In-Person and Webinar Preview - Achieving Healthy, Comfortable, Interior Environments Through Sustainable Performance Design

Achieving Healthy, Comfortable, Interior Environments Through Sustainable Performance Design (GYP18-1)

Course Description:

Commercial and institutional building construction widely relies on the use of interior building products, including those made with gypsum, in a multitude of ways. They can be used with corner treatments to create interior spaces that are dramatic or sublime. They provide fire-resistance as part of rated interior and exterior wall assemblies. They are used in exterior walls in combination with insulation to meet a variety of energy demands. Moisture resistant products are used on exteriors and damp areas to address water vapor issues. In recent times, the rise of green building programs such as LEED®, the WELL Building Standard, and the Living Building Challenge, has also led to some manufacturers to create high performance interior products that have the ability to address a variety of indoor environmental quality concerns as well. These most recent advancements can help address issues of indoor air quality, enhanced sound control and better durability in commercial buildings, among other beneficial traits. This course provides an overview of indoor environmental health, safety, and welfare considerations in sustainable buildings while assessing interior products like high performance gypsum and insulation products that are currently available to meet those needs for walls and ceilings. As such, this course provides a basis for follow-on courses that are available to address, in more detail, some of these specific design and construction issues

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the major programs that address green and sustainable design, particularly as they apply to occupant health and welfare
  • Describe the life safety and code compliance aspects of interior product solutions while discovering methods to accentuate healthy and comfortable indoor environments that are also durable, aesthetic, safe, and high performing.
  • Investigate the range of relevant wellness, safety, and sustainability issues that high performance gypsum products help address.
  • Assess the functional attributes of gypsum products for their contributions to green and sustainable design and construction in any type of commercial or institutional building.
Credits: AIA 1 AIA GBCI 1 GBCI

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