RedVector has released courses for Architects, Structural & Water Engineers and LEED Practitioners.
Baby boomers are aging. This three-hour interactive course examines the connection between elderly population’s specific needs and the design of their cities, with inclusion of requirements for disabled elderly through the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This course will also cover the most common redesign elements for infrastructure, and the development patterns that cities are adapting that design professionals should consider to meet the needs of the disabled elderly.
Knowing the correct wind speed for the area in which you are building a wood frame structure is crucial to the safety of the building’s inhabitants. This interactive online course will describe how to use the 2012 version of the American Wood Council’s Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM). This version incorporates the use of wind speed maps from ASCE 7-10 and the design of both vertical and lateral load paths using the WFCM. There are many nuances to the correct use of this manual and many of these will be covered to help the practitioner correctly use this document that is referenced in the International Building and Residential Codes.
What is LRFD? LRFD (Load and Resistance Factor Design) principles are used in structural engineering applications so structural reliability is more consistent across various materials and loading conditions. This concept becomes particularly important in performance-based design scenarios when the structural engineering solutions are required to address how the structure is used and expected to perform – and not prescriptive building codes. This interactive, online course will review load factors, resistance factors, and reliability theory. We will also discuss the four material types (wood, steel, concrete, and masonry), looking at how each of these material standards deal with LRFD design.
Structural engineering design philosophy is based on determining the demand on an element and designing that element with the capacity to withstand that demand. There are two basic approaches to developing the demand; LRFD (Load Resistance Factored Design) and ASD (Allowable Stress Design). Historically, design of different materials (wood, steel, concrete and masonry) has used either ASD or LRFD. This interactive, online course will look at the origins of the two approaches, discuss traditional uses of ASD and LRFD and their safety implications. We will also investigate the differing load combinations as defined in the International Building Code®. Understanding these approaches is an essential element of a life safe design process.
Green buildings, when operated as intended, improve working environments, promote higher productivity, reduce energy and resource costs, and prevent system failures. This interactive course discusses the importance of a facility that has been designed and built as not only “green” with energy efficiency and water consumption technologies but also allows us to breathe easy, give us views of nature and daylight, and makes us healthier. LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C) enables project teams who may not have control over whole building operations to develop indoor spaces that are more comfortable for users and more mindful of our resources.