TCA Course Catalog

All courses on The Continuing Architect are free of charge and eligible for AIA CEU credit (see course details for specific credit eligibility). We offer automatic credit reporting to our users who are AIA Members, so be sure that you have added your AIA Member # to your Profile and the credits you earn at The Continuing Architect will be reported to AIA on your behalf.

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Emerging Top Daylighting Strategies

Throughout this course on emerging top daylighting technologies and improved solutions, we will review the challenges within current daylight applications and focus on best application practices, utilizing technological advancements with monument/architectural skylights, unit skylights, and tubular daylighting devices. In addition, this educational presentation will discuss the important benefits of essential energy codes and how to use these codes to produce energy efficient daylighting designs within aesthetically pleasing, high quality spaces where people live, work, and play. Note: The required download is a generic Master Specification for Metal Framed Skylights which provides an in-depth resource for understanding the elements of construction, natural of materials, performance requirements and qualifications of testing for modular skylights.

Off-Site Wood Construction: What, Why, How and the Future.

Due to skilled labor shortages, compressed schedules, and the potential for greater quality control, off-site wood construction has become increasingly popular. This presentation will cover the unique design and construction techniques associated with pre-fabricated and off-site panelized wood systems. An introduction to the different levels of off-site construction and review of associated products and services will be followed by a demonstration of cost and schedule benefits based on real-world projects. A step-by-step process will be presented for designers new to off-site construction, with information on how to find and utilize partners and resources, the integrated design process, and differences compared to traditional on-site methods. Trends and future projections for the use of off-site construction, as well as its advantages, will also be reviewed.

Natural Ventilation for Climate Control and Passive Smoke Ventilation

This course will provide background on and a description of natural ventilation, the physics behind it, and how natural ventilation benefits building occupants and owners as a healthy and sustainable alternative to powered ventilation. A variety of products are available for architects that permit and enhance the natural ventilation of buildings and those products will be discussed according to their function and with other considerations in mind. How these products interact with the design aspects of natural ventilation and specification considerations are also discussed.

The History and Impact of Synthetic Turf

A course designed to teach the history of synthetic turf, it's application in water and energy conservation, pollution abatement, sustainable design, and its versatility in numerous landscaping applications and designs. Participants will become knowledgeable about synthetic turf and innovative applications that could be applied to their residential and commercial projects. The most current technological advances in the industry and the positive role synthetic turf plays in the environment.

Creating a Sanitary Water Environment

This course provides an overview for what is required to create a sanitary water environment for a building. Considerations for specific building spaces - both interior and exterior - are explored, including product selection and placement. Topics include preventing contamination of the public potable water supply due to backflow or backsiphonage; types of available drainage systems that help to ensure the elimination of standing water hazards; and the damage and hazards that can be created by unsanitary water conditions. (Course includes a downloadable PDF study guide.)

Potable Water Safety Through Backflow Prevention

Potable Water Safety Through Backflow Prevention, presented by Zurn, provides a ground level understanding of how we can protect the potable water supply from contamination and pollution due to backflow. Backflow prevention measures and cross-connection controls are explored as methods to ensure clean and healthy potable water supplies. (Course includes a downloadable PDF study guide.)

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