AIA Seminars

AIA Seminars

AIA Seminars

Exterior Building Solutions is proud to offer various AIA accredited seminars covering different aspects of the building envelope. All of the AIA courses offer 1 HSW credit and 1 learning unit.

To schedule an AIA course for your firm, please contact Jennifer Hays at




Energy Performance – Impact of Roof Color, System Type,  & Climate

  • Understanding energy-efficient roofing options and subsequent performance based on materials color, insulation levels, building location and climate conditions
  • Review current life cycle calculators/software to show energy performance, carbon emission, and lifecycle analysis

Single-Ply Roofing Technology

  • Comprehending the differences between EPDM, TPO, and PVC
  • Understanding the need for proper uplift design in respect of certification, roof assembly, and perimeter edge
  • Realize the differences in “warranty language” and what to watch out for so the building owner receives the most comprehensive coverage

PVC Roofing Materials – Performance, Construction, Functionality

  • Understand how PVC roofing membranes fit within the building codes for fire resistance, fit within industry energy programs offering a more sustainable opportunity, and review studies on service life of the material
  • Learn about the major components, such as the thickness, scrim choice, and formula in the manufacturing of PVC roofing membranes and how together they impact its longevity and performance

Vegetated Roofing Systems

  • Understand the definition of storm water management and the role vegetative roofs can play in reducing storm water runoff
  • Understand the Urban Heat Island Effect and the role vegetative and other roof types can accomplish heat island mitigation
  • Wind and Structural Design of the rooftop and the considerations to be made when deciding on incorporation of a vegetative roof

EPDM – Defining the Standard for 50 Years

  • Review various studies that demonstrate the sustainability and long-term performance of EPDM roof designs
  • Understand the innovative EPDM technologies, which enhance the design and overall system performance
  • Learn about the ‘energy saving’ benefits of a properly designed EPDM roof system



Understanding ANSI / SPRI / FM 4435 / ES-1

  • ES-1 Standard & Key Components
  • Calculate Wind Design Pressure
  • Previous Wind Design Standards

Principles of Commercial Roof Ventilation

  • Principles involved in properly ventilating a roof system
  • Unique needs of commercial buildings compared to residential buildings
  • Role of net free area

Daylighting in High Performance Schools

  • Understand how proper daylighting impacts the areas defined as Health, Thermal and Visual Comfort, Energy Efficiency and Commissioning
  • Identify the key design considerations for proper daylighting
  • Identify toplighting and skylighting strategies and components
  • Understand new innovations in high performance and dynamic glazing
  • Creating Sustainable Spaces with Fiber Optic Full Spectrum Daylighting

High Performance Design with Polycarbonate Glazing Systems

  • Define polycarbonate glazing and understand the broad range of available high-performance polycarbonate glazing systems
  • Explain why polycarbonate glazing systems improve occupant health, safety, and welfare when compared to alternatives
  • Understand how integrating polycarbonate glazing into a whole building design process can help achieve green building objectives, maximize design flexibility and improve overall aesthetics
  • Explain why polycarbonate glazing is the most durable glazing option, resulting in decreased maintenance costs and increased service life

Daylighting with Unit Skylights

  • Be able to identify the benefits of using skylights in an application
  • Identify the guidelines of choosing a skylight and placement
  • Typical features of a skylight and critical features to consider
  • Knowledge of aerogel technology and the benefits of using aerogel in skylights


Designing with Commercial / Industrial Insulated Metal Wall Panels (IMP008)

This new course focuses on design considerations when using commercial/industrial insulated metal wall panels. Panel characteristics, market segments, paint and textured finishes, coatings, design options including integration with other materials, interior wall finishes, flashings and extrusions are all reviewed. Supporting structure design including steel alignment/tolerances, pre-engineered buildings and panel spans are addressed. Functional considerations including environmental control layers (air, vapor, water, and thermal) are examined. A full color animated video provides a step by step understanding of how IMPs are installed. Code Compliance including air/water, thermal and fire safety is also addressed. The program concludes with product and installation warranties, including pain, corrosion and weather tightness.

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