Should Your Business Accept Credit Cards?

Offering clients the choice to make credit card payments is an affordable option that helps you get paid faster, without asking the client to sacrifice control or convenience. Here are some insights on why it might be time for your small business to start letting clients pay by credit card.

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Sick & Tired of Paper Checks?

The use of paper checks comes with pitfalls—costly processing, increased labor, delayed access to funds, and sometimes other headaches. There is an affordable, available technology to settle bills with credit cards and online payment processing. Here’s a look at some of the proven benefits of taking your accounts receivable paperless.

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Business Development for Architecture Firms: 6 Strategies to Support Client Success

Wearing the hat of Architect, salesperson, project manager and bill collector are essential parts of running your architecture firm. This guide provides proven tactics that architects and design professionals can use to leverage modern payment solutions to help run and grow your successful business—all the while delivering exceptional client service.

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Getting Paid Today: What Building and Design Professionals Need to Know

With the onset of the Digital Revolution, technological growth brought change to entire industries. How people communicate, how they shop, and how they pay for services has evolved. As a business owner, know that clients prefer easy and efficient ways to pay by card or online.

By accepting electronic payments, show the world you’ve kept your finger on the pulse of advancement and convenience. Let's break down how online payments allow you to create a modern client experience - and how they, in turn, benefit your bottom line.

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Resilient Exteriors

Resilience has become a central idea for assessing how our social, economic, technical, constructed, engineered, and ecological systems can withstand and bounce back from a man-made or weather- and climate-related disaster. Globally, wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, typhoons, high winds, hail, coastal and valley flooding, sea level rise, heat waves, seismic activity, extreme cold, ice storms, and snow melt have destroyed ecosystems, caused loss of life, damaged property, disrupted healthcare and financial networks, and in some cases, brought essential services to a halt. During this presentation, we’ll discuss the composition, performance, and application of engineered polymer siding and trim and capped polymer cladding to illustrate the benefits to home and building owners when construction materials are selected with resilience and sustainability in mind.

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2021 IBC: Building Bigger and Taller with Low Carbon Wood (Print Course)

In this course, you’ll learn about the 2021 International Building Code (IBC) changes related to tall wood construction, including three new building types that allow for wood buildings up to 18 stories and even taller using an Alternate Materials and Methods Requests (AMMR). Rigorous fire testing was conducted as part of these code changes to validate the safety of tall mass timber construction. Along with advancements in tall mass timber construction, the course explores design tactics and relevant code applications used to boost the density of light-frame wood construction.

Finally, this course will review the science related to wood’s embodied carbon and life cycle assessment in the context of curbing a building's impact on climate change, including a growing body of research demonstrating how building with timber represents an opportunity to increase the long-term storage of carbon in today’s built environment.

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Innovations in Wood: Understanding the Latest Advances in Wood Research and Design

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation with ARCHITECT's Editor in Chief. Specifying wood in building design has a multitude of benefits, including elevating the design of the project, enhancing sustainable initiatives, and incorporating mixed materials for innovative buildings.

In this session, ARCHITECT explores the work and research of several firms using wood for innovative designs.

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Resilient Design and the Evolving Standard of Care

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. At the conclusion of this program attendees will be able to identify, analyze, and determine the need for alternative design approaches to account for more dynamic weather and climate-related events that pose an increasing risk to the health and safety of the public by identifying likely hazards and project site-specific exposures. Attendees will learn how the standard of care for design professionals is constantly evolving and will change more rapidly as extreme weather and climate-related events pose a greater risk to human life and infrastructure. By understanding how the standard of care evolves, design professionals will be encouraged to develop more innovative resilient designs that better protect people and property.

After completing this program, attendees will learn how to better identify opportunities to assist clients in adopting more progressive resilient design approaches by focusing on the long-term impacts on human health as well as project life-cycle costs. During this workshop attendees will learn how to better communicate and document resilient design alternatives that serve to better safeguard the public and allow society to recover quicker from a natural catastrophe.

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Porcelain Pavers – Quality To The Core

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This presentation will discuss the advantages of porcelain pavers in comparison to other types of paving materials. In addition, the course will look specifically at the advantages porcelain pavers have for versatility and strength in applications.

A focus on installation best practices will also be explored, along with ways to enhance projects using various types of installation techniques. Finally, the course will explore a variety of size and color options available for product specification.

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Integral Crystalline Waterproofing

Few building materials have been used for centuries and offer the strength and versatility of concrete. Waterproofing concrete is critical for a functional, reputable and long-lasting structure.

This educational unit will identify the consequences of non-waterproofed concrete. In addition, the course will explore how traditional waterproofing methods are used to protect concrete. Finally, the course will examine integral crystalline waterproofing methods, as well as some case study applications.

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