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Building Design 30 PDH Discount Package

PACKAGE NO: DP30A-02
PACKAGE PDH: 30
PACKAGE PRICE: $324
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Courses in this Package
COURSE TITLE: A Guide to Building Earth Homes
COURSE NO: S10-003
COURSE PROVIDER: Allen Hughes, P.E.
A Guide to Building Earth Homes
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces the concept of applying modern principles of soil mechanics to the ancient construction methods of earth home building. This course makes a brief citation of the history of earth homes, summarizes a broad study of current earth home construction methods and introduces recommended best practices for planning and constructing earth homes.

 

One of the oldest known partially standing earth block structures with walls is the tomb of King Khasekhemwy in Egypt which dates to about 2900 BC. Remains of Syrian "Beehive" houses built of mud blocks have been dated to about 3,700 BC. Currently, earth block homes are still constructed in many parts of the world. While much of earth home construction is done in developing countries, green building accounts for some earth home construction. Application of modern principles and simple testing methods can increase the quality and performance of earth homes and improve the efficiency of their construction.

 

Research and testing by the Texas A&M Research Foundation, at College Station, TX, was used to quantify and develop simple testing methods to improve quality and efficiency of earth home construction methods.  The research included gathering information of earth home construction from a wide range climates and ages of structures from around the world. The research and improved methods were adopted by the US Peace Corps as their handbook for teaching and constructing earth homes in developing countries.

 

The techniques and methodologies described in this course document may be useful to improve the efficiency and methods of earth home construction. The significance of the methods of home construction introduced here is that they are some of the oldest known methods of building permanent dwellings and are some of the most cost effective methods of construction of permanent dwellings.

 

This 10 PDH online course is intended for use by civil, structural or geotechnical engineers, design professionals, construction personnel and others involved in the planning, design and construction of earth homes.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about site selection, site preparation and construction layout
  • Learning about foundation types
  • Learning about footing depth, size and materials
  • Determining footing width and applying mix design for concrete footings
  • Learning about foundation walls and their types (concrete, masonry or stone)
  • Learning about adobe blocks, rammed earth, pressed blocks as well as wattle and daub
  • Learning about the cob method
  • Learning about suitable soil types for earth home construction as well as soil sampling and classification
  • Learning about field tests for determining soil suitability and measuring quality of adobe blocks
  • Learning about soil stabilization and water proofing methods
  • Learning about soil mixing, hand mixing and mechanical mixing
  • Learning about adobe block machines, curing and quality control
  • Learning about building the walls, applying mortar for adobe blocks and incorporating earthquake designs
  • Learning about building forms and installing door and window openings for rammed earth walls
  • Learning about roofs, floors and surface coatings for earth homes
  • Performing cost analysis of plaster, slurries, paint and special chemicals
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course you will need to review the course document titled, "A Guide to Building Earth Homes", which is based on the publication titled, "A Handbook for Building Homes from Earth", published by the Peace Corps in September 1981.
To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
A Guide to Building Earth Homes (3.39 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete this course review, you will need to take a multiple choice quiz of fifty (50) questions to earn 10 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this Peace Corps publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

COURSE TITLE: An Introduction to Roofing Systems
COURSE NO: T04-001
An Introduction to Roofing Systems
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an introduction to roofing systems. It provides guidance on how to specify roofing systems used on commercial, industrial, institutional and residential buildings. It describes the different types of roofing systems for steep- and low-slope roofs, considerations when selecting a system, re-roofing and re-covering issues, and design considerations. It explains how to incorporate appropriate engineering details into working drawings on a wide variety of projects. It also presents important maintenance considerations.

 

This 4 PDH online course is intended for engineers and construction professionals who are seeking an understanding of the basic types of roofing systems that can be used on commercial, industrial, institutional and residential building projects.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the different roofing systems that can be used on steep-slope roofs.
  • Understanding the different roofing systems that can be used on low-slope roofs.
  • Selecting roofing systems based on use criteria.
  • Evaluating environmental considerations when specifying roofing systems.
  • Learning typical design details used with different roofing systems.
  • Knowing how different roofing systems perform when exposed to wind and traffic wear conditions.
  • Understanding the fire resistance characteristics of different roofing systems.
  • Learning about the loads different roofing systems impose on a building structure.
  • Integrating thermal insulation with the roofing system.
  • Learning about vapor barriers and retarders and when they are used.
Course Document

In this professional enineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "An Introduction to Roofing Systems".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Introduction to Roofing Systems (2.82 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

COURSE TITLE: Building Terrorism Mitigation - Building Design
COURSE NO: F04-001
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Building Terrorism Mitigation - Building Design
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course addresses explosive blast and CBR concerns from terrorist attacks, highlighting mitigation measures that may be applied to building elements, including architectural, structural, and building envelope systems. These measures are designed to minimize the loss of life through deterrence and detection, as well as strengthening of the building against a variety of terrorist tactics.

 

After the site design considerations to enhance protection have been taken into account (as applicable), additional building design measures, such as hardening, must be considered to protect building occupants. The primary focus of this course is the protection of buildings where the occupants are the primary asset.

 

This 4 PDH online course is applicable to engineers, planners, architects, landscape designers, construction and operations personnel, security and law enforcement agents, as well as consultants and contractors to gain a better understanding in determining which asset protection measures are appropriate and cost-effective for incorporation into the building design against potential terrorist attacks.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Optimizing security-related architectural considerations including building configuration and detailing as well as space design
  • Understanding the building’s structural and non-structural systems to determine the design fea­tures needed to protect against the potential collapse
  • Mitigating the effects of the explosion on the building envelope
  • Identifying and implementing the major security functions of the mechanical and electrical systems
  • Enhancing the performance of fire protection and communication systems for facility protection
  • Designing electronic and physical security systems to prevent unauthorized access and safeguard people against terrorist attacks
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 3 "Building Design Guidance" of the FEMA Publication tilted, "Mitigating Potential Terrorist Attacks Against Buildings" (FEMA 426).

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Building Design Guidance (2.83 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 3 of this FEMA publication.

 

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

COURSE TITLE: Performance-Based Design
COURSE NO: A01-001
COURSE PROVIDER: John Galinski, P.E.
Performance-Based Design
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an overview of performance-based design process.  Performance-based design is the process or methodology used by design professionals to create buildings that protect functionality and the continued availability of services. Building performance is an indicator of how well a structure supports the defined needs of its users. Although this material is written for schools, it is applicable to all buildings.

 

This 1 PDH online course is applicable to structural engineers, design professionals, construction contractors, building owners and other technical personnel who are interested in gaining a better understanding of performance-based design.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding prescriptive vs. performance-based design
  • Understanding the performance-based design process
  • Understanding acceptable risk and performance levels
  • Learning about considerations for achieving continuous operation performance level
  • Understanding performance-based flood design, high-wind design and seismic design
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, the student will review Chapter 2 of the FEMA publication "Design Guide for Improving School Safety in Earthquakes, Floods, and High Winds", FEMA P-424, December 2010.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Performance-Based Design (659 KB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credit.  This quiz will be based on Chapter 2 of this FEMA publication.

 

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

COURSE TITLE: The MEP Design of Building Services
COURSE NO: M06-034
COURSE PROVIDER: A. Bhatia
The MEP Design of Building Services
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides fundamental knowledge and understanding of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) systems in buildings.  

 

People in urban settings spend between 80 and 90% of their time in indoor spaces both during work and during leisure time. The aesthetics, efficiency, economy, comfort, safety and of modern buildings require close collaboration across multiple disciplines.

 

With the emerging trend of high-rise buildings and emphasis on sustainability, the MEP systems are becoming increasingly complex and occupying larger portions of building project work. The MEP design no more relates only to the visible elements such as lights, radiators, convectors, registers, outlet grilles, or ducts - which are the end nodes of the systems - but also to the infrastructure that supplies those elements. 

 

Although the primary responsibility of delivering high quality building projects rests with the lead architect, the knowledge and expertise of the MEP engineers play a very important role in supporting the architect’s vision.

 

This 6 PDH online course is intended primarily for mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers as well as architects involved in the design and installation of MEP systems for buildings.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the architectural aspects of modern energy efficient buildings
  • Acquiring fundamental knowledge of MEP systems including:
  • HVAC Systems: DX systems, Chilled water systems, etc.
  • Fire protection systems: Water supply, standpipe, hydrants, automatic sprinklers, etc.
  • Fire alarm systems, smoke detection, annunciation, addressable devices, etc.
  • Potable water supply and distribution, waste water and storm water
  • Power supply and distribution: busway, cable duct, raceways, etc.
  • Lighting: Interior, exterior, and emergency lighting
  • Control systems, security systems (CCTV, audio/video), data networks etc.
  • Vertical transportation: traction and hydraulic elevators
  • Noise and acoustics for buildings
Course Document

In this course, you need to review the course document titled, “The MEP Design of Building Services”.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
The MEP Design of Building Sevices (2.24 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 6 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this course document.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

COURSE TITLE: Building Terrorism Mitigation - Vulnerability Assessment
COURSE NO: F05-001
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Building Terrorism Mitigation - Vulnerability Assessment
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course will discuss the assessment process, asset value assessment, threat/hazard assessment, vulner­ability assessment, risk assessment, and risk management. It also presents the Building Vulnerability Assessment Checklist to support the assessment process.

 

Mitigating the threat of terrorist attacks against high occupancy buildings is a challenging task. It is dif­ficult to predict how, why, and when terrorists may attack. Many factors must be considered in creating a safe building environment.

 

This course presents several methodolo­gies for architects and engineers to quantify risk and to identify the best and most cost-effective terrorism mitigation measures to achieve a desired level of protection of buildings against terrorist attacks. These methodologies can be used for new buildings during the design process, as well as for existing buildings under­going renovation.

 

This 5 PDH online course is applicable to engineers, planners, architects, landscape designers, construction and operations personnel, security and law enforcement agents, as well as consultants and contractors to gain a better understanding in assessing building vulnerability to potential terrorist attacks.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Asset Value Assessment: Identifying the value of a building's assets that need to be protected
  • Threat Assessment:  identifying, defining, and quantifying the threat or hazard
  • Vulnerability Assessment:  Evaluating the potential vulnerability of the critical assets against a broad range of identified threats or hazards
  • Risk Assessment: analyzing the threat, asset value, and vulnerability to ascertain the level of risk for each critical asset against each applicable threat
  • Building Vulnerability Assessment Checklist: Understanding and applying the checklist to support the assessment process
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 1 “Asset Value, Threat/Hazard, Vulnerability, and Risk” of the FEMA Publication, “Mitigating Potential Terrorist Attacks Against Buildings” (FEMA 426).

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Building Vulnerability Assessment (2.51 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty five (35) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 1 of this FEMA publication.

 

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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