An Overview of North American Forestry and Implications for Wood Product Selection (Print Course)

Architects and others who specify wood products have the responsibility to specify wood from sustainably managed forests. By selecting sustainably harvested wood products, architects can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support a low-carbon future.

This course will examine commonly held beliefs about forestry; review the environmental, economic, and social importance of specifying responsibly sourced wood products; and discuss North American softwood species that are increasingly being used as an alternative to more energy-intensive building materials.

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Advantages of Concrete in Low- to Mid-Rise Multifamily

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Look around and you’ll see many 5 to 7 story residential projects being built today with one or two floors of concrete, supporting up to 5 floors of steel or wood frame. These “pedestal” projects are assumed to be the cheapest way to build while longer term ownership implications of these designs are not well understood. This 1-hour presentation dispels the myths that are driving the popularity of pedestal construction and demonstrates the ownership value concrete provides including lower operating costs, less maintenance, and improved tenant retention.

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Detailing the Building Enclosure Interfaces – Identifying Areas of Concern Throughout the Construction Process

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Do you see “by others” on your project details?  Too often that translates into “who is responsible” and “how should it be done.” With this confusion, it is not surprising to hear that building enclosure failure generally occurs within three percent of the total enclosure.  Enclosure repair and replacement in North America remains a multi-billion dollar expenditure.  The majority of the problems are moisture related.  They are caused either by air leakage or exterior moisture penetration because of lack of proper terminations and transitions.  This presentation will address construction concerns throughout the project related to moisture intrusion at these critical connections.

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Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together: The Design Challenges of Multifamily Residential

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. The country is in dire need of more housing—and affordable housing in particular. Multifamily developers are responding as much as they can, but have many challenges and obstacles. This session dives into design practices that deliver multifamily housing projects that are equitable, supportive of occupant well-being, and sensitive to the natural environment.

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The Biggest and Best Design Trends in Hospitality and Entertainment

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. The pandemic ravaged the entertainment industry, changing the event experience forever. As the world opens back up, the public has a wide range of comfort levels regarding human interaction and activities. These architects are rethinking the event and hospitality experience with designs that showcase the best of technology, safety, and user experience.

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Glazing for Schools: Determining the Right Glass Solution for Your Education Project

Schools have unique design needs. In this CEU, you’ll learn the value that glass can bring to educational facilities sparking learning and inspiration, providing a safe haven for children's welfare, and promoting healthy living and physical development of the occupants.  In addition, this course will educate architects and designers on how to specify a glazing unit specific to its needs—enhancing functionality, user experience and energy efficiency.

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Interior PVC Wall Cladding Systems: Performance, Specification, and Installation Considerations

PVC wall cladding is a superior option for interior surfaces in a wide variety of applications, including healthcare, hospitality, commercial and public facilities, and more. It’s a lightweight, customizable, sustainable solution that outperforms other cladding options. This course will explore different types of interior wall cladding and explain the benefits of PVC, including an active antimicrobial panel system. Learners will also explore specific applications for interior PVC cladding and review installation best practices to ensure a successful project.

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Designing with Metal Wall Panels

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. After completing this course, one will know how to define metal wall panel substrates and coatings, and explain the basic requirements of a wall assembly. This course will also provide you with the knowledge to be able to describe the different types of metal wall panels and understand the basic detailing and flashing components.

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The Neurobiology of Biophilia & Spatial Cognition

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course explores the neurobiology behind Biophilia’s most healing attribute: a visual connection to nature, which also happens to be the feature with the most robust peer-reviewed research backing its therapeutic qualities. We learn about the connection between the immune system and sensory processing, as well as how environmental features precipitate a neural chemistry that modulates our attraction/aversion to the built environment.

The course unveils the healing potential of indoor sky illusions and how cognitive mechanisms map out our body’s location in relation to our immediate surroundings, as well as to perceived connections to nature. This understanding of how distinct areas of the brain assemble our embodied sense of place provide valuable insights in the design of enclosed interiors for human wellness.

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In Pursuit of Acoustical Equity (Print Course)

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted intense review of workplace design considerations and solutions. Amongst the A&D community, there is growing conviction that occupant well-being and engagement must be supported through concern with equity—and applied to real-world needs such as acoustical privacy. To reliably design buildings to function acoustically for their users (e.g., provide adequate speech privacy, freedom from distraction, reduced annoyance, a good night’s sleep, and so on), one needs to establish a known and consistent level of spectrally neutral background sound.

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