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Wood and LEED v4

This course is designed to educate architects and engineers about wood products with environmental product declarations (EPDs). Learners who read this course should be able to identify the process with which wood manufacturers earn EPDs for their products, the difference between an EPD and third-party certification and how products with EPDs can impact sustainable building projects. Learners who pass the 10-question assessment at the end will have demonstrated their knowledge of the aforementioned topics.

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Disclosure: The Newest Dimension in Green Building

With the development of the latest green building standards and guidelines such as LEED®, ASHRAE 189.1, and the International Green Building Code, new concepts are emerging to report and document the sustainability of the products used in green buildings. These new concepts include Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), Health Product Declarations (HPDs), as well as a number of multi-attribute product standards developed by ASTM, ANSI, and others. Because of the wide variety of materials required to construct the exterior skin of the building, the building envelope industry faces a daunting task of understanding and adapting to these new concepts.  

In this article, Dr. Jim Hoff, Vice President of Research at the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing will guide you through the new jargon of product disclosure and provide a roadmap for your organization to adapt and thrive in the new era of material transparency.

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LEED: The Next Generation

This course is designed to educate architects and engineers about the latest version of LEED, LEED v4. Learners who read this course should be able to identify key principles of the latest iteration of the rating system, how these changes affect project design and product selection while implementing an integrative project process. Learners who pass the 10-question assessment at the end will have demonstrated their knowledge of the aforementioned topics.

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Mastering FSC Wood in Green Building: The Evolution of LEED and New Rules for FSC Wood

With LEED v4 entering the marketplace, architects, contractors and anyone who specifies wood for building projects needs to be aware of the new changes necessary to achieving LEED credit using FSC-certified wood. Those who read the article and pass the quiz at the end should be able to explain what FSC-certified wood is, why it’s important to green building and the differences in credits between LEED 2009 and LEED v4.

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Cooling Off

This course is designed to educate architects and engineers about the value of mitigating the heat island effect through cool roofing. Learners who read this course should be able to identify what the ill effects of urban heat islands, describe what cool roofing and cool roofing products are, identify the key installation principles for cool roofing and describe the benefits of green, planted roofs. 

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Chemistry: A Major Driver of Building Performance

Today’s architect knows that successful and repeatable sustainable design is a complex undertaking dependant on the collaboration of best-in-class design-build teams. What many architects may not realize, however, is that extending the traditional definition of this team to include building product manufacturers may provide new opportunities to access world-class research and development in the area of sustainable construction practices.

Specifically, chemists are continuously discovering ways to improve building products and, at the same time, providing the industry with much-needed metrics for defining sustainability including third-party verified analysis of environmental impacts and life-cycle assessments. The result is that today’s construction professionals can now access a vast portfolio of sustainable building solutions that were unimaginable just 10 or 20 years ago.

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Cutting Through I-Code Confusion: A New R-Value Guide for Roofs and Walls - Article

Since 1994, the International Codes, or I-Codes, have served as models for almost all state and local codes in the United States. The 2012 edition of the I-Codes includes several landmark advances to increase energy efficiency in buildings. Not only does the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) include new and higher standards for almost every component in the building envelope, but these standards are further increased in the new International Green Construction Code (IgCC), which is intended to serve as an overlay code, or “above the code” standard for sustainable buildings.

Although the significant advancement in energy efficiency in the 2012 I-Codes is considered to be beneficial by energy experts, the number of new options available may be confusing to the non-expert. In an effort to assist building designers and contractors, the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing and the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association and have published a Roof and Wall Thermal Design Guide for interested building professionals.

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