9 top picks for continuing education from BD+C University

A roundup of top AIA/CES Discovery courses from BD+C University. 

June 29, 2015 |
9 top picks for continuing education from BD+C University

Marselle Condominiums, Seattle, designed by PB Architects, with Yu & Trochalakis as structural engineer and Norcon NW as general contractor. The project was featured in the BD+C University class, "Building Wood Towers: How High Is Up for Timber Structures?" Photo: Matt Todd, courtesy U.S. Woodworks 

Here is a roundup of the most popular AIA/CES Discovery courses on BD+C's continuing education website, BDCUniversity.com. Visit www.BDCuniversity.com to earn 1.0 AIA CES learning units for each successfully completed exam.

1. Applying Modern Energy Codes to Building Envelope Retrofits. When applying current energy codes to existing buildings, a number of issues arise, particularly where the building exterior is concerned. Moreover, envelope assemblies tend to have long life cycles, which can make them difficult and costly to effectively upgrade. www.BDCuniversity.com/applying-modern-energy-codes-building-envelope-ret...

2. Cool Roofs Can Reduce Peak Energy Demand. This course provides an analysis of the effect of cool or highly reflective roofs in reducing peak demand charges, which may account for a significant portion of monthly electric bills in both new and existing air-conditioned commercial buildings in all North American climate zones. www.BDCuniversity.com/cool-roofs-can-reduce-peak-energy-demand

3. Building Wood Towers: How High Is Up for Timber Structures? The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad—plenty of hype, but only a few dozen completed projects globally. Concrete and steel still rule the world of mid- and high-rise construction. Still, Building Teams around the world are starting to use more large-scale structural wood systems. www.BDCuniversity.com/building-wood-towers-how-high-timber-structures

4. Windows, Doors & Storefronts: Optimizing Safety, Durability, and Client Satisfaction. In nonresidential construction, Building Teams are finding that product and system selection is becoming increasingly complicated, due to increased demands from building occupants, according to fenestration experts. www.BDCuniversity.com/windows-doors-storefronts-optimizing-safety-durabi...

5. Guidelines for Designing Low-slope Membrane Roof Systems. Critical aspects of roof system designs are often left unaddressed, resulting in incomplete contract documents. This course identifies the information roofing contractors generally need from roof system designers to provide complete and building code-compliant low-slope roof systems. www.BDCuniversity.com/guidelines-designing-low-slope-membrane-roof-systems

6. Wet-applied Coatings and Finishes for Commercial and Institutional Projects. The rapid pace of development of improved liquid-applied materials and finishes has given Building Teams new options. These sprayable, paintable, or “gunnable” products can add performance and sustainability benefits and reach new levels of resiliency and durability. www.BDCuniversity.com/wet-applied-coatings-and-finishes-commercial-and-i...

7. Pumped-up Recreation Centers. Sports and recreation used to be confined to dedicated, often isolated, settings. That’s no longer the case. Adopting facility layouts from Asian and European models, today’s sports and recreational buildings are becoming social hubs that accommodate a variety of community needs. www.BDCuniversity.com/pumped-recreation-centers

8. Building Envelope Commissioning: 8 Strategies for Success. Building enclosure commissioning—BECx—is intended to assure building quality by establishing an explicit process to verify that a building enclosure is designed and constructed to meet the owner’s objectives. The concept of building enclosure commissioning has been around for several decades, but it has not been well defined, understood, or utilized. www.BDCuniversity.com/building-envelope-commissioning-8-strategies-success

9. Enhancing Interior Comfort While Improving Overall Building Efficacy. Providing more comfortable conditions to building occupants has become a top priority in today’s interior designs. Optimized daylighting, shading strategies, well-coordinated lighting controls, and underfloor air distribution systems can contribute to improved occupant comfort and energy savings. www.BDCuniversity.com/enhancing-interior-comfort-while-improving-overall...

Visit www.BDCuniversity.com to earn 1.0 AIA CES learning units for each successfully completed exam.

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