Architecture, Design and Building Science

This program's collection of continuing education courses provides the architect/student with a catalog of courses on every construction division. Courses include products and their application, safety, the environmental impact of products, and application case studies. Users can search the catalog using CSI division numbers, keywords, manufacturer names, or product descriptions.

Optimizing Performance in Aluminum Fenestration

Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science

This course introduces the role of a thermal barrier in improving the thermal performance of windows, doors, storefront and curtain wall applications. Advancements in material science and the aluminum profile of the fenestration are enabling window assemblies to achieve lower U-values than previously possible, allowing designers to deliver building envelopes that provide access to daylight and views, without compromising the thermal efficiency of the project. 

Pattern Mapping for Lasting Design

A Pattern Map evaluates a pattern on two key elements: structure and nature. This course explains why these two elements affect how we recognize and respond to pattern and examines ways to bridge architecture and nature by using architectural panel systems with patterned openings, and provide a sense of space, privacy, shade, or camouflage with cladding, screens, or railings.

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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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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.

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.

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