Designing with Fire: An Elemental Approach (Print Course)

Fire. It’s been integral to human evolution and civilization as a tool for heating, lighting, cooking, and socialization for millennia. Today, with the advent of central heating, electric lighting, and highly sophisticated cooking appliances, fire tends to be used primarily for ambience but continues to provide an important role in gathering and socializing.

This course will explore how fire has evolved from a utilitarian element to a technological tool that can be used in both vernacular and high style architecture as a design element indoors, outdoors, and as functional art.

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Designing and Building High Performance Homes with Propane

This course will explore how propane is effectively used in residential construction, specifically for: space heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying, fireplaces, power generation and outdoor living. Today, several innovative technologies make propane a reliable, versatile and affordable choice for homes.

Throughout the US, in areas without affordable access to natural gas, high-performance propane energy applications are being installed in homes to meet efficiency requirements for tax credits, green building codes and sustainable building programs.

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The WELL Building Standard and Electric Fireplaces (Print Course)

Wellness is a growing trend in many industries, including building design. This is especially true since the COVID-19 pandemic markedly disrupted how we work, learn, live, and play in the spaces we inhabit.

This course will analyze the growth of the wellness industry as it relates to the built environment and will introduce the learner to the WELL Building Standard, which is a rating system to help buildings and organizations deliver more thoughtful and intentional spaces. Concurrently, we will explore how hearth products such as electric fireplaces can be incorporated into commercial and residential design to enhance occupant health and well-being.

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Electric Fireplaces Provide New Heating Strategies for Zero Energy Buildings

Do fireplaces have a role in zero energy projects of our future? The answer is yes, and the optimal solution lies in electric fireplaces. Architects are increasingly focused on Net Zero (NZ), Net Positive (NP), and Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH) as a way to reduce the carbon footprint of projects and meet regulatory mandates. Innovative electric fireplace technologies make them a clean heating alternative, providing the look and feel of a real fire without harmful pollutants.

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Creating Spaces of Distinction with Custom Fireplaces and Fire Features

Fully customizable, luxury fireplaces and fire features expand the versatility of where hearths can be located, whether in residential or commercial projects. They add a personalized, experiential element to a space, and are increasingly being used in commercial facilities to provide ambience, a focal point, and even marketing, as logos and company names can be incorporated into fireplace designs.

This course will help you understand the technologies and design options available with made-to-order gas fireplaces, as well as how to work with a manufacturer to see a custom fireplace project through from predesign to installation.

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Top Trends in Gas Fireplace Design and Technology

A look at the recent advances and design trends of gas fireplaces - which offer flexibility in design that makes them ideal for many floor plans and aesthetics.

Technological advances have made them safer and more energy-efficient than they already were. Get inspired and learn about the latest advances in gas fireplace technology.

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10 Hearth Innovations Architects Must Know (Print Course)

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy gazing into a warm fire, but many people hesitate to incorporate fireplaces into their homes, fearing high upkeep or space constraints. However, there has been tremendous innovation in the hearth industry over the past few years in venting and heat-management technologies, as well as more modern aesthetics and smart, connected fireplaces. This course will discuss 10 hearth innovations that architects should be aware of when helping clients decide which fireplace type, style, and features best suit their needs.

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Architect’s Guide to Specifying and Installing Gas Fireplaces: Finding the Right Fit

Gas fireplaces remain top of mind for U.S. homeowners, yet many architects may not fully understand how to specify them. This course will help architects understand the different types of gas fireplaces on the market today, design considerations, installation mistakes and best practices, and recent advances in gas fireplace technology.

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A Pro's Guide to Fireplace & Flat-Panel TV Design

It’s always a struggle when you have two big personalities in the room - but the synergy between two show-stopping items can be truly amazing. The flat-panel tv, with it’s sleek profile and install versatility allowed architects, designers, and builders to pair a TV and fireplace together in more harmonious ways. Today you find the two teamed together on countless living room walls.

What TV and fireplace configuration makes sense for your next project? Here’s an illustrated look at three popular design strategies with expert recommendations.

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Selecting the Right Fireplace: Steps to Success (Print Course)

This course aims to look at the fireplace category as a tiered good, better, best structure while providing knowledge about the aesthetic and performance characteristics that qualify a model at each level. "Grades" or tiers of fireplace will be analyzed to determine what will work best for various homeowners and projects.

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