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Mini-Monographs

Mini-monographs are short online articles that take an in-depth look at topics of interest to architects. These self-study resources offer an inexpensive and efficient way to earn from 1 to 1.5 continuing education hours (CEH) in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) through an online quiz.


Note: After purchase, you will have two years to complete the online open-book quiz.

Accommodations for Seniors
Today's seniors want to retire to a place that doesn't look like the traditional assisted-living facility. This mini-monograph outlines how to provide seniors with quality housing that reflects their active and social way of life while meeting their health care needs.

1 CEH Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW)
$25 (Free for NCARB Certificate Holders)

Architectural Acoustics Illustrated
Better building acoustics makes better buildings; architectural acoustics needn’t be a mystery. Refresh your understanding of architectural acoustics with this online, self-study Mini-Monograph series: Architectural Acoustics Illustrated.

Mini-Monograph Series: Fire Safety in Buildings I-V
Learn practical guidelines to design for fire safety with this online, self-study Mini-Monograph series: Fire Safety in Buildings. This five-part series explores all facets of fire safety in buildings from fire behavior and preventing ignition to managing areas exposed to fire.

5 Mini-Monographs
1-2.25 CEH Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW)
$25 each (Free for NCARB Certificate holders)

Hidden Risk of Green Buildings
Many of the aspects of building green—such as improved energy conservation, increased thermal insulation, and the use of innovative products—also make buildings susceptible to future failure. This mini-monograph examines the challenges architects face when designing higher performing buildings.

1 CEH Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW)
$25 (Free for NCARB Certificate Holders)

Mini-Monograph Series: Improving Building Performance I-VI
Brush up on the phases of post-occupancy evaluation with this online, self-study Mini-Monograph series: Improving Building Performance. This six-part series explores post-occupancy evaluations and their long-term significance in the design process.

6 Mini-Monographs
1-2.25 CEH Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW)
$25 each (Free for NCARB Certificate holders)

Mini-Monograph Series: Indoor Environment I-VI
Get practical guidelines for designing a healthy environment with NCARB’s online self-study mini-monograph series: Indoor Environment. This six-part series discusses everything from an architect’s role in designing the environment to correcting problems in existing facilities.

6 Mini-Monographs
1–1.5 CEH Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW)
$25 each (Free for NCARB Certificate holders)

Mini-Monograph Series: Mold and Moisture Prevention
Learn more about what causes mold and moisture problems and how to best prevent them with this online, self-study Mini-Monograph series: Mold and Moisture Prevention. This four-part series explores how to best address mold and moisture problems in each project phase.

4 Mini-Monographs
2.5 LU/Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW)each
$25 each (Free for NCARB Certificate holders)

Mini-Monograph Series: Professional Conduct I-V
Review what professional conduct truly means including competence, honesty, registration, accountability, and general professional etiquette for the practice of architecture in this five-part mini-monograph series.

5 Mini-Monographs
1-2.5 CEH Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) each
$25 each (Free for NCARB Certificate holders)

Building and Designing for Security
Today’s building designs must protect people and property from humanly motivated threats such as criminals and terrorists, and from natural threats such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods. This mini-monograph presents principles and processes for enhancing the security of new and existing buildings and examines ways to incorporate protective measures into building designs without making them look like fortresses.

1 CEH Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW)
$25 (Free for NCARB Certificate Holders)

Who Needs a Spec Writer
While some architects may cringe at the thought of writing a spec, others look at it as an opportunity to make an important contribution to a project. This mini-monograph looks at how specifications are developed and the important role they play in protecting the public’s health, safety, and welfare.

1 CEH Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW)
$25 (Free for NCARB Certificate Holders)

Why Buildings Fail
This six‐part series investigates the sources of building failure. Each section can be taken as an individual course.

NCARB Mini-Monographs

Mini-monographs are free for NCARB Record holders. Earn one continuing education hour (CEH) for reading the article and passing the online quiz. Mini-monographs are $25 for non-Record holders.

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