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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Exploring How Open Web Floor Trusses Optimize Construction

Floor trusses are the ideal structural system for single family, multi-family, and other commercial builds due to their inherent design flexibilities, optimized construction advantages, and exceptional strength. Each floor truss is designed and engineered for the unique and specific project. Open-web floor trusses create downstream value through faster and safer on-site installation, efficient MEP installations, and additional opportunities for reduced material costs.


This course will demonstrate project benefits when utilizing open web floor trusses and discuss how they can improve your next project.

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Leveraging High-Efficiency Propane Systems in Zero Net Energy Homes

There is a misconception that zero net energy (ZNE) means all-electric, but in fact, propane has the ability to provide a clean, efficient, and affordable energy solution for both builders and their customers. This course will discuss how ZNE fits into the country’s energy landscape and how mixed-fuel homes featuring propane can be leveraged to meet ZNE homeowners’ energy and lifestyle demands.

The course will explore design strategies architects can use to achieve zero net energy homes and case studies where propane’s versatility and low-carbon output were harnessed to achieve resiliency, sustainability, and performance in ZNE builds.

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The Art of Veneer: Exploring the Evolution and Design Assets of Engineered Wood Veneers

Designers have a plethora of options when specifying interior surface materials, but one stands out among the crowd, despite being an age-old material: veneer. This course will explore the evolution of veneering from ancient times to today and how factory-crafted veneer cabinetry remains a handcrafted art. We will also discuss design options and performance benefits that this sustainable material of choice offers.

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Shaping the Future of Brick: Modern Manufacturing of an Age-Old Material (Print Course)

Brick manufacturing has essentially remained the same since ancient times, but modern manufacturing techniques are much more efficient and sustainable, producing a more durable product. This course will explore the history of brick manufacturing, how the process has evolved, and the continual improvements brick manufacturers are making to shape the future of brick design.

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The Environmental Impacts of Building Materials – Comparing Concrete, Wood, and Steel

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. The impact of building materials on the environment continues to grow in importance within the construction industry. In addition to performance, budget and aesthetics, design professionals are now being asked to evaluate the environmental burdens of their design choices. Measuring the impacts of buildings, assemblies and products can be complex. Every design decision, from material and product selection to envelope design and construction can have an impact on the environment and the methods used to evaluate those decisions are still not widely understood.


This presentation will address critical issues the design professional should consider when evaluating the environmental impacts of building materials to maximize performance and deliver lasting value.

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Architectural Polymers: Best Practices for Architectural Specifications

Presented by Fernando Pages, this presentation serves as a resource and primer for product specification and complements the book Architectural Design for Traditional Neighborhoods published by the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) in 2019.


This course aims to provide design professionals full control of the design’s aesthetic outcome with polymeric sidings, trim, and ornamentation, respecting the architectural style, target market, and project budget. These specifications will refer to traditional architectural features in the language of art.


This effort aims to put the power of good design details and recommended installation practices within the architectural designer’s easy reach.

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Steel - Timber Hybrid High-Rise Buildings: Trends, Drivers, Challenges

This presentation will examine the recent trend toward steel-timber hybrids – as a subset of the wider trend toward mass timber – in high rise buildings.

It will overview where this is happening, and what the advantages and challenges are, focusing on some of the key case studies employing such systems.

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