SpaceHarmonyWe've all walked into a building or home where it was immediately apparent that the inhabitants were the last thing on the minds of the builders.  These structures can feel oppressive, heavy, industrial, and unwelcoming.  Space & Harmony examines a crucial aspect of architecture and design that remains largely ignored: the psychological impact a building's design can have upon its occupants. Potentially harmful factors discussed include monotony, noise, incompatible colors, poor or inadequate lighting, and the "zoo effect". During this course you will explore innovative designs for healthy dwellings, with special emphasis on their influence in creating ergonomic traffic patterns and a sense of flowing spaciousness, and how to best introduce a sense of variety and harmony to a home or workplace that lessens the impact of human psychological stressors.

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Successful completion of this course conveys 10 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and/or 10 credit hours toward IBE certification. It is comprised of nine lessons, which can be read online as well as downloaded as a PDF. The tuition is $70 USD.

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CommPlanningThe city of Münster, Germany was initially built for 14,000 inhabitants in 793 A.D. The current population has multiplied by a factor of almost 20 to its current population of around 270,000 inhabitants, yet its initial design has allowed the city to grow organically. It is now considered the bicycle capital of Germany, where the self-propelled vehicles represent a plurality (37.6 percent) of all traffic in the city.

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In Community Planning, we will explore the history of cities, and the crucial role their culture and consciousness should play as fundamental aspects of community design. The topics discussed include Building within the Natural World; The Emergence of the Megacity; Garden Cities vs Garden Suburbs; The Industrial Revolution and the City Slum; Principles of New Urbanism; Principles of Cohousing; Managing Traffic; and Greening Cities.

Successful completion of this course conveys 20 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and/or 20 credit hours toward IBE certification. It is comprised of seven lessons, and can be read online as well as downloaded as a PDF. The tuition is $160 USD.

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EcoIntegrationTaking an objective look at almost any modern city or suburban development reveals that we've taken to building structures based upon economics and expediency rather than livability. Tracts of homes are interrupted by strip malls, cities expand upwards and outwards, swallowing up community after community, and traffic congestion and pollution have become two of the greatest problems we face.

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Ecological Integration explores this situation, the growing crisis of climate change, and why there is an urgent need for ecologically supportive communities, homes, and commercial buildings. This course discusses why and how dwellings should be planned, built, and maintained to integrate with – rather than in competition with or at the expense of – nature.

Successful completion of this course conveys 7 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and/or 7 credit hours toward IBE certification. It is comprised of twelve lessons, which can be read online as well as downloaded as a PDF. The tuition is $49 USD.

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VentilationWe inhale about 20,000 liters of air each day.  Unfortunately, countless chemicals are often along for the ride, reducing immunity and causing chronic and life-threatening illnesses.  A particularly troubling example is a recent study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which found that "the typical variety of cleaning products used in schools released 457 different chemicals into the air."

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This course discusses the requirements for fresh air, and how to reduce or eliminate pollutants when necessary. Industry requirements for fresh air are examined and assessed in detail and passive and mechanical ventilation/cooling methods are explored and evaluated. Topics covered include Fresh Air Requirements; Optimal Climatic Conditions; Types of Ventilation; and Forced Air Systems.

Successful completion of this course conveys 10 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and/or 10 credit hours toward IBE certification. It is comprised of eight lessons, and can be read online and/or downloaded as a PDF. The tuition is $70 USD.

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Heating SystemsOne of the top causes of poor indoor air quality is the inadequate design and maintenance of heating systems. In addition, a lack of humidity control (which has a direct relationship to our heating methods) can have a dramatic impact on both the quality and comfort of an indoor space.  Choosing an appropriate heating system needs to take into account a startlingly large number of factors including the type of building materials used, humidity requirements, geographic considerations, and sustainability and environmental considerations.

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Through this course you will explore healthy indoor climates, biologically optimal heating systems, Bau-Biological analyses of heating systems, and the various heating systems that support human health.

Successful completion of this course conveys 10 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and/or 10 credit hours toward IBE certification. It is comprised of two lessons, and can be read online as well as downloaded as a PDF. The tuition is $70 USD.

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Indoor ClimateAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air.  In fact, a structure's indoor climate depends on a complex number of factors that are unique to the built environment.  In this course, we will explore the climate inside homes and offices, learn to identify sources of health issues, and examine techniques for improving the quality of the indoor climate. Going beyond indoor air quality, this course evaluates the influences exerted by air composition, temperature, humidity, the dominating outer climate, and electro-climate (ions and space charge).

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Topics discussed include Living Climate; Factors of Indoor Climate; Bio-Climate and Health; Thermal Comfort; Windows and Indoor Climate; Indoor Air Temperature; Indoor Air Humidity; and Building Materials.

Successful completion of this course conveys 10 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and/or 10 credit hours toward IBE certification. It is comprised of eleven lessons, and can be read online and/or downloaded as a PDF. The tuition is $70 USD.

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