All Courses

 

All Courses

  • Incorporating Universal Design into the Bathroom

    1 LU AIA/HSW

    The expansive Baby Boomer generation is aging, which signals the increasing need for homes, services and products that cater to their lifestyle. The majority of this population would prefer to age in place rather than relocating to a nursing home or assisted living facility, so there is an increasing and pertinent need to remodel the existing housing stock or build new residences that incorporate universal design to minimize injury and ease everyday tasks. This program is registered with AIA for 1 HSW hour and with IDCEC for 1 hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2012
    Subject(s):
    Universal Design, Bath
    Sponsor:
    Rohl
  • 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
  • Solidly Sustainable

    1 LU AIA/HSW/SD

    Acrylic solid surface is valued for its exceptional versatility, durability, and its unique ability to be formed into almost unlimited shapes. Recently it has been recognized as a sustainable, eco-friendly material. Explain what makes a solid surface product eco-friendly, including recycled content, life cycle assessment and contribution to LEED points. Discuss fabrication and evaluate design potential, providing examples of where this eco-friendly surface can be used. Finally, describe how solid surface was used in three case studies, from concept and visualization through design and fabrication. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Finishes and Surfaces, Sustainable Materials, Design
    Sponsor:
    LG Hausys Surfaces
    Certification(s):
    GBCI
  • 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
  • Above the Lot Course

    1 LU AIA

    Generally considered the province of engineers and design/build contractors, parking structures have long been a rote sort of project that is often ruled by the mandates of zoning laws, building codes, and the bottom line. Parking garages have recently garnered newfound design acclaim, but their potential to become centers for community gathering and technological trailblazers remains open for exploration. Architects can contribute significantly to integrating parking garages into the community fabric, improving the user experience, and supporting the urban continuum. This article originally published in the November 2012 print and digital editions of ARCHITECT magazine and is registered with AIA for 1 CEH. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Parking Lots and Garages, Design, Technology
  • Fiber Cement Panels as Rain Screens Course

    1 LU AIA

    Moisture intrusion in a wall system can be the cause of building defects, as well as health ailments for the building's occupants, making rainscreens a very important tool in water mitigation. This course will review the cause and effects of moisture intrusion, and more specifically the forces that drive rainwater into a building. Identify different rainscreen technologies and ASTM testing standards that measure their performance; discuss fiber cement panels and how they can be used as a rainscreen to reduce moisture build-up, rotting interior walls and mold growth. By the end of the course you will understand basic design approaches and guidelines for installing fiber cement panels as a rainscreen. This course is registered with AIA for 1 CEH. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Rainscreen, Fiber-Reinforced Concrete
    Sponsor:
    Nichiha
  • Selecting The Appropriate Roofing Adhesive For Flat-Roof Applications Course

    1 LU AIA

    Flat roof construction has unique challenges and durability issues associated with water; selecting an adhesive system that will complement the roof structure is important. This course will give provide an overview of roof construction common in commercial buildings, and offer a specific examination of multi-layer roof applications typical of flat-roof construction. Explore productivity and material costs issues related to flat roof construction and successfully choose the most appropriate adhesive for flat roof construction by comparing and contrasting a specific set of attributes related to durability, strength, healthfulness, cost, and ease of use that can greatly impact the performance of the roofing system. This program is registered with AIA for 1 CEH. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Roofing, Caulks Adhesives and Sealants
    Sponsor:
    3M
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Shades of Gray

    1 LU HSW/SD

    On-site gray water treatment systems offer an efficient solution for water conservation, if designers are willing to invest the time and effort. Despite the science behind the design of wastewater treatment systems, some designers, building officials, and occupants still view them with skepticism. The solution to water scarcity ultimately does not lie in codebooks or technical drawings. The solution begins with us. This article originally published in the October 2012 print and digital editions of ARCHITECT magazine and is registered with AIA for 1 HSW/SD hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2012
    Subject(s):
    Water, Management
    Sponsor:
    Bradley
  • Considerations for Advanced Green Façade Design

    1 LU AIA/HSW/SD/ASLA/CMP

    Green facade technology has evolved into a viable design component that can provide multiple benefits and aesthetic value to a wide variety of project types. By understanding important considerations and following an advanced template, designers can include sustainability benefits of green facades into the building and site. This paper draws on 18 years of collected knowledge, observation, implementation, and experimentation to describe successful strategies that include system selection, design, plant selection, maintenance and client/owner education. This program is registered with AIA for 1 HSW/SD hour; with GBCI for 1 CMP hour; and with ASLA for 1 hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2012
    Subject(s):
    Landscape Architecture, Sitework
    Sponsor:
    Greenscreen
  • Steel Framing for Composite Decking

    1 LU AIA/ASLA

    The introduction of composite deck boards transformed the decking industry more than 20 years ago. However, one factor in the deck assembly did not see a change: the framing. Architects and builders specify and install composites that will not twist, splinter, or get eaten by termites, but most frames are still being built with wood. Putting a high-performance deck board on a low-performing foundation doesn’t make sense. This article will describe benefits of steel deck framing, how to design with, plan, and install steel deck framing. This program is registered with AIA for 1 CEH and with ASLA for 1 Hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2012
    Subject(s):
    Decking
    Sponsor:
    Trex