Deepen your window knowledge while earning Continuing Education credits with the American Institute of Architects. As an active registered provider partner of the AIA’s Continuing Education Systems program, Sierra Pacific offers courses in-person. Our courses qualify for Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) credits. Contact us today to arrange a presentation by your Sierra Pacific Windows Architectural Consultant.

Architectural Powder Coatings

AIA/CES: 1 Credit
Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW)
Objectives:
  • Understand powder coating and its history.
  • Describe how the powder-coating application process works to conserve resources and how their development has led to a healthier and more sustainable facet of the building industry.
  • Explain how powder coatings differ from liquid, and understand environmental and health benefits.
  • Discuss architectural applications and testing related to powder coating, and how this technology increases durability and reduces waste.

Energy Performance with Modern Glazing

AIA/CES: 1 Credit
Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW)
Objectives:
  • Identify key terminology, anatomy and elements of a window. Evaluate how style, material and components affect performance, aesthetics, wellness and sustainability.
  • Recognize the relationship between solar and radiant energy, analyze related glazing strategies and options to improve the indoor environment.
  • Describe how performance and energy efficiency of glazing technology influence occupant comfort and environmental impact, as it relates to safety, insulating values, and measurable properties.
  • Define fenestration performance classes and standards. Understand ratings from tested and certified windows, to meet or exceed governed energy performance and environmental sustainability.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

AIA/CES: 1 Credit
Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW)
Objectives:
  • Explore developments in forestry practices, supply and demand of wood consumption, and impact of forest ownership on industry and trade.
  • Discuss the importance of forest certification for environmental sustainability, including protection of wildlife, aquatic animals, water quality and the conservation of biological diversity, and provide an overview of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
  • Review the SFI Standards, Principles, and Objectives, and the benefits to our wellness and health of our forests, with focus on Chain of Custody procurement ensuring wood products originated from sustainable forests.
  • Investigate the benefits of using certified wood and the relevancy to LEED and other green building programs. Wood is the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly building material, and compare it to steel and concrete. Importance of forests on sequestering carbon.

The Seeds of Sustainability

AIA/CES: 1 Credit
Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW)
Objectives:
  • Review wood as a natural resource as well as resource management practices that protect ecosystems.
  • Address sustainable manufacturing standards to meet code compliance, maintain workplace safety, and the relevance to green building programs.
  • Discuss how wood, mass timber, & wood by-product building materials benefit design intent, performance requirements, and occupant health.
  • Explore how wood materials increase building performance, improve efficiencies, and the positive impact for our rapidly changing planet.

High Performance Glazing Systems

AIA/CES: 1 Credit
Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW)
Objectives:
  • Provide an overview of glazed wall systems and applications for different building types.
  • Discuss installation requirements to meet code compliance and project needs.
  • Review air & water performance testing standards required of manufacturers, at their facilities and in the field.
  • Understand structural requirements and environmental factors for glazed wall systems, and how to improve facility performance for the occupant’s health, safety, and well-being.

Structural Mulling for Fenestration

AIA/CES: 1 Credit
Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW)
Objectives:
  • Learn about product performance and how windows are rated in the fenestration industry.
  • Understand design criteria and the importance of component cladding and engineering.
  • Review details and pictures of different types of structural mulls: factory and field assembly, as well as techniques.
  • Compare different levels of shop drawings, from basic details and elevations, to performance requirements and installation methods.
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