Rethinking Acoustics (Print Course)

Given today's focus on health and wellness, it seems prudent to revisit our acoustical lexicon with the intention of developing deeper awareness of the differences between background sound and noise, as well as their implications for our experience within facilities. Refining our understanding of 'noise' and 'sound,' as well as terms such as 'silence' and 'quiet,' allows for a more nuanced discussion of occupants’ needs and expectations, and fosters opportunities to improve building design practices.

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Heating Oil Conversion: Exploring Propane as a Viable Alternative Energy Source

Heating oil, also known as fuel oil or Number 2 oil, has been a popular choice for homeowners since the early 1900s. As an alternative to coal or wood as a fuel source for boilers and domestic hot water production, heating oil proved to be a reliable, clean, and economical choice for millions of consumers, especially in the Northeast where other fuel types were often more difficult to acquire or were more expensive.

But it is not an environmentally conscious fuel choice. Propane gas has the same remote fuel benefit, coupled with fewer emissions and higher efficiency equipment. This course details economic and environmental reasons why switching from heating oil to propane is a good choice for homeowners, residential builders or remodelers.

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Design Considerations for Security Glazing and Systems in Education, Retail, Institutions, and Beyond

Certain types of buildings are targets for forced-entry, active shooter events, and terrorist attacks, while others are at risk for opportunistic threats. Architects should consider specifying security glazing and framing on projects, ranging from schools and healthcare facilities to retail stores, stadiums, and religious buildings.

This course will examine security threats and how they impact people and property, explore different types of security glazing, industry-recognized testing standards, and design considerations for specifying glazing in various applications.

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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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Daylighting with Light-Transmitting Polycarbonate for Roofing and Facades

Daylighting has already been proven to increase a building’s energy efficiency and occupant well-being. Material choice matters. This course will explore the role of daylighting as part of sustainable project design and how to maximize the availability of natural light.

Substantial attention will be given to the role of polycarbonates in daylighting strategy, including product choices and applications. Case studies are also included and examine the use of polycarbonates in various daylighting settings, ranging from a five-year comparative study to an internationally renowned sports stadium, higher education, and a condo in Florida.

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Predicting Daylighting Performance with New Modeling and Analysis Tools

Daylight is the reference standard by which all other light sources are compared and can be particularly beneficial in achieving sustainable building design goals. This course will discuss the physical and psychological importance of daylighting, and will examine how optically complex fenestration products such as tubular daylighting devices (TDDs) can be used to optimize daylighting solutions. We will also explore new, better-defined performance metrics for measuring daylighting as well as a new daylight simulation tool that can help architects quickly apply key daylighting metrics and accurately predict daylight performance when designing with optically complex fenestration products.

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Innovative Green Concrete for Sustainable Construction

This course will provide learners with an introduction to Green Concrete. In addition, the course will examine the key components of Green Concrete Mixtures, illustrate some performance attributes of High-performance Green Concrete, and demonstrate the need for a process and methodology for quantifying sustainable concrete. Finally, the course will look at various project profiles that specified Green Concrete mixtures and how architects can incorporate this material to specify Green Concrete with a comparative life cycle assessment or Eco-Efficiency Analysis.

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Acoustic and Aesthetic Suspended Ceiling Solutions Using Stone Wool

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Architects, Specifiers, Interior Designers, and Building Science professionals all have a long history of specifying stone wool for their insulation and sound absorption needs. Fire resistance, sound resistance, water resistance, thermal resistance and dimensional stability are all features and benefits of stone wool. This presentation will provide learners with information regarding the features and benefits of using stone wool acoustical ceiling tiles. In addition, the course will provide basic information on acoustics as well as the acoustical challenges and resolutions faced in commercial buildings.

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Specifying Western Red Cedar: Sustainable Building Products

Western Red Cedar (WRC) aesthetic, economic, and environmental benefits are just some of the reasons why builders and designers are increasingly gravitating to this species of wood. Presented here are modern, historical, and cultural uses of western red cedar, as well as its performance characteristics, grade specification, and finishes. Also discussed are sustainable forest management practices and certification agencies, and how sustainably sourced wood can contribute to LEED® credits.

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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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