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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: 1 AIA HSW, 1 GBCI (USGBC & CAGBC), 1 IDCEC1, AAA Structured LU, 1 AIBC  Core LU, 1 AANB Core LU, 1 NSAA Core LU, 1 ALBNL Core LU

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 AAA Structured LU, 1 AIBC  Core LU, 1 AANB Core LU, 1 NSAA Core LU, 1 ALBNL Core LU, 1 IDCEC

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: American Chemistry Council

  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

  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 AAA Structured LU, 1 AIBC  Core LU, 1 AANB Core LU, 1 NSAA Core LU, 1 ALBNL Core LU

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Vinyl Institute

  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

  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

  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

  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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