Online Courses

These CE accredited AEC courses offer a flexible way to learn within your own schedule on mobile or desktop.

Insulated Metal Panels: All-In-One Air and Water Barrier

Credits: 1 AIA HSW LU

Ideal for both retrofits and new construction as an all-in-one air and water barrier with continuous insulation, roof and wall insulated metal panels deliver a plethora of performance, erection, durability, and aesthetic benefits.

Advanced Revit Model Health Checks using Ideate Software

Credits: 1 AIA LU

Revit model health continues to be an important topic of discussion in our industry. As models grow from phase to phase, so does the complexity of the geometry and the information that users input into the Revit models. As deadlines loom and more help is added to projects, it is easy to forego modelling and drafting standards to meet those deadlines. The unfortunate side-effects of relinquishing modelling and drafting standards are unhealthy, bloated models that become increasingly difficult to work with, full of warnings, and full of confusing data that is unused or improperly used.

The OLED Lighting Experience

Credits: 1 AIA HSW LU

A course covering OLED lighting technology fundamentals, performance and differentiation – all with a focus on design freedom and aesthetic, including case studies and examples of OLED lighting installations.

The Aluminum Advantage in Fenestration

Credits: 1 AIA LU

This course is designed to show the advantages of aluminum extrusion use in many architectural designs, from curtainwall to windows and doors, as well as railings and walkway covers, and will inspire limitless design opportunities for architects and engineers.

Case Studies: Facade Projects Shaping Parking Design Today

Credits: 1 AIA HSW LU

Review a series of case studies to explore new facade technologies that improve the user experience, elevate the design of parking structures, and facilitate their evolving role in the cities of tomorrow. Embark on an in-depth study of a new multi-story carpark in Chicago to reveal the key elements of its design-assist process and the resulting high-end, economical facade solution.

Putting Sustainable Design Into Practice

Credits: 1 AIA LU

Sustainability is more than just a buzzword. It is a practical part of modern design and can be leveraged in a number of realistic, impactful ways. However, with an ever-evolving ecosystem of sustainable standards and products – staying on top of best practices can seem daunting to firms of all sizes and scopes.

In this session, get expert advice from a green building consultant and explore how you can take small, actionable steps to evangelize and execute sustainable design practices in future projects.

Design Case Studies for High-Performance Higher Education and Multi-family

Credits: 1 AIA LU

Shifting energy codes are challenging architects with a wide array of parameters to balance like energy, cost, daylight, views, and embodied carbon. Hiring a consultant for every kind of analysis is a burden on fees. Many architects are harnessing simulation to shape the design and details of their projects. To be successful, teams must understand the levers that impact the performance and set up processes for success. Join this 60-minute session diving into two case studies to generate beautiful analysis graphics and see how to shape the narrative in a data driven design process.

If Your Firm is So Successful, Where is All the Money?

Credits: 1 AIA LU

If your firm takes pride in its ability to create sustainable architecture, you owe it to yourself and your clients to make your firm equally sustainable.

Join us in this exciting webinar presented by Steven Burns, FAIA, Chief Creative Officer at BQE Software. With more than 20 years of experience managing a successful architectural practice and having consulted with hundreds of firms over the last 15 years, Steve has been witness to every good and bad method of firm management and financial stewardship.

This webinar will cover 10 simple things your firm can start doing to becoming financially stable, which will not only take away the financial pressure so many firms face each month, but allow your firm to grow, hire the finest talent and attract coveted clients.

A Complete Approach to Rainscreen Design

Credits: 1 AIA LU

This course presents the complete design approach to rainscreens and explains why rainscreens are an important topic for the building envelope and enclosures. This course enforces the use of control layers to maximize the use of a drained, backed ventilated rainscreen system performance for both new and existing buildings. Audience will learn and be able to identify different rainscreen technologies and how a complete approach is beneficial to a building’s performance, by ensuring compatibility among components and understand the relationship of control layers of the exterior wall assembly for health and safety of occupants. Lastly, the course will review this approach using real-world rainscreen systems.

Redefining Rooftops: Understanding Rooftop Deck Systems

Credits: 1 AIA LU HSW

Rooftop decks create valuable living and recreational space for building owners, residents, and clients. Accommodating restaurants, hotels, healthcare facilities, and everything from residential to government buildings, rooftop deck systems offer the design flexibility to create versatile, unique outdoor spaces over any structural surface. This course explores the features, surface materials, and design options for rooftop deck systems and provides an overview of recommended planning and installation guidelines.

Vitruvian Principles Applied to Firm Management

Credits: 1 AIA LU

Commodity, Firmness and Delight of Project Accounting

Simply uttering the word “accounting” can make the eyes of an architect glaze over in boredom. However, for a profession that should appreciate the benefits of data, the beauty of organization, the importance of analysis and the value of truth, accounting is the gateway to every firm’s success.

This session will expose you to the remarkable benefits your firm will experience by implementing a system that enables project accounting. These tools begin by helping you identify project profitability, but the benefits ripple outwards. Not only will you be able to identify where your firm makes or loses money, but you will learn which employees, partners, project managers, project types and even which activities bring you the most profit.

CAS 284 – Building the Perfect Envelope with Insulated Metal Panels

Credits: 1 AIA LU

Understanding building physics is critical to proper building envelope design. Examined here are practical concepts for the building designer, including how cladding systems perform across different climate zones and applications. Environmental control layers and hygrothermal loads are reviewed, as is the concept of perfect/universal wall design. The course focuses on how single-component insulated metal panels (IMPs) function as a perfect/universal wall, simplifying wall system design and installation.

Designing with GFRC in the Modern Space

Credits: 1 AIA LU

The purpose of this presentation is to give an introduction to GFRC (glass-fiber reinforced concrete), including the virtues and benefits seen when choosing to work with this material for the fabrication of residential or commercial furnishings. The course does this by exploring a common GFRC application – countertops – while discussing the pros and cons of utilizing GFRC while comparing and contrasting it to a variety of other stone products.

5 Common Design Questions for Balancing Sustainability and Cost

Credits: 1 AIA LU

Architects of today face a common task that defies intuition – how to balance building performance and strict carbon targets against cost. Sustainability in design is certainly a worthy and necessary goal, but the amount of options can be overwhelming and the costs prohibitive, especially in the eyes of owners. How can designers best convince their clients to integrate sustainability into a project? Keeping costs low and backing up decisions with fact-based analysis are solid first steps. Join this 60 minute session for a dive into workflows and case studies with implementable takeaways for your projects.

Holistic Firm Management: Operational Insights in Service Towards a Work-Life Balance

Credits: 1 AIA LU

What if you had the tools to understand where you are with regard to all aspects of your firm? Key Performance Indicators can be defined and implemented to guide you towards both professional and personal success. If you can’t measure it, you can’t track it, and you won’t know how to improve it. This session will share with you the KPIs that reflect your progress and guide your future

Daylighting and Sustainable Design

Credits: 1 AIA LU|HSW

Topics discussed include the origins of translucent daylighting with the structural sandwich panel, considerations in design, enhancement of daylighting techniques, real energy conservation, the eight systems, and opportunities offered in contrast, design, form, and aesthetics. The benefits of diffused natural daylighting on performance, health, productivity, safety, and sustainable design are emphasized. Specialty performance systems including explosion venting, blast resistant, hurricane impact, and OSHA fall through protection is included

IMP 011 – Designing with Architectural Insulated Metal Wall Panels

Credits: 1 AIA LU

We review the characteristics that best describe architectural IMPs including the myriad design options available. Topics such as finishes and coatings, trimless ends, folded corners, variable reveals, segmented curves, running bond patterns, sunscreens and integrated windows are reviewed. Structural support considerations including stud walls and tube steel are studied, as well as the importance of maintaining proper wall alignment. The installation process is also reviewed using an animated video to provide step-by-step guidance. Air, water, vapor and thermal control layers are studied along with code compliance. Product and installation warranties are highlighted before wrapping up with a look at IMP sustainability and transparency.

Advanced Glazing Solutions for Optimum Daylighting, Energy Performance and User Safety + Wellness

Credits: 1 AIA LU | HSW

Topics discussed include developments in high-performance glazing to address key glazing design objectives – such as solar heat control, daylighting, views, and energy savings – and how honeycomb glazing uses angular selective technology to optimally balance these objectives. The benefits of ample diffuse daylighting on occupant well-being and productivity are addressed as are cost savings through reduced lighting and HVAC energy loads, and independent daylighting and energy studies are included. Honeycomb insert and glazing lite options will be overviewed, emphasizing the broad potential for meeting specific design, performance, sustainability, and wellness objectives. Resources and tools for building-specific daylighting and energy-analysis will be covered, including methods for accessing honeycomb insert data, and conducting comparative analyses of glazing options is commonly used building analysis software platforms.

Aluminum Extrusions & High Performance Building Envelopes: Still the Answer

Credits: 1 AIA LU

This program will explore the challenges in designing contemporary building envelopes.  Potential conflicts in simultaneous objectives of achieving aesthetics, energy efficiency, sustainability, longevity, and occupant health and safety will be discussed.  In addition, how best to assess the energy efficiency of alternative window/window wall configurations will be reviewed.   Advances in thermal barrier materials and extrusion profile design – in conjunction with energy efficient glazing – will be shown, illustrating how these systems can provide window and curtain wall designs that meet or exceed more demanding energy codes while providing the daylighting and minimal sight lines that users and designers desire.

Intelligent Enclosure Solutions, an Introduction to Ventilated Façade Assemblies

Credits: 1 AIA LU

This webinar will describe the components and terminology associated with ventilated facades. Learn about the major types of façade claddings and assemblies; benefits, challenges & opportunities. Explain the benefits of a ventilated façade and understand the positive contributions to our environment and architecture.

ALT CES 120 – Reduce Energy Costs, Simplify Construction, and Improve Life-Safety using Precast Exteriors with Composite Design and Carbon Fiber Technology

Credits: 1 AIA HSW

Learn how high-performance, fully composite insulated sandwich wall panels can be designed to reduce energy costs, enhance life-safety and streamline the job site, especially amid COVID-19 restrictions. We will explore the various attributes of wythe connectors including carbon fiber grid trusses for precast sandwich wall enclosures as well as panel insulation options, manufacturing, testing and installation methods. We will review projects that illustrate the broad range of building types and appearances that can be created and delivered.

ALT CES 130 – Specifying High-Performance Precast: Creative Aesthetic Possibilities

Credits: 1 AIA HSW

Learn to unleash the full creative, aesthetic possibilities of architectural precast concrete exteriors and how new technologies are giving you more options than ever. The webinar will showcase the vast finish options of precast concrete including surface treatments, pigments, color/aggregate selection, formliners and other articulations, embedded elements such as thin brick, terra cotta, and graphic imaging technology that imparts any image or pattern onto the face. The program will also educate about PCI’s newly improved architectural precast concrete certification program and how to specify products with the help of the new guidelines.

The Why and How of BIM Implementation

Credits: 1 AIA CEU

Building Information Modeling continues to become the industry standard, with many projects now requiring the delivery of BIM files. However, considering the implications of a BIM workflow only after starting said projects can lead to serious issues, which is why this presentation will expand upon the planning processes needed to adopt BIM in your firm. Attendees will also examine what a successful BIM transition looks like in practice through example case studies, exploring both why and how firms are already growing their businesses with BIM.

Radon Gas Barriers – The SPF Advantage

Credits: 1 AIA LU

Radon gas is the number 2 cause of lung cancer in North America behind smoking and is prevalent in the vast majority of homes at some level.

Local codes are now demanding radon gas testing and mandating the inclusion of some form of radon mitigation strategy in all residential new construction. Home sellers are now having to provide a radon evaluation to the home buyer. But what do we do if our home has high levels of Radon or the plot of land we intend to build on contains high levels of Radon gas?

Everything you need to know about Testing Rainscreens to AAMA 508 & AAMA 509

Credits: 1 AIA LU

The purpose of this webinar is to educate manufacturers, architects/ specifiers, as well as authorities having jurisdiction and the building inspection community, about the differences between rainscreen systems, and how they are tested within a laboratory environment. This webinar is designed to provide participants an overview of the AAMA 508 and AAMA 509 standards, with specific details addressing the testing requirements found within these standards.

THE PHOENIX IS ON FIRE: How Your Firm Can Rise From the Ashes

Credits: 1 AIA LU

Navigating yourself and your firm through the COVID-19 conundrum.

What the heck happened? There you were, thriving in a growing economy with unprecedented unemployment and enough work to keep your firm busy for months if not years. In a flash, it all evaporated.

Using BIM Software to Work While Social Distancing

Credits: 1 AIA CEU

This course will introduce tools available in building information modeling (BIM) software that enable architects to collaborate virtually with the other members of their design team and their clients. Best practices will be explored and interviews with Alex Hughes from KURV Architecture and Joe Vance from Joe Vance Architects will share their first-hand experiences working in and managing a virtual office.

Functional Creativity with Ornamental Metals in Public Buildings

Credits: 1 LU

Ornamental metals have purposes that enhance both visual aesthetics and building functions. In high-profile urban projects, from retrofits of landmarked buildings to new components of transportation infrastructure, steel and aluminum components allow dramatic gestures, novel geometries, optimization of the materials’ properties, and purposeful contrasts in texture and form. The practical complications of combining customized metal pieces with other materials, particularly on retrofit projects, call for an understanding of those properties and hands-on experience with the details of construction.

Understanding the impact of transitions on facade performance

Credits: 1 AIA Learning Unit (LU)/HSW

This course will explore the challenges on air and water tightness, thermal continuity, constructability and accountability caused by changes in geometry, materials, systems and gaps in scope allocation using completed interface examples. Using at-grade, in-plane, overhead and parapet transition details from one project as a baseline, the importance of careful interface detailing for high-performance envelopes and the responsibility of the architect in this process will be discussed.

The Truth Behind Utilization, Realization and Profitability:

Credits: 1 LU

Many firms focus on their staff’s utilization rate and concentrate every working moment toward a client’s project. While this seems to make sense, the actual path towards greater profitability has very little to do with this simple metric.

FEVE Architectural Coatings: High Performance Coatings for Expansive, Sustainable Design

Credits: 1 LU

In this one-hour course, we will discover the strengths and advantages of FEVE fluoropolymer topcoats. We will evaluate coating performance tests including accelerated weathering and real-time weathering and what the implications are for the life of different coatings.

Is Your Architecture Firm Prepared for the AI Revolution?

Credits: 1 LU

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing industries across the board. By utilizing tons of data, the computer system can perform behaviors associated with human intelligence, such as speech recognition, decision-making, and learning.

Your Employees: The Most Important Asset You’re Neglecting

Credits: 1 LU

Business leaders often declare that employees are their most important assets. But few employers truly define what that means in their workplace.

Understanding Applications of Storefronts, Window Wall and Curtain Wall

Credits: 1 LU

Storefronts, window walls and curtain walls are all have distinctive differences that dictate where they should be installed on a building. This course looks at performance attributes of each system and shares the basic assembly and installation procedures. This course also explores the latest design concepts to meet more stringent energy codes and reviews which system to specify on your next project.

Understanding powder and liquid FEVE coatings for curtainwall and architectural applications

Credits: 1 AIA Learning Unit (LU)/HSW

This course will review the features and benefits of FEVE fluoropolymer topcoats for bridge and curtainwall applications. The course will examine the various uses on new and existing structures and will detail a number of performance tests both real and accelerated to determine the life of the coatings. Lastly this course will assess the life-cycle costs and sustainability benefits of using FEVE topcoats despite their initial higher cost.

The Principles of Glass Selection for Facades

Credits: 1 LU/HSW

This course will introduce the various glass options for commercial building facades while explaining the different types of glass options. The course will explore the aesthetic and performance differences in low emissivity coatings and explain how to customize glass through color, textures and patterns.

Frameless Glass Railings: Designing Stunning, Code-Compliant Systems

Credits: 1 AIA Learning Unit (LU)/HSW

Glass railings can be a beautiful addition to your residential and commercial projects, adding value to your portfolio and raising your profits; however, specification questions, code changes and misinterpretations can stand in the way of a successful glass railing project. In this session, attendees will learn about design considerations, code requirements, installation methods, testing standards, cap rail requirements, and laminated glass guardrail requirements. They will also walk away with a sound understanding of 2015 IBC updates—along with their impact— and the important role of the International Code Council (ICC).

Innovations in Solid Surface for Ventilated Rainscreen Design

Credits: 1 AIA Learning Unit (LU)/HSW

In this course, we review various aspects of solid surface technology such as the production process, features, benefits and design considerations for this versatile material. While most design professionals know solid surface for interiors, this presentation explores the use of the material in exterior cladding applications. In particular, the audience will gain insight into its use as cladding in a ventilated rainscreen design.

Understanding Window and Door Hurricane Requirements for Your Region

Credits: 1 AIA Learning Unit (LU)/HSW

This on-demand course is a recorded webinar.  The course will provide an introduction to hurricane design criteria and impact requirements for windows and the building envelope.  The course will also address how to determine and design for the minimum criteria that are needed to meet your project requirement based on building type and location.

Advanced Detailing for High Performance Envelopes

Credits: 1 LU / HSW

The Advanced Detailing for High-Performance Envelopes webinar is an interactive educational experience that will offer cutting-edge techniques in developing exterior envelope details. This webinar is perfect for all experience levels, from emerging professionals who will gain insights into the fundamentals of detailing to intermediate and expert practitioners who want to explore advances in building tectonics. The webinar will be divided up into three parts: a presentation on opaque assembly detailing principals, a presentation on advanced glazing details, and a presentation on detailing for complex geometries.

Understanding Architectural Low-E Coatings

Credits: 1 LU / HSW

This course will help you understand the solar energy spectrum, common glass performance measures and performance features and benefits of Low-E coatings. You’ll also have a basic understanding of how to prioritize and balance the unique aesthetic and performance needs of your project—no matter how big or small.

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