All Courses

 

All Courses

  • Impact Rated Doors for Severe Weather Events

    1 LU AIA/HSW

    When the new Florida Building Code became law earlier this year, door manufacturers had already started beefing up their impact-rated models. Their goal: to create, test and certify doors to meet the most stringent wind and impact code requirements in the nation. In vulnerable areas, exterior impact rated doors serve as critical envelope components that help keep a home safe during violent wind events. This article reviews damages of past hurricanes, advances in Florida Building Code, and how impact-rated fiberglass doors can protect a home. This program is registered with AIA for 1 HSW hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2012
    Subject(s):
    Doors
    Sponsor:
    Plastpro
  • Incorporating Universal Design into the Bathroom

    1 LU AIA/HSW

    The expansive Baby Boomer generation is aging, which signals the increasing need for homes, services and products that cater to their lifestyle. The majority of this population would prefer to age in place rather than relocating to a nursing home or assisted living facility, so there is an increasing and pertinent need to remodel the existing housing stock or build new residences that incorporate universal design to minimize injury and ease everyday tasks. This program is registered with AIA for 1 HSW hour and with IDCEC for 1 hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2012
    Subject(s):
    Universal Design, Bath
    Sponsor:
    Rohl
  • Moisture Testing of Concrete Floor Slabs

    1 LU AIA

    Several tests are available to test the moisture content in concrete, but not all are accurate or reliable. This program will review common sources of moisture in concrete floor slabs, why it's important to test for moisture, describe test methods, and discuss why relative humidity testing is the most accurate test method. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2012
    Subject(s):
    Concrete Surfaces
    Sponsor:
    Wagner Meters
  • Quartz Surfacing Material: A Durable, Sustainable and Attractive Surface

    1 LU AIA

    Quartz is the most abundant mineral on earth and is extremely strong and durable, making quartz surfacing material a stain and scratch resistant product that exceeds any comparable product today. Identify criteria to consider when designing a quartz surface and how to work with a fabricator. Identify general fabrication, installation and maintenance considerations that will help you choose a durable, impervious and attractive quartz surface. This program is registered with AIA for 1 CEH and with IDCEC for 1 hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2012
    Subject(s):
    Finishes and Surfaces
    Sponsor:
    LG Hausys
  • Solidly Sustainable

    1 LU AIA/HSW/SD

    Acrylic solid surface is valued for its exceptional versatility, durability, and its unique ability to be formed into almost unlimited shapes. Recently it has been recognized as a sustainable, eco-friendly material. Explain what makes a solid surface product eco-friendly, including recycled content, life cycle assessment and contribution to LEED points. Discuss fabrication and evaluate design potential, providing examples of where this eco-friendly surface can be used. Finally, describe how solid surface was used in three case studies, from concept and visualization through design and fabrication. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Finishes and Surfaces, Sustainable Materials, Design
    Sponsor:
    LG Hausys Surfaces
    Certification(s):
    GBCI
  • Designing with Solid Surface Course

    1 LU AIA

    This program is registered with AIA for 1 CEH. Solid surface is an affordable luxury with unlimited aesthetic options due to its versatility. Describe the ingredients that comprise the material and the manufacturing process. Identify performance benefits of solid surface related to maintenance, health, safety and sustainability, as well as evaluate the aesthetic benefits that give this product unlimited design potential. Finally, examine a range of applications and solutions that solid surface can provide for future design challenges. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Finishes and Surfaces, Interiors, Design
    Sponsor:
    LG Hausys Surfaces
  • Above the Lot Course

    1 LU AIA

    Generally considered the province of engineers and design/build contractors, parking structures have long been a rote sort of project that is often ruled by the mandates of zoning laws, building codes, and the bottom line. Parking garages have recently garnered newfound design acclaim, but their potential to become centers for community gathering and technological trailblazers remains open for exploration. Architects can contribute significantly to integrating parking garages into the community fabric, improving the user experience, and supporting the urban continuum. This article originally published in the November 2012 print and digital editions of ARCHITECT magazine and is registered with AIA for 1 CEH. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Parking Lots and Garages, Design, Technology
  • Fiber Cement Panels as Rain Screens Course

    1 LU AIA

    Moisture intrusion in a wall system can be the cause of building defects, as well as health ailments for the building's occupants, making rainscreens a very important tool in water mitigation. This course will review the cause and effects of moisture intrusion, and more specifically the forces that drive rainwater into a building. Identify different rainscreen technologies and ASTM testing standards that measure their performance; discuss fiber cement panels and how they can be used as a rainscreen to reduce moisture build-up, rotting interior walls and mold growth. By the end of the course you will understand basic design approaches and guidelines for installing fiber cement panels as a rainscreen. This course is registered with AIA for 1 CEH. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Rainscreen, Fiber-Reinforced Concrete
    Sponsor:
    Nichiha
  • Selecting The Appropriate Roofing Adhesive For Flat-Roof Applications Course

    1 LU AIA

    Flat roof construction has unique challenges and durability issues associated with water; selecting an adhesive system that will complement the roof structure is important. This course will give provide an overview of roof construction common in commercial buildings, and offer a specific examination of multi-layer roof applications typical of flat-roof construction. Explore productivity and material costs issues related to flat roof construction and successfully choose the most appropriate adhesive for flat roof construction by comparing and contrasting a specific set of attributes related to durability, strength, healthfulness, cost, and ease of use that can greatly impact the performance of the roofing system. This program is registered with AIA for 1 CEH. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Roofing, Caulks Adhesives and Sealants
    Sponsor:
    3M
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Shades of Gray

    1 LU HSW/SD

    On-site gray water treatment systems offer an efficient solution for water conservation, if designers are willing to invest the time and effort. Despite the science behind the design of wastewater treatment systems, some designers, building officials, and occupants still view them with skepticism. The solution to water scarcity ultimately does not lie in codebooks or technical drawings. The solution begins with us. This article originally published in the October 2012 print and digital editions of ARCHITECT magazine and is registered with AIA for 1 HSW/SD hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2012
    Subject(s):
    Water, Management
    Sponsor:
    Bradley