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Meeting Transparency Requirements for LEED v4 and v4.1

Program: Architecture, Design, and Building Science

This course is a recording of a presentation from GreenBuild 2018. Course content will contribute to a better understanding of Multi-Attribute labels and Material Ingredient Reporting Documents to help architects and specifiers do a better job meeting current and future requirements. The entire course is devoted to understanding transparency requirements for LEED v.4 and 4.1

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Pushing the Boundaries of Form and Function

As architects and clients alike demand the creation of what’s next, design teams rely on new product systems and solutions to help them push the boundaries of form and function. This article profiles a few solutions that enable architects to create distinct building envelopes that don’t sacrifice on the efficient performance or sustainable design considerations that also occupy prominent spots on almost every client’s wish list.

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The History and Impact of Synthetic Turf

Program: Landscape Environmental Design

A course designed to teach the history of synthetic turf, it's application in water and energy conservation, pollution abatement, sustainable design, and its versatility in numerous landscaping applications and designs. Participants will become knowledgeable about synthetic turf and innovative applications that could be applied to their residential and commercial projects. The most current technological advances in the industry and the positive role synthetic turf plays in the environment.

 

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The Fundamentals of Electric-Run VRF Technology

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems for architects providing insight into the technology, how it’s applied compared to traditional HVAC systems and how it can be managed and controlled for various applications. The speaker demonstrates how VRF technology provides opportunities for operational savings, ease of maintenance and supports movements such as Strategic Electrification.  

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Healthcare Lighting

Program: The Art and Technology of Lighting

This course is a high-density orientation to lighting considerations and methods in the healthcare environment. Topics will include application situations, impacted populations, design methods, and a review and critique of examples of successful and less-than-successful healthcare lighting designs.

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Setting "Green" Purchase Boundaries

Program: The Business of Architecture

This course is an in-depth case study starting with the entry of certified wood into the retail market in 1994, fast forwarding to the crescendo of the activist campaigns in 1999 and ending with the 2018 cleaning chemicals policy. Learners will hear the strategic planning and decision making process on proactive sustainable sourcing. The course begins with a brief overview of how a retailer manages scores of sustainability concerns, what are considered to be material issues and how those considerations are prioritized. Additionally, learners will hear how instead of waiting for codes or laws, retailers can set purchasing boundaries for product standards in order that they would have less of an environmental impact than standard products.

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Customizable Acoustical Solutions for Open Plenum Design

Modern open spaces create a unique set of challenges when it comes to acoustics, particularly because many new buildings are designed with open plans and open plenums. Fortunately, there are innovative acoustic systems on the market that are designed to integrate with open plenums that can help to overcome these challenges. This course will discuss customizable acoustical solutions for open plenum design, including baffles, beams, clouds, and acoustical wall panels, which are available in a variety of materials like metal, wood, fiberglass, and felt. The course will explore the importance of acoustical design and how these open plenum ceiling systems can transform a space aesthetically while maximizing acoustics.

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New Glare Performance Requirements in DLC Premium Program v5.1

Program: The Art and Technology of Lighting

The latest iterations of the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) Standard and Premium programs were recently released. The DLC Premium program now requires certain types of luminaires—troffers, linear, low-bay, and high-bay—to offer a specific level of glare performance that was not previously necessary. This course will explore the DLC v5.1 Premium requirements and the Unified Glare Metric (UGR) that defines the performance thresholds referenced in the program.

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Tips for Creating a Happier, Healthier, Cleaner and Safer Higher Learning Environment

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Higher Education design demands an extraordinary blend of function and aesthetic appeal. This course shares four tips for creating spaces that are beautiful, healthy, clean and safe.

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