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Monographs
The objective of the NCARB Monograph series is to provide a quality continuing education resource, both economical and convenient, that investigates current and emerging topics of interest to practicing architects. Now over 25 titles, the monograph series explores everything from sustainable design to fire safety in buildings to professional conduct to post-occupancy evaluation. All learning units are Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) and Sustainable Design (SD) units.

Architectural Acoustics
Controlling wanted and unwanted sounds can enhance or diminish performances, activities, or other uses of a building. This monograph guides readers through the paths that sound follows and explains the way sound is produced, measured, enhanced, and controlled in man-made environments in and around buildings.

14 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$300 ($200 for current NCARB Record holders)

Building Envelope
This monograph provides an overview of the design and construction of conventional building envelopes as well as an introduction to the more unusual building envelopes associated with many of today's state-of-the-art practices.

This monograph is no longer available.

Building Evaluation for Preservation
Extending a building’s useful life is almost always more sustainable than demolition and reconstruction. NCARB’s new monograph, Building Evaluation for Preservation, provides a clear, comprehensive approach for making the critical decision whether to adaptively reuse or to demolish and rebuild.

14 CEHs (one quiz worth two PDUs and three quizzes worth four PDUs) in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) and Sustainable Design (SD)
$300 ($200 for current NCARB Record holders)

Cracking the Codes
Don't be wary of building codes and regulations! Crack them open in order to reveal their positive effects on design. Comes with two quizzes. (Quiz #2 complies with the Texas requirement for one hour of barrier-free design.)

16 CEHs (Two Quizzes at 8 CEHs each) in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) and Sustainable Design (SD)
$325 ($225 for current NCARB Record holders)

Daylighting Performance and Design
Addressing the challenges of balancing the human preference for natural light with energy efficient and sustainable design is important for every building professional. This guide to the successful use of daylighting includes case studies that illustrate the various benefits of daylight in commercial, industrial, education, and institutional settings.

12 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW)
$275 ($175 for current NCARB Record holders)

Design Within a Community Context
A fascinating exploration of architecture's role in community planning.

8 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) and Sustainable Design (SD)
$225 ($125 for current NCARB Record holders)

Energy-Conscious Architecture
Revised and updated, NCARB's first monograph has been recast as the primer for energy-conscious design principles.

10 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$250 ($150 for current NCARB Record holders)

Fire Safety in Buildings
Fire-safe measures may mean the difference between survival and loss. Follow this call-to-action and fireproof your design approaches.

10 CEHs in health, safety, and welfare (HSW) and Sustainable Design (SD)
$250 ($150 for current NCARB Record holders)

Getting to Smart Growth
Learn how to implement this popular approach to development. Successful, pragmatic initiatives, programs, and tips are featured throughout the monograph.

This Monograph is no longer available.

Getting to Smart Growth II
Getting to Smart Growth II picks up where the first volume left off by presenting new tools, policies, and approaches available to create more livable communities. While it contains many actions for the public sector, it expands on the previous publication by highlighting steps that the private sector can take.

6 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$200 ($100 for current NCARB Record holders)

Healthcare Facilities
Healthcare Facilities is a valuable resource for architects seeking to improve the quality of healthcare design. The monograph focuses on key trends in healthcare architecture that provide patients and staff with a fully supportive environment. Many unique features of healthcare facilities are addressed including: design trends, site planning, codes, energy and environmental challenges, renovation, and maintenance issues.

14 CEHs (Two Quizzes worth seven CEHs each) in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) and Sustainable Design (SD)
$300 ($200 for current NCARB Record holders)

Heating and Cooling Design for Buildings
Heating and cooling designs have gone through enormous modifications over the past several decades with the advent of computer technology, evolving fuel sources, and the growing awareness of global climatic changes. Heating and Cooling Design for Buildings presents the latest in the theory and practice of environmental control system design. It is a useful resource for architects interested in designing buildings that rely on renewable energy sources.

14 CEHs (Five quizzes worth 2 CEHs each and one quiz worth 4 CEHs) in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$300 ($200 for current NCARB Record holders)

Improving Building Performance
Improving Building Performance is a richly detailed and highly accessible introduction to post-occupancy evaluation (POE) or "programming in reverse."

10 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$250 ($150 for current NCARB Record holders)

Indoor Environment
Presents practical guidelines for designing healthful indoor environments in new buildings and for correcting problems in existing facilities.

10 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$250 ($150 for current NCARB Record holders)

Low-Slope Roofing I
Investigate built-up roofing (BUR) systems, now being specified on nearly 35 percent of new buildings in the United States.

10 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$250 ($150 for current NCARB Record holders)

Low-Slope Roofing II
Consider alternatives to traditional built-up roofing (BUR), including modified bitumen, single-ply, sprayed polyurethane foam, metal, and, liquid applied systems.

14 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$300 ($200 for current NCARB Record holders)

Mold and Moisture Prevention
Despite the presence of improved technology, increased training opportunities, and more sophisticated building systems, moisture and mold problems continue to affect new buildings. This monograph demonstrates how to detect and prevent moisture intrusion and avoid costly setbacks in the design and construction phase of a project.

10 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$250 ($150 for current NCARB Record holders)

Professional Conduct
Recognize and discuss the professional standards that all architects are legally obliged to follow.

10 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$250 ($150 for current NCARB Record holders)

Security Planning and Design
In the wake of the tragic events on 9-11, building owners and users are demanding more secure buildings. This monograph presents concepts, principles, and processes for incorporating enhanced security into the design of new and existing buildings.

$275 ($175 for current NCARB Record holders)

12 CEHs in health, safety, and welfare (HSW) and Sustainable Design (SD)

Seismic Mitigation
Learn about what architects can do to reduce the devastating effects of earthquakes and other seismic events.

10 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$250 ($150 for current NCARB Record holders)

Senior Living
Authored by architects whose firm has handled hundreds of housing and care environments for the elderly, this nuts-and-bolts guide provides information you'll need on a wide variety of senior living options. The authors, pioneers in the field, offer highly illustrative examples of issues that are key to designing structures for the growing over-65 population.

20 CEHs (10 per quiz) in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$375 ($275 for current NCARB Record holders)

Subsurface Conditions
Conventional wisdom aside, architecture is more than the structures that greet the eye. Dig deeper and investigate what's underneath a building.

This monograph is no longer available.

Sustainable Design
Are you ready to go green? Here is a comprehensive look at the principles and benefits of sustainable design.

10 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$250 ($150 for current NCARB Record holders)

Sustainable Design II
Increasing concern about global climate change and other ecological problems tied to building construction and land use has led to an expanded interest in sustainable design. The monograph focuses on the “nuts and bolts” of green building design that architects need to master in order to design more environmentally responsible buildings.

12 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$275 ($175 for current NCARB Record holders)

Why Buildings Fail
Simply defined as "performance that does not meet expectations," building failure runs the gamut from architectural and technical problems to performance deficiencies and the more infrequent catastrophic structural collapse.

10 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$250 ($150 for current NCARB Record holders)

Wind Forces
Explore the nature of wind and practical considerations for wind-resistant designs.

14 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), and Sustainable Design (SD)
$300 ($200 for current NCARB Record holders)

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