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- The Heart of the Home: Specifying Gas Fireplaces for Today’s Homes
1 hour program
Provides an overview of today’s factory-built gas fireplaces, including terminology, fireplace types, specialty fireplace options, design considerations, venting parameters, selection criteria, and key specification issues.
- The Evolution of Shower Systems: Creating Spa-Like Shower Experiences
Provides an overview of standard and custom shower systems, including the evolution of showers, design and installation considerations for custom showers, and green programs that address showerhead requirements and water conservation.
- Plumbing Products Contribution to Water Conservation
Highlights the importance of plumbing products in overall water conservation efforts, and how environmentally conscious fixtures and faucets address the challenging demands of specifying products to meet the criteria of LEED® initiatives, reduce facility operating costs or accommodate the preferences of home owners.
- Managing Water Efficiency with Dual Flush Toilets
Provides an overview of water availability and scarcity, the effects of its inefficient uses and design tools to help create more water efficient buildings, and finally, discuss dual flush toilets and how they contribute to water efficiency.
- Infusing Color Throughout Kitchen & Bath Design
Provides an overview of the use of color in kitchen and bath design and includes discussions on color basics, physiological response to color, socio-cultural color associations, the history of color in the kitchen and bath, and infusing color in kitchen and bath design.
- Tankless Water Heating Solutions
Provides an overview of tankless water heating technologies, including the history, features and functions, and the energy and environmental benefits of a tankless system, as well as a discussion on how they compare to existing tank heater technology.
- Sustainable Materials for the Bath
Provides an overview of sustainable materials for the bath, including production, performance, maintenance, and frameworks for assessment; and focuses on recycled copper, sustainably made concrete, FSC-certified bamboo, and reclaimed wood.
- Reflective Insulation & Radiant Barriers
Provides an overview of the benefits of installing reflective insulation and radiant barriers into the building envelope to reduce energy consumption, operation costs, and the structure's carbon footprint.
- Universal Design - The Paradigm Shift is Here
Universal Design is not a new concept; however, it is time for a paradigm shift. This course prompts the question – should I be offering Universal Design solutions to all of my clients regardless of age or ability? This material provides compelling reasons for recommending Universal Design beyond the status quo. No longer limited to ADA product and an institutional look, you are empowered to exceed expectations with this new worldview.
- Designing Public Restrooms
Provides an overview of public washroom design including fixture counts, partition choices, accessibility and sustainable options.
- Aging in Place: Universal Design & Accessible Baths
Provides an overview of the aging effects on health, the principles of universal design, as well as a discussion of applying universal design to bathroom environments.
- ADA Compliant Plumbing Products for Accessible Kitchens and Baths
Provides an overview of how the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design apply to plumbing products and discusses how universal design make kitchens and baths more accessible for all people to use.
- Cost-Effective Energy Savings with Drain Water Heat Recovery
Drain Water Heat Recovery Technologies have been widely designed into residential and commercial buildings in Canada and many other countries. This course shall provide you with a thorough understanding of how Drain Water Heat Recovery Systems work and how to include them in the design of homes, multi-residential buildings and many commercial buildings, including health care, restaurants, laundromats, and prisons. You shall also be provided with general guidelines of energy savings and budgetary costing for most of the more common applications. Furthermore, you shall have a understanding of the potential LEED® point contributions for most of these building types. After taking this course, you will have an intuitive sense about where and when to consider Drain Water Heat Recovery in your projects along with the value that it can provide.
- The Next Generation of Air Knife Technology
Provides an overview of hand drying concepts and the advantages of hand dryers with air technology. It reviews the impact the choice of hand-drying equipment has on public health, occupant comfort, facility operations, and our environment.
- Gas Hearth Appliances: Enhancing Living Environments
1 hour program
Provides an overview of the variety of Gas Hearth Appliances (GHA) and the types of venting systems that are available today, as well as a discussion of the factors that require consideration to facilitate a successful GHA installation.
- ADA-Compliant Solid Surface Shower Compartment & Lavatory Design
Provides an overview of ADA-compliant design requirements for shower compartments and lavatory tops using solid surface materials - from planning and design to installation.
- Sustainable Bath & Kitchen Design
Provides an overview of the importance of water conservation, the components of a green building, methods to improve the water and energy efficiency of the average home, as well as discussions on green product selection and related certification programs.
- Maximizing Water Efficiency for Sustainable Restroom Design
Provides an overview of water use and trends in the U.S., with a focus on “green building” programs, a discussion on green design restroom applications and how to choose water-saving products.
- Water Delivery Solutions For Green Building
Provides an overview of the benefits of green building with a focus on the need for water efficiency and includes discussions on LEED® certification, specifically relating to green products for the kitchen and bath.
- Next Generation Green Restroom Design
Provides an overview of the newest technologies in high efficiency plumbing products and fixtures for sustainable restroom design including practical, economical and environmental benefits of high speed energy efficient hand dryers, water use and trends, how to choose water saving products and an explanation of how these products apply to new, best practice green building.
- Specifying Fireplaces to Meet National Green Building Programs
Provides an overview of how hearth products contribute to home comfort, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and environmental sustainability. Discussions pertain to how to identify different hearth product categories, and how some types qualify for national green building programs, and why others do not.
- Enriching Living Spaces with Fireplaces: Three Steps to Increase Homebuyer Satisfaction
1 hour program
Provides an overview of the three steps for builders, architects and designers to facilitate fireplace design and selection that will increase homebuyer satisfaction, as well as a discussion on the current trends of indoor and outdoor fireplaces.
- Modular Vacuum for Labs: Sustainability, Scientific Performance & Economy
This course will focus on the benefits of multi-user, in-lab local vacuum networks for supply of laboratory vacuum in science buildings. The course will review common approaches to laboratory vacuum and consider the relative strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Emphasis will be placed on considerations related to the specification, design, and installation of a “local vacuum network.” Case studies will demonstrate the applicability of local vacuum networks for new and renovated lab space in a wide range of facilities and scientific disciplines.
- Toilet Flushing Technologies for Residential and Commercial Applications
Provides an overview of how dramatic changes to sanitary flushing technologies over the past decade have been driven by water conservation initiatives. Discussions pertaining to toilet design, key usage questions and national standards illustrate how quality and performance do not have to be sacrificed in order to save water.
- Towel Warmers: Versatility in Design and Function
Provides an overview of towel warmers and includes discussions on: the functions, benefits, and applications of towel warmers; centrally heated, electric, and hydronic heating systems; materials and finishes; installation and care; and, design and accessory options.