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 [email protected]

Available Seminars

Babcock Davis


Safety with Rooftop Accessories

This course explains roof hatch & smoke vent design benefits, life safety and BIM integration.  Design professionals will have a better understanding of code regulations for life safety and will be able to properly size and place hatches and vents in accordance with these codes.


  • Describe roof access hatch applications for personnel and equipment
  • Explain code regulations and OSHA for safety railing fall protection for openings
  • Describe smoke venting applications based on IBC code regulations
  • Identify design practices for sizing and selecting operation of smoke vents
  • Explain the difference between UL 793 and FM 4430
  • Identify BIM families for roof hatch and smoke vent applications
  • List examples of parametric design properties within BIM families

This course is available On-Demand at

Metal Era


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
Metl Span


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.

Pac-Clad Peterson


The Art of Metal Roofing

An intermediate review of metal roofing profiles, their proper application, metal substrates, architectural finishes, and how they all affect environmental efficiency, project sustainability, and product performance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the differences between metal profiles and their manufacturing processes and be able to specify the correct product to obtain maximum sustainability.
  • Examine common problems one may encounter with metal roofing regarding roof slope, wind loads, and installation practices.
  • Understand the history of metal roofing and the advancements made to improve product quality and safety.
  • Identify different metal substrates and architectural finishes and know their various effects on energy efficiency and performance.


The Art of Metal Wall Panels

This course will examine the key starting points for designers in selecting, designing, and detailing metal wall panels – both corrugated and concealed attachment systems. This course will also examine the field examples of these wall panel systems, “dos and don’ts” of these specific applications, and how they affect environmental efficiency, project sustainability, and product performance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify problem areas during the DD and CD stages of design and seek recommendations from the manufacturer and expert contractor to solve these potential problems.
  • Examine the importance of the incorporation of the Structural-Engineer-of-Record Wind Loads and Cladding and Component Negative Loads early in the DD and CD stages to ensure that the specified wall panel systems will meet/exceed the wind loads for the specific project.
  • Examine basic wall panel details and sheet metal wall flashing details and conditions and recognize the proper installation of these flashing details.
  • Understand the importance and layout of wall flashing details in providing the owner the desired watertight and aesthetically attractive completed metal wall panel system.


All About the Edge

An introduction to the design, testing, and performance of edge metal systems for low-slope roofs. This presentation will go over the basics of edge metal, describe the importance of the perimeter edge in relation to the total roof system, explain the history behind metal roof edge standards such as ANSI/SPRI/ES-1, discuss detail updates to roof edge standards, and explain performance and test ratings/protocol.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of a quality perimeter roof edge.
  • Understand the ANSI/SPRI/FM-4435 ES-1 standard.
  • Understand test protocols that are followed and how performance ratings are established.
  • Understand how to specify certified edge metal and how to ensure it meets the IBC standards.


Below Grade Waterproofing Systems & Design

Learning Objectives:

  • History of Below Grade Waterproofing and a review of associated products
  • Exploration of possible failure modes and the serious impact they can have on the building and occupant safety
  • Spotlight on the importance of Below Grade Waterproofing to maintain energy efficiency and occupant health
  • Review the differences between positive side and negative side waterproofing and their effects on the long-term performance of the structure as it pertains to the welfare of the occupants


PMMA/PMA Liquid Applied Roofing & Waterproofing Membranes

Learning Objectives:

  • Differences in application techniques for different liquid applied membranes and its effects on performance and safety
  • Highlight the advantages of polymeric liquid applied roofing and waterproofing membranes
  • Discuss the history and composition of polymeric liquid applied membranes, specifically PMMA and PMA and its service life
  • Compare polymeric liquid applied membranes to traditional membrane roofing and waterproofing systems and highlight recover and reroof options to eliminate tear-off, allowing for less use of landfills


Wall Systems & Design

Wall Systems & Design

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the science of wall systems, including the potential impact on energy savings and the beneficial health effects of controlling moisture migration into living environments
  • Determine the proper wall system to use for a given climate to limit air and moisture movement and ensure the comfort and safety of building occupants
  • Define Wall system terms, specifically the difference of an air barrier and a vapor barrier
  • Explore the detrimental impact of moisture infiltration into building materials and the safety concerns inherent in unsafe structures.

Additional information on Soprema’s AIA seminars is available at



Air and Vapor Barrier – SDR119

  • How air movement effects energy consumption based on roof system
  • How air movement effects condensation based on roof system
  • Code changes effecting the roof design based on system type
  • Explore air and vapor barrier options based on deck type, building use and economics of the project


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


Polyiso Insulation in Low-Slope Roofing Applications SDR118

  • Explanation of Polyisocyanurate Insulation’s attributes related to its use in energy efficient roof system
  • Understanding thermal resistance values and design best practices for providing long-term thermal efficiency of the building envelope
  • Designing a roof system’s thermal barrier to ensure the safety and well-being of a building’s occupants through effective environmental separation
  • Product solutions for maintaining building code requirements for energy efficiency and fire resistance


TPO Technology: Performance & Recent Developments SDR110

  • Review physical performance data that demonstrate the sustainability and long-term performance of TPO roofing membranes
  • Understand the incorporation of new technologies into TPO membrane and the substantial increases in performance that have resulted
  • Learn about heat welding seaming technology that allows TPO roof membrane to be installed quickly and consistently resulting in a system that is impervious to water infiltration
  • Understand why TPO roofing membrane manufacturers can product membrane without scrap that would typically be shipped to a landfill


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

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