Green Design

  • 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
  • REGREEN Webinar Series

    The REGREEN program was created through a partnership between the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). REGREEN was launched in March 2008 with the release of the REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines. The guidelines address the major elements of any green renovation project, including the site of the home, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The REGREEN™ curriculum builds on foundational knowledge of the REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines© to assist you in identifying and evaluating which green considerations, concepts and strategies will make a meaningful and positive impact in your next project. REGREEN™ courses build participant skills in integrated pre-design issues and strategies by building system and project specific planning and implementation issues. Learn about the science behind green remodeling strategies and how to implement them while capitalizing on positive synergies and avoiding unintended negative ones. The four webinars in this series each offer continuing education credits with the following organizations: GBCI, ASID, AIA, and NARI. Take the course.

    Posted:
    August 2011
    Subject(s):
    Green Remodeling, Green Design, Interior Design
    Sponsor:
    USGBC and ASID
  • Beyond Performance Window Materials and their Environmental Impact

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    You will compare and contrast basic performance qualities, materials origins, carbon footprints, lifecycle analyses and installed performance of four common window framing materials. You will be able to compare and contrast window framing material qualities in detail. A case study of a net-zero home in Chicago showcases how window framing and glass selection are critical to energy performance of a home. Take the course.

    Posted:
    February 2011
    Subject(s):
    Windows, Life-Cycle Assessment, Green Design
    Sponsor:
    Marvin Windows
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Engineered Wood Product Basics—Strong, Safe and Green

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    Each choice in construction has an impact on the character of the finished product, whether your client wants an environmentally friendly home, a home that wears well over time, or is concerned about price and resale value. Each building starts with a base and a frame. In this course we are focusing on one option for frame design. Engineered wood products (EWP) are a strong, safe and green alternative to steel and dimension lumber for framing residential and light commercial projects.

    Posted:
    January 2011
    Subject(s):
    Green Design, Wood
    Sponsor:
    Roseburg Forest Products
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Sustainable Choices in Wood Door Construction

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    This learning unit will explore the sustainable choices available for architectural wood doors. You will review the requirements for FSC certification, and how different core compositions qualify for LEED assistance. You will identify how increasing need for low-emitting products is impacting wood door manufacturers and sustainable veneer options. Take the course.

    Posted:
    January 2011
    Subject(s):
    Green Design, Windows, Doors, LEED
    Sponsor:
    VT Industries
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NARI
  • Developing and Building Sustainability with Fiber Cement Siding

    1 LU HSW/SD

    By the end of this program you should be able to define what fiber cement is, illustrate three design decisions affecting building enclosure systems, list the four D's of wall design, and describe how water management and durability improve cladding service life. You will compare and contrast embodied energy and recurring body energy, define a life cycle assessment and system analysis parameters. You will be able to discuss climate zoned cladding systems, climate zones and environmental concerns. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2009
    Subject(s):
    Energy Efficiency, Building Envelope, Green Design
    Sponsor:
    James Hardie
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • A Comparative Analysis of Residential Heating Systems

    1 LU HSW/SD

    You will be able to describe general trends when comparing heating systems in terms of first costs, operating costs, carbon emissions and paybacks. You will be able to describe how carbon emissions differ among different heating systems and why that can vary depending on location. You will be able to compare and contrast trade offs involved in specifying high efficiency HVAC equipment for residential projects in terms of payback periods. Take the course.

    Posted:
    September 2009
    Subject(s):
    Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, HVAC, Life-Cycle Assessment, Green Design, Technology
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NARI, NAHB, USGBC
  • Fly Ash: What it is, How it is Used and Why it Contributes to Green Building

    1 LU HSW/SD

    By the end of this course you will be able to describe what fly ash is, how it is produced, how it was developed and how it is used now. You will be able to list environmental benefits of using fly ash and how it can contribute to greener buildings. You also will be able to describe how fly ash is used in fiber cement products. Finally, you will be presented some information that will clear up commonly incorrect assumptions about fly ash and fiber cement. Take the course.

    Posted:
    September 2009
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Life-Cycle Assessment, Green Design
    Sponsor:
    Nichiha
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Fiber Glass Insulation in Environmental and Energy Efficient Design

    1 LU HSW/SD

    By the end of this learning unit you will be able to describe how insulation improves energy efficiency and sustainability of a building. You will be able to describe at least four beneficial characteristics of fiber glass insulation. You will be able to describe at least two different certifications and energy codes. Finally, you will be able to describe how insulation affects performance and indoor air quality of a home or building. Take the course.

    Posted:
    August 2009
    Subject(s):
    Energy Efficiency, Walls, Green Design, Insulation
    Sponsor:
    Knauf Insulation
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Introduction to Green Walls

    1 LU HSW/SD

    We will define and discuss the differences between current living architecture technologies, and discuss public and private benefits associated with green walls. You will be able to identify several important design considerations and be introduced to current organizations leading the way for adoption of green wall technologies. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2008
    Subject(s):
    Walls, Green Design, Sustainability
    Sponsor:
    GreenScreen
    Certification(s):
    AIA