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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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Measuring-up Healthy Buildings: Modes, Methods, and Meaning for Discovery and Practice

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This is the video recording of a course presented at Greenbuild 2018. Sustainable buildings have typically been measured in two ways: by their reduction in resource consumption and their achievement of green building certifications. However, neither of these criteria measure the most important aspect of the building – its impact on occupants’ comfort, health, well-being, and productivity. In order to accurately record and generalize this information, longitudinal, pre-and post-occupancy evaluation studies are crucial. This session will explore the methodology behind the 36-month occupant’s multi-comfort study conducted at the Saint-Gobain & CertainTeed North American Headquarters in Malvern, Pa., in partnership with the University of Oregon’s High Performance Environments Lab (HiPE). The presentation will delve into the methods and protocols that guided this research study as well as the findings related to thermal, visual, acoustical comfort, and indoor air quality as well as occupant productivity, satisfaction, health and well-being. It will also explore how Saint-Gobain was able to utilize the headquarters as a living laboratory to measure the impact of its sustainable building materials and systems on occupant’s satisfaction.

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Roof System Resiliency

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course covers the design aspects, material components, and performance issues that result in a roof system that not only weathers the storm but helps keep a building habitable. The increasing incidence of extreme weather events jeopardizes those networks whenever infrastructure damage occurs. Long-term sustainability necessitates an inherent and essential capacity for designing for resilience in the face of vulnerability and buildings that can adapt to the changing environments in which they were built.

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Post Covid Building Design

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how people look at the built environment, whether at home, at workplaces, in schools, or in public places. This course will describe how these changing views are directly impacting the ways that buildings are being designed with architects and other design professionals stepping up to address changing criteria with innovation and an enhanced focus on health, safety, and welfare issues. Within this changing situation, large operable glass walls have emerged as a durable, flexible, and sustainable solution in many different types of buildings. While they are commonly used to separate indoor and outdoor spaces on exterior walls or provide flexible, acoustically controlled interior spaces, they have taken on an important new role in helping to separate and protect people too.

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Transportation Alternatives for Sustainable Cities

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Elevators are a critical part of urban density. However, as buildings increase in height, the elevator core grows to accommodate the number of elevators required, reducing floor area ratio in a building. Recent innovations in vertical transportation revolve around how many elevators can be in a shaft and how we can dispatch those elevators intelligently. Dual-car systems optimize the elevator core area, while offering the flexibility of independently moving cars. Multidirectional elevators take this paradigm even further, as multiple carriages can be consolidated into fewer shafts, reducing the elevator’s footprint by up to 50%. 

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Sustainable Resiliency with Garden Roofs

This course is part of our Landscape Environmental Design Program

Designing with green roofs affords design professionals opportunities to plan projects with exciting new elements, added value, and significant, tangible benefits, thereby enhancing the built environment with newly-created landscapes. This course examines green roof systems, including the types, benefits, components, and related standards. It also reviews a number of installations that demonstrate these principles.

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Building Enclosure Design: Fundamentals, Components and Assemblies

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

Building enclosures are responsible for controlling heat flow, air flow, vapor flow and a number of other elements. Through a combination of building science fundamentals and current research, this presentation will explore design considerations associated with wood-frame building enclosures and the role of control layers. Discussion will focus on best practices for designing durable, energy-efficient enclosures using traditional light wood-frame construction.

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LED Lighting Designs for Architecture

Program: The Art and Technology of Lighting

As a foundation, this course examines several categories of LED technology and the appropriateness of each to various facets of architectural design. Then, the balance of the course is devoted to a discussion of color-changing LED technology and its impact on the comfort and health of building occupants.

(Please note: The Study Guide is a White Paper entitled Humancentric Lighting, and is intended to be part of this course. Please download it upon enrolling.)

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Can Your Spec Reverse Global Warming?

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

IDCEC Course No. CEU-109303 Your IDCEC member credits will be reported for you.

This course is a recording of a presentation from GreenBuild 2018. According to experts, carbon emissions from the built environment need to peak within the next 15 years for Earth to have a chance of staying below the global warming tipping point. Within that same time period, 900 billion square feet of new buildings/major renovations will be constructed globally. The building sector is the world’s single largest emitter of Green House Gases (GHGs), accounting for 30-40% of total global GHG emissions. Although operational emissions account for more of a building's carbon footprint over its entire life, between now and 2050, half of the carbon footprint of that 900 B ft2 will be embodied carbon. To address this, manufacturers must reduce the carbon footprint of building products. This session will equip manufacturers, architects, designers, and other building industry professionals with specific and practical strategies for selecting products and materials that reduce embodied carbon emissions and move the industry toward making carbon-storing products the rule, rather than the exception. This course presents experts in climate-friendly design, product manufacturing and specification writing who will empower students to ensure their daily work contributes to creating a climate fit for life.

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