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Wood Without Guilt. Steel cladding that perfectly mimics real wood.

This course will describe the aesthetic and biophilic benefits, as well as the objective sustainability standards achieved by innovative metal wall materials that mimic wood. The course will describe how the materials provide both physical and emotional comfort to occupants, protection from harsh weather, and the community benefits of sustainable construction. A variety of applications are also detailed in case studies of actual projects.

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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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Performance Fabrics in Sustainable Design

Program: The Art and Technology of Lighting

Windows, views, and openings in buildings present the classic battle between form and function. The designer naturally wants the building’s occupants to enjoy views and light, but the solar heat gain from these openings can wreak havoc on sustainable goals; however, sophisticated and high-performing solar control fabrics can help reconcile the form and function of light, views, and sustainability.

There are many solar control fabrics on the market; wading through them can be overwhelming. This course aims to help educate the designer about what performance fabrics are, the content of various fabrics, how they work, and the benefits to a sustainable design in meeting and maximizing your goals of occupant health, safety, wellbeing, and sustainability.

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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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Roof Hatch Safety Railing Systems 101

This course introduces a roof hatch and roof hatch safety railing system and explores the OSHA standard (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.29), which details the requirements for roof hatch safety railing systems. The reason that many building owners choose to install these systems as an extra precaution and key features that differentiate the railing systems in the market will also be discussed. 

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Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

This course is part of our Business of Architecture Program

Your state may mandate sexual harassment training. This is the authorized sexual harassment prevention course, including case studies, required in NY State and NY City for licensed professionals. It may also meet professional requirements in your jurisdiction as there is some indication on the Internet that it is being accepted outside of New York. A quiz at the conclusion fulfills the requirements for an element of interactivity.

This course has also been registered by AIA and successful completion delivers 1 HSW credit.

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Rethink Water Heating

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course surveys tankless water heating and its zero emission green benefits. Tankless electric technology saves water and energy by heating water on demand instead of maintaining heated water in a tank for many hours when there is no demand. Tankless water heating has a zero greenhouse gas footprint and provides the right balance between performance and efficiency in water heating systems. The many benefits to user well-being and safety are also covered. A review of plumbing code requirements and insights into specification considerations will be shared. This course will identify types of water heating technologies with a focus on Tankless Electric Water Heater (TEWH) function and design.

To earn a certificate, click Take Quiz after the course and pass with at least 70%

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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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