AIA Continuing Education Seminars

In our continued efforts to better serve the architectural community, A.L. Harding & Co. is proud to be partnered with leading manufacturers in the architectural and acoustics industries in providing AIA Approved Ongoing Continuing Education Courses to assist architects in earning credits to meet AIA and State requirements. We offer AIA accredited on site lunch and learn seminars as well as self-reporting online AIA courses sponsored by Fairview Architectural, PAC International, Regupol® Acoustics, and Vaproshield®.

If you would like to schedule a lunch and learn at your location, just fill out the form below and we will be glad to arrange a time that meets your needs.

In addition to our online AIA Courses, we are offering our Lunch & Learn Seminars via Zoom Meetings that allow you to receive course credits conveniently from work or home.

Eastern Architectural Products/American Fiber Cement Corporation Presents:

High-Density Fiber Cement Cladding Solutions In a Ventilated Rainscreen

This course discusses various topics pertaining to high-density fiber cement and its use as a cladding material. This includes the manufacturing process, standard ventilated rainscreen system installation practices and benefits, design considerations, and various fiber cement panel applications.

Fairview Architectural Presents:

Get Creative With Metal Composite Material Finishes

This course discusses how innovations in custom and specialty finishes on MCM/ACM panels now means that the only limitation is your imagination.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the use of anodizing, natural metals such as zinc, and organic coatings
  • Understanding applicable standards and specifications for using these finishes.

OWENS CORNING® Thermafiber® Presents:

The Benefits of Mineral Wool As Continuous Insulation

This course provides an overview of mineral wool, its manufacturing process, use, and its contribution to sustainable buildings as a continuous insulation including rain screen principles, types of rain screen assemblies, why use continuous insulation, advantages of mineral wool, installation recommendations and mineral wool insulation LEED® contributions. This course provides (1) Learning Unit towards the LU/HSW goal of twelve (12).

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the advantages and implications of using continuous insulation.
  • Identify the raw materials used in the manufacture of mineral wool, its manufacturing process, and where the recycled content comes from.
  • Understand the benefits of mineral wool as a continuous insulation and describe the three types of rain screen walls.

PAC International Presents:

Better Design Through A Deeper Understanding Of Acoustic Ratings

This course covers two widely used acoustic metrics, the STC and IIC ratings. Although these ratings are required by building codes and frequently used, they are still often poorly understood and there are many myths and misconceptions around their use. This course looks "under the hood" of the STC and IIC ratings to get a better understanding of what they are, how they work, and what they do and don't tell us. Importantly, this course covers shortcomings of the STC and IIC ratings that if not understood can lead to poor designs for noise control. In that vein, this course also looks at two new acoustic ratings, HIIC and LIIC, that provide a better insight into the impact-noise reduction provided by floor/ceiling assemblies. Finally, the course uses the knowledge gained about ratings to discuss general methods of improving the acoustic performance of floor/ceiling assemblies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the STC and IIC ratings, what they measure, and how they are measured.
  • Identify common myths and misconceptions about STC and IIC ratings that can lead to poor designs.
  • Explain the limitations of STC and IIC ratings and how they can lead to inadequate acoustical performance of wall and floor/ceiling assemblies.
  • Describe the HIIC and LIIC ratings, what they measure, and how they can be used to better engineer acoustical performance of floor/ceiling assemblies.
  • Discuss the general methods for improving the acoustical performance of wall and floor/ceiling assemblies.

Regupol® Acoustics Presents:

Noise Control Solutions For Multi-Family Residential Applications

This course will review the dynamics of sound, how sound travels through buildings, and the architectural techniques used to control airborne, structure-borne, and flanking noise transmission in multi-family buildings.

Learning Objectives:

  • What is sound and how it is transmitted.
  • The importance of noise control and building code requirements.
  • Proper acoustic design for walls and floor-ceiling assemblies.
  • Different types of floor underlayment and the benefits of using acoustic rubber floor underlayment.

Vaproshield Presents:

Managing Moisture With Breathable Membranes

This course will discuss comparisons between self-adhered and mechanically attached water-resistive vapor permeable air barrier membrane systems, connection details and construction methods to achieve a continuous plane of barrier to control air leakage in accordance with The Massachusetts Energy Code and ASHREA189.1. For over a decade VaproShield has designed and manufactured high performance vapor permeable water resistive barriers (WRB) and air barrier (AB) membranes and accessories, creating a comprehensive approach to protecting the building envelope that leads to unprecedented savings, up to 50% savings compared to major competitors.

Vaproshield Presents:

What Is Rainscreen?

This course reviews the importance of venting to dry excess moisture, and will discuss how to build an assembly that will mitigate long-term water intrusion and enhance drying capacity in the building envelope for the life of the building.

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