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This course guides the user through a detailed examination of the acoustic characteristics necessary to comprehend the more complex performance criteria used in designing private and open offices. It includes a review of the arbitrary ranking of areas of importance in designing private and open offices. This course also explores how the value of such advanced acoustic design can be translated to a conceptual level understandable to architectural clients.
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Course Description:

This course provides an overview of the principals of sound attenuation and light reflectance. Learners will be introduced to subjects such as, the Noise reduction coefficient. Further discussion will introduce the main properties of acoustical ceilings, their function and performance.

Once you have completed the course and passed the test you will be receiving an email shortly with your certification information.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you will have learned:

  • The Basis of Classification
  • Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC)
  • Frequency and Hertz
  • Assessing the Acoustic Performance of a Product
  • Ceiling Attenuation Class (CAC)
  • Light Reflectance (LR)
  • Environmental Certifications
  • The Power of Enhanced Acoustic Environments

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Course Description:

There is probably no single factor that plays such a decisive role in the health of a building over its life cycle as how liquid water and water vapor are managed by the materials and structures that make up the building. This course examines moisture management in the context of a sustainable building, and includes material that informs LEED professionals about specific LEED system requirements pertaining to moisture management.

Once you have completed the course and passed the test you will be receiving an email shortly with your certification information.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of moisture management in three basic LEED categories, and moisture management requirements for three LEED systems
  • Explain how the integrated design approach compliments the problem of moisture managememt
  • Describe how climate and microclimate influence moisture management and building designs
  • Explain the focus of hygrothermal analysis and its practical impact on moisture management
  • Describe a building-life-cycle perspective of moisture management
  • Describe four key mechanisms of moisture flow in buildings
  • Describe some of the properties of building materials used in the exterior building envelope that play an important role in moisture management
  • Describe the roles of water resistive barriers and vapor retarders in moisture management strategies
  • Describe some moisture management considerations in four important roofing systems

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This course discusses a process for creating sound reduction in healthcare buildings. Keeping informed of the best available evidence, with the goal of improving outcomes, you will be introduced to basic design concepts for improving acoustical performance within a facility.
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Course Description:

When classrooms are too noisy, learning is significantly impacted. Attendees will review general methods for creating high-performance classroom acoustics and the applicable code requirements. A 2013 classroom acoustics case study will provide recommendations on remediation techniques. Specific wall design and installation solutions will be presented.

Once you have completed the course and passed the test you will be receiving an email shortly with your certification information.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you will have learned:

  • Understand the major factors affecting acoustics and speech intelligibility in classroom spaces.
  • Identify relevant code requirements and detail how to specify construction materials and methods for sound control.
  • Identify the benefits of evidence-based acoustical design and distinguish key acoustic performance criteria necessary to create a superior acoustic environment.
  • Examine the results of a 2013 elementary school classroom acoustics case study.

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Course Description:

This presentation provides best practices related to specifying creative acoustic solutions for indoor environments. The presentation begins with an outline on why acoustics are an important consideration and how noise and excessive sound can impact productivity, health, and overall experience in an indoor environment. Next, this presentation explores the science of sound and how sound is measured. Also, the material discusses modern options in custom-engineered products that provide high-performance and flexible acoustic designs that offer value-added noise-control solutions without sacrificing creative design and beauty. Finally, this presentation offers real-world case studies that demonstrate how common challenges can be resolved and client goals achieved through knowledgeable and thoughtful custom-engineered acoustic solutions.

Once you have completed the course and passed the test you will be receiving an email shortly with your certification information. NOTE: For IDCEC CEU credit, you will need to self-report your credits for this course. To do so, please forward your certification email to (email address) and reference CEU-109798 in the subject line.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you will have learned:

  • Explain how excessive sound and noise can negatively impact occupants and visitors in indoor environments.
  • Describe how sound is measured and strategies for managing noise.
  • List different types of acoustic solutions available today that offer both noise management and creative aesthetic design options.
  • Discuss how high-performance ceiling and wall solutions contribute to industry standards and certifications.

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This course presents the background and results for a unique study of how high performing buildings can impact the outcomes for their occupants. A large sample group of professionals of diverse functions were studied as they performed their tasks and lived their work lives in two distinct office environments. Physical measurements combined with survey responses were used to provide comparison and impact. This course provides participants with the human and business impacts of moving a corporation from and outdated and inefficient facility to a start of the art energy efficient and environmentally sustainable building designed with the occupant in mind.
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This course provides an extensive look at how specific publications regarding product selection promote environmentally sustainable buildings. These publications such as LCA, PCR and EPD describe environmental concepts and how these concepts may be of value to architectural firms and building owners pursuing LEED certification.
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Course Description:

This course provides an overview of the basic concepts of architectural acoustics. The material covers a few important properties of sound and related acoustical concepts which are used to calculate and model the materials and assemblies needed to absorb and control sound in buildings. The course finishes with highlighting best practices when specifying acoustical ceiling and wall systems to better ensure successful installations.

Once you have completed the course and passed the test you will be receiving an email shortly with your certification information.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you will have learned:

  • Understand the importance of designing for sound control.
  • Gain knowledge of the basic concepts related to sound control and acoustics.
  • Identify common acoustical measures (NRC, AC, CAC).
  • Ability to discuss calculating sound absorption required for a space, performance characteristics of acoustical ceilings and specifying acoustical ceiling and wall systems.

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Course Description:

This course explains how to select materials and design options that will improve the look and function of interior and exterior ceiling systems, including factors such as acoustics, cost, aesthetics, and sustainability.

Once you have completed the course and passed the test you will be receiving an email shortly with your certification information.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you will have learned:

  • Understand material & design choices for commercial ceilings
  • Review a selection of project examples to illustrate architects design decisions
  • Outline factors to consider when designing a ceiling
  • Present the performance & aesthetic qualities of various ceiling types

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Course Description:

This course provides an extensive review of the thermal properties of building materials, how thermal control effects spaces, and how improved thermal design can help you achieve points in the Energy and Atmosphere and Indoor Environmental Quality Category of LEED rating systems.

Once you have completed the course and passed the test you will be receiving an email shortly with your certification information.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you will have learned:

  • Understand the thermal properties of building materials and describe the three modes of heat transfer.
  • Describe how to insulate different types of wall assemblies and learn how to calculate the thermal performance of those assemblies
  • Describe ways to increase the thermal performance and moisture durability of roofing assemblies
  • Understand the thermal performance attributes of fenestration products – windows, curtain walls, and doors
  • Understand how thermal control in building envelopes can help earn points in the LEED rating systems





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