Designing Beneficial Spaces for Living, Working and Well-being (Print Course)

It’s a common human reaction; we turn to nature in uncertain times. Nature nurtures, as they say. With the 2020 global pandemic and the limited access to the outdoors it has meant for many, people are looking at their surroundings with new appreciation – and an increased desire for buildings that help them feel good as they spend more time indoors.

While we know that good architecture doesn’t guarantee good health, evidence is growing that a well-designed building can lead to an improved overall sense of well-being for occupants. And, since wood has a natural connection with nature, there is increasing evidence that wood can contribute to the well-being of building occupants when it is left where it can be seen and even smelled. This CEU explores the trend towards architecture designed to improve the well-being of building occupants.

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Fire and Sound Rated Building Joints & the Effects of Structural Movement

This course will compare and contrast methods of preventing fire, smoke, and sound passage within/between wall assemblies. We'll explore different types of structural movement that may occur and the impact to building components and their connections over time. Next, we will examine how movement impacts interior finishes and identify solutions, and the steps that must be taken to prevent damage from movement to building components. By the end of the course, the learner will be able to make more informed decisions in the marketplace of fire and sound rated solutions designed for wall joints.

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Understanding Composite Shingles and the Advancement of the Side-Wall Shingle Market

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course will provide an overview of the use of composite shingle in a sidewall application; specifically addressing an in-depth look at the characteristics, features, and benefits of the Composite Shingle Category. In addition, it will compare the various types of materials used for shingle siding including installation practices and performance differences based on material composition. Composite shingles provide the authentic look of natural cedar shingles with an improved performance and simplified installation process.

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The Role of Wood Products in Green Building (Print Course)

This course will help you understand that sustainable design begins with sustainable building materials. Because there are many factors to consider in assessing a building’s sustainability, it can be challenging to fully understand the long-term impacts of choosing one building material over another.

However, material choice greatly affects the environmental impact of buildings, both during construction and over the building’s lifecycle.

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The Sustainability of Synthetic Materials Used for Decking, Trim and Patio Projects

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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Best Practices and Code Considerations for Specifying Fire Rated Floor Doors (Print Course)

Passive fire protection systems such as fire-rated floor doors provide incredibly important life-safety measures in commercial buildings. This course will discuss construction access products, the difference between active and passive fire protection, and how fire-rated floor doors provide passive protection.


We will also explain 2021 International Building Code requirements for fire-rated floor doors and how they differ from fire-rated access doors. Finally, you will learn about a project where fire-rated floor doors were used in a large New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority project.

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Controlling Bed Bugs with a Resident-Focused Approach

While bed bugs are notorious for their resilience and speedy rate of population growth, there are proven methods for controlling and eliminating infestations. This paper shows how prevention and remediation, when done correctly, reap significant humanitarian and fiscal rewards.

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Resilient Wood Construction: Designing for Earthquakes and High Winds (Print Course)

Resilience is a key component of building design when addressing both seismic and wind design. Properly designed and constructed wood structures that comply with building code requirements are resilient, performing with minimal damage while protecting occupants during both seismic and high wind events.

This course will look at how wood-frame Lateral Force Resisting Systems (LFRS), that resist wind and seismic loads, can contribute to resistance in the built environment.

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Exploring the Connection Between Lighting and Wellness – Advanced LED Lighting Technology Improves Occupant Wellbeing

Conscious planning, designing, and developing for wellbeing is a growing trend in the design industry. Indoor air quality, thermal comfort, acoustics, and lighting in a building, among many other factors, can significantly affect the productivity and comfort of building occupants. Light is one very important tool that can be used to improve the mood, productivity, attention span, and overall health of occupants because it is the main driver of the visual and circadian systems. This course will explore the connection between lighting design and wellness and will examine a new advanced LED chip technology that provides blue peak free lighting that mimics natural sunlight (meaning the traditional harsh blue peak found in most LED technology has been reduced). This technology is being used to improve occupant wellbeing in healthcare facilities, schools, and offices, among other commercial applications.

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Exploring the Connection Between Net Positive, Carbon Neutrality, and the Water-Energy Nexus (Print Course)

Achieving carbon neutrality and protecting the world's water supply are vital to the AEC industry because of the significant impact buildings have on the environment and occupant health. The structures that we live, work, and commune in use a vast amount of the energy and water consumed on the planet for building operations and maintenance.


Over the past two decades more and more organizations, from private companies to federal governments, have taken steps to minimize their impact on the environment and, more recently, on society's wellbeing as a whole. This has been accomplished through sustainable building design, social accountability, and ethical economic practices. This course will discuss a Net Positive approach to design and business operations.

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