All Courses

  • Fiberglass Composite Windows in Multi-Family Housing

    This course is registered with AIA for 1 HSW hour and will focus on the use of fiberglass composite windows in multi-family housing, with an emphasis on Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and HUD have rigid standards for window construction and installation, such as fiberglass cladding colors, water-repellent millwork, air leakage, water penetration, structural loading, weather stripping and sealed insulating glass. We will discuss how the minimum property standards can be met by using appropriate technologies. We will review several multi-family case studies and how fiberglass composite windows were applied in each of these projects. This course will cover trends in the multi-family housing industry, FHA window standards, fiberglass composite and other enhanced window technologies, as well as the case studies demonstrating how fiberglass composite windows can be incorporated into multi-family housing projects. Take the course.

    Posted:
    March 2012
    Subject(s):
    Windows, Codes and Standards
    Sponsor:
    Integrity from Marvin Windows and Doors
  • Brick Cladding and Water Management

    1 LU AIA

    This learning unit is registered for one hour with AIA and NAHB and will address the benefits home builders and architects attain when choosing brick cladding as the primary exterior siding on homes. Brick, when compared to other exterior cladding options such as vinyl siding, fiber cement, stucco, and manufactured stone, is proven to be a superior choice for minimizing the potential for water intrusion and moisture issues. Also, brick has a long history of not only increasing curb appeal with aesthetic appeal, but also providing superior impact resistance and fire protection that are unmatched by other materials. 1 HSW hour, AIA; 1 NAHB hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    February 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Masonry Construction
    Sponsor:
    Brick Industry Association
  • Gate Operators: UL 325 Safety Code and Entrapment Mandates

    This course is registered for 1 HSW hour with AIA and will focus on gates and gate operators available in today’s market. We will identify the different types of gates, such as the three most common types: slide, swing and barrier; the most common drive types (chain driven, hydraulic slide and rack and pinion will be highlighted) as well as details on how they operate and with which type of gate they best work. We will move into more detail and highlight on some general installation rules and focus on the importance of operator placement and running wire for each type of gate. Finally, this course will wrap up by looking at the UL325 safety guidelines for gate operators and how they impact specifying and selecting a gate and operator. Take the course.

    Posted:
    February 2012
    Subject(s):
    Safety, Codes and Standards
    Sponsor:
    Lift Master
  • Reducing Water Intrusion in the Home by Choosing High Performance Door Components

    This learning unit was developed for architects and will describe how a complete and well-sealed building envelope helps make the home more durable, sustainable, and healthy for the occupants. We will also continue to discuss how moisture enters the home and the significant issues this moisture can cause, such as poor indoor air quality, pests, and potential rot. This course will look specifically at how a traditional wood door frame system can be vulnerable to moisture issues and are not as successful as newer door frame types. It will wrap up by looking at composite materials used in door frame construction and their benefits. Take the course.

    Posted:
    January 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Doors
    Sponsor:
    Endura
  • Water Management and Exterior Door Frames

    This program is registered with the AIA for 1 CEH. You will be able to describe how a complete and well-sealed building envelope helps make the home more durable, sustainable, and healthy for the occupants. We will also continue to discuss how moisture enters the home and the significant issues this moisture can cause, such as poor indoor air quality, pests, and potential rot. This course will look specifically at how a traditional wood door frame system can be vulnerable to moisture issues and are not as successful as newer door frame types. It will wrap up by looking at composite materials used in door frame construction and their benefits. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2011
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Doors
    Sponsor:
    Endura
  • Pre-Applied Waterproofing Technology

    This program is registered with the AIA for 1 CEH. Pre-applied waterproofing is the practice of installing the waterproofing prior to building the structure; typically the pre-applied waterproofing will be directly in contact with the exterior of the foundation slab and walls and is used to protect the foundation and building from water and moisture ingress. The intent of this course is to provide a better understanding of pre-applied waterproofing so that systems can be selected and designed with a higher level of technical expertise. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2011
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Foundation, Moisture Barriers
    Sponsor:
    Grace
  • Getting Paid – Steps to Follow to Ensure Timely Payments

    This course looks at the issues that architecture firms face with getting paid by clients. Accounts receivable are probably the biggest asset of your business. The typical architecture firm has about half or more of its assets tied up in yet-to-be-paid, and yet-to-be-billed fees. This course looks at steps you can take to clear up billing issues and have a successful project close out. This program is registered with the AIA for 1 CEH. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2011
    Subject(s):
    Fee Management, Design Fees
    Sponsor:
    XL Group Insurance
  • Sustainable Design for Windows

    1 LU HSW/SD

    It has become very important for architects to understand how to choose a sustainable window and window frame system that will promote comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and longevity through quality construction. This course will explain how windows promote healthy living conditions for the occupants by increasing natural daylight and improving indoor air quality. It will also describe how sustainable building products and materials can satisfy the aesthetic tastes of occupants today and in the future by using Universal Design strategies. Finally, by the end of this course you will be able to describe how choosing an ENERGY STAR® rated window can, lower heating and cooling costs and how they can help contribute towards points the LEED for Homes credit categories. This program is registered for 1 AIA HSW/SD hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2011
    Subject(s):
    Windows, Energy Efficiency
    Sponsor:
    Milgard Windows and Doors
  • Flashing for Windows

    1 LU AIA

    Flashing is a water-resistant sheet material that bridges and seals the gap between the window or door frame members to the adjacent construction. You could say that flashing’s mission is to manage water intrusion by providing a mechanism to drain it to the outside of the building envelope. Flashing may be one of the most under-rated building envelope components, yet arguably it is one of the most important. This course will look at the importance of flashing for windows, while also listing the different types of flashing along with the proper installation methods. This program is registered for 1 AIA CEH. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2011
    Subject(s):
    Windows, Installation
    Sponsor:
    DuPont
  • Overview and Key Aspects of LEED for Homes

    This webinar will open with a brief introduction to the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED, followed by a discussion of the specific impacts the residential building sector on our shared environments. We will then discuss the benefits of green homes and how LEED for Homes can help us obtain green, high performance homes. The key aspects of rating system will be explored as well as the roles and responsibilities of the key stake holders involved in a LEED for Homes project, including; USGBC, a LEED for Homes Provider, a LEED for Homes Green Rater and the design and construction team. By the end of the webinar you will be familiar with the education and additional resources available to you and well as the next steps you should take to get started on your next LEED for Homes project. This program has been registered with the AIA for 1 HSW/SD hour, and with GBCI for 1 CMP hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2011
    Subject(s):
    LEED
    Sponsor:
    United States Green Building Council