AIA Lunch and Learn Courses
America Trade Solutions

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www.americatradesolutions.com/export-consultant-trade-calendar/
Description: America Trade Solutions is an International Business Development consulting firm who offers full-day face-to-face continuing education courses for architects, and LEED professionals, international business promotion, and export advice. We organize approximately 50 face-to-face continuing education seminars per year offering AIA and GBCI-CMP credits (learning units) to design professionals. We offer services in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean, focusing on construction and the green building industry.

 

Benjamin Moore & Co.
Course Title Course
Number
Contact
Color Foundations 0BEN00 Fran Mooney
john.turner@benjaminmoore.com
Description: Upon completing the course, participants will have a better understanding of:
• The relationships on the color wheel and how different colors can be combined
• The mechanisms by which the human eye and human brain process color
• The psychology of color and how it can affect our emotions and behaviors
• The electromagnetic spectrum and principles of color addition and subtraction
• How color can be affected by different types of natural and artificial lighting
• Current color trends, emerging and forecast colors, and decorating schemes
 
Paint 101: What is Paint? BEN001 Fran Mooney
john.turner@benjaminmoore.com
Description: Upon completing the course, participants will have a better understanding of:
• The various functions of paint
• The components of paint and their impact on quality and appearance
• The generic types of coatings, curing methods, and resin/binding systems
• The performance and aesthetical qualities of different paint finishes
• The function of a paint system
 
Paint 201: Practical Solutions and Problem Solving Techniques BEN002 Fran Mooney
john.turner@benjaminmoore.com
Description: Upon completing the course, participants will have a better understanding of:
• How different paints can be classified based on resin type and curing mechanism
• How temperature, air movement, relative humidity, and dew point affect dry and cure time
• The properties, advantages, and disadvantages of latex and alkyd coatings
• Proper surface preparation and priming techniques for various substrates
• How paints provide protection for residential, commercial, and specialty surfaces
• Causes and solutions for common paint problems, such as blistering and chalking
 
High Performance Coatings for Industrial Applications BEN004 Fran Mooney
john.turner@benjaminmoore.com
Description: Upon completing the course, participants will have a better understanding of:
• The purpose of high-performance coatings and common industrial applications
• How the use of industrial coatings improves protection, appearance, and safety
• Proper surface preparation techniques for high-performance coatings
• Characteristics of high-performance industrial coatings and selection criteria
• The importance of proper specification for industrial applications
 
Low-VOC Paints as a Component of Sustainable Building Concepts BEN005 Fran Mooney
john.turner@benjaminmoore.com
Description: Upon completing the course, participants will have a better understanding of:
• The concept of sustainable building and the basics of the LEED rating system
• The history and current state of LEED standards in the United States and Canada
• LEED standard credits for paints and coatings
• The development and characteristics of low-VOC paints, including VOC ingredients, current regulations and testing procedures
 
High Performance Floor Coatings BEN006 Fran Mooney
john.turner@benjaminmoore.com
Description: Upon completing the course, participants will have a better understanding of:
• The basic characteristics of concrete as a floor substrate
• Floor coating types and selection of appropriate materials
• The importance of preliminary inspection and surface preparation
• Proper coating application
• Proper testing prior and during application
 
Origins of Color & Pigment BEN007 Fran Mooney
john.turner@benjaminmoore.com
Description: Upon completing the course, participants will have a better understanding of:
• The history and origins of color pigments, and extrapolate how they have evolved into today’s colors
• The impact of economy, culture, and society on individual colors
• The connection between colors and trends
 
Creating Healthy Living Environments with New Paint Technology BEN008 Fran Mooney
john.turner@benjaminmoore.com
Description: Upon completing the course, participants will have a better understanding of:
• Sustainability and its impact on socially responsible GREEN design
• What a volatile organic compound is, how it is created, and what the growing concerns are
• How paint fits in and contributes to LEED certification
• Various industry testing methods and standards for certifying “green” products
• Specifying paints not only for a LEED project but also in the creation of a healthier environment

• Future trends of paint

 

 

Duradek
Course Title
Course Number Contact
Walkable Roof Deck Membranes AIA/CES - AEC046, CSI - CES-AEC-06-178, AIBD - AEC046
Len Viegener
866-591-5594
Description: Provides an overview of walkable roof deck membranes and roofing systems, including a discussion of the key principles of deck design, design considerations, and how to install and specify roof deck membrane systems.

 

Duxton Windows & Doors


Course Title
Course Number Contact
High-Performance Fiberglass Windows & Doors 1.0 HSW/LU Al Dueck or
Aynsley Dueck
204-339-6456
Description: Provides an overview of the characteristics,benefits, and green credentials of pultruded fiberglass products, including the high-performance glazing options that are available. As well, a review of the unique capabilities of fiberglass window systems is presented through a variety of commercial and residential project reviews.

 

Eagle Roofing Products
Course Title Course
Number
Contact
The Solar Solution: Saving Energy and the Environment AEC257 Cheryl Inbody
909-265-8016
Description: Provides an overview of the features and benefits of solar energy for steep slope roofing, including discussions on how it is generated, performance variables, and key considerations when sizing a system.
 
The Durability and Environmental Benefits of Concrete Tile Roof Systems AEC258 Cheryl Inbody
909-265-8016
Description: Provides an overview of the features, benefits, and installation of concrete roofing tile, along with a discussion of the green building codes and programs related to concrete roofing systems.

 

ECORE International / Everlast Sports Surfacing

Course Title
Course Number Contact
Solid Recycled Rubber Flooring: Health and Fitness Applications
EVERL1
Jocelyn Dillman
717-824-8203
Description: Provides an overview of rubber surfaces, focusing on the benefits of solid recycled rubber flooring in fitness applications, including its positive environmental attributes, along with a discussion on the impact of recycled rubber flooring products on LEED® and FloorScore accreditation.

 

Evonik Cyro LLC

Course Title
Course Number Contact
Acrylic Specialty Products: Inspirational Design Solutions
AIA-CLU:IEM1004
Chris Allen
207-490-4244
christopher.allen@evonik.com
Description: By the end of this program, participants will be able to:
1. discuss the characteristics, green features and benefits of acrylic materials
2. define the types and applications of specialty acrylic products
3. state the applicable technical and building code information related to acrylic products

 

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC
Course Title Course
Number
Contact
Design Solutions for Today’s Building Industry GP1WA Jason Ballot
404-652-3286
Description: A discussion comparing paper faced to fiberglass mat gypsum wallboard technology and how these two different technologies address moisture management issues.
 
Durability: How Cover Boards Contribute GP1RO Jason Ballot
404-652-3286
Description: A discussion of the forces that affect durability in roof systems, how cover boards contribute to durability, and solutions for enhancing durability.
 
Building Envelope GPBE3 Jason Ballot
404-652-3286
Description: A discussion covering the importance of the building envelope, its four major performance objectives, with a focus on designing for moisture control using paperless gypsum board technology.
 
Area Separation Wall – Paperless Approach GP1ASW Jason Ballot
404-652-3286
Description: This course provides an overview of the advantages of using paperless gypsum shaftliner panels for firewall assemblies in multi-story, multi-family housing, and covers installation procedures and special conditions.

 

GreenFiber

Course Title
Course Number Contact
Cellulose Insulation: The Versatile and Sustainable Solution IEM1012 Erin Parker
919-357-6123
Description: Provides an overview of cellulose insulation, a sustainable material creating solutions for sound control, fire resistance, and thermal architectural challenges.

 

Hayward Baker
Course Title
Course Number Contact
Aggregate Piers for Settlement Control and Bearing Capacity Increase HB 101
Tim Avery, P.E.
925-825-5056
Description: This presentation will introduce aggregate piers to the participant for use in reducing static settlement of structures build on them. The course will cover methods of installation, applicable soils for use in, and methods of design.

 

IceStone
Course Title Course
Number
Contact
Going for Gold: A Case Study of Recycled Glass and Concrete Surfaces with Cradle to Cradle Certification
IceStone-01
Bobbi Henley
718-624-4900
Description:Provides an overview of the levels and criteria of Cradle To Cradle® Certification, especially focusing on how to meet the requirements of the Gold level of certification

 

LaCantina Doors
Course Title
Course Number Contact
Folding Door Systems: Enhancing Interior and Exterior Open Spaces 40107122
Mackenzie Collins
760-407-8612
Description: Provides an overview of the design capabilities and possibilities of folding doors that transform and enhance open spaces while balancing energy efficiency and fresh air ventilation, in residential and commercial applications.

 

LP Building Products

Course Title
Course Number Contact
Fire-Rated Cementitious Coated OSB in Wall and Roof Sheathing Applications LPFRS1 Lucas Vallet
888-820-0325
Description: This Fire-Rated Cementitious Coated OSB course was created to help architects and builders identify the components and list the physical attributes of fire-rated cementitious coated OSB sheathing. We work to demonstrate how fire rated OSB sheathing can be used to meet building code requirements while reducing labor costs and construction time as well as examine the product in terms of its impact on the environment. In addition, we discuss building design and code requirements, and approval and testing standards, relevant to fire-rated OSB sheathing and analyze the sustainability benefits of using fire-rated cementitious coated OSB in wall and roof sheathing applications.

 

 

New England Thinstones

Course Title
Course Number Contact
Sustainable New England Thinstone Veneer NET278 Michelle Morgado
203-333-5300
michelle@thinstones.com
Description: An overview of the benefits and installation guidelines of New England Thinstones natural veneer stone.

 

National Gypsum
Course Title Course
Number
Contact
The Five Levels of Finishing Gypsum Wallboard NGC002 Mundise Mortimer
704-365-7494
Description: A step-by-step discussion of each of the five levels of drywall finishing, what level should be specified for a particular project and why. Understanding the difference between each level of finish can make the difference between a satisfied or not satisfied client/owner. This presentation uses information from a Consensus Document of the Gypsum Association, CISCA, AWCI and PDCA.
 
Understanding the UL Fire Resistant Directory 101 NGC004 Mundise Mortimer
704-365-7494
Description: That bright orange book on your shelf has a lot of great fire resistant information and is easy to use! Learn how to master the UL Fire Resistance Directory and use this resource in an effective and efficient way. We will take a basic look at this book and then drill down to examine fire-rated designs and assemblies.
 
Cement Board Stucco Systems NGC010 Mundise Mortimer
704-365-7494
Description: This program takes an in-depth look at the many types of stucco systems available in today’s market. In particular, we will look at a new system called “Cement Board Stucco Systems,” which utilizes cement board as an interior/exterior sheathing.
 
Today's Abuse Resistant & Impact Resistant Systems NGC013 Mundise Mortimer
704-365-7494
Description: What are the different types of abuse and impact resistant gypsum boards available in today’s construction market? Schedule this lunch lecture to find out. This presentation is a review and comparison of all the high abuse and high impact wallboard systems used on projects such as schools, correctional facilities, public buildings, airports, shopping malls, sports arenas, etc.
 
Cement Board - From Showers to Exterior Sheathing NGC015 Mundise Mortimer
704-365-7494
Description: An in-depth discussion on cement board for interior and exterior uses. This presentation is a review and comparison of cementitious backerboard or underlayment panels for use with ceramic tile, swimming pool and whirlpool decks, as well as exterior sheathing and exterior soffit panels.
 
Gypsum 101 NGC017 Mundise Mortimer
704-365-7494
Description: Gypsum wallboard has been utilized in construction since 1917. It might be one of the most versatile building materials ever invented. But how many people really know gypsum, or perhaps were afraid to ask the question? This interactive presentation will walk you through the basics of gypsum board and introduce you to the latest innovation of high-performance products available in the marketplace.
 
Acoustically Enhanced Gypsum Board Designed for High STC Wall Assemblies NGC025 Mundise Mortimer
704-365-7494
Description: Over the years sound transmission in wall partitions has been a difficult issue to resolve. The use of sound resilient metal channels, double stud and staggered stud walls filled with insulation was the design professional’s choice. As a result of innovation and a better understanding of acoustics, additional products are now available for the design of high STC wall assemblies.
 
High Performance Sheathings Designed for Today's Buidling Systems - A look at gypsum & cement board sheathings
NGC034 Mundise Mortimer
704-365-7494
Description: The use of high performance exterior sheathings is critical for today’s versatile building systems. During this presentation we will examine all of the fiberglass faced gypsum and cement board products offered for the exterior building envelope.

 

Polycor

Course Title Course Number Contact
Specifying Natural Stone PO2008 403-982-6464
Description
•   
State the features and benefits of natural stone products;
•    Analyze the stone quarrying and stone fabrication processes;
•    List the applications of natural stone in a variety of market segments;
•    Rate the performances of natural stone using ASTM standard test methods;
•    Identify the characteristics of certain natural stone products which make them more or less suited for specific applications.
 

 

ProCoat Products, Inc.
Course Title
Course Number Contact
Acoustical Ceiling Restoration ACR101
Ken Woolf
781-767-2270
Description: This course introduces the concept of “Acoustical Ceiling Restoration” on commercial property renovation projects. Upon completion, the participant will understand the difference between this process and both traditional painting and chemical cleaning. They will appreciate the many advantages over replacement with new tiles in terms of both direct and indirect savings. They will recognize the environmental benefits as well as credits earned on LEED projects. They will also become familiar with other applications of the acoustical coating used in this process, in new construction and on a multitude of surfaces and acoustical products.

 

Professional Products of Kansas
Course Title Course
Number
Contact
Using Water Repellents to Prevent Water Intrusion BL0601 Kristen Kelly
800-676-7346
Description: A description of the damaging effects that water creates for above-grade masonry structures and the role that water repellents play in preventing or eliminating them.

 

Residential Elevators Inc.
Course Title Course
Number
Contact
Home Elevators
REI 001
Kryssi Murrell
850-926-6022
Description: Provides an overview of the value of home elevators, planning for home elevator installation, and code considerations.

 

Samsung
Course Title Course
Number
Contact
Solid Surface Solutions in Commercial Settings
SS1
John Chong
1-562-229-1313
Description: The program will explore the benefits of acrylic solid surface and enable the participant to research, evaluate and specify the appropriate surface product for installation in commercial projects. The participants will develop a clear understanding of product differences and compare performance characteristics of the variety of surface materials available for commercial projects.

 

Sika Sarnafil

Course Title Course
Number
Contact
What Makes a Thermoplastic Roof Sustainable? SUSTAIN1 Sika Sarnafil
800-451-2504

Learning Objectives:

•    The importance of proven performance and membrane durability (the longer the roofing system lasts, the less roofing systems end up in a landfill)
•    Understanding the difference between Post-industrial, Pre-consumer and Post-consumer recycling and the benefits of choosing a product that recycles post-consumer back into new membrane (full circle recycling).  
•    A knowledge of the natural fire resistant properties of some roofing membranes and a review of how different fire resistant roofing membranes perform when actually on fire.  
•    An understanding of the term "life-cycle" and how specifying a roofing system that has a low impact on life-cycle is beneficial not only for environment, but an owner’s wallet.

 
Green Roof Education GREEN1 Sika Sarnafil
800-451-2504

Learning Objectives:

•    The benefits of installing a green roof
•    Why waterproofing is the most important part of a green roof system
•    How to obtain points towards LEED certification with a green roof

 
Green Roof Education – Lessons Learned GREEN2 Sika Sarnafil
800-451-2504

Learning Objectives:

•    Review of green roof definitions and design options.  
•    Understand the 10 most common green roof construction errors through case study analysis
•    Describe 12 keys to a successful green roof design and delivery
•    Overview of green roof warranties and ‘state of the art’ product recycling initiatives

 
Choosing the Right Roofing System ROOFS101 Sika Sarnafil
800-451-2504

Learning Objectives:

•    Customers will obtain a better understanding of what a single-ply roofing system is and what are the advantages.  
•    How membrane formulation and manufacturing differences can play a big impact on the performance of a roofing system.
•    The different types of attachment methods for roofing systems and when to use one versus the other.  
•    Important points to consider when choosing the right roofing systems for your project.

 
Advantages of Thermoplastic Waterproofing Membranes PLAZA101 Sika Sarnafil
800-451-2504

Learning Objectives:

•    Customers will obtain a better understanding of what a horizontal waterproofing application is and what waterproofing systems are available to choose from.  
•    How membrane creation can have a big impact on the performance of a waterproofing system.
•    The different types of thermoplastic waterproofing systems and when to use one versus the other.  
•    Important points to consider when choosing the right waterproofing system for your project.

 
Sustainable and Economical Roofing Systems ECO101 Sika Sarnafil
800-451-2504

Learning Objectives:

•    Learn about how the single-ply roofing market and how it has changed in the last 15 years.
•    Be able to identify sustainability and economic drivers when evaluating roofing systems.
•    Be able to understand the features and benefits of an ecologically-friendly roof.
•    Be able to understand how an eco-friendly roof delivers sustainable and economic value – today and tomorrow.

 
The Facts about PVC and the Environment PVC101 Sika Sarnafil
800-451-2504

Learning Objectives:

•    Discussion about how polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the most commonly used plastic in the construction industry and if it imposes a burden on our environment.  
•    Learn what third party test results say about PVC.
•    Understand how PVC is actually one of the more sustainable construction products being used.
•    Learn how to accurately evaluate both sides of the PVC argument to make and educated judgment.
 

 

Unilock
Course Title Course
Number
Contact
Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement 2
PICPAV
Jay Rients
1-800-UNILOCK
Description: This course is an overview of permeable interlocking concrete pavements, related environmental issues and solutions, system components, selection and basic design information.

 

W. R. Meadows

Course Title Course
Number
Contact
Above-Grade Wall Barrier Systems 7203 Jason Davoodi
jdavoodi@wrmeadows.com
Description: Provides detailed information on how moisture enters a building, the various effects this moisture causes, and how to effectively combat and prevent these problems.
 
Causes of Surface Defects on Horizontal Slabs; Preventative Surface Treatments & Remediation CR304 Jason Davoodi
jdavoodi@wrmeadows.com
Description: The one (1) hour course will review the cause of surface defects in concrete horizontal slabs. The course will give the viewer the ability to recognize the different types and causes of surface defects in horizontal concrete slabs. Learn about surface treatments for preventative maintenance to avoid surface defects. And, if all else fails, learn about proper techniques and materials to repair surface defects in horizontal concrete slabs. This program is registered with the AIA/CES for continuing professional education, and is also HSW-approved. The course earns one learning unit (LU).
 
Cementitious Waterproofing OCW100 Jason Davoodi
jdavoodi@wrmeadows.com
Description: This course provides an overview of the composition of concrete and some of the inherent problems relating to co ncrete deterioration as a result of water penetration, as well as various cementitious waterproofing materials, including crystalline technology and polymer-modified flexible coatings, to prevent this water penetration. This program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. The course earns one learning unit (LU).
 
Concrete Polishing 3300 Jason Davoodi
jdavoodi@wrmeadows.com
Description: Provides the most current information on polished concrete, including the processes involved and the features and benefits of this type of flooring.
 
Concrete Restoration CR303 Jason Davoodi
jdavoodi@wrmeadows.com
Description: Several areas are discussed in this presentation, including surface preparation and understanding and controlling cracks. Great detail is also given on shrinkage, aggregate extension, and curing.
 
Effective Waterproofing 0SW100 Jason Davoodi
jdavoodi@wrmeadows.com
Description: This course explains some of the issues relating to concrete deterioration as a result of water penetration. The course also describes the different methods of dampproofing, waterproofing, and vaporproofing and differentiate between positive- and negative-side waterproofing. The course also identifies the various types of waterproofing systems and differentiates between them. This program is regis tered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. The course earns one learning unit (LU).
 
Treatments to Improve Concrete Performance CC3300 Jason Davoodi
jdavoodi@wrmeadows.com
Description: The intent of this presentation is to provide the most current information available to explain the basics of cement hydration, and to introduce the various types of floor treatments and curing compounds available.
 
Underslab Vaporproofing and Waterproofing 711-98 Jason Davoodi
jdavoodi@wrmeadows.com
Description: This presentation provides information on the science of proper underslab waterproofing and vapor proofing.
 

 

 

Wilsonart
Course Title
Course Number Contact
Sustainable High Pressure Decorative Laminate WA2010
Tammy Weadock
254-207-3444
Description: Provides an overview of the performance characteristics, fabrication techniques, and manufacturing processes of High Pressure Decorative Laminate (HPDL) which make it a sustainable decorative surfacing solution for commercial and residential applications.

 

Wine Cellar Innovations

Course Title Course Number Contact
Wine Cellars: Room Construction and Design Considerations 010000 Erica Fisk
1-800-229-9813 ext. 321

 

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