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Redefining Rooftops: Understanding Rooftop Deck Systems

Rooftop decks create valuable living and recreational space for building owners, residents, and clients. Accommodating restaurants, hotels, healthcare facilities, and everything from residential to government buildings, rooftop deck systems offer the design flexibility to create versatile, unique outdoor spaces over any structural surface. This course explores the features, surface materials, and design options for rooftop deck systems and provides an overview of recommended planning and installation guidelines.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the key features of deck supports, including their weight bearing capacities, durability, and height and slope adjustability, that enable precise deck leveling and a safe, structurally sound rooftop deck.
  • Recall appropriate installation conditions for rooftop decking systems, and provide installation guidelines to facilitate a durable and level deck installation that meets structural, loading, and building code requirements.
  • Discuss the benefits of rooftop deck systems and their site furnishings, including the health benefits to building occupants and the environmental attributes of the materials used.
  • Describe customization options for rooftop decking systems, and reference case studies to illustrate how a unique, usable outdoor space can be installed over any structural surface.

Biophilic Design & Rooftop Deck Systems – A Natural Connection

Incorporating nature into the built environment through biophilic design increases occupant well-being, productivity, and health and is an integral component of an ecologically healthy and sustainable community. Presented here is an overview of biophilic design, its relationship to sustainability, and its positive human, environmental, and economic outcomes. Case studies demonstrate how rooftop deck systems can contribute to biophilic and sustainable design objectives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define biophilic design and explain how it is linked to a truly sustainable built environment,
  • Discuss the principles essential to the effective practice of biophilic design that result in a range of positive physical, mental, behavioral, and environmental outcomes,
  • Present the economic argument that investments in biophilic design earn high returns in human health and productivity, and
  • Use case studies to illustrate how modular rooftop deck systems can contribute to biophilic and sustainable design goals and may help projects earn certification through LEED® v4 BD+C: New Construction, SITES® v2, and the WELL v2 Building Standard.

Landscape Architecture: Design Ideas for “Taking It Outside”

Materials and strategies for creating safe and comfortable outdoor experiences.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the key results of a new life-cycle assessment (LCA) and related environmental product declarations (EPDs) for redwood lumber.
  • Define the key sustainability criteria (LEED v4 BD+C and SITES v2) that apply to exterior materials that are used in landscape architectural design.
  • Identify and explain the product compliances that meet LEED v4 BD+C and SITES v2 sustainability criteria.
  • Gain technical knowledge about some of the products and systems that are currently available for designing durable outdoor areas.

Health and Safety in Hospitality and Retail

Designing public spaces in a post-pandemic world.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify systems that help architects create outdoor spaces that are safe for restaurants, hospitality venues, and retail areas.
  • Assess some of the common options available to provide enhanced HVAC systems that protect human health while addressing energy concerns.
  • Explain the importance of selecting products for interior surfaces that are hygienic, easy to clean, and durable for the safety and health of occupants.
  • Determine ways to incorporate rolling overhead doors and grilles that improve safety and security in retail and hospitality buildings.

What’s New in Residential Design

Residential construction is not what is used to be – and that is actually a good thing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the ways that outdoor roof decks and patios/terraces can be sustainably designed using adjustable, modular pedestal deck systems.
  • Assess the structural and energy characteristics that are a result of providing timber curtain-wall (TCW) systems with appropriate glazing.
  • Recognize the environmentally sustainable ways that redwood can be used in residential projects.
  • Determine the means to incorporate the principles presented based on project examples and case studies.

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