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Building Materials Matter: How Green Rating Systems, Codes, and Sourcing Practices Influence Specification Decisions

1 LU

As a building material, responsibly-sourced wood contributes to efficient construction and operation. Review today’s prevalent green rating... Take the course.

Posted:
October, 2012
Subject(s):
Sustainability, Codes and Standards, Wood
Sponsor:
reThink Wood
 

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  • 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
  • Design Considerations for Vegetated Permeable Pavement

    1 LU AIA

    Permeable paving systems, in general, continue to grow in scope and practicality as we search for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, improve water quality, diminish flooding and erosion, reduce the “urban heat island” from reradiated (building and pavement) heat in our cities and environment, and add attractive open space to building sites and neighborhoods. This course will take a closer look at what vegetated permeable pavement is and its benefits. It will look closely at the different types available, and their green properties and overall benefits. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2013
    Subject(s):
    Landscaping
    Sponsor:
    Soil Retention
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems for Commercial Buildings

    1 LU HSW

    Geothermal heating and cooling systems are a sustainable, affordable, efficient and proven technology. Because the ground absorbs nearly half of the solar energy our planet receives, the earth remains at a constant, moderate temperature just below its surface all year round. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2013
    Subject(s):
    Geothermal Systems
    Sponsor:
    ClimateMaster
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Understanding Bio-Based Sustainable Commercial Carpets

    1 LU AIA

    Synthetic carpet fibers like Nylon, PET (polyester), and polypropylene are almost exclusively petroleum based. Today, new technology has enabled a bio-based PTT (triexta) commercial carpet fiber that helps reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Understanding the performance benefits, drawbacks, and sustainable attributes of bio-based PTT versus other synthetic carpet fiber types available today is important for architects, commercial builders, and facility managers. Take the course.

    Posted:
    May 2013
    Subject(s):
    Sustainability
    Sponsor:
    DuPont Sorona
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Design and Specification of Sustainable Custom Ironwork

    1 LU AIA

    Over the centuries, wrought iron has been an important expressive material that reflects refined taste and character. Despite wrought iron’s rigidity and strength, it can be molded into graceful and elegant shapes with beauty that endures. The possibilities for expression in iron are nearly unlimited. Take the course.

    Posted:
    April 2013
    Subject(s):
    Metal
    Sponsor:
    Compass Ironworks
    Certification(s):
    AIA, ASLA
  • Building Materials Matter: How Green Rating Systems, Codes, and Sourcing Practices Influence Specification Decisions

    1 LU

    As a building material, responsibly-sourced wood contributes to efficient construction and operation. Review today’s prevalent green rating systems, building codes and standards as they related to ensuring responsible building practices. Sustainable sourcing of wood, it’s economic, social and environmental implications, and how it factors into rating systems, codes and sourcing practices are addressed. This program is registered with the AIA for 1 HSW/SD hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2012
    Subject(s):
    Sustainability, Codes and Standards, Wood
    Sponsor:
    reThink Wood
 
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