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LU=Learning Unit
HSW=Course qualifies for Health, Safety, Welfare Credit
SD=Course qualifies for Sustainable Design Credit

Learning to LEED V3: Green Building Fundamentals for the LEED Green Associate $199.95 (90 day access)
Charles Kibert, PhD, P.E., LEED AP
6LUs (AIA only)
HSW
SD

This course provides the necessary background in green building fundamentals and the LEED V3 rating systems to pass the Green Associate Professional Credentialing exam. This course includes the following:

  • Green building strategies
  • Integrated project design and delivery
  • LEED in the marketplace
  • Rationale for LEED
  • LEED 2009 registration and certification processes
  • LEED core categories and strategies
  • LEED Regional Priority Credit strategies
  • LEED Green Associate exam application and preparation
  • Green Associate mock exam
  • Downloadable/printable flashcards for self-study

Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion for meeting the GBCI requirements for the education option for demonstrating experience with green building fundamentals, a requirement to become eligible to take the LEED Green Associate exam, as well as AIA/CES credit. For more information on this requirement see page six of the LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (December 2009).

Learning to LEED V3: LEED-AP Building Design + Construction Overview $199.95 (90 day access)
Charles Kibert, PhD, P.E., LEED AP
6LUs (AIA only)
HSW
SD

This intensive two-part course is designed for students who have taken and passed the Green Associate exam and have met the minimum experience requirements for becoming a LEED-AP for Building Design & Construction (BD&C). The course is comprised of a detailed process and technical overview of the LEED products covered by the LEED-AP BD&C credential: LEED-NC 2009, LEED-CS 2009, and LEED for Schools (LEED-S) 2009. Includes quizzes and mock examinations to assist in understanding the key concepts required by professionals for managing the LEED requirements for projects covered by the LEED-AP BD&C credential.

Learning to LEED V3: LEED-AP Building Design + Construction Exam Prep $149.95 (90 day access)
Charles Kibert, PhD, PE
3LUs (AIA only)
HSW
SD

This intensive two-part course is designed for students who have taken and passed the Green Associate exam and have met the minimum experience requirements for becoming a LEED-AP for Building Design & Construction (BD&C). The course is comprised of a detailed process and technical overview of the LEED products covered by the LEED-AP BD&C credential: LEED-NC 2009, LEED-CS 2009, and LEED for Schools (LEED-S) 2009. Includes quizzes and mock examinations to assist in understanding the key concepts required by professionals for managing the LEED requirements for projects covered by the LEED-AP BD&C credential.

LEDs for Architectural Lighting $49.95 (30 day access)
Gary Steffy, LC, FIALD, IESNA

LEDs are the U.S. Department of Energy’s champion to reduce lighting’s carbon footprint. The plan for energy reduction calls for heavy reliance on low-energy light sources, with LEDs expected to play a major role. LEDs are, indeed, a revolutionary light source and when researched fully and specified comprehensively, are emerging as serious contenders for some significant decorative and functional lighting applications. This course outlines the recent and continued development of standards for the manufacture, rating, and testing of LEDs, offering some consistency and stability to the available data. Upon completing this course, designers will have a wider appreciation of LEDs' capabilities, greater confidence in specifying LEDs in future design projects, and a broader skill set for avoiding the unsustainable practice of specifying solid state lighting that may meet the thin scrutiny of the popular press, but not the rigor necessary for the functional, long life cycles expected in today’s economy and environment.

Sustainable Residential Interiors $49.95 (30 day access)
Associates III, Kari Foster, Annette Stelmack, Allied ASID, LEED AP, Debbie Hindman, LEED AP
1LU (AIA only)

Heightened public awareness of environmental issues and, more directly, of personal health issues within the home have made sustainability and environmental consciousness increasingly important to designers of residential interiors. This course provides designers with the necessary information and tools they need to help them integrate environmentally responsible design into their practices. Taking a practical, hands-on approach, this accessible and easy-to-understand course gives professionals the sustainable guidelines they need to employ in the field of residential interior design, and explains how to apply them.

Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning$49.95 (30 day access)
Daniel E. Williams, FAIA, APA
1LU (AIA and ASLA)
HSW
SD

The architectural designer, through this course, will understand the philosophic foundation for sustainability and learn from some of the best contemporary examples and case studies of projects from the broadest scale of regional design to urban design and then to the architectural design of a building. This foundation will empower designers to think past the standard metrics and develop a personalized regional design approach to their projects. Learning about the simple elements of energy and resources that inform sustainable design is the first step in designing for their use and integration in design solutions that incorporate a whole system’s approach.

Marketing Your Firm in a Challenging Economy $49.95 (30 day access)
David Koren, CPSM, Associate AIA
1LU (AIA and ASLA)

The U.S. economy is in the midst of an economic downturn that seems likely to be long-lasting and far-reaching. Architectural practices have historically been highly susceptible to changes in the economic environment, and this recession is no exception. The purpose of this course is to provide you, no matter how big or small your firm is or what your position is in it, with basic marketing information and tools that can help you to sustain your practice during these challenging economic times. With this vital information in hand, you and your firm will be equipped to retain existing clients and adapt to attract new projects in an increasingly competitive environment.

Resource Efficiency for Sustainable Sites $49.95 (30 day access)
Meg Calkins, LEED AP
1LU (AIA and ASLA)
HSW
SD

Closing materials loops through use of reclaimed materials, reprocessed materials or recycled materials can go a long way toward reducing the use of resources and associated energy use and pollution impacts. This course offers a discussion of the issues surrounding these practices and strategies for their implementation. It addresses inputs and outputs of material production, emerging trends and policies in material manufacturing, strategies for reduction of resource use, understanding and overcoming the challenges of deconstruction, and standards and sources of recycled content materials.

Life Cycle Assessment for Green Buildings $49.95 (30 day access)
Charles J. Kibert, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP
1LU (AIA and ASLA)
HSW
SD

Incorporating a high degree of rigor and science in the evaluation process, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool for deciding which materials fit the criteria for environmental friendliness. This course prepares project team members with an understanding of LCA and how to use it to gain information about the resources, emissions, and other impacts resulting from the life cycle of materials use, from extraction through disposal.

Integrated Practice $49.95 (30 day access)
George Elvin, PhD
1 LU (AIA only)

This course introduces integrated project planning, a collaborative and comprehensive process for expanding architectural services across the full building life-cycle. Topics covered include integrated project planning strategies, including Building Information Modeling, for successful design, teamwork, risk management, and communication. More than a dozen case studies are discussed that highlight best practices in integrated project planning.

Introduction to Project Management $49.95 (30 day access)
Harold Kerzner, PhD
1LU (AIA and ASLA)

The project management approach combines teamwork, communication, cooperation, and trust to obtain better control and use of existing resources. This course provides architects and design professionals with an overview of basic project management concepts from benefits, implementation, major roles and responsibilities to closing out a project.

Site Analysis for Sustainability$49.95 (30 day access)
James A. LaGro, Jr.
1LU (AIA and ASLA)
HSW
SD

Sustainable communities protect their natural and cultural resources and provide pedestrian-friendly built environments with a distinct sense of place. Because communities evolve incrementally – parcel-by-parcel – site planning is an integral activity in shaping the built environment. This course provides architects and planners with the tools to assess a site's suitability for a specific development or redevelopment program and to analyze the assets and liabilities (or opportunities and constraints) inherent to the site and its surrounding context.

Designing Leakproof Details$74.95 (30 day access)
Edward Allen, FAIA and J. Patrick Rand, FAIA
1.5LUs (AIA only)
HSW

Water leakage is the greatest threat to building envelopes. This course demonstrates the use of detail patterns that address water leakage. By using the detailing patterns in this course, designers will be able to create countless new details that conform to sound principles and can be economically and easily implemented.

Innovations in Office Design $74.95 (30 day access)
Diane Stegmeier
1.5LUs (AIA only)

Applying the Critical Influence approach to effective work environments, this course offers a practical approach for helping clients manage change through planned office design. Designers will learn the fifteen critical influences on behavior in the workplace, understand how to consider a company's cultural, environmental, and operational elements in order to optimize the workplace environment to improve productivity and better support organizational goals.

Introduction to Use of the International Building Code $74.95 (30 day access)
Francis D.K. Ching and Steven R. Winkel, FAIA
1.5LUs (AIA only)
HSW

Based upon the popular Building Codes Illustrated book series, this course offers an introduction to the basic principals of the International Building Code and its application in building design. The course gives design professionals a graphically-oriented view of how the code is developed and how it is to be applied to project design, and lays out the steps to accomplish a code analysis that can serve as a basis for code-compliant design.

Green Building Assessment Systems $99.95 (30 day access)
Charles J. Kibert, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP
2LUs (AIA and ASLA)
HSW
SD

Green building assessment systems are intended to provide an indication of how green or environmentally friendly a building is. This course introduces the major national and international building assessment systems including LEED, Green Globes, BREEAM, CASBEE and Green Star. A case study of a LEED-NC Platinum rated building is examined in depth, along with a possible approach for improving the rigor of building assessment systems based on The Natural Step sustainability framework.

Principles of Fire Safety for Interiors $99.95 (30 day access)
Corky Binggeli, ASID
2LUs (AIA only)
HSW

Each year, 12,000 lives are lost in building fires in the United States. Poorly designed interiors—their materials, in particular—have been implicated in many fires. This course covers the principles of fire safety including design, building codes, egress, materials and finishes, and detection and suppression systems.