Specification Considerations for Sustainable Wood Wall and Ceiling Systems

Wood, in its natural state, is a highly sustainable material. But there are many factors that can either diminish or improve its sustainability, including how and where it’s harvested, how end products are treated and finished, and the lifecycle of the material.


This course will explore the sustainability of wood wall and ceiling systems, and considerations for specifying wood products that are sustainably sourced. We will cover different manufacturing and treatment processes, and environmental factors affecting wood, its lifecycle, reuse, and salvageability. We will also discuss applications for wood ceilings and walls, certifications available for projects specifying these materials, and insight into the world of sustainable wood systems.

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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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The Impact of Noise in Society and Typical High Performance Solutions for Room Acoustic Applications

The impacts of noise on occupancy health and wellness must be taken seriously. By understanding the importance of good noise control, learners will be able to understand the link between acoustic control and health, well-being, learning and productivity. This course will describe different scenarios like healthcare facilities, schools and offices.

The course will give you an insight into the different sound absorbing materials that can be used to improve room acoustics. In addition, we will discuss best practices using different solutions such as incorporating Melamine Foam as a sound absorbing material in different scenarios.

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The Impact of Wood Use on North American Forests (Print Course)

Consumers are increasingly interested in understanding the environmental impact of the products they use. This course will help you understand how the choice of building materials can have profound impacts on local and global ecosystems, as well as on consumer preferences. “Green building” practices have expanded beyond operational energy efficiency to include factors such as minimizing the embodied carbon impact of a built structure along the supply chain.

As a result, wood’s role as a sustainable building material has become increasingly important. Compared to nonrenewable materials such as steel and concrete, wood is renewable and stores carbon throughout the lifetime of the material. Wood also uses less fossil fuel than substitutable materials (e.g., steel and concrete) across the supply chain, from harvest to manufacturing, transport, installation, maintenance, and disposal or recycling. Procurement of wood building materials from sustainably managed forests creates a sustainably built environment and also supports forest biodiversity, soil and water health, wildlife habitat, social and economic goals, etc.

This course will demonstrate how using wood as a building material contributes to forest sustainability, especially in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Globally Inspired, Forward-Thinking Kitchen Design That Impacts Sustainability, Safety, and Accessibility

The internet has given American consumers unfettered access to the global market, which is greatly influencing our design choices, from clothing and furniture to home and even kitchen design. Whether it’s an indoor/outdoor connection with a breezy island feel, architectural details reminiscent of French bistros, or the functional minimalism of Scandinavia, kitchens play a significant role in expressing the style of a home and its homeowners, which is more global than ever. This course will take a closer look at these global influences, including forward-thinking design ideas from abroad that will impact the sustainability, safety, and accessibility of kitchens. The course will also discuss innovative kitchen appliances that complement many kitchen styles and will explore several case studies that allowed designers to integrate global influences, wellness, and sustainability into their designs.

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Innovating a Beautiful Solution: Sophisticated New Options in Steel Siding for Contractors

This high performance architectural steel siding is giving remodelers and contractors a new choice to deliver an authentic wood look - without the maintenance.

Read more about these siding options and how to incorporate this look into your next job.

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Trends for Creating Spaces that Mindfully Manage Sound

It has come to light that loud noise can cause health problems affecting all age groups. Because of this, creating spaces that minimize noise has become necessary in today’s buildings. Here are solutions to common problems that you can easily add to your projects.

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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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GRACE SELECT™ Video

GRACE SELECT™ smooth surface roofing underlayment is slip resistant, lightweight and easy to install. It is an approved ICC ESR-1677 underlayment to be used as an ice barrier and has a Class A fire rating for fiberglass shingles. This short video explains why it should also be the go to for all your projects.

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