12-hour – $149 (Save $31)
Form-Based Zoning for Architects (AIAPDH177): 5 HSW Hours
The student will understand the basic elements and principles of form-based zoning codes and place them in their historical context concerning the development of conventional, use-based zoning in the USA. In this context, students will recognize how zoning embodies cultural values and how early American zoning history was tainted by legally enforced racial discrimination, and how this did not focus on or intend to protect the health, safety and welfare of everyone.
Designing for Energy Efficiency (AIAPDH192): 3 HSW Hours
Decisions to improve energy efficiency stem from multiple sources. Enforceable energy codes dictate some choices in new construction. Budget concerns will determine the difference between the best life-cycle cost choices and what can actually be afforded. Home energy audits identify existing points of energy loss and suggest areas of potential improvement. Becoming aware of very old and emerging technologies for energy efficiency is enough to get the wheels turning for some. A desire to improve the environment is motivation for many. Whatever the reason, the decision to help conserve our natural resources is a good investment in the future.
This course encourages and examines the impact of decisions and methods to conserve energy. Because all such actions ultimately result in a desirable preservation of natural resources.
Aging in Place (AIAPDH190): 4 HSW Hours
My focus here will be on private residences. Millions of private homes are becoming more difficult to use as we age. Aging-in-place simply refers to the desire to stay in a familiar home as long as possible in life. According to the Center for Disease Control, it is “ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.” The easiest way to do that is to adapt the living facilities to changes in physical capabilities anticipated to arise. Otherwise, our beloved homes can slowly become prisons. And according to the AARP, over ninety percent of polled seniors want to stay home as they age. This obviously creates challenges for their children.
My intention with this course is to look at what can be done to make it possible to stay in our homes for as long as possible, despite the debilitating effects of advancing age.