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Designing for Wellness

This course explores some of the latest products and solutions for improving the air quality, thermal comfort, electric light, and daylight control that can be incorporated into a project. Each improves the wellness of the people in the built environment. Increased evidence shows that indoor environmental conditions substantially influence health and productivity. Building services engineers are interested in improving indoor environments and quantifying the effects. Potential health and productivity benefits are not yet generally considered in conventional economic calculations pertaining to building design and operation. Only initial costs plus energy and maintenance costs are typically considered. A few sample calculations have also shown that many measures to improve indoor air environment are cost-effective when the health and productivity benefits resulting from an improved indoor climate are included in the calculations (Djukanovic et al. 2002, Fisk 2000, Fisk et al. 2003, Hansen 1997, van Kempski 2003, Seppanen and Vuolle 2000, Wargocki, 2003.) 

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A World of Plastics: Designing Practical Solutions

Program: The Business of Architecture

Discarded plastic is piling up around the world and pooling in the ocean drawing increased attention from global corporations, NGOs and consumers. From campaigns & commitments to use less plastic (especially single-use and hard-to-recycle plastic) to initiatives for Building Product manufacturers to make products differently and create better recycling streams, there are many efforts underway to find new solutions that improve the lives of people and our ecosystems. Academic and manufacturing / recycler points of view will showcase the life cycle of plastic building products and explore opportunities for organizations of all sizes to be part of the solution. Presenters will explore and discuss opportunities to develop new business models, innovations & multi-stakeholder approaches.

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Strategic Electrification, Decarbonization and the Role of Advanced Heat Pump Technology

Program: Architecture, Design, and Building Science

This course focuses on strategic electrification, or beneficial electrification, reduction of dependence on fossil fuels and the positive impact on the environment as well as human health, comfort, and safety that can result. The adoption of heat pump technologies can help reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, enabling the country to move toward adopting clean energy. Economically, strategic electrification and heat pump technologies have the potential to reduce operating and maintenance costs.

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Create Safer, Healthier, and Better Sounding Interiors

 

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course explores a few of the many ways that interiors impact the health and well-being of the people inside them. From restrooms being designed to reduce contact with contaminated surfaces and inhibit the presence of bacteria, to acoustics solutions that absorb or isolate noise, making interiors more comfortable and productive. Biophilic design, a health-focused design concept that encourages the inclusion of plants, daylight, and natural elements like wood and stone, is also discussed, as are the options designers have for bringing stone elements inside.

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Design Firm Management Series: Staying in Front of Your Customers With Advertising

Program: The Business of Architecture

The program will discuss how architects, designers, and other professionals can get a better understanding of the market today in regards to servicing their customers with advertising. You will gain a better understanding of the different types of advertising tools to keep your services forefront to your customers.

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Multi-Tenant Multi-Story Exhaust for Bathroom Fans, Clothes Dryers & Range Hoods

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course covers the many benefits of UL classified factory-built ventilation duct assemblies that are specifically used for common ducting multi-story tenant space appliances such as bathroom fans, clothes dryers, or domestic range hoods. The webinar will also speak to the code requirements related to the fire/smoke control system as well as the benefits of demand control ventilation practices with specifically designed fans for these applications, which make for a complete UL factory-built ventilation system.

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Introduction to Exterior and Facade Lighting

Program: The Art and Technology of Lighting

This course will explore the use of exterior lighting to illuminate building facades, landscapes, pathways, plazas, and points of interest, like statues. Popular techniques (moonlighting, wallwashing, grazing, etc.) will be defined and the performance of various lighting fixtures will be compared to help designers identify the fixtures best-suited for particular applications. Important considerations including energy codes, dark sky criteria, and occupant safety will be addressed. The renovation of the exterior lighting at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, designed by Ardra Zinkon, will be profiled.

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