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AIA Continuing Education Classes

Accredited classes for Architects taught by certified trainers in our office or at your location.


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DL202: Daylighting 201–A Simple Guide to Motorized Shades and Controls

Course level: Introductory

Class Description:

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Properly specifying window shades can maximize the benefits of natural light, conserve energy, and increase the comfort and productivity of building occupants. Shades can also contribute to LEED credits. This course outlines the basics of shade specification and introduces the concepts of motorization and automation.

Learning Objectives:

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 and increased productivity 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?
  • Case studies indicating productivity boost, 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?

AIA Topic and Category:

  • Topic: Project Development and Documentation
  • Subcategory: Building Systems, Materials, & Assemblies

Credits offered: 1 LU

DL302: Daylighting 302–Managing Daylight with Automated Solar Control

Course level: Introductory

Class Description

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There are many benefits to designing spaces with ample views and daylight, and also challenges. Motorized shading can help solve these issues. This course takes a deeper dive into types of motorization and building automation to help get the most out of a daylighting plan.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to discuss the benefits of natural light on the health and well-being of building occupants, and how it can be maximized and controlled to enhance personal comfort
  • Be able to explain how improvements in health and well-being through the proper specification of automated shades will impact productivity
  • Be able to discuss the importance of openness and color when selecting a fabric, and their impact on the health and wellness of occupants
  • Detail how motorized shades can contribute to green building programs

AIA Topic and Category:

  • Topic: Project Development and Documentation
  • Subcategory: Building Systems, Materials, & Assemblies

Credits offered: 1 LU | HSW
GBCI Course 910000011: 1 CE Credit
IDCEC: 1 CEU

HSW Justification Statement: Natural daylight and views improve occupant comfort and well-being. However, issues with glare and heat gain can reverse those gains and make people less comfortable. Through the correct specification of a shading system, those problems can be mitigated while the benefits are enhanced. Using motorization and automation increases the efficiency of the shading system and automatically provides improved comfort and well-being.

HL403: Managing Heat and Light with Exterior Shading Systems

Course level: Intermediate

Class Description:

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Custom exterior shading systems provide the most efficient way to reduce a building’s solar heat gain while creating a pleasing architectural appearance that enhances its design. HL402 examines the science behind glare and solar heat gain and shows you how to design an effective exterior shading system to mitigate them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to discuss the key aims of solar control and how they influence the health and productivity of building occupants and the energy costs of a building
  • Explain the reasons why exterior shading systems are more effective than interior shades in controlling unwanted heat gain and thus improving occupant well-being
  • Enumerate the factors that influence the choice of a shading system that will add to a building’s sustainability profile and user comfort
  • 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 Topic and Category:

  • Topic: Project Development and Documentation
  • Subcategory: Building Systems, Materials, & Assemblies

Credits offered: 1 LU | HSW
GBCI course 910000012: 1 CE Credit

HSW Justification Statement: Natural daylight and views improve occupant comfort and well-being. However, issues with glare and heat gain can reverse those gains and make people less comfortable. An exterior shading system provides mitigation of those issues by stopping the sun’s heat and light from ever getting to the glazing.

PS301: Updated Science of Projection Screens

Course level: Intermediate

Class Description:

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There are many variables to consider in selecting or specifying a projection screen. In previous years, the same white projection screen material would be specified in nearly all situations. Today’s screen technology has created solutions to address issues in each individual projection environment. PS301 provides an understanding of the issues affecting projected light, and solutions for dealing with them.

Learning Objectives:

Provide attendees with a clear understanding of:

  • Factors that must be considered in selecting or specifying a projection screen for a specific project
  • How ambient light impacts projection and how to solve it
  • The different types of projection screens
  • ANSI/INFOCOMM 3M-2011 PISCR standard

AIA Topic and Category:

  • Topic: Project Development and Documentation
  • Subcategory: Building Systems, Materials, & Assemblies

Credits offered: 1 LU

HSW Justification Statement: Specification of the wrong projection screen reduces performance of the system. A washed out image creates eye strain, while a screen that is too large or too bright will negatively impact those with light sensitivity. The correct projection system, including projection screen, allows for comfortable viewing, and allows viewers to better understand and the information being projected.

GE201: Specifying the Correct Gymnasium Eqiupment for Athletic Facilities

Course level: Introductory

Class Description:

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To provide a clear understanding of the various factors that must be considered in selecting or specifying basketball equipment for a specific facility. The course discusses the criteria for the 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.

Learning Objectives:

Provide attendees with a clear understanding of:

  • Factors that must be considered in selecting or specifying basketball backstops and other gymnasium equipment for a specific project
  • How to select the correct basketball backstops and other equipment for a specific facility based on that facility’s structural design, intended use, and the Court and Equipment Rules of the applicable governing body
  • The importance of planning gym equipment in concert with other building specialties
  • How to select acceptable manufacturers to include in your specification

AIA Topic and Category:

  • Topic: Project Development and Documentation
  • Subcategory: Building Systems, Materials, & Assemblies

Credits offered: AIA 1 LU

HSW Justification Statement: Selecting the correct gym equipment creates a safe space for improving health through exercise.

GE502: Safety in the Gym: Specifying Equipment to Protect Users and Spectators

Course level: Intermediate

Class Description:

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With bigger and faster athletes than ever before, the need for player and spectator safety in gymnasiums has intensified. This course identifies the various components and stakeholders inside a gymnasium, defines standards and features to ensure safety, explains the specification and installation of gymnasium equipment, and describes green certifications for gymnasium equipment.

Learning Objectives:

After this class, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the need for player and spectator safety in gymnasiums
  • List the various components and stakeholders inside a gymnasium and how they impact safety
  • Define the standards and features to consider to ensure player and spectator safety
  • Discuss the specification and safe installation of gymnasium equipment

AIA Topic and Category:

  • Topic: Project Development and Documentation
  • Subcategory: Building Systems, Materials, & Assemblies

Credits offered: AIA 1 LU | HSW

HSW Justification Statement: Athletic equipment suspended in a gym is very heavy. Improperly specified or installed equipment has the potential to fall, injuring those below. It is imperative that the correct equipment and proper safety features be specified to protect players and spectators.

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