Solatube International donates daylighting to educational facilities

solatubeResearch has shown that students benefit tremendously in daylit environments. For example, a study by Heschong Mahone Group for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. tested 21,000 in three states and found those in classrooms with the most daylighting progressed 20 percent faster on math tests and 26 percent faster on reading tests in one year than those with the least. A California Energy Commission study found a 21 percent improvement in learning between those with least daylighting to those with the most.

To support increased daylight in education, Solatube International, is continuing its highly successful program to donate Solatube Daylighting Systems to qualifying schools and colleges in 2014. The program is for PreK-12 school districts and higher education institutions interested in adding daylight to their facilities, up to 10 units per organization. Nineteen of these projects were completed in 2013.

One campus that is already benefiting from Solatube’s 2014 “Operation Textbook” program is Kirkwood Community College. Students and faculty working on the SHEP (Sustainable Housing for Education Project) located at the Iowa Sustainable Village on the Kirkwood Community College campus are demonstrating the latest in sustainable design and construction. The design for the SHEP has been developed by students within the Architecture, Interior Design and Construction Management departments. These same students along with many others at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, campus have spent the fall and spring semesters building the SHEP with a completion date of May 2014.

Designers or facility managers interested in Solatube International’s “Operation Textbook” program for donated Solatube units can email commsales@solatube.com for more information.

Insulated metal panel certification seminar August 20-22

image001NCI Building Systems will host a three-day conference in the Illinois area to educate metal construction contractors and professionals on how to install insulated metal panels (IMP) with a focus on NCI’s specific products listed below. The first day of the seminar is Tuesday, August 20, and concludes on Thursday, August 22. The seminar will be held at the Holiday Inn Express (121 Swords Drive Mattoon, IL 61938) with start time each day of 8 a.m.

The IMP training involves a three-day class with the first day and a half featuring classroom presentations for IBL® and CFR® Roof Panels, Concealed Fastener Insulated Wall Panels (Vertical and Horizontal) and Fire Resistant Panels. The remainder of the time will center around hands-on installation of the panels on several mock-ups.

To register for this event, or for more information, please visit the event registration page, or call 281-445-8555, ext. 28087.

Sustainability in the Desert: Video Case Study Offers CE Credit for Architects

Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) at The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix uses nearly 6,000 copper panels and more than 10,000 copper parts.

Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) at The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix uses nearly 6,000 copper panels and more than 10,000 copper parts.

Inspired by its surrounding southwestern landscape, the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) at The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix is one of the most innovative construction projects in the United States utilizing predominately recycled copper. Using nearly 6,000 copper panels and more than 10,000 copper parts, this 268,000 square-foot building consists of six stories of administration and faculty offices, lecture halls, learning studios, flexible classrooms, clinical suites, gross anatomy facilities, laboratories and conference rooms.

The Copper Development Association (CDA), in conjunction with GreenCE, has developed a two-part video case study which further highlights the building materials and craftsmanship of the HSEB project, and the design philosophy and strategy behind the sustainable design and construction of this state-of-the-art facility. Both hour-long videos are registered with the USGBC for continuing education credits and with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which requires architects to pursue continuing education to maintain their accreditation.

Part one of the case study articulates how the selection and development of a building’s site can support the health of the surrounding community and identifies the positive outcomes of using the Integrated Design Process encouraged by LEED Certification.  Architects can register for the free online course on the GreenCE website. Part two is also available, here.

Using 26 different copper panels arranged in multiple combinations, the designers were able to create an abstract pattern that represented the surrounding desert landscape, bringing the project’s vision to life. “If you look, a lot of the views around here are of the mountains that surround Phoenix. We wanted the color and the striations [of the building] to relate to those mountains,” Paul Zajen, Design Principal for CO Architects, states in the video. “We realized we could get that with copper.””

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the extensive copper-cladding provides the HSEB with a skin most suitable for the desert climate. With Phoenix temperatures reaching as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit, copper is an attractive alternative to steel due to its ability to quickly reject heat. Its copper-clad exterior literally serves as a shield protecting the building interior from direct solar exposure. Adapting rainscreen technology, the building’s engineers took a system typically used in the northwest and created a way to use copper cladding as a sunscreen to keep excessive heat out of the HSEB. Completed in August 2012, the HSEB project is targeting LEED Silver certification for new construction.

Students at the University of Arizona and Northern University Arizona will be using the Health Sciences Education Building for various programs. The new facility will serve as a training ground for 1,200 medical professionals each year.

AAMA offers certification exams

aama-logoThe American Architectural Manufacturers’ Association (AAMA) has announced that certification exams for FenestrationAssociate and FenestrationMaster candidates are now available! Individuals who have successfully completed the required coursework can take an exam at many testing centers across the U.S.

Exams at fall conference
The AAMA will also administer exams at this year’s AAMA Fall Conference (October 27-30). Those who register and attend the Fall Conference can take the exams at no additional cost.

In addition to the availability of certification exams, AAMA has completed and made available a Candidate Guide that explains how the program works, the necessary steps to become certified and what materials may be utilized during the exam. The Guide also provides sample exam questions and answers.

Also available is a study notebook. This notebook is a printable reference for the FenestrationMaster and FenestrationAssociate courses. The course curriculum is available via the AAMA Learning Center. Please note that certification candidates must complete applicable coursework before applying to take the exam.

Visit the AAMA website for more information, including discounts for groups of 10 or more. You may also contact FenestrationMasters@aamanet.org or call the AAMA directly at 714-596-3574 with questions related to the program.

Video Case Study Offers CE Credit for Architects

Copper Development AssnInspired by its surrounding southwestern landscape, the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) at The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix is one of the most innovative construction projects in the United States utilizing predominately recycled copper. Using nearly 6,000 copper panels and more than 10,000 copper parts, this 268,000 square-foot building consists of six stories of administration and faculty offices, lecture halls, learning studios, flexible classrooms, clinical suites, gross anatomy facilities, laboratories and conference rooms.

The Copper Development Association (CDA), in conjunction with GreenCE, has developed a two-part video case study which further highlights the building materials and craftsmanship of the HSEB project, and the design philosophy and strategy behind the sustainable design and construction of this state-of-the-art facility. Both hour-long videos are registered with the USGBC for continuing education credits and with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which requires architects to pursue continuing education to maintain their accreditation.

Part one of the case study articulates how the selection and development of a building’s site can support the health of the surrounding community and identifies the positive outcomes of using the Integrated Design Process encouraged by LEED Certification. Architects can register for the free online course on the GreenCE website.

Using 26 different copper panels arranged in multiple combinations, the designers were able to create an abstract pattern that represented the surrounding desert landscape, bringing the project’s vision to life. “If you look, a lot of the views around here are of the mountains that surround Phoenix. We wanted the color and the striations [of the building] to relate to those mountains,” Paul Zajen, Design Principal for CO Architects, states in the video. “We realized we could get that with copper.”

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the copper-cladding provides the HSEB with a skin suitable for the desert climate. With Phoenix temperatures reaching as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit, copper is an attractive alternative to steel due to its ability to quickly reject heat. Its copper-clad exterior literally serves as a shield protecting the building interior from direct solar exposure. Adapting rainscreen technology, the building’s engineers took a system typically used in the northwest and created a way to use copper cladding as a sunscreen to keep excessive heat out of the HSEB. Completed in August 2012, the HSEB project is targeting LEED Silver certification for new construction.

Students at the University of Arizona and Northern University Arizona will be using the Health Sciences Education Building for various programs. The new facility will serve as a training ground for 1,200 medical professionals each year.

AIA offers course on sustainable materials in restrooms and locker rooms

AIAThe AIA Continuing Education course entitled “Sustainable Materials in Restrooms, Locker Rooms and Other Applications” is designed for architects and designers in commercial markets. The course will cover the sustainable attributes and benefits of HDPE materials in the design and construction of bathroom and locker projects. Scranton Products leads the industry as a manufacturer of plastic bathroom partitions and lockers.

Sponsored by Scranton Products, the course will also explain how High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) reduces environmental impact and offers improvements to the indoor air quality of any project. Examples of how responsible manufacturing is a critical part of any products life cycle assessment will be discussed. Participants can earn 1.0 AIA HSW/SD CE hour and 1.0 GBCI CE hour for LEED professionals.

Using Powerpoint, the course is guided by a Scranton Products facilitator. It is suitable for audiences of any size and is limited only by the space available at each venue. And, there is no cost to bring this program into an architectural firm or chapter meeting.

Recognizing that continuing education is crucial for architects to stay ahead in their professions, Scranton Products has developed AIA-certified courses on key industry topics that help fulfill membership requirements of 18 CEU hours per year.

Additional courses online include: “Introduction to Barrier Free Design and ADA Standards for Accessible Design,” a web-based self-study course for 1.00 AIA HSW CE Hour on RonBlank.Com and “School Hallway Lockers Made of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)” for 1.00 HSW/SD Hour in the Architectural Record’s Continuing Education Center.

For more information about the course in sustainable materials, please reference AIA course #ISP 10B and contact Sue Botschellar or visit the Scranton Products website.

“Enlightening Libraries” Award Winners Selected

AIASThe American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and Kawneer Company, Inc. recently announced the winners of their national student design competition, “Enlightening Libraries.” Laura Boykin, a graduate student from Clemson University, under the advisement of Ufuk Ersoy, was awarded first place and $3,000 for her design, “Mediascape: An Enlightened Library for Pendleton, SC.”

The competition, sponsored by Kawneer and administered by the AIAS, challenged students to investigate and design a public library while learning about building materials and sustainable design techniques. During the competition, participants were required to modernize a dated public library using Kawneer products.

The competition jury included four architectural professionals: Mark Baker, AIA, NCARB, Principal, Lantz-Boggio Architects, P.C.; E.J. Meade, AIA, Design Principal, Arch11; Andrew G. Nielsen, AIA, PE, LEED AP, Principal, AndersonMasonDale Architects; and Melanie Hennigan, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Grimm+Parker. Jurors evaluated several hundred submissions for their ingenuity and originality as well as design clarity, appropriate use of materials and the ability to create an aesthetic that complements the community and environment.

Winning submissions included:

First Place ($3000): Laura Boykin, Clemson University, “Mediascape: An Enlightened Library for Pendleton, South Carolina”
Boykin’s library design proposed a transparent, cutting-edge media center developed to embrace its role as a “repository of knowledge linking past, present and future.” Set in Pendleton, South Carolina, the new library reconfigures the existing program to a “transformative media ribbon” and a “day to night social hub” for the community. For increased efficiency and daylighting, the design incorporates Kawneer’s 1600 UT™ (Ultra Thermal) Curtain Wall System and Versoleil™ SunShades as well as AA®425 Thermal Entrances. One juror commented, “Excellent, thorough thinking of space and tectonics.”

Second Place ($1500): Nick Schwaller, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, “Enlightening Los Osos”Of “Enlightening Los Osos,” one juror said, “Good form and energy of this design. It could very well be adapted to the future.” This student selected Los Osos, California for the site of his design. The library, designed to embrace the environment and maximize views of its natural surroundings, features Kawneer’s 1600 UT™ (Ultra Thermal) Curtain Wall System as well as the AA®3350 IsoPort™ Windows, AA®250 Thermal Entrances and AA®3200 ISOWEB® Sliding Doors, amongst others.

Third Place ($750): Sam Pruitt, Clemson University, “Hyperlocal”
Situated in Pendleton, South Carolina, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, “Hyperlocal” is designed to serve the town as a library and a community center. The project capitalizes on the site’s natural assets and physical environment. Using windows, curtain wall and sunshades from Kawneer, Hyperlocal addresses the specific needs of the town by creating a light atmosphere that unites learning and community. “The design was elegantly massed and sited with a wonderful use of daylighting,” said one juror.

Honorable mentions ($500) were awarded to: Maria Mercedes Serrano Monroig, Universidad de Puerto Rico, “Carnegie Library;” Kyle Perry, Alfred State University, “The Aperture Public Library;” and Amanda Gann, University of Tennessee Knoxville, “ACTiVATED ARCHiVE.”

Winning entries can be viewed online and will be published in the Spring 2013 issue of Crit: Journal of the AIAS. In addition, they will be displayed at the 2013 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver, CO, June 20-22, 2013 and at AIAS FORUM convention in Chicago, IL, December 29, 2013-January 1, 2014.

National Gypsum introduces four CE classes

National Gypsum Continuing EducationNational Gypsum has recently released four new online continuing education courses for the architectural community. Course topics include finishing gypsum and designing for high STC ratings, abuse and impact resistant gypsum and high-performance gypsum products.

The courses include:

  • Abuse and Impact Resistant Gypsum: Stronger and Safer Walls. This course reviews the ASTM C 1629 test standard for abuse and impact resistant gypsum and uses this data to distinguish between abuse resistant and impact resistant gypsum board. Learn how to specify the appropriate gypsum board when a project requires abuse or impact resistant properties.
  • Acoustically Enhanced Gypsum Board: Designed for High STC Wall Assemblies. This course covers key acoustical terminology and third party recommendations for Sound Transmission Class-rated walls. Learn  how acoustically enhanced gypsum compares with existing solutions for achieving higher STC ratings and decreasing sound transmission while increasing valuable square footage.
  • High-Performance Gypsum: Protect Against Mold, Moisture and Exposure. This course focuses on the superior performance characteristics of gypsum products manufactured with fiberglass facing, which replaces the paper facing typically used on gypsum board. In addition, participants will learn about the basic applications, attributes, advantages and limitations of each of the four common product types.
  • Finishing Gypsum Board: Appearance and Indoor Air Quality. Understand trade terminology and applicable standards for specifying the final level of finish for gypsum board. In addition, this course reviews industry-accepted practices for maintaining Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) during construction and after occupancy and examines how finishing practices and products impact indoor environmental quality.

All of the courses are approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and offer one health, safety, and welfare (HSW) learning unit. Each completed program will earn the participant one credit. To learn more or to register for the courses hosted by Ron Blank & Associates, visit http://www.nationalgypsum.com/ng/con-edu/.

Princeton Review Release Free Guide to Green Colleges

Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), today released the third annual edition of its unique, free guidebook saluting the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges.”

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition profiles 322 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The 232-page book––the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges––can be downloaded at princetonreview.com/green-guide and centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide. The Guide was developed with generous support from United Technologies Corp, founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

The Princeton Review first created this resource for college-bound students in 2010 in collaboration with USGBC, which is best-known for developing the LEED green building rating system. In 2010, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed and operated so that all educational facilities can enhance student learning experiences.

College applicants using the guide will find in it:

  • School profiles with application, admission, financial aid and student enrollment information
    “Green Highlights” write-ups detailing each school’s most impressive environmental and sustainability initiatives.
  • “Green Facts” sidebars reporting statistics and facts on everything from the school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies programs, and green jobs career guidance.
  • A glossary of 40+ green terms and acronyms from AASHE to “zero waste.”
  • Lists identifying schools in the book with various green distinctions – among them: those with LEED-certified buildings and those that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

The guidebook also has an introductory section discussing sustainability issues and advice on living green on campus.

The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2011 of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada to tally its annual “Green Rating” scores (scaled from 60 to 99) of colleges for its school profiles in its college guidebooks and website. The survey asks administrators more than 50 questions about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The company tallied Green Ratings for 768 institutions in summer 2011. The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this guide hierarchically (1 to 322) according to their Green Rating scores, nor does it include those scores in this book’s school profiles.) Information about The Princeton Review’s Green Rating methodology and its “Green Honor Roll” list saluting schools that received Green Ratings of 99 is at princetonreview.com/green.aspx.w.powerofefficiency.com.

New Commercial Conversation Podcast on Education

The Commercial Building Products editors have added a new Commercial Conversation podcast. The new discussion is with architect Amy Stein, MGA Partners Architects, Philadelphia, and focuses on education-facility design, how it’s being affected by technology, the demand for “green” facilities, security, power delivery, and several other factors that affect new and renovated school facilities. Stein is a talented and experienced architect who specializes in education and historical structures.
   In addition, Commercial Conversation offers four other podcasts related to commercial-building design and construction. Look for a new podcast approximately every two weeks. Be sure to subscribe to Commercial Conversation so you’ll be notified when a new podcast is made available.