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  Effective Performance of the Building Enclosure - Exterior Walls


FREE

Description

Today, new buildings must meet the ASHRAE requirements for thermal performance. This is a tough objective, since documented proof is required. Effective R-values must be met, not just nominal values, which means that high conductivity materials that cause thermal bridges must be considered in the modelling and calculations.

Often, meeting ASHRAE’s challenging prescriptive compliance is not even enough; some designers look to walls to make up for thermal performance shortfalls from other parts of the building enclosure – such as high glazing area percentages. Many of today’s conventional wall assemblies fall short of even basic compliance, causing larger, thicker, and more costly assemblies than ever before.

Learn what current wall assemblies are getting closest to the target performance levels, what...

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

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Cascadia Windows & Doors Published: 02/13/2021

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  Expansive Components in Concrete


FREE

Description

The A&E designers’ hidden secret to specifying concrete. Based on ACI standards, this presentation addresses the need to implement methods in conventional concrete and advancing technology creating a mix design to produce architectural concrete slabs that will provide the best canvas possible for polished concrete with a joint-free slab. Take the guess work out of such a design and understand how this can also help in tank farms, bridge decks and wherever concrete shrinkage is an issue.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Green Umbrella Published: 05/28/2021

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  Integrating Accessibility


$50

Description

This 2-hour webinar will help architects improve their designs by learning strategies for incorporating access early in the planning phase. By applying ADA-compliant solutions that exceed the minimum standards without adding additional costs, architects can avoid costly after-the-fact resolutions and protect themselves from potential access-related complaints or litigation.


Credits: 2 AIA HSW + 2 ADA

Length: 2h

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Sponsored by: Accessology LLC. Published: 06/10/2021

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  More Than Just an R-Value: Acoustics in Commercial Buildings


FREE

Description

Commercial stone wool products can help to protect property, extend building life cycles and enhance occupant comfort, and are designed to make construction faster and easier. This course will identify what stone wool insulation is and how it is produced, and will discuss some introductory terminology and concepts as they relate to sound and acoustics in the building envelope. We will examine current codes and standards provisions for acoustics in the United States and finally, we will discuss techniques and considerations that can be used when designing exterior wall & roof assemblies and interior wall systems for sound acoustic performance.


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

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Rockwool Published: 03/08/2021

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  Introduction to Vuelift Elevators


FREE

Description

This course is an introduction to Vuelift panoramic residential elevators and provides an overview of its features and design applications. This session will cover technical aspects and benefits of this type of elevator as well as applicable code and regulation requirements.


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

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Savaria Published: 03/09/2021

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  Understanding Advancing Wall System Design around Continuous Insulation


FREE

Description

This one hour educational session will cover the latest in building enclosure technology for energy efficient buildings. Presented by one of North America's leading manufacturers of insulation, this course will provide an in-depth discussion of emerging wall that provide durable, cost effective and thermally efficient performance. Recent building and energy code changes will be reviewed including an opportunity to discuss solutions to meet these more stringent requirements. Current building science research and field monitoring information will be presented, demonstrating how insulation materials perform under different climatic conditions and how R-values change with time and season. Strategies to construct highly insulated wall assemblies and avoid thermal bridging will be presented, The seminar will cover all building types and construction materials, with...

Credits: 1 AIA HSW

Length: 1

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Sponsored by: Rockwool Published: 04/09/2021

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  Proactively Address Moisture in Roof Assemblies


FREE

Description

Moisture within roof assemblies, or the concern over such, has recently become a major focus of discussion for the design/build community due to project schedule delays and disruptions to businesses and institutions. Despite the disruption to projects this issue causes, there remains significant misunderstandings across the design build industry regarding product warranties, field moisture tests, and just how long it takes concrete “to dry”. During this presentation, we will discuss common terms associated with concrete that are often misused and misunderstood. Further, the various sources of roof system moisture will be identified with clear recommendations given as to how the specifying professional can proactively address these sources through the construction documents.


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

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: ISE Logik Industries, Inc. Published: 03/08/2021

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  Design of Architectural Concrete Floors


FREE

Description

There are so many parts to design a concrete floor that meets expectations.

Is it really possible to produce architectural concrete floors without joints, curl and unsightly cracks? What are the fundamental of such a design?

This course isolates the value of such design, the best practice and how to manage the expectations through specification. It isolates new technology and the importance of sustainable elements such as longest life-cycle, reflective floors and low-maintenance.


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

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Green Umbrella Published: 03/09/2021

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  Understanding "Wood Aesthetic" Cladding and Soffit Technologies


FREE

Description

The look of “Wood” provides warmth in a building design that cannot be achieved by masonry, metals or other building materials. Natural wood is a traditional option, but newer composite and synthetic products replicate the look of natural wood but offer superior color retention and life-cycle performance while requiring little to no maintenance. This learning unit will provide an in- depth overview of current “wood” design technologies natural and synthetic.


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

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Hughes & Associates - Geolam Published: 03/08/2021

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  Specifications Strategies to Eliminate Concrete Moisture


FREE

Description

In the macro critical path of project delivery, installation of final floor finishes is one of the last items to occur prior to substantial completion. However, due to changes in adhesive formulations driven by concerns over indoor environmental quality, most project 09 flooring specifications require moisture testing before flooring can be installed on concrete slabs. Should/when those moisture tests fail, the project faces burdensome time delays, unexpected costs, or both. During this presentation, we will: (1) give significant discussion to the importance of “design intent” and how losing focus on what the owner expects can lead to potentially catastrophic, consequences (2) examine in depth several misconceptions embedded within the AEC associated with field moisture testing and project owner and design...

Credits: 1 AIA HSW

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: ISE Logik Industries, Inc. Published: 11/26/2020

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  Eliminating Concrete Moisture through Sustainable Design


FREE

Description

Few aspects of the design process are conducted in “silos” as disassociated from one another as how many projects approach interior concrete slab specifications and subsequent flooring specification sections. This is not done intentionally, rather it is by-product of lack of coordination, and fundamental misunderstanding, between those involved with the structural elements and those involved with the aesthetic and finishing elements. During this presentation, we will discuss sustainability and what it means; drawing the attendee into a clear discussion of how sustainability relates to LEED, Lean Construction, Green Building, and process improvement. Inconsistencies with current specification processes related to concrete moisture as compared to the tenets of sustainability will be exposed, with clear recommendations given as to how the specifying...

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

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: ISE Logik Industries, Inc. Published: 02/06/2021

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  Making Sense of Sealants


FREE

Description

Participants will learn about the different families of sealants and how to choose the correct product for each application. We will discuss the effect of UV light on sealants and the difference between structural or non structural silicon sealant. And finally, the importance of surface preparation before sealing joints.


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

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Adfast Published: 01/12/2021

  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 Published: 02/19/2020

  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 Published: 02/19/2020

  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. Published: 02/19/2020

  Sound Advice For Architectural Acoustics


$20

Description

Unwanted sound impacts and affects inhabitants of our created spaces, both physiologically and psychologically. If it not already, controlling noise will quickly become a mandated concern for designers.

Attesting to increasing regulatory focus on noise, is a recent proliferation of standards, guidelines, and codes regarding acoustics. Very soon, many of these guidelines will no longer be mere suggestions. Most acoustic concerns can be addressed with a basic understanding on how sound travels and is reflected, blocked, absorbed, or transmitted by materials and assemblies chosen in designing envelopes. 

Acoustic design is best addressed in an incremental fashion. Fundamentals are first covered, including basic principles regarding sound, how its energy moves through matter, how its path and intensity can...

Credits: 1 AIA HSW, 1.5 USGBC

Length: 1.5h

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Sponsored by: America Training Solutions Published: 11/02/2020

  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 (ACC) Published: 04/03/2020

  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 (ACC) Published: 08/12/2020

  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 Published: 05/28/2020

  Sliding Fire Doors in an Egress Path


FREE

Description

This course outlines the multiple ways in which sliding fire doors may be used to create open-concept designs while maintaining fire code compliance and life safety requirements.  It will also cover Value Engineering uses of this product type.  The information will be primarily shared through case studies of how architects have utilized the product in a multitude of projects since 1977 when the building codes first accepted the doors for use.  Local fire code references, NYC code references, and the basic differences between Fire Walls, Barriers, and Partitions will be provided.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: WonDoor Corporation Published: 12/08/2020

  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 Published: 02/19/2020

  Thermally Modified Hardwood and its Role in Architectural Design


FREE

Description

This presentation will provide information on the thermal modification process; discuss the environmental advantages and performance features of Thermally Modified Hardwood (TMH); and showcase Thermally Modified Hardwood in both outdoor and indoor applications. At the conclusion, specifiers will be comfortable sourcing this unique building material.


Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AAA

Length: 1h

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Sponsored by: Hardwood Manufacturers Association Published: 11/18/2020

  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 Published: 05/26/2020

  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 Published: 05/26/2020

  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 Published: 02/19/2020

  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 Published: 02/19/2020

  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 Published: 02/19/2020

  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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Sponsored by: America Training Solutions Published: 06/26/2020

  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 Published: 02/19/2020

  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 Published: 07/08/2020



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