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AIA Continuing Education Classes

Projection Screen Science Made Simple

Course Objective: To provide a clear understanding of the various factors that must be considered in selecting or specifying a projection screen for a specific project.

  • Understanding the types of screens available for various needs
  • Viewing categories that conform to standardized ANSI/INFOCOMM 3M-2011
  • What is the appropriate size of screen for a given install
  • Which screen format is best for a given project.
  • Screen tint and how it helps in certain lighting conditions
  • Understanding the reflectivity of different screen surface types
  • When rear projection is a good choice and rear surface options
  • Screen gain and why is it important
  • Matching screen half gain angle to room/audience shape
  • Projector throw distance and its impact on hot spotting
  • Understanding the importance of lighting in projection spaces
  • The importance of contrast in image quality

AIA course J615-PS201: 1 LU | HSW

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Managing Daylight with Automated Solar Control

Commercial buildings represent just under one-fifth of U.S. energy consumption, with office space, retail space, and educational facilities representing about half of commercial sector energy consumption. Because of this, it is important for designers to look for ways to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings. Automated window shades are an effective way to reduce solar heat gain, and therefore reduce HVAC loads. In addition, effective use of daylighting can reduce the amount of artificial light required in a building. Daylighting is the harvesting of natural light to reduce the need for artificial light to light an interior space. Daylighting improves the personal comfort of the building's occupants and the energy efficiency of a facility.

Shades play a crucial role in helping a facility reach daylighting autonomy, the minimum use of artificial light and the maximum use of natural light without being overcome by glare.
This course provides an overview of the benefits of designing a space with ample views and daylight, the challenges this presents, and how motorized shading can help solve these issues.

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the benefits of natural light and how it can be maximized and controlled to enhance the personal comfort of the building's occupants
  • Explain how energy can be conserved through the proper specification of automated shades
  • Describe how a shade is motorized and identify the different motorization options available, along with the controls and building integration possibilities
  • Discuss the importance of openness and color when selecting a fabric
  • Discuss the importance of specification and some of the issues that can come about during construction, and
  • Detail how motorized shades can contribute to credits under the LEED® green building certification program.

AIA course J615-DL301: 1 LU | HSW

GBCI course 910000011: 1 CE credit

IDCEC: 1 CEU

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Managing Heat and Light Through Exterior Shading Systems

Commercial buildings represent just under one-fifth of U.S. energy consumption, with office space, retail space, and educational facilities representing about half of commercial sector energy consumption. Because of this, it is important for architects to look for ways to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings. Exterior shading systems are an effective way to reduce solar heat gain, and therefore reduce HVAC loads. In addition, effective use of daylighting can reduce the amount of artificial light required in a building. Daylighting is the harvesting of natural light to reduce the need for artificial light to light an interior space. Daylighting can also bring in that solar heat gain when desired.

Exterior Shades play a crucial role in helping a facility control its temperature and light levels. Exterior treatments offer a modern design and the functionality that todays building are in demand for. This course provides an overview of exterior systems and how each operates and can play a role in energy efficiency and aesthetics.

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the key aims of solar control and how they influence energy costs of a building.
  2. Explain the reasons why exterior shading systems are more effective than interior shades in controlling unwanted heat gain and thus improving energy costs and occupant productivity and well-being.
  3. Enumerate the factors that influence the choice of a shading system that will add to a building's sustainability profile and user comfort.
  4. Explain the benefits of using exterior venetian blinds to control solar gain through vertical glazing, and the benefits of using the rack arm system to control solar gain through skylights and sloped glazing.

AIA course J615-HL402: 1 LU | HSW
GBCI course 910000012: 1 CE credit

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A Simple Guide to Motorized Shades and Controls

Course Objective: To provide attendees with a clear understanding of how the benefits of natural light can be maximized and energy conserved through the proper specification of motorized shades and controls.

  • An explanation of how motorized shades provide a superior opportunity for energy savings compared to manual shades.
  • Correctly specified shades can meet the needs of the individual and at the same time assist in optimizing total building efficiency. How can motorized shades balance these two factors more economically than manual shades?
  • Motorized and manual shades can both lead to a number of LEED credits. Why do motorized shades in particular provide the strongest case for achieving them?
  • Case studies indicating substantial energy conservation and savings in utility costs through the use of the correct shade fabric and method of motorized control.
  • When specifying motorized shades what are the most important considerations to be made?

Length: One Hour

AIA course J615-DL201: 1 LU | HSW

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Safety in the Gym: Specifying Equipment to Protect Users and Spectators

Learning Objectives - After taking this class, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the need for player and spectator safety in gymnasiums.
  • Identify the various components and stakeholders inside a gymnasium.
  • Define the standards and features to consider to ensure player and spectator safety.
  • Explain the specification and installation of gymnasium equipment.
  • Describe green certifications for gymnasium equipment.

 

Credits: 1 AIA course J615-GE50: Credits AIA 1 LU | HSW

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Gymnasium Equipment 101

Objective: To provide a clear understanding of the various factors that must be considered in selecting for specifying basketball equipment for a specific facility. The course discusses the criteria for selection the correct backstop series, style and accessories, as well as the standards that should be considered when selecting suppliers of this type of equipment.

 

AIA course J615-GE201: 1 LU | HSW

 

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