Continuing Education

CES is a continuing education system emphasizing learning developed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to record professional learning as a mandatory requirement for architect membership.

the architect's life-long learning

CES can enable the architect to stay up-to-date, master new knowledge and skills, plan for the future and responsibly meet the role society entrusts to the architectural professional. The AIA/CES design assists architects in maintaining their competence and in achieving their professional goals. In doing so, CES has the potential to be one of the primary forces in the improvement and revitalization of the architectural profession.

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courses offered

Course Number Course Name and Description
EQ4002

Health Care Ceilings & Walls

This USG program examines the Health Care Environment by studying the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, Facilities Guidelines Institute, 2010 Edition. "Section 2.1-7.2.3.4 Ceilings" of the Guidelines describes the attributes of ceilings required for patient, semi-restricted, restricted, dietary and laundry areas. It details the criteria to provide ceilings that prevent the habitation and spread of viruses and bacteria.

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HPB002

High Performing Interiors for High Performance Buildings

Provides an overview of climate change and the sustainability movement, building material selection and material attributes and operational energy. Quality Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) may be the most important consideration for Sustainable Design.

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MR0001

Product Life Cycle Assessment

Sustainability is the hot topic of the times. Sustainability is all about durability, adaptability, and performance; after all the Greenest building is the one that does not have to be re-built. Proper specification and detailing of systems will improve the overall performance of your design solutions.

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BS1001

Building Science: Architectural Materials — Interior Finishes

Part 1of 4 Interior Materials: Identify and discuss the physics of each aspect of building science and how interior material selection and use effects each aspect of interior design solutions.

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BS1002

Building Science: Architectural Materials — Interior Finishes

Part 2 of 4 Interior Materials: Identify and discuss the physics of each aspect of building science and how interior material selection and use effects each aspect of interior design solutions.

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BS1003

Building Science: Architectural Materials — Interior Finishes

Part 3 of 4 Interior Materials: Identify and discuss the physics of each aspect of building science and how interior material selection and use effects each aspect of interior design solutions.

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BS1004

Building Science: Architectural Materials — Interior Finishes

Part 4 of 4 Interior Materials: Identify and discuss the physics of each aspect of building science and how interior material selection and use effects each aspect of interior design solutions.

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EXT004

Building a Better System With Roof Boards

This USG program is an open discussion on roofing technology and the use of cover boards. Roof board is a non-structural rigid form board used as a component of a commercial roofing assembly in certain applications to enhance performance of the roofing assembly by improving resistance to fire, wind and surface compressive damage.

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MR0002

LCA and Reducing the Carbon Footprint through Innovation

This course, Evolution of Lightweight Building Materials MR0002, is designed to educate individuals on how and why building materials have changed throughout modern history.

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0EXT02

Design Guide for Exterior Sheathings

Updated: This program will discuss the role of exterior sheathing relative to wall design, develop framework of performance, discuss major sheathing types and discuss specification of sheathings.

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MR0002A

Evolution of Lightweight Building Materials

This course, Evolution of Lightweight Building Materials MR0002, is designed to educate individuals on how and why building materials have changed throughout modern history. The course demonstrates progression of lightweight materials through different architectural building types and building materials. Each piece of architecture discussed is uniquely related to specific building material. Many types of building materials are presented highlighting material weights, sustainability impacts, performance properties, fire resistance, materiality, advantages and disadvantages of each material.

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MR0003

Environmental Product Declarations

This USG course reviews what is an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and what goes into them. This course review what is published in EPDs and how they are the score card of a Life Cycle Assessment of a product, system or service based on Product Category Rules (PCR) for that product family.

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0FS002

Moisture Mitigation for Concrete Slabs and Self-Leveling Underlayments

CE unit covers the basics of moisture mitigation in concrete slabs and self-leveling underlayment products used as part of the system. One will be able to identify problem areas related to excessive moisture in concrete slabs, identify different testing protocols for moisture, discuss pros and cons of various moisture mitigation systems and identify self-leveling cements used with moisture mitigation products.

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CODE01

Deciphering the Gypsum Code

A view to deciphering gypsum product codes, their implication to life-safety systems of commercial and multifamily buildings. Providing an understanding of gypsum drywall specification references, in order to prevent specification, installation and inspection mistakes.

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DWSS01

Pre-Engineered Drywall Grid

An overview of the flexible design capabilities of both flat and curved drywall ceiling suspension systems.

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STRU01

Structural Cementitious Floor Sheathing Panels

This presentation provides an introduction to fiber-reinforced, inorganic, composite panels as noncombustible structural cementitious floor sheathing panels. The sheathing panels described in this presentation are intended to be installed over cold-formed steel framing, and used as a combination sub-floor and underlayment. Installation is intended to be limited to protected, interior locations.

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MR0004

LEED v4 — What has changed — Materials

LEED v4, how has it changed and what is new in Materials. The new "Building Product Disclosure and Optimization — Environmental Product Declarations" and "Building Product Disclosure and Optimization — Material Ingredient Reporting" credits will affect the information you now need to obtain as well as understand. This course will review EPDs, LCAs, and HPDs.

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00AR01

Abuse-Resistant Wallboard Systems

Discuss what abuse resistance is, what methods of testing are required for different applications, and how the various abuse resistant systems perform.

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0ACS01

Acoustical Ceiling Systems

A discussion on the properties and performance characteristics of Acoustical Ceiling Systems, and the six factors to be examined when selecting an acoustical ceiling panel — Sound Control, Fire Resistance, Abuse Resistance, Moisture Control, Aesthetics and Sustainability.

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0GSW01

Vertical Shaft Protection: Gypsum Shaft Wall Systems

A brief history of vertical shaft protection, review of system components, a discussion of the advantages of gypsum shaft system over other type systems, performance and design issues, and a review of its functionality as it relates to fire performance.

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0GSW01AA

Vertical Shaft Protection: Gypsum Shaft Wall Systems

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AA02

Open-Plan Environment

The goal or objective of the program is to better educate the architect & help them to evaluate the effect of the Open-Plan design choices on the office physical environment. Design choices that are covered in the program include: Indoor Air Quality; Thermal Comfort; Acoustics; Lighting; and Workstation Layout. The program will assist the architect in designing a better work environment in the open-plan office by improving the employee satisfaction.

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AA03

Flanking Transmission in Frame Construction

This Program will focus on the transmission of sound through walls and floor ceiling frame assemblies. The program is an in-depth look at the connections, and locations where gain/loss of sound transmission is highlighted.

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ACS02

Curved Ceiling Systems

An interactive discussion on how articulated ceiling systems have been installed and new pre-engineered snap together solutions that are faster and more flexible. Details and specifications will be discussed to allow the architect to explore the limits of their mind through the use of three dimensional ceiling systems.

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EXT02

Moisture Intrusion and Control

An open discussion about strategies to minimize the risk of moisture intrusion and cause related issues including: construction scheduling, material storage, proper detailing, vapor migration, building maintenance and preparation for building occupancy.

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EXT03

Roofing Technology

Participants will be able to: Better understand the essential performance criteria used in commercial roofing. Understand the various types of coverboards and how they can enhance a commercial roofing systems.

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IEQ001

IEQ — Designing Healthier Interiors — Basic

This course will look into the topic of Indoor Environmental Quality with emphasis on Indoor Air Quality and its impact on occupants. The program will discuss the impact of interior finish material selection on air quality. We will look at the definitions of IEQ and IAQ, the issues surrounding these topics and results of poor air quality in interior spaces. The course will look specifically at air pollutants like VOC's and formaldehyde emissions from building materials. The course will discuss IEQ test methods and review testing of building materials to meet newer, more stringent industry standards and evaluate the trade off's involved in selecting interior finish materials.

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LOF01

Levels of Finish

Discussion of drywall finish methods to provide a guideline to manage visual performance expectations.

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MR0002DE

Evolution of Lightweight Building Materials

This course, Evolution of Lightweight Building Materials MR0002, is designed to educate individuals on how and why building materials have changed throughout modern history. The course demonstrates progression of lightweight materials through different architectural building types and building materials. Each piece of architecture discussed is uniquely related to specific building material. Many types of building materials are presented highlighting material weights, sustainability impacts, performance properties, fire resistance, materiality, advantages and disadvantages of each material.

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SR001

Seismic Ceiling Designs

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STRU02

Specification Guide For Exterior Sheathings

A historic review and discussion of the evolution of sheathings in the United States, the properties of various sheathings, and which are suited for which applications including trade-offs in selection of properties and products. Discussion on properties you may specify on your next job and how it can lead you to the selection of the correct sheathing.

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00AA01

Architectural Acoustics 1

A discussion of the physics and nature of sound — this course will use details and examples to cover design criteria such as STC, CAC, NRC, factors of sound control such as use of building materials, flanking paths, and ASTM testing methods related to interior partitions in the architectural environment.

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0EXT02DE

Design Guide for Exterior Sheathings

Updated: This program will discuss the role of exterior sheathing relative to wall design, develop framework of performance, discuss major sheathing types and discuss specification of sheathings.

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EQ8101DE

Designing Integrated Sustainable Ceilings

This USG program will address the trend away from standard modular ceilings to more organized approach.

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EXT004DE

Building a Better System With Roof Boards

This USG program is an open discussion on roofing technology and the use of cover boards. Roof board is a non-structural rigid form board used as a component of a commercial roofing assembly in certain applications to enhance performance of the roofing assembly by improving resistance to fire, wind and surface compressive damage.

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MR0003DE

Environmental Product Declarations

This USG course reviews what is an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and what goes into them.

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