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  LEED Pilot Credit #103: Integrative Analysis of Building Materials


FREE

Description

In the materials selection process, builders seek to balance numerous product performance attributes, including durability, aesthetics and health, safety and environmental impacts. Transparency and life cycle thinking are central components of a robust materials selection process, one that enables builders to choose the most appropriate materials for their project.

The U.S. Green Building Council now offers an innovative LEED pilot credit (#103), Integrative Analysis of Building Materials, to encourage building project teams to evaluate products and materials using available life cycle information to identify those that have positive environmental, health and safety impacts. The credit informs project team decisions by providing access to information shared by building materials manufacturers on their product’s life cycle impacts.


Credits: AIA HSW, USGBC/GBCI, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: American Chemistry Council

  Understanding Hazard Exposure and Risk in the Built Environment


FREE

Description

Product and materials selection is a critical aspect of the building design and construction process. A variety of factors drive materials selection decisions, including sustainability, health and wellness issues like indoor air quality, and the desire for innovative, functional, state-of-the-art building spaces that meet 21st century needs.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: American Chemistry Council

  High-Performance Modified Wood: Beauty Built to Last


FREE

Description

Wood is a top material choice in construction due to its beauty and longevity. But high demand has put a strain on this natural resource, especially for the timber with greatest durability like tropical hardwoods.

 

Today, new technology allows for the use of responsibly-sourced fast-growing timber in wood modification that...

Credits: 1 AIA HSW, 1 USGBC (0920022862)

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: LIGNIA Wood Company Limited

  Ethics and the Environment: Understanding an Architect's Intent, Process, and Impact on Others


$10

Description


The topic of ethics has never been more prevalent for today’s architects, especially in our obligation to the environment. With new data constantly published about the human toll on today’s world, the construction industry must take purposeful steps to not only reduce the environmental impact in the building process but also promote a sustainable design that will last for generations.

This one-hour presentation will:

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Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: America Training Solutions

  Swimming Pool Enclosure Code Requirements Explained


FREE

Description

This course will provide the Architect with the details of swimming pool enclosure code requirements to ensure specified design and materials meet standard building code criteria for barrier and access requirements.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Intex Millwork Solutions

  Vinyl In Design - The Material for 21st- Century Building and Construction


FREE

Description

Vinyl plays a major role in the design and construction of modern buildings. It contributes to sustainability and to the wellness and resilience of people and their communities. This continuing education session will demonstrate the importance of achieving client performance goals using thoughtful, multi-attribute material selection criteria. It will also show how flawed prescriptive material choices can lead to unintended consequences.

 


Credits: 1 AIA HSW, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Vinyl Institute

  Hand Rail Code Requirements & Design Considerations


FREE

Description

This course will provide the Architect with the details of railing systems code requirements and testing to ensure they meet IRC and IBC Building Codes. Integrating design elements based on materials and span limits into the structure architecture.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW, 1 ADA, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Intex Millwork Solutions

  Daylight and Energy: Designing with insulated glass units (IGUs) with integrated cord-free louvers


FREE

Description

The designer will have a better understanding of daylighting design and will be able to properly select the Insulated Glass Unit (IGU) with integrated cord-free louvers that is right for their project. Through case studies and design strategies, the designer will walk away from this course with a better understanding of designing for improved daylight and energy efficiency.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Unicel Architectural Corp

  Talking Trash: A Guide to Planning Efficient Waste Streams


FREE

Description

This course is created to ensure designers understand the space necessary for the various waste streams. Each style of truck will be explained and both approach and overhead requirements detailed. Various containers for waste are outlined, including spatial requirements. Lack of planning for these elements has direct effects on the ability to sort and separate waste materials, custodial safety, and the cost of waste contract.
 

Credits: 1 AIA HSW, 1 USGBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Republic Services

  Shining Light on EPDs - Comparing the Environmental Performance of Building Products


FREE

Description

Over the past few years, demand for tools like Environmental Product Declarations has been growing among the green building industry. Primarily intended for a specialized audience, life cycle assessments and their results displayed in standardized documents named EPDs are out in the open for everyone to see. However, EPDs are not mere documentation and are very technical. Green Building Programs, such as LEED, requiring EPDs for credit achievement have forced unspecialized professionals to understand it. This course is intended to give you the tools you need to get your head around EPDs and be able to compare them if needed.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 LEED SPECIFIC BD+C, ID+C, GA + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Vertima

  Continuous Insulation vs. Cavity


FREE

Description

This course will review an in-depth breakdown of the current uses of insulation in wall assemblies. The attendees will learn more about the differences in the use of cavity insulation versus the use of continuous insulation installed on the exterior of the building sheathing. Discussion points to include the changes of the current energy codes and the requirements for the use of continuous insulation in the majority of future projects. The participant will be able to better evaluate their current wall assemblies and understand the requirements that are dictated by current codes.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Ox Engineered Products

  Acetylated Wood: Durable, Stable & Sustainable


FREE

Description

Discusses the process of wood acetylation, the resulting changes to wood, applications for this product, its green credentials and a number of case studies involving acetylated wood


Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Accsys

  Gypsum An Environment-Friendly Building Product


FREE

Description

Most architects know drywall as the product choice for quality wall, ceiling, and partition systems in residential, institutional, and commercial structures. However, many architects, engineers, and project owners are unaware of the natural benefits of drywall’s primary component — gypsum. The mineral gypsum has been used as a building product for decades and is primarily used today as gypsum board (drywall). This course describes the properties of gypsum, the similarities of natural and synthetic gypsum, the applications and benefits of gypsum-panel products in construction, and gypsum's numerous environmental benefits.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Certainteed Gypsum - Saint-Gobain

  The 5 levels of finish 
The fastest and most cost-effective way to achieve a Level 5


FREE

Description

From a dorm room to a museum gallery, there’s a gypsum board that’s right for any architectural application and end-use. Choosing the right board will help ensure a finished project that’s on budget, on time, safe, and aesthetically appropriate. This course will review the five levels of drywall finish and the four factors used to determine the appropriate level. In addition, this course will highlight today’s product advancements that allow architects and builders to achieve a level-five finish in less time and for less money.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Certainteed Gypsum - Saint-Gobain

  Patient Privacy & Tranquility: Optimizing Healing Environments using IGU with Integrated Louvers


FREE

Description

Patient privacy and tranquility are top priorities for healthcare facilities to reduce stress and promote healing. Recent studies have shown that excessive noise, glare and lack of privacy can create stress in patients of all ages, which significantly impedes the healing process. More and more healthcare design professionals are specifying design elements that promote privacy and tranquility – all while underscoring hygiene. These trends include: • A desire to better manage privacy with easily adjustable vision control options in patient rooms, nurses’ stations, surgical areas etc. • A desire to better manage or filter light from external sources (for both interior and exterior windows) to reduce glare and optimize thermal efficiencies. • A move toward improved air quality and away...

Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 ADA + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Unicel Architectural Corp

  Coating of Aluminum Extrusions


FREE

Description

This course provides an overview of aluminum extrusion coatings and includes discussions on the aluminum extrusion process; a comparison of powder and liquid coatings; an overview of the chrome and the chrome-free pretreatment processes; and, the performance objectives of AAMA testing standards.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Barrette Outdoor Living Inc.

  Understanding & Specifying Abuse & Impact Resistant Gypsum Board


FREE

Description

This presentation defines Abuse-Resistant, Impact-Resistant, and Shaft Liner gypsum board via category and associated test methods. Each test method is described in detail including graphics. We’ll review the advantages of each board type along with the specific building applications. We’ll also compare the estimate costs relative to the various wall construction assemblies. The presentation concludes with a close examination of ASTM C 1629 which classifies the three levels of abuse resistance. Minimum and maximum performance measurements determine the rationale for specific building utilization, basis of specification, and budgets.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Certainteed Gypsum - Saint-Gobain

  The Basics of Ground, Honed, and Polished Concrete Sustainable Floors


FREE

Description

This presentation addresses the need to implement advancing technology and methods to produce polished concrete coupling a mechanical process with concrete treatments. From the introduction of ‘modern densifiers’ in the early 1900’s to the advent of dry diamond grinding and polishing, the last 100 years have seen advancements in the way we treat the final concrete surface.

What was proven to have been counter-productive?

What technology and approach will yield the most consistent results and longest lasting finished product?

At the conclusion of this presentation you will have a general understanding of what polished concrete is and is not, how it is achieved mechanically, color enhanced and protected by treatments; and finally why specify polished concrete...

Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Green Umbrella

  American Hardwoods and their Role in Carbon Neutral Design


FREE

Description

This course begins with a look at Hardwoods' basics. It then presents the science surrounding hardwoods; the significant role they play in the environment and finally, as a material choice, discusses their importance in sustainable building. At the conclusion of the session attendees can be confident knowing that when they choose North American hardwoods, they are selecting a quintessentially green material that is ever-renewing, abundant and sustainable.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Hardwood Manufacturers Association

  Retractable Screens: Invisible Thresholds to Sustainable Design


FREE

Description

Many of today’s homeowners and design professionals often ask why a retractable feature matters when considering options for screening their living spaces. This course answers the question “Why Retractable?”, and shows how well retractable screens can be integrated with sustainable approaches to design. Participants will learn about the various benefits of the products; including solar control, energy conservation, enhanced natural ventilation, and the science behind the screen mesh that contribute to achieving sustainable design goals.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Phantom Screens

  Sustainable HVAC: Using Air Movement in Air Conditioned Buildings


FREE

Description

From schools to shopping malls, we’ve become accustomed to over air-conditioned spaces – a design habit that is wasteful from both a business and an environmental perspective. The innovative HVAC design strategy that pairs traditional air conditioning with energy-efficient air movement permits a substantial offset of necessary HVAC capacity and likewise improves air quality by ensuring fresh air reaches the occupant breathing zone. After construction is complete, the incorporation of air movement allows a reduction in energy consumption, as end-users can raise the thermostat setpoint without sacrificing comfort. This presentation will review recent changes to ASHRAE Standards 55 and 90.1 which substantiate the impact of elevated air speed, and will explore benefits of this innovative HVAC design strategy.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Big Ass Fans Canada

  Electrochromic Glazing - Dynamic Control of Solar Energy


FREE

Description

Electrochromic glazing provides a dynamic solution to control solar heat gain and light, while preserving the view and connection to the outdoors. Numerous studies have shown improved learning environments, increased productivity, and better health outcomes when that view and connection to the outdoors is maintained. Electrochromic provides the capability to control solar gain and light levels based on outdoor conditions without blocking the view. Lighting, heating and cooling consume at least 65 percent of the energy used in a typical building, and effectively controlling solar heat gain has a major impact on all three factors. This course details how electrochromic glazing can be used to meter and control the amount of light and solar energy entering a building to provide...

Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: SAGE Electrochromic's

  Understanding Stone Wool Insulation in Interior and Exterior Commercial Building Applications


FREE

Description

This course identifies what stone wool insulation is and how it is produced. Show some commercial applications, and present all the key benefits of this insulating material when used in the field versus some of the other insulating materials traditionally used in the North American market today.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU, 1 AANB, 1 NSAA, 1 ALBNL

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Rockwool



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