Interiors

  • 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
  • Designing with Solid Surface Course

    1 LU AIA

    This program is registered with AIA for 1 CEH. Solid surface is an affordable luxury with unlimited aesthetic options due to its versatility. Describe the ingredients that comprise the material and the manufacturing process. Identify performance benefits of solid surface related to maintenance, health, safety and sustainability, as well as evaluate the aesthetic benefits that give this product unlimited design potential. Finally, examine a range of applications and solutions that solid surface can provide for future design challenges. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Finishes and Surfaces, Interiors, Design
    Sponsor:
    LG Hausys Surfaces
  • 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
  • New Millennium Millwork and Trim: PVC and POLYURETHANE

    This learning unit will discuss the features and benefits of using Polyvinyl chloride — commonly known as PVC — and Polyurethane, for decorative millwork and trim. It will discuss how these materials compare to some older and less productive traditional products now in use. The course will help you to understand why you should consider synthetic millwork for your next project, but comparing PVC and Polyurethane to traditional millwork options. Also, this learning unit will cover standard practice installation recommendations as well as requirements and techniques. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2011
    Subject(s):
    Interiors, Molding Millwork and Trim
    Sponsor:
    Fypon
  • 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
  • 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
  • Design Elements of Winning Residential Kitchens

    1.0 LU

    You will recognize and identify ways to: make the space of the kitchen the primary design element; use color and materials as the primary design element to create an exemplary kitchen; choose a visual theme - related to the residence as a whole or for the kitchen proper- as the primary design element of a kitchen; and adapt the kitchen design to the client's lifestyle and functional needs. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2010
    Subject(s):
    Design, Finishes and Surfaces, Interiors
    Sponsor:
    Sub-Zero
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Specifying Sophisticated Residential Refrigeration Appliances

    1.0 LU

    This course reviews how both form and function work in two specific kinds of kitchen designs, as well as in applications outside the kitchen using wine storage units, for example. The course concludes with a review of such functional considerations as air circulation, temperature control and humidity, ventilation, and electrical requirements. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2010
    Subject(s):
    Technology, Interiors
    Sponsor:
    Sub-Zero
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Specifying Sophisticated Residential Cooking Appliances

    1.0 LU

    After completing this lesson, the student will be familiar with each of these perspectives as a basis for selecting a cooking appliance: the design of the kitchen in visual terms, the conservation of space in the kitchen, the availability of a wide range of cooking functions, and the installation considerations for a specific location. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2010
    Subject(s):
    Technology, Interiors
    Sponsor:
    Wolf
    Certification(s):
    AIA