Course Snippet: Drier by Design-Designing to Keep Water Out

“Construction Methods Used to Exclude Moisture

There are three primary components to keeping water out of our built environments. One is good maintenance and one is good construction. This portion focuses on good design, which involves precautions that can be implemented on the drawing board to prevent infiltration.

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Longs Peak Toilets in Colorado Recognized In AIA Awards

The National Park Service partnered with University of Colorado design program called ColoradoBuildingWorkshop to re-design and construct new backcountry privies at the Rocky Mountain National Park. According to the design program, “the new Long’s Peak Privies explore lightweight prefabricated construction and emerging methods of waste collection to minimize the human footprint in Colorado’s backcountry.”

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New Course Snippet: Aging in Place-Eliminating Pitfalls

We have a long history of aging, pretty much since the beginning of time. It is no longer difficult to predict what will happen in our lives and bodies as we add to our years.
Balance will become a significant issue. This problem can arise from a loss of physical strength, effects of different medications, cognitive and visual impairments. Without thinking through a strategy to prevent or at least minimize falls, an issue with balance can become a significant health hazard. It’s a really good idea to periodically determine if loved ones (or you) can safely do these:

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NEW Architects 30-Hour Complete Renewal Package for All States**

This 30-hour renewal package will help with architect continuing education across different jurisdictions and will meet all online* state continuing education. It fulfills requirements for all 50 states and is equivalent to 30 HSW credits.

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Lasers Used To Map Out Notre Dame Cathedral

The task of restoring Notre Dame is underway after a fierce fire shocked Paris and the world on April 15th. The fire ravaged two-thirds of the roof and collapsed the cathedral’s spire. The main structure has been saved after firefighters prevented the flames from spreading. French President Emmanuel Macron says he would like the church to reopen within 5 years but experts familiar with medieval restoration work said that type of timeline is unrealistic and could take around 2 decades to complete.

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Pepperdine’s Architecture And Fire Safety

Pepperdine’s best defense against wild fires is the campus design itself. Its architect was William Pereira, who was based in Los Angeles. Pereira was commissioned to create a master plan for Malibu in 1965, but the plan was never made public. Instead he was able revisit his ideas with Pepperdine years later when they gave him the opportunity.

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Weatherization and Renewable Energy Course

Our 6-hour course on Weatherization and Renewable Energy is approved for 6 HSW credits and available as an online HD video. This course will explore factors that contribute to exterior shell failure and identify practical solutions that will preserve the integrity of the building envelope. As well as look into technological innovation that creates new possibilities, incorporating energy-efficiency into building projects.

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5 Things Architects Can Do To Help With Climate Change

1) Retrofit Existing Buildings
An easy way to reduce the carbon footprint is to not build new buildings. Minimize the demolition and maximize the reuse of existing structures. Transforming a building also helps preserve history and installs future promise.

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Northern Florida Revisits Building Code

Florida has some of the toughest building codes in the nation, but Hurricane Michael showed that the northern part of the state and the panhandle did not. The category 4 hurricane made landfall on October 10th at Mexico Beach. Entire blocks were flattened and 75% of the town gone. According to Mypanhandle.com, the estimated insured losses topped around 6 Billion dollars from Hurricane Michael.

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Seattle Takes A Closer Look At Infrastructure For Earthquake

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a convergent plate boundary in the Pacific Ocean, that stretches from Vancouver Island in Canada to Northern California. The Cascadia Subduction Zone can produce large earthquakes when ruptured and could exceed a magnitude 9.0.

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