Energy Diversity for Design Flexibility: Incorporating Dual-fuel Energy Systems in Residential Design (Print Course)

This course will explore the benefits of a flexible dual-fuel home and how partnering with propane can offer lower costs, fewer emissions, and greater stability. In addition, propane should be considered as a primary energy option in areas of the country not under electrification mandates, as it offers favorable cost and emissions savings over electricity.


It should also be incorporated into all homes as a backup power option, but this is particularly important in all-electric or electric-ready homes.

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Optimize Indoor Air Quality with Ultraviolet Air Purification

Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is an important technology used to improve indoor air quality in a wide variety of applications, from residences and schools to highly sensitive healthcare facilities. There is a false perception that HEPA air filters sufficiently sterilize air, but studies demonstrate that while filters are necessary, they are not sufficient to neutralize the smallest particulates — UVGI can be a key partner in this battle. This course will review the importance of optimizing indoor air quality for building occupants and how ultraviolet air purification can be used to sanitize surfaces and air, remove odors, and reduce allergens. The course will also examine how to properly engineer an ultraviolet germicidal irradiation system to ensure it operates optimally when used in conjunction with ventilation and filtration systems.

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Weathering the Storm with OSB

Extreme weather events such as earthquakes, tornadoes, and straight-line winds are becoming increasingly common. They have the potential to displace populations and incur billions of dollars-worth of damage. Considering various strategies and best practices, as well as examining a case study involving plywood and OSB sheathing, can help specifiers design resilient homes and mitigate the effects of various extreme weather events.

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Networked Audio and the Effects on the Home

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. The Webinar presentation will cover the impact of networked audio on the home and the people inside it as well as the impact of brilliant sound on people’s experiences. We will also look at the kinds of content customers want to access in order to enhance their home, the hardware that is needed to accomplish networked audio in a clean and simple way, and, easy and innovative solutions for clients to control their experience throughout their home.

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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 Art of Estimating Fees: Creating a Simple Process for Success

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Ready to start mastering fees and better understand what they mean for your bottom line? To do so, let’s start at the very beginning—when you receive a request for a proposal.

In this course, you will learn how to define your project scope, develop a Rough Order of Magnitude of construction cost, and estimate your project hours. We’ll finish off with how fees are broken down and explore a simple system to improve your overall project profitability.

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Surviving & Thriving: What is Resiliency and How Do We Design for It?

Webinar On Demand: This on-demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Key findings from a recent study conducted by AIA with support from Owens Corning demonstrate that resiliency is a value shared across the design team. However, the interpretation of what resiliency actually means varies greatly based on factors such as design team role, construction type, and experience. This course will consider resiliency from multiple viewpoints, hypothesize on why discrepancies exist when it comes to defining resiliency, and demonstrate actual examples of resilient construction based on recent disaster assessments and actual in situ examples. The content aims to help design team members develop solutions that advance the resilience of commercial buildings.

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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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Understanding Federal Standards for Residential Water Heaters — An Analysis of Energy, Economics, and Emissions

Water heaters are the second-largest energy user in the home, costing residents hundreds of dollars each year. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy updated the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) standards, which increased water heater efficiency requirements and drove major product changes in the U.S. market. NAECA standards include federal regulations for water heater minimum efficiency levels. Against this backdrop of updated standards, products, and decision-making factors, this course will review a detailed analysis of water-heating systems.

This analysis compares water-heating technologies based on their energy, economic, and environmental performance, with a focus on the performance of propane-based systems relative to electric and heating oil alternatives. The course also reviews the federal standards for water heaters and describes the market implications for both new construction and replacements.

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Emergency Preparedness — Risk and Resilience Planning with Propane (Print Course)

The world is experiencing an increase in extreme weather events due to climate change, which results in more power outages and stressed energy infrastructure. Energy resiliency and decarbonization efforts are expanding due to frequent and intense weather events, the influences of economic and political pressure, consumer interest, and technological advances.


This course will discuss the importance of emergency preparedness and current approaches to power generation and grid resiliency. It will then examine how propane can be used for energy generation, backup power, fuel conservation, and resiliency planning.

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