All Courses

  • Specifying Auxiliary Appliances for a Luxury Kitchen

    Looking beyond the standard kitchen appliances of sink, range and refrigerator, consider auxiliary appliances that will elevate a kitchen to luxury status, even in a smaller home. Dishwashers, wall ovens, warmer drawers, ventilation solutions, microwaves, compactors and beverage storage are some of the auxiliary appliances that add form and function to a modern kitchen. This course will discuss the features of each of these Electrolux appliances and how they can be integrated into kitchen design for optimal function and beauty and to meet the needs of today’s families who use their kitchen not only for cooking, but for dining, gathering and working. There are no credits associated with this course. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2013
    Subject(s):
    Kitchen, Universal Design, Appliances
    Sponsor:
    Electrolux
  • Incorporating Universal Design into the Kitchen

    1 LU HSW

    At opposite ends of the aging process, from young children to the elderly, physical challenges increase the need for support to navigate the kitchen and to operate appliances safely. Using universal design principles to plan the layout and specify appliances for this multi-functional room will increase safety, comfort, function and independence for homeowners. This course will describe why the need for universal design is growing and how it can be incorporated into kitchen design to promote aging in place. The course will also discuss the basics of kitchen design and the types of appliances that should be specified in the kitchen. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2013
    Subject(s):
    Kitchen, Universal Design, Interiors
    Sponsor:
    Electrolux
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • How Have LED’s Changed The Way We Work With Light?

    1 LU HSW

    This course will explore what makes LEDs unlike traditional light sources, specifically in regards to their micro optics, miniature size, light quality, precise controls, versatility and long lifespan. LEDs are in fact so different, the technology has opened up entirely new approaches to using light for architectural lighting, both inside and out. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2013
    Subject(s):
    Interior Design, Lighting
    Sponsor:
    Lumenpulse
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Underfloor Service Distribution

    1 LU HSW

    This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of ARCHITECT magazine. The ability of a building to change for an occupant’s shifting needs must meet the same three main criteria as green buildings themselves: high performance, sustainability and cost effectiveness. This article examines the growing popularity of underfloor service distribution (UFSD) as a key strategy for green buildings. This is achieved by creating buildings that can be retrofitted when companies or institutions come and go, when they expand and contract, when they rethink, refocus and renovate. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2013
    Subject(s):
    Green Design, Flooring
    Sponsor:
    Tate
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Digital Technology and Design Tools

    1 LU AIA

    This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of ARCHITECT magazine. Architect, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals have a new technology platform to support the old-fashioned notion of planning ahead. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is bringing a sea change to the industry’s workflow by facilitating a previously impossible degree of planning, coordination and communication. Integrating the professions through digital processes like BIM supports better buildings and happier owners and occupants. This course will take a look at the variety of tools available for use in different stages of a project. We will focus on digital tools and emerging technologies and how they can create synergy for a project. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2013
    Subject(s):
    Design, Software
    Sponsor:
    Bluebeam
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Designing with Metal

    1 LU AIA

    This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of ARCHITECT magazine. When used in the appropriate manner, metal can be a powerful tool for designers. Whether in primary or complementary roles, it is a material whose durability and flexibility can play a useful role in numerous ways on all kinds of building types. No single material or component is a solution unto itself, but as a team player, metal can be a useful arrow in an architect’s quiver. This course will discuss a number of specific applications where metal components are well suited to particular building systems or project goals. It will examine the behavior and qualities of the material and share design considerations and tips for effective utilization of metal. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2013
    Subject(s):
    Design
    Sponsor:
    MBCI and Pac-Clad
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • BIM for Emerging Firms

    1 LU AIA

    This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of ARCHITECT magazine. What common thread connects a thriving one-person operation, a growing office of 20 and a prosperous mega firm? What allows each of these vastly different operations to pursue the work they want and continue year after year? One answer is building information modeling, also known as BIM. This software can provide streamline design processes while improving coordination and integration with team members. Using BIM can help keep a firm relevant and competitive. This course will take a closer look at working with BIM and how it can open many paths to profitability and the expansion of services. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2013
    Subject(s):
    Design, Software
    Sponsor:
    Graphisoft
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Understanding Bio-Based Sustainable Commercial Carpets

    1 LU AIA

    Synthetic carpet fibers like Nylon, PET (polyester), and polypropylene are almost exclusively petroleum based. Today, new technology has enabled a bio-based PTT (triexta) commercial carpet fiber that helps reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Understanding the performance benefits, drawbacks, and sustainable attributes of bio-based PTT versus other synthetic carpet fiber types available today is important for architects, commercial builders, and facility managers. Take the course.

    Posted:
    May 2013
    Subject(s):
    Sustainability
    Sponsor:
    DuPont Sorona
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Impact Rated Doors for Severe Weather Events

    1 LU AIA/HSW

    When the new Florida Building Code became law earlier this year, door manufacturers had already started beefing up their impact-rated models. Their goal: to create, test and certify doors to meet the most stringent wind and impact code requirements in the nation. In vulnerable areas, exterior impact rated doors serve as critical envelope components that help keep a home safe during violent wind events. This article reviews damages of past hurricanes, advances in Florida Building Code, and how impact-rated fiberglass doors can protect a home. This program is registered with AIA for 1 HSW hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2012
    Subject(s):
    Doors
    Sponsor:
    Plastpro
  • Quartz Surfacing Material: A Durable, Sustainable and Attractive Surface

    1 LU AIA

    Quartz is the most abundant mineral on earth and is extremely strong and durable, making quartz surfacing material a stain and scratch resistant product that exceeds any comparable product today. Identify criteria to consider when designing a quartz surface and how to work with a fabricator. Identify general fabrication, installation and maintenance considerations that will help you choose a durable, impervious and attractive quartz surface. This program is registered with AIA for 1 CEH and with IDCEC for 1 hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2012
    Subject(s):
    Finishes and Surfaces
    Sponsor:
    LG Hausys