All Courses

  • Green Waterproofing Solutions

    1 LU HSW/SD

    There are many challenges facing the building and design community in regards to the prevention of water, moisture, and gas leakages in structures. Undertaking proper green waterproofing measures at the outset of construction ensures the long-term viability and sustainability of buildings. Upon completing this course, you will have a better understanding of why waterproofing is necessary, including the effects of mold, deterioration of foundations, elimination of air quality problems, and efficient use of below-grade structures as living environments. You will be able to describe the steps necessary to create a leak-free foundation and you will be familiar with the products available to use when waterproofing a structure. Finally, you will be familiar with the green building process and green waterproofing solutions. This program is registered with the AIA for 1 HSW hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2011
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Moisture Barriers, Green Materials
    Sponsor:
    Mar-Flex
  • Aging with Grace: Universal Design Principles for the Bathroom

    You’ve heard the terms before: Universal Design, Accessible Design, ADA Design, Multi-generational Design – what do they mean and why are they getting so much attention now? These terms are often used interchangeably to describe a design style that will be functional for aging individuals, or for individual with disabilities. Many designers fell that Universal Design – by any name – removes the beauty from design. This program will show you that aesthetic beauty can very much be a apart of Universal Design, particularly in the bathroom. This course has been submitted to AIA, NKBA, NARI, NAHB and ASID for 1 HSW hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2011
    Subject(s):
    Universal Design, Bath, Shower
    Sponsor:
    LAUFEN
  • An Energy & Environmental Analysis of Propane Energy Pod Homes

    Bundles or collections of building systems in homes can form the basis of an energy package or “pod.” These can be the foundation for homes delivering energy and CO2 emissions savings that outperform typical new homes in the marketplace. Building energy analysis was used to evaluate the energy and environmental performance of Propane Energy Pod prototype homes at two sizes, across different climate zones. These results were compared with standard homes featuring typical technology packages. The program has been submitted to the AIA, GBCI and NAHB for one continuing education hour.

    Posted:
    October 2011
    Subject(s):
    Energy Efficiency
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
  • Choosing to Live Off-Grid: Energy Generation & Fuel Choices

    Living off the grid has become increasingly popular over the past decade. There are entire communities that are off-grid, whether through practical need, like remote Tanana, Alaska, or by desire, like Three Rivers, Oregon. This trend toward off-grid living is only expected to grow. Energy independence, pursuit of a more sustainable life style, moving away from the city and economics are all cited as common reasons for choosing to live off-grid. Off-grid and standby generators can be used in combination with renewable energy sources for successful off-grid living. This program compares and contrasts types of generators, and fuel choices for off-grid living. The program has been submitted to the AIA, GBCI and NAHB for one continuing education hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2011
    Subject(s):
    Renewable Energy
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
  • Baths for Today and Tomorrow: An Overview of 2010 ADA Standards

    1 LU AIA/HSW

    Thank you for your interest in the codes and standards that govern accessibility requirements. This course explores the demographics that are driving the accessible bath fixture market. All manufacturers must comply with the same requirements in order to meet UFAS and ADA standards. The accessibility standards common to all manufacturers challenge them to evacuate water on a shower floor that has a ¼-inch pitch to the drain. This is made more difficult by the fact that accessible showers have dams with minimal heights. The evolution of accessibility standards, the federal guidelines, and the products that meet these standards will be reviewed. At the end of this course you will be able to list codes and standards that govern accessibility requirements, identify project types that require accessible bath fixtures, and specify bath fixtures and accessories that meet current accessibility guidelines. Take the course.

    Posted:
    September 2011
    Subject(s):
    Codes and Standards, Universal Design, Design
    Sponsor:
    Aquatic
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Specifying Locks to meet 2010 ADA Standards for Schools

    1 LU HSW

    The “2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design” issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) contain new provisions that directly impact design specifications and construction on school projects completed after March 15, 2012. Failure to comply with newly mandated minimums could generate problems not only for schools and school districts, but also raise liability issues regarding architect responsibility. This course covers critical changes in ADA guidelines, focusing on key aspects relating to schools, ADA students, locks and lockers. We’ll compare functionality, ease of use and features of ADA-compliant locks and non-compliant locks. We’ll look at value-added design advantages, cost issues and long-term operational flexibility factors for you to consider when you are specifying locker locks for your next project. Finally, we’ll detail new product options available to better serve students whose abilities fall within the ADA Standards. Take the course.

    Posted:
    September 2011
    Subject(s):
    Codes and Standards, Locksets and Hardware
    Sponsor:
    Master Lock
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Commercial Door Operators: A UL 325 2010 Safety Mandate Review

    Most users of commercial garage doors assume that because there are so many options to choose from, that it will be an easy decision to select the exact one needed. However, this assumption is far from true, due to the variation in types of commercial door openers and the tough standards they must meet. The variety of options can make the choice even more confusing. By the end of this learning unit, you will be able to list the different types of commercial door operators available and identify the types of operators for commercial door operators. You will be able to describe the importance of photo eyes and their placement. Finally, you will be able to define the UL 325 Code and its importance. Take the course.

    Posted:
    September 2011
    Subject(s):
    Garage, Doors
    Sponsor:
    The Chamberlain Group
  • Building Green with Vinyl Siding

    By the end of this learning unit, you will be able to define sustainability and green building, and list ways vinyl siding can contribute to points in leading green building certification programs. You will also be able to identify the properties that make vinyl siding sustainable. Finally, you will be able to analyze the life cycle assessment of vinyl siding. Take the course.

    Posted:
    August 2011
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Siding, Green Materials, Exteriors
    Sponsor:
    Vinyl Siding Institute
  • Introduction to Synthetic Millwork and Trim

    By the end of this learning unit, you will be able to describe Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Polyurethane (PUR) materials. You will also be able to compare the manufacturing processes for both PVC and PUR. Next, you will be able to compare manufacturing processes as well as the properties and performance characteristics of PVC and PUR products. Finally, you will be able to identify applications of PVC and PUR synthetic millwork. Take the course.

    Posted:
    August 2011
    Subject(s):
    Interiors, Molding Millwork and Trim
    Sponsor:
    Fypon
  • LEED: Sustainable Strategies for Interior Lighting

    At the end of this session, you should be able to follow LEED criteria to help achieve green building certification; list which LEED categories apply to interior lighting and how you may earn points on your next project by implementing the solutions outlined; describe today’s changing aggressive energy legislation and what you can do to meet or exceed these requirements; and finally, describe revolutionary new lighting control technologies that save energy and help achieve LEED certification. Take the course.

    Posted:
    August 2011
    Subject(s):
    LEED, Interiors, Lighting
    Sponsor:
    Philips Ledalite