AIA-approved CEU classes (AIA Provider E240)

* Each class is worth 1 LU/HSW, unless otherwise noted.

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  • Can You Still Hear Me? Distributed Antennas Systems (CYSHM)

    This class focuses on Distributed Antenna Systems and how they address two very important needs for a facility. First, they improve the quality of cell phone signals inside the facility which increases user satisfaction and productivity. Secondly, they improve the radio reception for first responders during an emergency.

  • COVID and Healthcare Facilities (C2020)

    This addresses HVAC ventilation measures for present state operation of systems serving hospital and administrative office occupants in a COVID-19 environment. The presentation covers the latest information on viral transmission, as well as guidance on implementing facility adaptations for housing and treating COVID-19 patients. We also touch on alternate care sites and surge planning as well as some non-traditional air cleaning technologies.

  • Decarbonization Our Buildings – Key Issues and Actions (DECARB2022)

    As the climate change impacts of building construction and operation become clearer and clearer, building designers, architects and engineers, need to take immediate action. This course provides designers with information about the key issues of decarbonizing the building sector, as well as specific steps to be taken to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the building industry.

  • Designing for Infectious Disease Mitigation (IDMIT21)

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into stark view how indoor environments can affect the transmission of infectious diseases. This presentation examines how improving ventilation can contribute to this effort. The presentation provides attendees with details about fresh air circulation and increased filtration efficiency, as well as alternative technologies that are rapidly proliferating. Examples of applications in commercial and institutional building types, including offices, retail, education, and healthcare delivery are provided.

  • Energy Benchmarking, Goal-Setting and Energy Modeling During Design (ENERGY400)

    The AIA’s Framework includes for Design Excellence includes 10 different measures, including “Designing for Energy”. These 10 measures were formerly known as the COTE Top Ten. The Designing for Energy measure organizes our thinking, facilitates conversations with our clients, and sets meaningful goals and targets for climate action and building performance. This presentation focuses on engaging the participants in energy benchmarking, goal-setting and energy modeling during design. Benchmarks and goals are shared with the design team and owner, and are a basis for a deeper conversation about how the building is intended to work. Energy modeling is a fundamental design tool to help projects meet their goals – it is key to understanding conceptual design choices, and essential to the design team for meeting its energy goals. As with many decisions made during design, the earlier the project team uses benchmarking, goal-setting and energy modeling as a design tool, the lower the cost, and the greater the benefit to the building owner.

  • Energy Gremlins in Lab and Healthcare Projects (Gremlins)

    Science & Technology and acute care Healthcare projects have specific energy signatures that separate them from other project types due to internal, process-related loads (equipment of laboratory support and diagnostic and treatment) that are largely self-heating, even at very low outside temperatures. These projects are also characterized by health and safety concerns that mandate air exchange rates that are well in excess of that required to handle the peak thermal loads of the spaces, leading to a simultaneous heating and cooling approach to space temperature and humidity control.

  • Evolving Technologies Impact to Programming – Creating Clinically Adaptable Designs (ET2020)

    Advancing healthcare technologies and integrated building systems are constantly changing clinical operations and the spaces we design. Frequently the impact of technology is missed during master planning, space planning and design. Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, 3D Printing, Remote Monitoring, and Virtual Care are just a few technologies driving operational changes in healthcare that improve patient safety and healthcare outcomes. Developing master plans, space programs, designs, and project budgets that are capable of addressing evolving technologies are key to the success of long-term facility planning. This session will challenge our traditional planning techniques to incorporate the unpredictable technical elements of advanced technologies improving patient care.

  • Find Creativity and Success in Historic Renovation and Adaptive Reuse Projects (NCSEA2021)

    The renovation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings is a complex and challenging task for all involved, from owners to architects and engineers. This presentation seeks to highlight key techniques to overcome these hurdles and deliver a successful project, with a focus on structural engineering and extensions of those lessons to other disciplines. This presentation breaks down lessons learned into the stages of the initial schematic design, development of the construction documents, permitting and historic review (local and national), and construction – as the unexpected is encountered. Creativity is crucial to success, as this presentation will demonstrate through the use of case studies, since every historic building project is unique and requires attention to detail.

  • Health & Wellness Ratings in Existing and New Office Buildings (2020HW)

    Review of the Health & Wellness ratings that are available for buildings, the processes and costs involved in pursuing the ratings, and case studies. Indoor air quality, proper cleaning, and all the facility measures that have become so important in our lives due to COVID will be discussed along with how to achieve and maintain facilities that the public may have confidence in visiting.

  • Healthy Buildings 2020 (HB2020)

    This class focuses on trends in public wellness and how architecture can play a role in improving community health. Heavy discussion on the importance of healthy buildings through the lens of COVID-19.

  • Historic Barnett Tower Adaptive Reuse/Renovation and LEED V4 Certification (BT2020)

    Presentation addresses how a 18-story historic building built in the 1920s was adapted to 21st century standards and achieved LEED NCv4 certification. (1 LU)

  • Incorporating Technology in Healthcare Facilities to Improve Patient Safety and Save Lives (ITHC)

    Design teams are missing opportunities to incorporate technologies and building systems solutions that improve patient care and save lives. Predictive fall prevention systems, building systems integrations, infection control dashboards, predictive analytics, remote monitoring, mobile healthcare units, wearable technologies, and virtual care are often viewed outside of the design process in many projects as an owner furnished IT/biomed issue. Helping facilities incorporate these into the design process improves outcomes by capturing proper clinical workflow, real infrastructure needs and space requirements that are often missed. Exposing our healthcare clients to current trends/options helps them think beyond how they are currently delivering care, making informed decisions, and providing comprehensive designs. This session will evaluate varied technologies and building systems being utilized in many facilities that design teams can implement to dramatically improve patient outcomes.

  • JUST: Transparency & Responsibility for the Build Environment (JUST)

    This session on social equity in the workplace will focus on an overview of the JUST Program, an emerging organizational transparency platform, and disclosure tool. The JUST Program allows participating organizations to assess their overall progress across a wide range of social equity indicators including diversity, equity, safety, worker benefits, and community stewardship.

  • LEED V4.1 – Understanding the Newest GBCI Rating System (4.1)

    This course compares the differences between LEED v4 and v4.1 to help design professionals better manage their sustainability projects.

  • Not Even the 3 Little Pigs Built Their Houses of Glass: Impact of IECC 2018 Changes on Architecture (3PIGSIECC2018)

    A family of courses developed to educate design teams on changes to IECC code and impacts on architectural and engineering design. Courses are specialized to illustrate the impact of code changes on both architectural and engineering elements of building design.

  • Reducing Embodied Carbon (GW2020.1)

    Sustainable buildings are crucial to the future of the human race and societies at large. The embodied carbon (EC) content of buildings in their structures and systems can be a tremendous contributor to the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of a building as a final product. There are numerous decision points in the process of visioning and designing a building at which the EC content can be reduced dramatically, enabling us to build with far less impact on global warming than is currently the case. EC will be defined and the sources of EC in buildings from a structural engineering and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems perspective presented. The discussion will include recent research on buildings and embodied carbon, focusing on increasing sustainability. Presenters will demonstrate how engineers, architects, and owners can leverage their roles and the available tools to reduce the EC content of their buildings. Includes options for EC reduction and contributions of Architecture 2030 and the SE 2050 challenge.

  • Reducing Hospital Security Threats With Attentive Design (HC Threat)

    Active shooters, domestic violence, terrorism, gangs, behavioral patient issues, theft, workplace violence, and abductions are unfortunate realities hospitals must be prepared to face. Virtual fencing, biometrics, video analytics, visitor management systems, access control, emergency notification systems, duress systems, and video surveillance can reduce these risks but must be carefully designed with the built environment as a front line defense. Embracing a holistic design approach that integrates these technologies along with physical barriers, structural resiliency, strategic lighting, incident command centers, and operation needs is a must to address today’s hospital security risks.

  • Structural Engineering Fundamentals

    This presentation discusses not only the basic principles of structural engineering that contribute to public safety, but also the considerations that ensure occupant comfort and criteria that ensures the long-term usefulness of a building or other structure. Code compliance is discussed on multiple levels, as are the more owner- or developer-driven criteria that enable a design team to deliver a successful, safe, and functional project.

  • The Lighting Blues (TLB)

    Blue light can have a long lasting effect in productivity, revenue and health for projects and occupants. We dig deep into the source of the issue as well as understand how and why it is a topic needed to be addressed. We will determine different solutions, design concepts as well as new technologies which will ensure that the project and its occupants can perform at its best while creating a better environment which extends beyond the work life.