Four New RedVector Courses

RedVector has released four new courses comprising of five hours of new mobile-ready content!

Prestressed and Reinforced Concrete: Choosing the Best Method for Your Project
Reinforced? Prestressed? Post-Tensioned? Some precast concrete is prestressed and reinforced, but not all reinforced concrete is prestressed. Which construction method can I perform at the job site? Which one will need to be manufactured and delivered to my project? Confused? Let’s clear up the differences between prestressed and reinforced concrete and how the two can work in tandem.

All concrete looks pretty much the same on the outside, but inside, concrete contains steel that has been designed using years of extensive engineering and construction experience. In this interactive, online course, we will peer inside and see what reinforcing steel and prestressing strand can do for a structure. This course will focus on reinforced concrete and stressed (pre and post) concrete. Each type will be covered in depth.

Realizing Energy Savings

“We added variable frequency drives for energy savings and it costs more to operate than ever before. The energy savings project is complete but there are no savings. The power bill is seriously over budget but there are no funds to upgrade the electrical system(s). We implemented a BNR process and our operating expenses have gone out of control.”

If these are familiar refrains, stop and pay attention to where the energy is going. Improper control logic with variable frequency drives and motors, improper wet well control, check valves, weir settings, lights and lighting are among the power mongers. In this interactive online course, engineers, contractors, and owners will observe the energy wasting results of poor project design and timing and will acquire the tools, measures, and metrics for energy savings.

Building Performance: Design Through Operations

How has building design changed in recent years? Have you thought about how much more energy efficient your design could be today? How about in the next 5, 10, or 15 years? In this interactive online course, we will discuss how to best implement sustainable buildings from the design phase through the operations phase by focusing on the 3 main narratives of integrated design, construction commissioning, and performance tracking. By following up with the design of your building through the performance period, your project can meet the requirements of Architecture 2030 and can become a marketing opportunity of proven performance tracked on sustainable design.

Carbon Tracking/Reduction Strategies for Facility Design and Operations

Carbon emissions are increasingly taking center stage at the forefront of sustainability. While concepts like “net zero energy” are gaining mainstream traction and help account for the design/reuse of facility’s’ energy utilization, they do not holistically account for their long-term operational carbon footprints. Often, these footprints represent the largest consequential greenhouse gas emissions associated with the building(s) over their useful life.

This interactive online course will introduce the concept of designing for operational carbon tracking and reduction utilizing a case study project – a multi-building urban college campus in metro-Boston. This project was initiated by students and faculty of the school in 2013. This course will introduce team organization, methodology, an overview of the three “Scopes”, and strategies for ongoing reductions towards the goal of carbon neutrality. This course will be useful for anyone interested in single or multi-building projects where carbon tracking, reduction, and off-setting are a priority.

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