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Mental and Behavioral Health Facilities

Using Integrated Louvers to Support Functional Needs & Requirements for Daylighting, Privacy and Vision Control

AIA course offered by Unicel Architectural Corp.

Course Description:

Mental and behavioral health issues are growing problems within our society, with growing facility budgets across the U.S. reflecting this fact. But designing and building a mental and behavioral health facility requires special considerations.
Recent studies show that excessive noise and lack of privacy can cause undue stress in behavioral health patients, while elements like natural daylight, suicide-resistant building materials, and good sightlines can dramatically improve health outcomes.

This course will review design options and best practices for behavioral health applications, along with providing real-world examples through recent case studies from several leading healthcare facilities.

Course Credits:

· 1 AIA HSW CE Hour
· 1 OAA (Ontario Association of Architects) – Self reporting
· Valid for US State License

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Patient Privacy & Tranquility

Optimizing Healing Environments using IGU with Integrated Louvers

AIA course offered by Unicel Architectural Corp.

Course Description:

Patient privacy and tranquility are top priorities for healthcare facilities to reduce stress and promote healing. Recent studies have shown that excessive noise, glare and lack of privacy can create stress in patients of all ages, which significantly impedes the healing process. More and more healthcare design professionals are specifying design elements that promote privacy and tranquility – all while underscoring hygiene.

This course will review options for privacy, lighting and sound control, and will further detail recent case studies from several leading healthcare facilities. It will also illustrate how good design can dampen noise and create a healing environment that is less stressful and more restful for patients.

Course Credits:

· 1 AIA HSW CE Hour
· 1 GBCI CE Hour 
· 1 ADA Credit
· 1 OAA (Ontario Association of Architects) – Self reporting
· Valid for US State License

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Daylight and Energy

Designing with insulated glass units (IGUs) with integrated cord-free louvers

AIA course offered by Unicel Architectural Corp.

Course Description:

Good daylighting design saves money! Daylighting is an effective way of reducing energy use in buildings. Large amounts of energy can be saved by using well-designed lighting controls that can take advantage of the natural light available. A good daylighting design can save up to 75 percent of the energy used for electrical lighting in a building.

This course will explain the benefits of designing with Insulated Glass Units (IGUs) with integrated cord-free louvers including controlling heat gain and optimizing occupant health. The designer will have a better understanding of daylighting design and designing for improved daylight and energy efficiency.

Course Credits:

· 1 AIA HSW CE Hour
· 1 GBCI CE Hour for LEED AP

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Educational Facility Safety

Using Integrated Louvers in Doors & Windows to Help Optimize School Security

AIA course offered by Unicel Architectural Corp.

Course Description:

Targeted shootings in or around schools have become a disturbing part of our history. Currently our schools and campuses are vulnerable to attacks that may produce unacceptable levels of casualties. As a result, architects and facility managers need to look at ways to better protect students and staff.

This course will examine common vulnerabilities in school design and how IGUs with integrated cord-free louvers in windows and doors can address these to help improve the physical security in schools by:  
· Focusing on protective measures that reduce risk
· Reinforcing doors and windows
· Creating safer lock down spaces
· Ensuring adjustable surveillance
· Ensuring sound control

Course Credits:

· 1 AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit
· 1 Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) Credit
· 1 Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) Core Learning Unit
· 1 Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) Structured Learning Unit

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Wood Glazed Facades in Net-Zero and Passive Buildings

Highlighting the innovative and aesthetic opportunities of building with a wood glazed facade

AIA course offered by Unicel Architectural Corp.

Course Description:

Architects and LEED professionals understand the numerous benefits of building with wood. But many are unaware of its application in a timber curtain wall (TCW). Today’s technology provides opportunities to incorporate the beauty and energy-efficiency of wood into glazed facades that not only bring the outdoors in but also serve as the building’s heavy lifter.

This course will present the differences between a conventional curtain wall and a timber curtain wall (TCW) including load-bearing and non-load-bearing capabilities as well as net-zero and passive building. We will also show examples of projects using TWC.

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