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Achieving Beauty, Wellbeing, and Functionality in Design

Beauty, functionality, and wellness-enhancing can co-exist in design, with the right products. This article explores solutions that help architects achieve these important multi-benefits. Pavers that create beautiful outdoor spaces that are easy to maintain. Skylights that allow daylight and fresh air into the interior. Underlayment that improves acoustics and sound management, while protecting the integrity of the interior air quality. Each improves the functionality of the space and the wellness of the people in the built environment.

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ISO-1002: Inverters

Inverters are a modern, simple way to achieve an emergency lighting solution while minimizing maintenance costs and utilizing existing architectural fixtures for emergency purposes. This course will give the student the skills they require to design and specify inverter-based emergency lighting systems.

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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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Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers

Permeable interlocking concrete pavers have the ability to create solid, strong surfaces for pedestrians and a range of vehicular uses, and can help maintain a site’s existing natural hydrologic function. This course discusses the goals of a permeable paver system and the materials used. It compares permeable pavers with other stormwater management systems and describes the proper installation of a permeable paver system.

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Managing the Elements - weathering storms and improving thermal performance

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

It can be especially challenging to create a building that can effectively manage the elements. This course takes a closer look at a few of the products helping projects weather storm events and improve thermal performance. The benefits of permeable pavement solutions, architectural metal panel cladding, lightweight precast cladding panels, and thermally broken roof hatches will be explored and projects successfully employing these technologies will be profiled. 

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Design Firm Management Series: Staying In Front of Your Customers

Program: The Business of Architecture

For the good of your practice: This lively video features construction marketing expert Jim Nowakowski discussing how your design/architectural service can get a better understanding of the market today in view of ongoing "Digital Disruption." The course will give you a better understanding of the tools available to help keep your services relevant, and of your own value in the scheme of business today.

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Design Building Envelopes That Support Healthy, Efficient Buildings

 

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

The building envelope separates the conditioned interior space from environmental elements at large in the great outdoors. This course will explore how a few solutions equip the building envelope to manage moisture, improve thermal performance, and admit daylight without glare. 

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Strategies for Designing with Integrated Lighting and Acoustic Solutions

This course is part of our Art and Technology of Lighting Program

This course will review the importance of acoustics in architecture, discuss the fundamental principles of sound management, explore how to design interior spaces to maximize occupants’ comfort, and review emerging tools to solve for both sound and lighting. 

It will also focus on the standards that govern acoustic requirements for diverse applications.

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