modes and threats of infection are discussed and strategies suggested for selecting fixtures that improve sanitation and minimize labor.

Furnishings - Plumbing - Specialties
Gypsum Board: Beyond Recycled Content

Since North America’s post-war building boom, the unique characteristics of gypsum board have served the needs of builders well. Now, with environmental concerns directing many design decisions, how does gypsum board respond? This course looks at how gypsum board contributes to sustainably designed buildings, ensuring healthy indoor air and low waste.

Finishes - Special construction
Commercial Plumbing with PEX

This course will explore the use of PEX piping for commercial plumbing installations. PEX offers many material advantages to traditional plumbing systems and has different characteristics that should be accounted for in design and installation phases to maximize its benefits. Domestic hot water recirculation considerations will be discussed to explain the criteria for best preventing legionella bacteria growth and reducing scald risks.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Plumbing
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
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
Next Generation Green Restroom Design v2

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
Managing FOG in Foodservice: Engineering with Confidence

FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) is commonly found in the wastewater discharged as a result of commercial and institutional foodservice operations. This course discusses the adverse effects FOG has on the sanitary sewer system, the principles of operation of grease interceptors, and the industry requirements for an effective grease management system in commercial foodservice applications.

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
Coatings for Steel Railing & Fence Systems

Selection of a material for a railing or fence project requires considering its long-term performance, maintenance, cost, and aesthetics. Regardless of the railing application (commercial, residential, or industrial), the coating process makes a difference to the life of the project. This course evaluates the different coating technologies available for steel railing and fence systems and discusses the factors to consider when selecting a coating for a steel railing and fence systems.

Exterior improvements - Metals
Creating Custom Curves: Adding Interest to Architectural Designs

Curved elements, such as walls, ceilings, columns and arches, have often been used to add interest to architectural designs. This course outlines conventional methods of framing curves in wood and steel, as well as new methods of framing using flexible track systems. Discussions include options for wall coverings and trims for curved surfaces.

Finishes - Metals - Special construction
The Advantages of Continuous Insulation in Steel Stud Construction

In the wake of the green movement, combined with rising energy costs, building sustainability has become an important topic. This course reviews 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
Towel Warmers: Versatility in Design and Function

Towel warmers/heated towel racks not only warm and dry damp towels but add a sense of comfort and luxury. This course explores 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
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
Gas Hearth Appliances: Enhancing Living Environments

For years, gas-burning hearth appliances have outsold wood-burning appliances due tothe many favorable benefits they provide. This course provides a review of the variety of gas hearthappliances (GHA), the advantages they offer, and the types of venting systems that are available today.Also presented is a discussion of the factors that require consideration to facilitate a successful GHAinstallation.

Equipment - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Plumbing - Specialties
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
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.

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 homes, 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 for selecting a water delivery option.

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.

Furnishings - Openings - Specialties
Storage Systems: Managing Space and Efficiency

High-density storage systems evolved because the function of storage was expanded: the need to maximize space to store records. This course looks at 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
Commercial Restroom Design: Sanitary, Accessible, Durable, & Water-Efficient

Most of us don’t plan our environments to accommodate unforeseen changes in ability or even age-related limitations. Butwhen change occurs, our environments can hinder our day-to-day living. Universal design adds value regardless of wherepeople are in their lives and allows people with a range of abilities to live in comfort. In this course, we’ll look the guiding principles of Universal Design and some innovative and highly functional kitchen and bath solutions.

Equipment - Plumbing - Specialties
Residential Plumbing 101: Sinks, Tubs and Showers

The plumbing system is an integral part of a healthy home and is required by code to keep the occupants safe. Homeowners are making their kitchens and bathrooms even more hardworking by selecting fixtures and faucets that anticipate their needs and help them to use water efficiently. This course discusses how fixture and faucet function, operation, performance, and placement affect water delivery in the kitchen and bathroom.

Submetering for Intelligent Building and Sustainability: Measurement & Verification

Metering platforms are essential to understanding the use of energy within a building. Submetering is an essential part of sustainability programs and Intelligent Building design. This course discusses 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
Fabric Ductwork: The Metal Alternative

Textile air dispersion products for open and finished ceiling architecture, critical environments, and underfloor applications are a cost effective, aesthetically attractive alternative to metal ductwork. The course examines fabric ductwork and the sustainable advantages it has over metal ductwork. It provides a comprehensive look at the designprocess 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
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.

Universal Design: The New Normal

Most of us don’t plan our environments to accommodate unforeseen changes in ability or even age-related limitations. Butwhen change occurs, our environments can hinder our day-to-day living. Universal design adds value regardless of wherepeople are in their lives and allows people with a range of abilities to live in comfort. In this course, we’ll look the guiding principles of Universal Design and some innovative and highly functional kitchen and bath solutions.

Equipment - Plumbing - Specialties
Wall Hanging Systems

From classrooms to boardrooms to living rooms, hanging display systems enhance spaces and provide design freedom. This course examines 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
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
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
The Fresh Approach to Choosing Exterior Colors

For the typical homeowner choosing exterior color can be a daunting task; however, there is guidance available to help choose color palettes that complement the exterior of the home. This course presents 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
How Building Partitions and Floors Attenuate Sound

Today, architects and designers need to give special consideration to building acoustics when developing plans for new and newly renovated construction projects. Excessive noise in any environment is considered a serious problem which can lead to learning difficulties, sleep deprivation, delayed recovery from illness and lack of privacy. Sound basics are discussed in this course, and STC, IIC, and sound attenuation (reduction) techniques are explained. Various case studies are examined to develop further understanding of the performance of common sound abatement assemblies.

Finishes - Special construction
HVLS Fans: Energy Efficiency & Occupant Comfort

HVLS fans work in tandem with natural ventilation or HVAC systems, reducing or eliminating many of the challenges associated with these systems while offering significant energy efficiencies. This course examines 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
Louver Design & Performance: From Basic to Extreme

While providing fresh air intake and exhaust, reducing noise, and keeping out unwanted water and debris, louvers can also provide architectural style to a building design. This course discusses the aesthetics and weather resistance features of a variety of louver designs from the basic to the extreme. A discussion about the industry standards and test protocol for louver performance is included.

Openings - Specialties
New Code Requirements For Fire Rated Doors and Hardware

The role of a fire rated door is to maintain the integrity of a fire rated enclosure in the event of a fire, giving building occupants enough time to exit the burning building. This course is an introduction to fire rated doors and a general review of the fire codes that relate to fire doors and hardware, referencing IBC 2012 and 2015, NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) regulations, and the ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines).

Openings - 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 virtually 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
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.

Indices de transmission du son apparent (ITSA) dans le Code national du bâtiment du Canada

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.

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
Resilient Flooring for Healthcare

When choosing flooring for healthcare applications the patient’s needs are paramount; however, the needs of the facility and the staff, and the unique demands of the healthcare industry also need to be addressed. This course explores resilient flooring options for the healthcare industry and includes discussions on industry requirements, types of products available, product properties, and specifications.

Wood-Patterned Aluminum Products: Innovative Design Solutions

Leading aluminum extrusion manufacturers have established a variety of methods pertaining to material grade, surface protection, and component solutions to maximize the benefits of aluminum to suit a wide variety of applications. These advancements in technology have led to the development of sustainable wood-patterned aluminum products designed for exterior and interior applications. This course focuses on how these products can be used as a beautiful, high performance, durable alternative for real wood in a range of applications, including screens, facades, decking, fencing, gates, cladding, and more.

Finishes - Metals - Specialties
Energy Savings Through Indoor Air Movement

HVLS fans are generally designed to be used in conjunction with an HVAC system and contribute to an energy efficient and environmentally friendly design. This course reviews the role of HVLS fans in thermal comfort and energy savings.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
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
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
Architectural Applications of Cellular PVC for Exterior Moldings and Trim

Trim and molding occupy a small amount of space on a home’s exterior, however their aesthetic value outweighs their size. Properly designed exterior moldings and trim need a full understanding of the materials and the design rules and functions for each location. This course takes the reader through the design and installation of exterior moldings, in particular PVC molding, and looks at some common molding mistakes and solutions.

Exterior improvements - Finishes - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Multi-Layer Decking: Using Cellular PVC Technology to Replicate Exotic Hardwood

Deck structures provide neat and sturdy living spaces that mirror interior conveniences while set in the ultimate, great outdoors. Choosing the right deck board for a specific project requires considering the size of the project, its location, and local climate conditions. This course discusses 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
Stone Coated Steel: Stepping Out of the Ordinary

The roofing system can have a dramatic effect on the building’s life cycle and energy costs, as well as its overall appearance. This course explores stone coated steel roofing systems, and includes discussions on 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
Sun Control Devices for Energy Efficient Design

Exterior shading devices offer a number of advantages that contribute to a more sustainable building, including minimizing cooling costs, reducing peak electricity demand, and controlling glare. These benefits result in greater occupant comfort and improved productivity. This course provides a review 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 - Openings - Specialties - Specialties
Superior Performing Water-Based PVDF Coatings on Cellular PVC Cladding

Traditionally used for high-performance architectural applications, water-based PVDF coatings can now be applied to cellular PVC cladding materials, delivering high performance in a new application. This course presents the benefits of 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
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
Glazing, Daylighting, and Polycarbonate Sheeting Systems

Good daylighting design meets the illumination requirements of a space and brings about physical, psychological, and energy-saving benefits. This course examines how aerogel filled polycarbonate sheeting systems can help meet sustainable design goals and contribute to energy-efficient daylighting design and the overall health and well-being of building occupants.

Designing for the Effects of Wind on Metal Roofs: Tests and Reality

High velocity wind storms can occur anywhere within the country, so having a clear understanding of the relevant standards and codes pertaining to building wind loads is critical when specifying for projects. Analyzing how metal roofing material reacts in severe wind storms helps us interpret product performance. This course examines considerations for wind design for metal roofing systems, including a look at required testing, determinants of wind load, and how wind affects our buildings.

Thermal and moisture protection
Introduction to Residential Ventilation

Meeting the ventilation requirements of ASHRAE 62.2 and maintaining an energy efficient home means balancing the need for fresh outdoor air and the energy needed to condition it. In this course we will examine the ventilation requirements in ASHRAE 62.2, discuss how they can be met, look at some solutions for energy efficient ventilating.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
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
Advances in Water-Source VRF Technology: A New Era of Efficiency

Energy efficiency and better control of indoor air quality and comfort are key tenets of the sustainability movement. Building owners and occupants are demanding HVAC systems that meet these needs. This course discusses Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology, an HVAC system that improves efficiency and environmental control. We will look at how it works, system types and performance characteristics as well as several application examples.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Prefabricated Stainless Steel Railing Systems

Metal ornamental railing systems can provide an elegant and functional finishing touch to a building project. However, it is important for architects to understand the difference between the types of materials available, as well as where and how the railing system is manufactured, and how it will be installed. By understanding these aspects of the railing feature, architects can better manage this part of the building project. This course discusses the overall advantages of choosing a custom-fabricated railing system built 100% off-site (prefabricated) compared to off-the-shelf products or locally fabricated railings. In addition to looking at the practical considerations of how different fabrication choices affect project time and budget, this course also identifies some ways to address health, safety, and building occupant welfare.

Demystifying Rainscreen Systems Utilizing Metal Wall Panels

The overuse and misuse of the term rainscreen in the construction industry has created confusion and ambiguity as to its correct meaning and to its application in the field. To clarify the proper use of the concept and the term, this course reviews the essential rainscreen wall components, how they should be assembled, their roles and relationship to energy efficiency, and the various types of rainscreen constructions possible. It focuses on rainscreens utilizing metal wall panels and provides details as to how these panels should be detailed in a rainscreen application and concludes by providing illustrative examples of metal panel wall applications.

Thermal and moisture protection
Precast Concrete Security and Sound Barrier Walls

Security and sound barrier walls play an important role in sustaining the safety and livability of communities. They separate incompatible uses, protect vital infrastructure, provide security from intrusion and even can become protective in some extreme weather. They are available in different formats: panels that are installed between support columns made from either steel or concrete H-Beams embedded in caisson footings or with integrally cast column and panel wall sections that are supported by steel I-beams embedded into caisson footings and extending up into the column portion of the wall section to provide structural integrity. This course examines the design and construction details of both types.

Concrete - Masonry
Designing with Architectural Decorative Glass

Due to advancements in architectural decorative glass technology, the number of design options available to help designers and architects achieve the specific aesthetics and performance requirements they desire has dramatically increased. This course provides a review 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.

Furnishings - Openings - Specialties
Commercial Design and Construction with Insulated Concrete Form (ICF)

ICF construction is cost effective and sustainable, and is a superior way to build stronger, quieter, healthier, and more energy-efficient commercial structures. This course explores insulated concrete form (ICF) construction, describing the forms themselves and their construction, performance, and sustainable benefits. Also presented are design guidelines, the installation process, flooring systems, and commercial project applications.

An Overview of Commercial Rolling Door Products

Rolling doors are used in heavy-duty, medium-duty, and light-duty applications for a wide range of commercial, industrial and construction environments. The course provides a review of the features, components, options and applications of various types of commercial rolling door products.

Luxury for Kitchen & Bath

Luxury does not necessarily equal excess and indulgence. In the kitchen and bath, luxury might simply be a fixture offering a higher perceived value and practicality. In this course, we will define luxury further and look at luxury options in kitchen and bath fixtures and technology.

Equipment - Equipment - Plumbing - Specialties
Metal Roof Design: Top 10 Problems and How to Solve Them

Due to their durability, low operational cost, and sustainability, metal roofs are gaining popularity in both commercial and residential markets. Owner expectations for this product family have increased as well, and now include heightened aesthetics and long-term performance. While metal roofing systems are certainly up to these challenges, when they fail, the results are costly. Consequently, it is imperative designers have full knowledge of metal roof design and detailing. This course covers the top ten problems metal roof designers face and describes how these problems can be prevented through proper design.

Thermal and moisture protection
Aluminum Commercial Windows: The Basics and Beyond

The world of windows is much more complex than one might suspect, given the different sizes, shapes, and types that are available and the performance requirements they must meet. As well, glass comes in many specialized forms intended for different applications. This course focuses on aluminum commercial window components and configurations, as well as the benefits they offer affecting both performance goals and design requirements. Also included are discussions on historic and acoustic applications.

Spa-Inspired Shower Solutions

Recently, custom showers have grown in popularity, offering homeowners an escape from the stresses of the outside world with new options providing the same sense of relaxation that was previously reserved for the bathtub. This course covers 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
An Overview of Pest Bird Deterrent Systems

Birds, bird droppings, and nesting materials can detract from buildings’ architectural features; more importantly, they can negatively impact the environment by creating health and safety risks. This course provides a review 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
Pre-Engineered Steel Stair Systems

Stairs are a primary means of egress, exit, and floor-to-floor access for buildings with multiple floors or a change in rise. Metal stair systems designed for commercial and industrial applications can be fabricated out of steel, stainless steel, cast iron, and aluminum. This course evaluates types of pre-engineered steel stair systems and includes discussions on advantages, class, fabricator vs. manufacturer, railings, stair flight and landing construction, connections, and building code requirements.

Concrete - Masonry - Metals - Wood, plastics, and composites
Upward-Acting Commercial Sectional Door Systems

Upward-acting commercial sectional door systems can be a major contributor to controlling energy costs in buildings. This course evaluates the materials and construction of various door types and discusses the selection criteria and operation features that are available to enhance door performance for a range of applications.

Current Approaches to Sustainable Community Planning

The tools, techniques, and approaches to Sustainable Community Planning (SCP) have evolved substantially in the last few decades, turning it from an abstract notion into a comprehensive and beneficial planning approach. This course reviews a broad spectrum of the more effective approaches currently being utilized to convert basic SCP principles into practical projects around the world. The review includes numerous links to the sources of these tools and approaches and includes background on a number of international projects.

State-Of-The-Art Fabric Air Dispersion Systems

Comfortable indoor environments with enhanced air quality improve the health and well-being of the building’s occupants. The course examines fabric air dispersion systems, beginning with a comparison to traditional metal duct systems. It explores how the fabric options and suspension systems have evolved over time and moves on to discuss essential design considerations, including: shape, layout options, system dimensions, suspension systems, fittings, air dispersion design, fabric options, orifices/vents, and air pressure design.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Three Innovations: Changing the Face and Function of Fabric Architecture

A new generation of precision woven fabrics is being introduced to the architectural community. This course explores a new form of exterior fabric membrane that allows for entirely new forms and functionalities in permanent static or kinetic fabric constructions; a VOC-free modular ceiling system made from photometrically and acoustically optimized precision fabric; and a new composite facade material made from a combination of glass, fabric and metal to reduce solar gain, glare, and improve interior environments. Design and application possibilities and the functional and sustainable benefits provided by each innovation are explored through video and photographic documentation of exemplary real-world projects incorporating the products.

Finishes - Openings - Openings
Building Code Compliant Photoluminescent Egress Path Markings

Recognizing the need for egress path markings that are visible even in emergency and backup power failures, the 2009 edition of the International Building Code was the first to mandate photoluminescent products for exit enclosures. This course presents the requirements for compliant use and placement along egress paths and explains the benefits of non-electrical, non-radioactive photoluminescent markings that are long-lasting, easy to understand and highly visible to help occupants exit high-rise buildings effectively and efficiently.

Concrete Alkalinity: Use ASTM F3010 to Protect Adhesives and High Performance Coatings

The high pH levels (alkalinity) inherent in healthy concrete slabs can pose a serious threat to the long term performance of adhesives and construction coatings specified in floor, deck, and roof assembly projects. This course discusses how to manage risk by crafting tight, non-ambiguous performance specifications based on ASTM F3010 to control both concrete moisture vapor and concrete alkalinity. This will help insure that the proper above-slab barrier products are selected, bid and installed and that the project delivers long-term performance.

Concrete - Finishes - Thermal and moisture protection
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
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.

Specifying Stock Components for Architectural Metal Work

Architectural metal service centers play an important role in stocking pre-engineered ornamental metal components, making sure that high quality parts are available from stock and providing data on their structural properties. The course includes a discussion on: how to choose the best material for your job; available systems and their components; and engineering data and the formulas to provide safe installations.

Existing conditions - Metals - Special construction
Sustainable Building Envelopes

By the year 2030, the electricity demands of the U.S. will be 45% greater than today. To meet these energy demands, we will see traditional energy sources (coal, natural gas, nuclear) amalgamated with various renewable energy technologies, such as transpired solar collection, cool metal roofing, and solar-ready roofing. This course reviews how metal building envelopes combined with these alternative technologies can contribute to energy efficiency in the built environment and achieve sustainable building design objectives.

Thermal and moisture protection
Designing with Bamboo for Superior Environmental & Human Health Impacts

The popularity of bamboo products has soared due to their desirable aesthetic and unique, eco-friendly attributes. This course covers 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
An Introduction to Louver Selection

Louvers are an essential part of every HVAC system but their selection and sizing is often misunderstood or overlooked. In this course we’ll take a thorough look at louver components, types, options, and accessories and appropriate selection and proper sizing of louvers for a variety of climates, including WDR (wind-driven rain) and hurricane areas.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Openings
Fire & Smoke Protection with Life Safety Dampers

Compartmentalization is a critical feature of a building’s passive fire protection system. To ensure compartmentalization during a fire, ductwork that penetrates rated walls or partitions requires the use of life safety dampers to restrict the passage of fire and smoke. This course reviews the three types of life safety dampers, their performance and resistance ratings, their functional options, and proper installation practices and guidelines.

Fire suppression - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations with Insulated Stay-In-Place Forms

Traditionally, monolithic concrete forms are made of lumber. After the concrete has been poured, the lumber forms must be stripped from the concrete. The footer and the slab must then be insulated for frost protection. This course details how a frost-protected shallow foundation (FPSF) is constructed and introduces a new, innovative, stay-in-place EPS (expanded polystyrene) footing form that provides insulation and simplifies the installation of frost-protected monolithic concrete slab foundations.

Concrete - Thermal and moisture protection
Inclusive Playgrounds: Designing Spaces to Bring Children & Communities Together

Play is more than fun and games—it is an essential component in helping children develop critical physical, mental, emotional, and social skills that lay the foundation for adulthood. Inclusive play breaks down barriers and builds community through fostering understanding of our similarities and differences. This course discusses how play impacts child development and describes the options and considerations for designing an inclusive playground that benefits all children and the community.

Vinyl: A Modern Material for Modern Healthcare

Some of the design goals for healthcare buildings are efficiency and cost-effectiveness, cleanliness and sanitation,security and safety and sustainability. Vinyl’s unique attributes mean that it can address these needs in a number oflocations in the building. This course reviews those attributes through a look at the chemistry and performancecharacteristics of vinyl, and its innovative uses for healthcare design challenges.

Fire suppression - Furnishings - General requirements - Wood, plastics, and composites
Vinyl: Building a Sustainable Future

Vinyl plays a major role in the design and construction of modern buildings, and it contributes to sustainability, wellness and resilience of people and their communities. This course demonstrates the importance of achieving client performance goals using thoughtful, multi-attribute material selection criteria.

Electrical - Exterior improvements - Furnishings - Plumbing - Wood, plastics, and composites
Innovation in Intumescent Coating Technology

The U.S. has the worst fire fatality rate in the industrialized world, and consideration should be given to the use of intumescent acrylic latex paint for its fire-resistance attributes. This course outlines 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
Acoustic Doors and Green Design

Sound transmission control is an issue which should be addressed in the design of any building. Acoustic comfort is part of providing an amenable interior space and it requires having the proper level and quality of sound to utilize a space as planned. This course looks at the components, features, and the role of acoustic door assemblies in occupant comfort in both workplace and school environments.

Creating a LEED® Healthcare Facility from Groundbreaking to Completion

The team dynamic between the owner, architect, and general contractor is critical to the success of any building project. This course illustrates how a collaborative team effort can establish project goals about sustainable building design and the LEED® certification of a healthcare facility. The material is supported by three project case studies which are discussed throughout the program, not only to relay information about high performance design strategies for healthcare, but also to show how evidence-based design (EBD) achieves the best possible outcome for patients, medical staff, building operations, and the environment.

General requirements - Other
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.

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
Light-Manipulating Materials: Create, Build, Inspire

Light-manipulating materials use internal channels to capture, bend, scatter, and redirect light and create visually stunning spaces. Panels and slabs in resin, glass, and terrazzo create an experiential surface for privacy screens or signage, primary or accent lighting, countertops or flooring—anywhere the interplay of light and shadow is desired for beauty and inspiration. This course describes the different types of light-manipulating materials and substrates as well as the design and installation options for a wide range of dynamic, unique applications.

Concrete - Finishes - Wood, plastics, and composites
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.

Color & Paint in Environments for the Aging

Not only are we living longer, but senior citizens are the fastest growing segment of the world’s population. The aging population faces problems with declining vision related to disease as well as growing older. This course discusses changes in color perception among the elderly and explains how appropriate color use and application of low- or no-VOC, durable, high-quality paint facilitates quality of life in all environments for the aging.

Thermal Bridging Solutions for Balconies and Masonry Support

The green building movement is gaining momentum worldwide, resulting in stricter regulations regarding the energy efficiency of structures. Conventional construction methods can’t always meet these demands and more innovative and thermally efficient building products are required. This course will focus specifically on thermal bridging, how it affects the overall efficiency of a building, and how it can be effectively addressed.

Concrete - Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
ADA-Compliant Solid Surface Shower Compartment & Lavatory Design

There are some complex issues involved in achieving ADA-compliant designs in all types of building construction. In terms of bathroom design, it is important to comprehend the ADA standards in order to minimize the risk of injury and to ensure end user comfort and ease of use. This course covers 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
Open-Web Composite Steel Joist Floor Systems

Composite construction utilizes dissimilar materials to exploit the benefits of each. While composite construction in general has been used extensively for several decades, open-web composite joist construction is now becoming a more popular choice through new and innovative solutions. This course presents the components and benefits of composite joist systems, addresses connector types and layouts, and offers specification tips and design considerations.

Apparent Sound Transmission Class (ASTC) Ratings in the National Building Code of Canada

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.

Storm Water Management: Not All Permeable Pavers Are Created Equal

Onsite Storm Water Management (SWM) is becoming increasingly important and, in many cases, mandatory. Concerns regarding municipal sewer system performance and watershed health have generated numerous requirements and techniques to mitigate the effects of storms at the local or site level. Following an overview of these issues, this course examines, in detail, a high-performance system of permeable plastic paving grids that addresses such issues while meeting the most stringent demands of onsite traffic, aesthetics, and SWM. This examination includes installation techniques, details, and specifications.

Earthwork - Exterior improvements - Plumbing - Utilities
Introduction to Prefabricated Fireproof Structural Columns

Structural fire protection guards essential structural components from the devastating effects of fire. This course examines the various active and passive fire protection methods that are available with a focus on the features, types, and design considerations of prefabricated fireproof structural columns designed for exposed exterior and interior loadbearing columns.

Concrete - Fire suppression
Designing and Specifying Steel Mesh Fence Systems

When designing a steel mesh fence, there are three steel mesh options to consider: chain link fabric, expanded metal, and welded wire mesh. Although mesh choice may be the primary focus when designing fence, an understanding of the application and material specifications should be key considerations as well. This course provides a review of the material specifications, installation, and standards related to the design of steel mesh fence systems.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Metals
Designing Public Restrooms

The design of public rest rooms is essential to the success and function of all building projects. Among the most important design criteria are public health, privacy, safety, and welfare. In this course, we’ll take a look at what goes into planning a washroom that meets all these needs, looking at fixture counts, code requirements, accessibility and selecting suitable partitions that meet these and sustainability requirements.

Plumbing - Specialties
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.

Anodizing 101: Building, Construction & Design

In the 1920s, aluminum turned the world of metals upside-down with its benefits of light weight, strength, fabrication flexibility, and durability. Since then, finishing technology has provided a steady stream of protection and coloring improvements. This course explores 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.

Innovations in Hand Dryers: Improvements and Impacts on Sustainability

Good restroom design includes regard for user experience, environmental impact, and cost over time. Hand drying fixtures are a necessary element of this design process. In this course, we will review how new hand drying technologies can address hygiene, dry time, sound level, and accessibility concerns of a restroom project. We will also discuss why it is vital to specify hand dryers with optimum energy and cost efficiencies.

Electrical - Specialties
Phenolic Panels for Durable Wall Coverings and Cladding

Phenolic panels are a versatile building material for both interior wall coverings and exterior cladding, and are ideal wherever both durability and appearance are important. This course explains how the manufacturing process imparts a wide range of performance attributes to phenolic panels, discusses their role in sustainable design, and presents the diverse array of applications that benefit from the strength and beauty of phenolic wall panels.

Finishes - Specialties - Thermal and moisture protection - Wood, plastics, and composites
Innovations In Window Film For Architectural Applications

With the increasing prominence of glass in new buildings and retrofit projects, the use of window film can raise the style, performance, and safety of today’s building projects. This course examines the use of various types of window film, (decorative, solar control, and safety/security) and their role in improving occupant comfort and safety, lowering energy costs, and enhancing privacy.

Finishes - Openings
Sustainable Solutions for Large Openings

Open walls embody the true essence of indoor-outdoor living. This program explores 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
Hospitality Bathrooms Around the World: Trends, Cultures, Codes, & Products

Architects and designers now work on more and more projects with a global reach. A better understanding is required not only of how to specify products anywhere in the world, but how to communicate and conduct business with colleagues in many different countries. Focusing on hospitality bathrooms, this course begins with an overview of global hotel design trends and the product options available, and then provides guidance on business practices and bathroom design preferences around the world.

Equipment - Plumbing - Specialties
Noise Control Solutions for Multi-Family Residential Applications

In recent years, demand has increased for better noise control in multi-family construction driven mainly by consumer demands and stricter enforcement of existing codes. Residential noise control is a key component of design as it affects occupant privacy and well-being. This course reviews the dynamics of sound, how sound moves through buildings, and the architectural techniques used to control airborne, structure-borne, and flanking noise transmission in multi-family buildings.

The Role of Concrete Moisture in Sustainable Design

Concrete has been a reliable, durable, sustainable construction material for many thousands of years. Moisture movement through and within concrete, however, has always been a concern for the design/build community. In this course, we will discuss how specification of one performance requirement—discontinuous capillary concrete—contributes to sustainability by: minimizing waste of energy, water, and materials; maximizing value by efficient use of new, reused, and renewable resources; protecting occupant health, and eliminating non-value added project costs and activities.

Concrete - Finishes
How to Design an Accessible, ADA Compliant Locker Storage Area

Personal storage locker installations are designed to meet the personal storage needs of many industries and facility types. They are not only used to securely store personal belongings, but due to their design flexibility and size,they are also used to secure equipment and tools, parcels, supplies, and controlled products. This course discussesthe 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
European Beech: Durable, Sustainable, and Versatile

Wood is the only carbon-negative, sustainable building product there is. Using more wood and wood-based products for interior and exterior applications can help to lower carbon emissions and combat climate change. This course discusses the benefits of using wood, identifies what sustainable hardwood species are the most abundant and where some of the best managed, certified hardwood forests are located, and compares the physical and performance properties of European beech to eight other temperate hardwoods.

Finishes - Furnishings - General requirements - Openings - Special construction - Specialties - Wood, plastics, and composites
Reflective Concrete Floors: Durable & Sustainable

Sustainability seeks to balance resource efficiency, health, and social concerns throughout the life cycle of a structure. Concrete has a variety of benefits to offer in achieving this goal. This course examines 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
Lead Shielding: Radiation Protection Solutions

The increased use of the harnessing of atomic energy and increased industrial and medical use of x-rays have brought about the challenges of controlling the powerful radiation emitted. In this course, we look at the basics of radiation protection, as well as discussions on the types, characteristics, and specification considerations of various radiation shielding products.

Special construction
Promoting Tree Health in Urban Environments

Healthy urban trees contribute not only to our environment; they also contribute to our communities. As we create metropolitan landscapes, we need to address the health and well-being of tree. This is crucial to the legacy that we pass on to future generations. This course examines 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
Aluminum Extrusions

There is an almost limitless variety of forms an aluminum extrusion can take, and design flexibility allows a great deal of functionality to be designed into extruded components. This course discusses 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 - Openings - Special construction - 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.

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
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 - Openings - Special construction - Specialties
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.

Permeable Walkways with Decomposed Granite and Natural Aggregate Pathway Materials

Parks, recreational areas, and common rural and urban spaces can be essential relaxing oases. Pathways that navigate through these public spaces should be functional, durable, and complement the natural environment. This course explores pathway materials and focuses on decomposed granite (DG) and natural aggregates. It discusses the types of pathways, their applications, installation and maintenance, as well as their contribution to green design.

Exterior improvements - Masonry
Designing With Spray Foam Insulation

To fully assess the benefits of spray foam and its importance to today’s building industry requires taking a closer look at one of the main goals of architects and building engineers—to create sustainable structures which allows maximum design creativity. With an ability to contour into any space or shape and adhere to any surface, spray foam allows such creativity. This course examines the performance properties spray foam products and discusses advanced design concepts using spray foam

Thermal and moisture protection
Acoustic Solutions & Fire Wall Design Innovations

With the range of ever-evolving uses of cold-formed metal framing, it is important for the building professional to be current with the latest product developments and innovations. This course begins with an overview of steel specification followed by a discussion of a new preassembled double-stud sound guard systems designed for superior acoustical performance. Also included is a review of fire-rated assemblies, including the recent developments and the expansion of UL assembly inclusions for the three different shaftwall studs, (CH-Stud, CT-Stud, and I-Stud).

Finishes - Metals
Concrete That Cleans Itself and the Environment

Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world, second only to water. Over time, as a result of the build-up of atmospheric compounds in the surrounding environment, concrete will become discolored, stained, dirty and dingy. This course examines 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.

Concrete - Masonry
Water Supply, Infrastructure & Conservation

Water is essential to life on Earth. We use it every day for drinking, cooking, cleaning, irrigating, and much more. And while it is such an important part of our lives, we are facing mounting issues when it comes to droughts, flooding, and the systems and infrastructure by which we receive our water. This course covers local and global water supply and demand issues, our current water infrastructure systems and where they are failing, and new technologies and innovations that are helping create more sustainable water solutions for the future.

Quartz Surfacing Basics

Where quartz surfacing can be used is largely a matter of vision. The material itself is versatile and suitable for various applications. This course discusses quartz surfacing in terms of its performance capabilities, sustainable attributes, and endless design possibilities for both residential and commercial construction and design applications.

Finishes - Wood, plastics, and composites
An Overview of Masonry Mortars

Mortars are utilized to bind masonry units together and fill the gaps between them. Understanding the critical relationship between bricks and mortar is fundamental to a successful installation. This course covers 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
Rainscreens, Barrier Walls & The Insulated Metal Panel Solution

Rainscreens are a multi component system offering redundancy in resisting the weather, however, continuity of each component is critical. When an insulated metal panel (IMP) is used within the system it can function as a number of these components, simplifying installation and improving performance. This course looks at IMPs acting as barrier walls behind various rainscreen systems, with a discussion on the performance characteristics for air, water, vapor, and thermal management.

Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Fire-Safe Building Design: An Introduction to Automatic Sprinkler Systems

Designing for fire safety is an important element in the construction of the built environment. Selecting the right automatic sprinkler system can ensure that your building is code compliant and well protected. This course provides an overview of automatic sprinkler systems including the types, styles, orientations, components, and finishes that are available. Also discussed are the factors that require consideration when specifying a sprinkler system.

Fire suppression
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
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
Surface Preparation for Flooring Installation: Meeting Industry Standards

Flooring installations are only going to perform as well as the quality of surface preparation that they received. Strength/structural soundness, flatness, texture, and moisture are evaluated are addressed at this stage. This course explores 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.

Modular Refrigeration: Flexibility, Convenience, and Modern Kitchen Design Trends

Kitchens have evolved, and so has the role of refrigeration in the home, and there are a variety of factors that are contributing to this change. This course examines the social, economic, and demographic trends that are stimulating the reimagining of the kitchen space. The latest trends in kitchen design are discussed, as is the role of modular refrigeration—a key design element in the creation of functional spaces that reflect the changing domestic landscape.

Equipment - Specialties
Insulated Concrete Forms

The construction of buildings that use less energy to operate and are long lived is a key part of sustainable design. Insulated concrete forms are one solution that provide the necessary U values, air tightness and durability. In this course, we will delve into the ICF wall, types and components and look at design considerations and construction.

Concrete - Finishes - Masonry - Special construction - Thermal and moisture protection
Exterior Perimeter Steel Pedestrian Security Gates

The issue of safety is a prevalent theme in today’s society, and protecting the built environment has become a priority. This course examines 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
Sustainable Design With Recycled Rubber Surfaces

Recycled rubber flooring is an environmentally responsible material that outlasts manytypes of traditional commercial flooring products when exposed to normal foot traffic stress. Interior andexterior recycled rubber surfacing products are explored in terms of their sustainable design benefits andapplications. The program includes discussions on rubber manufacturing, post-consumer tires, and green building certification programs.

Exterior improvements - Finishes
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
Specialty Door Hardware

Commercial applications of specialty door hardware encompass traditional building, as well as unusual architectural elements. Unique applications and “industrial strength” are what distinguish specialty door hardware from standard door hardware. This course provides a review 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
EPS Product Solutions

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a molded, lightweight, resilient, foamed plastic that is used in a variety of construction products. The impact-absorbing and structural properties of EPS provide a unique advantage over alternative materials. This course provides a review 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 also discussed.

Concrete - Exterior improvements - Special construction - Specialties - Thermal and moisture protection - Utilities
Polyisocyanurate (Polyiso) Insulation for Commercial Exterior Wall Assemblies

In recent years, the construction industry has adopted standards and practices to use more insulation in buildings. This has been driven by both government and private initiatives to improve building energy efficiency. High-performance insulation is crucial for the achievement of these objectives! This course discusses 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
Technologie en matière de peinture: Chimie et performance

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

How to Treat Concrete

Concrete floors require protection. Choosing the right concrete floor coating system is essential to meeting the performance requirements of commercial, industrial, or residential environments. This course discusses the assessment and repair a concrete floor and specifies how to select a high performance coating system based on the conditions and requirements of a construction project.

Existing conditions - Finishes - Masonry - Thermal and moisture protection
Bicycle Parking and Storage Inside and Out

Lack of secure bicycle parking and storage is one of the top barriers to increased bicycle ridership. However, there is much more to selecting functional and appropriate bike storage than installing a few racks at the building sidewalk. This course examines best practices for bicycle racks and shelters for indoor and outdoor bicycle parking and storage, including typical municipal guidelines and regulations, incentives, guidance on shelters, and rack planning and design.

Exterior improvements - Furnishings - Special construction - Specialties
High Performance Translucent Building Envelopes

Daylighting systems provide a sustainable and environmentally conscious solution for building illumination. Daylighting however, is not just about letting in as much light as possible. Instead, it is an intentional and controlled introduction of natural light into a space. This course provides an overview of the benefits and applications of successful daylighting systems with a focus on the characteristics of high-performance translucent technologies, including removable glazing/skin options and two-panel systems. Also included is a discussion on meeting today’s strict code requirements with daylighting technology.

Openings - Special construction - Specialties
Regenerative Design: Beyond Sustainability

Regenerative design is a philosophy that reaches beyond being merely sustainable. It empowers creative potentials in pursuit of unique, system-wide benefit. This course explains the theory of regenerative design and its underlying concepts and paradigms. A case study, regenerative bark wall coverings, is presented to illustrate how regenerative design theory can be applied to the design and production of a building product.

Finishes - Wood, plastics, and composites
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
Sustainable Waterproofing Solutions

Concrete is a very versatile and fundamental building material; however, because it is porous and wicks water through its matrix, concrete has water-related challenges. This program examines 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
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
Resinous Terrazzo & Seamless Flooring Systems

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

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
Rooftop Pipe and Equipment Support Systems

The proper selection of pipe and equipment supports is critical to managing dead weight on a rooftop and the overall performance of the roofing system. No matter how large or small the pipes or equipment are, improper support apparatuses and installation processes will inevitably lead to a breach in the roofing system. This course evaluates different types of pipe and equipment support systems and reviews the key steps in designing and installing a system that will successfully manage loads, as well as thermal movement and vibration, eliminating roof penetrations.

Electrical - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning - Thermal and moisture protection
Accessibility & Detectable Warning Systems: Complying with Current Government Guidelines

A detectable warning surface is a surface feature designed to warn the visually impaired of hazards on a circulation path. Both the ADA accessibility guidelines and State of California regulations require detectable warning surfaces at a number of public right of way locations. This course looks at current guidelines and regulations for detectable warning surfaces, types of surfaces and methods of implementing these regulations.

Energy Efficiency in Data Centers: The Importance of Airflow Management and Monitoring

Data centers, some consuming up to 200X the energy of comparably sized office space, are rapidly evolving in numbers, size, location, and energy demands. These facilities are frequently becoming integrated into other buildings and the purview of the architect. This course reviews the data center impact on building design and then identifies and describes the most effective design approaches and fitments that building designers can employ to control their capital and operating costs, spatial needs, and energy consumption.

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
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
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
Heat Recovery Ventilation: Why Efficiency Matters

In the last couple of decades, houses have become progressively air tight due to energy efficiency and cost concerns. While air infiltration and ex-filtration rates have been significantly reduced, the need for an efficient ventilation system has become extremely important. The course evaluates 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
Keys to a Successful Green Roof

A green roof can be defined as an artificial landscape on a rooftop, consisting of plants, growing media, and drainage over a waterproof membrane. That said, there are a variety of green roof types, each meeting different needs. In this course, we’ll look at green roof design considerations, policy, system types and installation, including specifying a green roof for single-source warranty.

Exterior improvements - Thermal and moisture protection
The Building Envelope Solution

There are a number of building elements that maintain a separation between indoors and out. These elements should be able to work together to provide a comfortable and energy efficient building. This course reviews building envelope systems, 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
Off-Grid Solar Lighting: Solutions, Savings, and Sustainability

Off-grid solar lighting is a dependable, sustainable, cost-effective solution to a variety of lighting needs. It is an ideal option when looking to lower electrical or installation costs, reduce the carbon footprint of a facility, diminish the impact on an environment, meet renewable mandates, or take advantage of renewable rebates and LEED® credits. This course explains how a solar energy system combined with long-lasting LED lights works, addresses key site and component considerations, and presents a number of case studies.

Electrical - Exterior improvements - Special construction - Specialties
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
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
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.

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
Lighting Solutions for Healthcare

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

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
The Evolution of Water-Resistive and Air Barriers in Commercial Building Envelopes

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
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
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
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
Moisture Management in Walls

Provides an overview of preventing and managing moisture in walls.

Thermal and moisture protection
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
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.

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
Acetylated Wood: Durable, Stable, Sustainable Wood for Windows, Doors & Siding

Wood is both beautiful and practical but lacks long term durability when used outdoors. Modified woods change the material properties of the wood at the molecular level to improve its weathering capabilities. This course discusses one type of modification; acetylation. We discuss the process, its impact on wood performance, the life cycle impact of acetylated wood and how and where this type of wood can be used.

Finishes - Openings - Wood, plastics, and composites
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
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
Rebounding Bollards: Use and Design Considerations

Bollards are a cost effective means of protecting people and infrastructure from damage and injury. This course examines 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
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
Enriching Living Spaces with Fireplaces: Three Steps to Increase Homebuyer Satisfaction

A gas fireplace is ranked #1 as a homebuyer’s highly desired decorative and appearance home products. This course 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

Gas fireplaces offer the look of wood burning fireplaces, while providing the convenience of remote control operation. This course delves into 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

A fireplace can be the center of interest in a space, be a supplemental heat source, and can help meet green design objectives. This program explains 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
Exterior Shutters in 21st Century Architecture

As they were many centuries ago, shutters today are used for light control, ventilation, and protection. Selecting the appropriate shutter to meet any of these needs means an understanding of materials, functional types and hardware. In this course, we’ll discuss the wide range of shutter types available, and also installation techniques and specifying

Exterior improvements - Openings - Wood, plastics, and composites
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
High Performance Building Envelope Designs with Insulating Concrete Forms

Insulating concrete form (ICF) products use a cost-effective and robust structural material option (reinforced concrete) to turn a building envelope into a high performing thermal, moisture, and air enclosure, with disaster resistance and built-in compliance with energy code requirements. As a result of their performance, building owners can complete a whole structure with ICFs and reinforced concrete, including intermediate suspended floors, roof tops, and multi-story designs. This courses examines the advancements in ICF technology and discusses the potential contribution held by ICFs to support improved sustainability and resilience.

Concrete - Thermal and moisture protection
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
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
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
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.

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.

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.

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
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

This 4-hour LEED Green Associate exam preparation course provides an introduction to green building, covers each of the credit categories within the LEED BD&C rating systems and includes 30 realistic practice exam questions.

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 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.