Designing Adaptive Kitchens for Active Aging Clients

Aging is traditionally seen as a negative experience fraught with challenges and limitations. Baby Boomers are changing that narrative and reshaping what it means to age for themselves and future generations. With this shift comes a heightened sense of health, wellness, and desire to stay at home — to live in place. To accomplish that, architects and designers must approach adaptive kitchens to suit the changing needs of older adults as well as multigenerational users. This course will examine active aging; adaptive kitchen design; and connected, smart appliances that are as high-performance as they are functional. The CEU qualifies for continuing education credits that count toward the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB’s) Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) credential.

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Cultivating Successful Collaboration (Print Course)

Architecture has always involved some form of collaboration – and the process begins with the client. Whether working with a developer, an institution, a family, or an individual, clients help determine everything from the location to the budget and often weigh in on form and function. In addition to clients, other stakeholders include engineers, builders, interior designers, and consultants.

Often overlooked, however, are the collaborative efforts between architects – sometimes from different firms – and interdisciplinary teams that result in groundbreaking, innovative structures. This course will examine the benefits and difficulties of collaboration, including the ways in which collaboration can help to address climate change and sustainable practices, as well as how various theories on collaboration apply to architecture.

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Redefining the High-End Healthy Home

The idea that the design of a home has an impact on the health and well-being of its residents is not new. Read how luxury single and multifamily residential design is responding to a post-pandemic need to maintain and improve the health of inhabitants.

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The Future of Kitchen Design: Incorporating Style, Technology, and Wellness

The kitchen is the gathering place of the home. What factors are influencing design transformation over the next few years, and how can kitchen appliances contribute to a more connected, multifunctional space? This course will explore the state of the kitchen industry, results from a national kitchen and bath design trends survey, examples of smart appliances and their role in a connected kitchen, and the impact of wellness and sustainability on kitchen design.

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Exploring a Revolutionary, Systems-Based Approach to Downdraft Ventilation (Print Course)

Proper ventilation while cooking is vital for indoor air quality and must be addressed early in the building process. Downdraft ventilation offers flexibility in design and aesthetics, but it suffers from a poor reputation due to performance issues in early iterations of the technology.

This course covers the importance of indoor air quality, a brief history of cooktop ventilation, and historical challenges with downdraft ventilation. It will discuss a revolutionary, systems-based approach to downdraft ventilation that addresses these challenges, including specification and installation considerations for this new innovation.

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Redefining the High-End Healthy Home

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Architects, designers, and developers who work on residential single- and multi-family projects have always considered the effect of design on the health and wellbeing of occupants. But this area of study has received new focus in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has heightened the demand on residences to serve as spaces for working, entertaining, gathering, and cooking, as well as for rest and exercise. Combined with this demand is the always present need to balance dedicated single-function spaces with flexible ones that can adapt to occupant needs over time.

This course will help specifiers and developers understand the major principles that guide the design of healthful spaces, such as biophilia, indoor air quality, infection control, indoor/outdoor balance, and versatility. The course will examine the usefulness of these principles for guiding design decisions in a post-pandemic setting, as well as discuss areas where new thinking has or will be developed.

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The State of Wellness in Restroom Design Standards, Strategies & Solutions for a Post-COVID World

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course reviews the current state of hygiene, health and wellness expectations in commercial and public restrooms. Presenters will share quantitative insights from building industry and design professionals and explore emerging health and wellness certification standards, such as WELL Certified and GBAC STAR. Restroom touchpoint and problem areas will be reviewed, along with relevant solutions.

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Adopting Sensor Technology Throughout Commercial Restrooms to Optimize Hygiene and Sustainable Design (Print Course)

Plumbing manufacturers are laser-focused on hygiene, sanitation, and accessibility, developing products that play an essential role in fighting disease. Anything that eliminates or reduces the number of surfaces the user touches cuts down the potential for cross-contamination, be it bacteria, virus, bodily fluids and waste, chemicals, and more. Sensor-operated restroom fixtures that prevent the need to touch surfaces are an important component of hygienic restroom design. These sensor-based, touch-free products include faucets, flushometers, soap dispensers, and hand dryers. This course will explore these sensor technologies, including their history and cutting-edge advancements that can help projects optimize hygiene and meet sustainability goals.

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Designing Touchless Solutions for Proper Hand Hygiene in Commercial Restrooms

This course will begin with the broad concepts of hygienic restroom design and hand hygiene, then focus in on the role of hand dryers and the future of commercial restroom design.

The course will discuss how bathroom design supports health and wellbeing and contributes to sustainability in the commercial restroom environment.

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Solid Surface Solutions for Wash Stations

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. In this presentation you’ll learn how solid surface can enhance hygiene and cleanliness in the restroom while adding to the overall aesthetics of the space. We’ll discuss the important properties and benefits of using solid surface material in commercial restroom handwashing stations including a comparison of other available materials.

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