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Built to Last


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Building a residential or commercial structure is a complicated process. This 13 episode television series gives us a comprehensive look at the professionals and practices that are involved in every level of construction from the ground up in order to give us insight to the construction process. Host Jana Petersen will guide us as we learn about the manufacture and installation of interior and exterior products, from foundations and siding to insulation and hardware finishes.


  • Case Studies: Children's Center

    In this episode we'll take an in-depth look at a building from its idea stage to completion, with a visit to a neighborhood where the LEED construction of a new children's center has leveraged sustainable materials to exceed design needs.

    Length: 00:26:42
    Usage rights: 7/7/2016 to 7/6/2019
  • Green Building Interior Design

    The building materials and finishes play an important role in the overall maintenance and efficiencies of the structure. In this episode of Built to Last we'll explore construction projects that incorporate the latest techniques for interior design.

    Length: 00:26:23
    Usage rights: 6/16/2016 to 6/15/2019
  • Millwork and Commercial Interiors

    In this episode we visit a union mill shop where craftsmanship and technology share the stage to produce fabricated custom cabinetry. Next we go on site to get a step-by-step explanation from skilled flooring professionals of the latest in flooring products, and the importance of flooring prep work and the installation process for commercial buildings.

    Length: 00:26:18
    Usage rights: 6/23/2016 to 6/22/2019
  • One Trade, Many Crafts

    In this episode we will look at the various specialty trades and the training of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters as they work together using the newest and best practices, turning skill and hard work into the driving force of the sustainable building industry.

    Length: 00:26:22
    Usage rights: 7/14/2016 to 7/13/2019
  • Plugging the Holes Part 2: Testing and Improving Building Performance

    We are continuing our look at the building envelope as we talk to construction professionals in the building sciences as they explain the benefits of keeping a building envelope airtight and, thus, energy efficient.

    Length: 00:26:42
    Usage rights: 6/2/2016 to 6/1/2019
  • Renewable Energy Systems

    The environmental effects and scarcity of fossil fuels have challenged us to find better ways of using energy and transitioning to renewable energy systems. This episode showcases how the skill training of the carpenters and millwrights within the construction industry helps maximize renewable energy systems. Later, we head to a skill-training facility to explain how the carpenters and millwrights work as a team constructing wind turbine systems.

    Length: 00:26:54
    Usage rights: 6/30/2016 to 6/29/2019
  • Water Conservation and Management

    Architect Bruce Obora discusses with community planners how vital water is to us and visits several water treatment facilities. Later, we head to a training center to detail how millwrights play a critical role in machinery maintenance at the water-treatment facilities.

    Length: 00:26:42
    Usage rights: 6/9/2016 to 6/8/2019