All Courses

  • Specifying Fireplaces to Comply with National Green Building Programs

    This unit will provide an overview of how hearth products contribute to home comfort, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and environmental sustainability. We will look at the green benefits of fireplaces, and how the fireplace can help to lower home utility and energy bills when used as a heat source. This course will highlight the importance of ventilation to ensure that the fireplace chosen the home is a healthy heart choice, considering the average Americans spend 65-90% of their time indoors. We will highlight the variety of fireplace options that are available. Discussions pertain to how to identify different hearth product categories, and why some types qualify for green building programs, and why others do not. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2011
    Subject(s):
    Interiors
    Sponsor:
    Hearth and Home Technologies
  • Residential Framing to Comply with 2009 IRC Energy and Structural Requirements

    This course covers topics such as manufacturing specifications that OSB and plywood must comply with. We will look into manufacturing standards controlled by the Department of Commerce and other building codes. There are newly implemented grade stamps that will be addressed so that the learner understands what each number or measurement correlates to in comparison to the current grade stamp. Without the proper installation of different materials such as sheathing and flashing, an entire project can be negatively affected by the structures performance due to these occurrences. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2011
    Subject(s):
    Wood
    Sponsor:
    Norbord
  • NARI Universal Design Certified Professional Training Program

    The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) developed the Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) designation to promote standards of universal design and remodeling through credentialing of design and remodeling professionals. The Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) will be able to create comfortable and accessible homes, for everyone in the household – it’s not just “aging in place,” although the course does cover that aspect as well. This training and certification will prepare you, and prove your knowledge of the full scope of accessibility. You will have the tools to suggest making all elements and spaces accessible, comfortable and usable by all the home’s occupants. Universal Remodeling Projects are attractive not only to those who wish to age in place, but also for families with special needs, and families who are forward-thinking. Learn the 7 Principles of Universal Design, and how to interview clients with an understanding and consideration of their special needs, and…. how to make their dreams come true. This program is available exclusively online at www.hanleywooduniversity.com. To enroll, you must meet the following criteria: be employed by or own a firm engaged in commercial or residential universal design or a remodeling firm that is supporting the universal design and remodeling industry; have a minimum of five years continuous full time experience in the remodeling industry; and have completed 8 hours of education addressing universal design or universal remodeling principles in the last 5 years. NARI reserves the right to deny your participation if you do not meet these requirements. his course will provide you with the tools to sell and conduct remodeling projects that are based on Universal Design principles. These are attractive not only to those who wish to age-in-place but also families with special needs and families that are forward thinking. You will learn the seven principles of Universal Design, how to interview clients with an understanding and consideration of their special needs, and the how-to of building these projects. The cost of the online program is $399 for NARI Members and $499 for non-members. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2011
    Subject(s):
    Universal Design
    Sponsor:
    Ferguson
  • Specifying Gas Fireplaces for the Home: An Overview of Options, Features and Design Considerations

    This course will give you an overview of types of standard and specialty gas fireplaces; help you distinguish between primary and secondary selection criteria; and bring to your attention several design considerations. You must also consider the efficiency of the unit you specify. Factory-built gas fireplaces are classified as decorative- or heater-rated, depending on their heat and efficiency. Decorative fireplaces are generally sufficient for applications where heat efficiency is not the primary goal. Higher-efficiency, heater-rated fireplaces can be thermostatically-controlled and contribute to the heat load calculations of the structure. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2011
    Subject(s):
    Interiors
    Sponsor:
    Hearth and Home Technologies
  • Multigenerational Design for the Bathroom: From Universal to ADA

    This course about multi-generational, or universal, bathroom design addresses and accommodates the needs and abilities of people of all ages. Multi-generational design combines safety and comfort with style and beauty to create a space that is attractive, versatile and practical for the users. Its design principles acknowledge that people have different abilities and needs. More families are becoming multi-generational, and aging Americans want to live independently longer, therefore multi-generational design is an important consideration. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2011
    Subject(s):
    Universal Design
    Sponsor:
    MTI Whirlpools
  • The Kitchen Sink Re-Think: Optimizing Design, Functionality and Enjoyment

    The focus of this course is on the kitchen sink in residential applications, developed for the general design/build and design/bid/build markets. The key components of the course will relate to consumer research on kitchen sink and faucet selection and usage, and how the data should be understood by architects and kitchen designers and the like in their interpretation of functionality, development of kitchen designs, and selection of materials and fittings. The inclusion of interesting and little-known facts about kitchen sink usage will help present a clear picture to participants of common myths, misperceptions, and mistakes in kitchen design. The research and presentation will focus mainly on sinks but will also draw on knowledge about counters, cabinetry, flooring, lighting, room layout and the like. This program is registered with the AIA and NKBA for education credit. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2011
    Subject(s):
    Sinks
    Sponsor:
    Blanco
  • Illustrative Guide to Classical Moulding Design for Cabinetry and Furniture

    In this learning unit we will highlight the how Classical Moulding Design can be used throughout the home. We will discuss different heights and proportions and offer guidelines for different types of cabinetry in your project. This course also focuses on entablatures, which is a classical term referring to the area consisting of a series of mouldings, usually found above the column and capital. Entablatures can range from very simple to very elaborate. By understanding and identify the anatomy of an entablature, the designer will be able to adapt cabinetry design to fit the clients’ needs. While understanding the concepts is important, this course delves deeper into explaining how you can adapt the concepts to fit your design needs. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2011
    Subject(s):
    Design
    Sponsor:
    White River Hardwoods
  • Exterior Color Trends in Residential and Light Commercial Design

    1 LU

    This online, on-demand program will introduce color trends and new profile trends common in today’s residential, multi-family and light commercial exteriors. There are several things to consider when selecting an exterior color scheme, such as location, architectural style, landscape surroundings, and many more. This program will look at how exterior color decisions can be made to enhance the home, property and surrounding landscape. Take the course.

    Posted:
    May 2011
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope
    Sponsor:
    Mastic
  • Fiberglass Composites in the Window and Door Industry

    1.0 LU HSW

    Composite materials have been used for thousands of years. New applications are identified each year. As one of the first modern composite materials fiberglass is at the fore front of this innovation. This course will familiarize you with all the basic aspects of fiberglass and specifically target their usefulness in the door and window industry. Once you have completed this course you will be able to discuss how composite materials provide predictable and superior performance characteristics when compared to other window frame material. You will also be able to explain the pultrusion process and identify the specific characteristics of pultruded fiberglass. Finally you will be able to apply this knowledge to determining which window frames will be best for your project. Take the course.

    Posted:
    March 2011
    Subject(s):
    Doors, Windows, Graphic Design
    Sponsor:
    Integrity Windows and Doors
    Certification(s):
    AIA, USGBC
  • Condensing Tankless Water Heaters: Using Propane for the Most Efficient Water Heaters on the Market

    1.0 LU HSW

    This learning unit will address the benefits of a Condensing Tankless Water Heater and explore how retrofitting a home with a Condensing Tankless Water Heater—or installing one in new construction—can offer the most energy efficiency of any water heater, even propane Tankless Water Heaters, which until now have been the most energy-efficient water heaters available. Propane Condensing Tankless Water Heaters are the wave of the future when it comes to super energy-efficient and environmentally friendly water heating. Take the course.

    Posted:
    March 2011
    Subject(s):
    Energy Efficiency, Water Heaters
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NAHB, USGBC