24 Hour Online Continuing Education Package for Architects

 

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This 24-hour package contains:

Course #1 – (1 hour Online Video) AIA 2010 ADA Standards: Accessible Routes #AIABLTI316

Course #2 – (2 hour Online Video) AIA Ethics and Professional Development #AIABLTI308

Course #3 – (3 hour Online Video) AIA 2010 ADA Standards: Interior Elements 3-hour #AIABLTI314

Course #4 – (3 hour Online Video) Successful Renovations and Additions 3HR CE AIABLTI341

Course #5 – (3 hour Online Video – Sustainable Design) AIA Technological Innovation: Building “Green” Into the Budget #BLTI205

Course #6 – (3 hour Narrated Course) Successful Site Design 3HR CE AIABLTI335

Course #7 – (3 hour Narrated Course) Successful Building Design 3HR CE AIABLTI340

Course #8 – (6 hour Online Video – Sustainable Design) AIA Weatherization and Renewable Energy #AIABLTI303

 

Credit(s) earned on completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members will be available to print upon completion of this course. This course is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education.

Course #1: AIA 2010 ADA Standards: Accessible Routes #AIABLTI316 1-Hour Online Video

Course Description

The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life — to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. The 2010 Standards set minimum requirements – both scoping and technical – for newly designed and constructed, or altered State and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

This one hour video course covers the fourth chapter of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, Accessible Routes. The material for this course is presented by simple narration and power point video presentation, including onsite, real world video examples in various accessible buildings used by both the public and private sector.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of adequate accessible routes for people with disabilities.
  • Identify the ADA requirements for doorways, ramps, curb ramps, elevators and platforms.
  • Outline at least one design strategy based on ADA standards for the construction of either a public or private building.
  • Summarize the options available to the design or building professional when designing a facility per the requirements of the ADA Standards.

Lesson One 401-404.2.11 (35 minutes)

  1. General
  2. Accessible Routes
  3. Walking Surfaces
  4. Doors, Doorways, and Gates

Assessment

Lesson Two 404.3 -407.4.1 (30 minutes)

  1. Ramps
  2. Curb Ramps
  3. Elevators

Assessment

 

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Course #2: AIA Ethics and Professional Development #AIABLTI308 2-Hour Online Video

Course Description

Ethics is the study and practice of making judgements about what is right and wrong. The decision to create a formal Code of Ethics or Conduct will influence the overall culture of the company, as well help bring significant benefits to the success of the company itself. A Code of Ethics/Conduct establishes an understanding among employers and employees regarding conduct in the course of day to day business. It can hopefully prevent unfortunate issues of stealing, lying, misrepresentation and harassment.

Having a reputation for straight forward business practices can only help your business. In the current environment of corporate malfeasance, customers will welcome and value a company that promotes a culture of trust and respect. What should potential customers know about your company? Is reliable customer service and forthright dialogue of value to you as an owner? This two hour video course will provide an overview of ethical theory and application that will help you establish and maintain hard earned business relationships.

 

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the fundamental theories of ethics and their respective weaknesses.

  • Describe how to effectively apply a Code of Ethics to the current policies,rules and guidelines governing an organization.

  • Summarize the components of a well designed Code of Conduct, including

  • standards, obligations and consequences for non-compliance.

  • Create a Code of Conduct that embodies the ethics that accurately reflect the company core values and principles.

 

Chapter One: The Basics of Ethical Theory

*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand what is expected from an ethical company or entity. 2) Identify the three main ethical theories. 3) Understand the difference between Internal and External Stake Holders. 4) Understand how unethical behavior can hurt a company or entity.

  1. Expectations

  2. Ethics, Values and Your Business

  3. Three TheoriesMoral Values vs. Ethical Issues in Business

    • Duty Based Ethics

    • Consequence Based Ethics

    • Virtue Based Ethics

Assessment

 

Chapter Two: Moral Values and Code of Ethics

*Learning Objectives: 1) Be able to identify six moral values. 2) Be able to apply moral values when dealing with an ethical dilemma. 3) Understand why a company or entity may need a code of ethics. 4) Understand the role that a code of ethics plays in a company or entity.

  1. Six Moral Values: Integrity, Respect for Persons, Justice, Compassion, Beneficence and Non-Maleficence, Responsibility

  2. Code of Ethics

  3. CMAA Code of Professional Ethics

 
Assessment
 

Chapter Three: Code of Conduct

*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the difference between a code of ethics and code of conduct. 2) Be able to identify and define a code of conduct. 3) Be able to define the separate sections of a code of conduct. 4) Understand why a code of conduct is important for your company or entity.

  1. Code of Ethics vs. Code of Conduct

  2. Code of Conduct

    • Statement of Policy

    • Definitions

    • Standard of Conduct

    • Obligation to Report Violations and Cooperation

    • Consequences of Violations

 
Assessment
 

Chapter Four: Applying Ethics

*Learning Objectives: 1) Know what the Sarbanes-Oxley act is and who it is for. 2) Understand the relationship between ethics and conscientious work. 3) Understand how ethics applies to financial responsibility. 4) Be able to define commingling of funds.

  1. Sarbanes-Oxley Act

  2. Industry Concerns

  3. Commingling of Funds

  4. Remedies

  5. Conscientious Work

 
Assessment
 

Chapter Five: Ethical Dilemma Application

*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand what an ethical dilemma is. 2) Be able to understand ethical dilemmas using all three ethical theories. 3) Be able to relate morals and values to ethical dilemmas. 4) Use critical thinking to decide the best option when faced with an ethical dilemma.

  1. Case Study: “Smoothing ” Company AccountsTheoretical QuestionsTheoretical Questions

    • Consequentialist Ethical Theory
    • Duty Based Ethical Theory
    • Virtue Ethical Theory

Assessment

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Course #3: AIA 2010 ADA Standards: Interior Elements #AIABLTI314 3-hour Online Video

Course Description

The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life — to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. The 2010 Standards set minimum requirements – both scoping and technical –for newly designed and constructed, or altered State and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

This three hour video course covers the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth chapters of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. he material for this course is presented by simple narration and power point video presentation, including on – site, real world video examples in various accessible buildings used by both the public and private sector.

 

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Be able recognize what interior elements can, and should comply with ADA standards.

  • Identify the ADA requirements for proper plumbing, communication, special rooms and built-in elements.

  • Outline at least one design strategy based on ADA standards for the construction of either a public or private building.

  • Summarize the options available to the design or building professional when designing a facility per the requirements of the ADA Standards.

 

Chapter 6: Plumbing Elements and Facilities

Lesson One 601-604.96 (30 minutes)

  1. Drinking Fountains

  2. Toilet and Bathing Rooms

  3. Water Closets and Toilet Compartments

Assessment

 

Lesson Two 605-612.3 (30 minutes)

  1. Urinals

  2. Lavatories and Sinks

  3. Bathtubs

  4. Shower Compartments

  5. Grab Bars

  6. Seats

  7. Washing Machines and Clothes Dryers

  8. Saunas and Steam Rooms

Assessment
 

Chapter 7: Communication Elements and Features

Lesson One 701-707 (30 minutes)

  1. Fire Alarm Systems

  2. Signs

  3. Telephones

  4. Detectable Warnings

  5. Assistive Listening Systems

  6. Automatic Teller Machines and Fare Machines

Assessment
 

Chapter 8: Special Rooms,Spaces and Elements

Lesson One 801-806.3.2 (30 minutes)

  1. Wheelchair Spaces, Companion Seats, and Designated Aisle Seats

  2. Dressing, Fitting, and Locker Rooms

  3. Kitchens and Kitchenettes

  4. Medical Care and Long-Term Facilities

  5. Transient Lodging Guest Rooms

Assessment
 

Lesson Two 807-811.4 (30 minutes)

  1. Holding Cells and Housing Cells

  2. Courtrooms

  3. Residential Dwelling Units

  4. Transportation Facilities

  5. Storage

Assessment
 

Chapter 9: Built-In Elements

Lesson One 901-904.6 (20 minutes)

  1. Dining Surfaces and Work Surfaces

  2. Benches

  3. Check-Out Aisles and Sales and Service Counters

Assessment

 

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Course #4: Successful Renovations and Additions 3HR CE AIABLTI341

 

Course Description

This course is designed to address the needs of both designers and builders. The topics that will be covered include pre-design, building design, structural concerns, making a watertight envelope, code issues, and construction details. Each of these topics will be addressed in the light of both renovation and addition projects. Real-life stories will relay information that will help any designer to successfully navigate through the challenges of this very specific type of building design. 

This course will highlight the right questions, demonstrate how to investigate the important conditions and bring attention to the critical issues. Through the many following examples, this course will offer instruction on how to approach a renovation or addition project with justified confidence. 

 

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Be able to translate the requests of the client into a realistic, safe, and cost-effective project.
  • Gain confidence in the ability to specify, and identify any code related issues or requirements in order to facilitate proper construction.
  • Demonstrate how to investigate the important conditions and bring attention to critical issues.
  • Identify and integrate strategies that involve existing conditions, building design, structural concerns, and common issues.

 

Course Outline

Renovations

Pre-Design: Existing Conditions

1. Available Drawings
2. Building Survey and Measurement

Design

1. Layout and Appearance

Structural

1. Consultants
2. Leveling
3. Shoring

Water-Tight Envelope

1. Roofing
2. Basement Walls
3. Fire Suppression

Code

1. Egress
2. Lighting
3. HVAC

Details

1. Trusses
2. Headers
3. Chemical Company/Concrete Materials
4. Corrosion
5. Erosion
6. Calamities 
7. Contaminants


Additions

Pre-Design

1. Existing Conditions
2. Underground Structures
3. Utilities
4. Multi-Family

Design

1. Appearance
2. Master Planning

Structural

1. Foundations
2. Leveling
3. Sistering and Floor Diagram
4. Trusses
5. Scissor Trusses
6. Snow Load
7. Soils

Code

1. Accessibility
2. Zoning Restrictions
3. Fire Separation
4. Flood Plain
5. Which code
6. Separation Distance
7. Fire Lane
8. Constructability
9. Quality Control on Documentation

 

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Course #5: AIA Technological Innovation: Building “Green” Into the Budget #BLTI205 3-Hour Online Video

Course Description

This three hour online video course will bring attention to methods of green building that allow homes to have less impact on the environment, while providing a greater economic benefit to the homeowner. As technological innovation creates new construction possibilities, incorporating energy-efficiency into building projects can not only provide a better quality of life, but also protect the environment. However, energy efficient building requirements can be stringent and cost prohibitive It is a challenge to provide customers with the latest energy efficient systems–all within a budget that homeowners are willing to provide. This course will help industry professionals identify important considerations and then apply those principles to a specific project.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Accurately define energy conservation and generation concepts, and describe at least three efficient use of materials that will save building and operation costs.

  • Identify the techniques used in alternative wall systems, and explore the benefits of each.

  • Demonstrate many uses of both EPS and XPS insulation sheathing.

  • Outline at least one application of energy efficient design in indoor systems.

 

Chapter 1.Heat Transfer and Thermal Imaging (30 Minutes)

*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the impact of energy consumption.2) Understand energy conservation and generation concepts. 3) Identify types of heat transfer. 4) Describe the uses of thermal imaging cameras and blower door equipment.

I. Energy Consumption

  1. Energy

  2. Resources

  3. Building Systems

II. Energy Conservation

  1. Reduced consumption, emissions

  2. Energy Efficiency Standards and Methods

III. Diagnostic Testing

  1. Thermal Imaging

  2. Blower Door Testing

 

Chapter 2. Advanced Framing Techniques (30 Minutes)

*Learning Objectives: 1) What is advanced framing, and what are some of the techniques used? 2) List the uses of insulated headers and energy heel trusses. 3) Understand the benefits of pre-fabricated walls.

I. Advanced Framing Techniques

  1. 2x 6 studs

  2. Headers

  3. Raised Heel Trusses

II. Raised Heel Trusses

  1. Full height insulation

  2. Cost efficient

III. Double 2 x 4 Walls

  1. Thicker insulation

  2. Drawbacks

IV. Prefabricated Walls

  1. Reduced waste

  2. Higher quality

Chapter 3. Air Barriers (30 Minutes)

*Learning Objectives: 1) Apply the benefits of energy efficient building. 2) Describe the purpose of air barriers and what materials are typically used. 3) List the uses of SIPs and ICFs.

I. Design and Implementation of Energy Efficient Design

  1. Design phase

  2. Subs and employees

  3. Training

II. Air Sealing

  1. Finding leaks

  2. Materials

III. Airtight Drywall

  1. Methods

  2. Drawbacks

IV. Prefabricated Walls

  1. Reduced waste

  2. Higher quality

  3. SIPs

  4. ICFs

Chapter 4. Insulation (25 Minutes)

*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the pros and cons of fiberglass and cellulose insulation material. 2) Describe the proper installation of fiberglass insulation. 3) Apply proper installation of cellulose insulation.

I. Fiberglass Batts

  1. Uses

  2. Various configurations: high density, standard density

  3. Installation

II. Cellulose Insulation

  1. Uses

  2. Various configurations: dense packed, dry spray

III. Roof Installation

  1. Methods

  2. Baffles

 

Chapter 5. Foam Insulation/Sheathing (30 Minutes)

*Learning Objectives: 1) Identify different types of foam insulation available. 2) Understand the pros and cons of polyisocyanurate and polyurethane spray foam. 3) Demonstrate the many uses of both EPS and XPS insulating sheathing.

I. Spray Foam

  1. Urea Formaldehyde

  2. Cementitious

  3. Phenolic

  4. Polyisocyanurate or polyiso

  5. Polyurethane

II. Various configurations

  1. Open cell, Closed cell

III. Insulating Sheathing

  1. Uses

  2. Examples: expanded, extruded

 

Chapter 6. U-Factor/R-Value (25 Minutes)

*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the uses of and effectiveness of radiant barriers. 2) Identify and define what the National Fenestration Rating Council does. 3) Formulate U-Factor and R-Value conversions. 4) Explore different methods to increase U-Factor.

I. Radiant Barrier Sheathing

  1. Benefits

  2. Heat Transfer

  3. Types

II. Window selection

  1. NFRC

  2. SHGC

  3. Low E coatings

  4. Inert gas

  5. Visible Transmittance

  6. Air Infiltration Rate

III. U-Factor/R-Value

  1. Definitions/Conversions

Chapter 7. Lighting/Duct Design (25 Minutes)

*Learning Objectives: 1) What are the positives and negatives of incandescent or compact fluorescent lighting? 2) Understand the amount of energy wasted by poor duct design 3) Determine proper duct design and installation.

I. Incandescent Lighting

  1. Benefits/Flaws

II. Compact Fluorescent Lighting

  1. Benefits/Flaws

III. Light Emitting Diodes

  1. Benefits/Flaws

IV. Duct Design

  1. Best Practices

  2. Duct Sealing

  3. Installation

  4. Common Problems

 

Chapter 8. Green Appliances (35 Minutes)

*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand how to read energy guide labels. 2) Define heat/energy recovery ventilation. 3) Identify sealed combustion appliances. 4) List different types of water heaters. 5) Define and be able to understand what a rating is.

I. Energy Guide Labels

  1. What does it all mean?

II. Energy Recovery Ventilation

  1. Benefits/Costs

III. Sealed Combustion Heating Appliances

  1. Description

  2. Benefits

IV. Water Heaters

  1. Standard tank

  2. Condensing

  3. Tankless

  4. Common Problems

V. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)

 

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Course #6: AIA Successful Site Design 3HR CE AIABLTI335 3-Hour Narrated Online Course (3HSW Credits)

 

Course Description

While land developers are seeking to maximize their land use and minimize their development costs, governmental regulations are applying pressures on budgets that can kill a project.  Architects are being relied upon to steer site decisions and engineering professionals in order to produce cost effective and functional designs that meet the myriad of growing municipal requirements.  In this 3 hour, fully narrated course you will learn to navigate your entire team through the challenges and pit falls of site development, all the time with an eye toward building design.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the process of securing the appropriate information that will help to develop a scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Be able to develop a building program, including site selection, utilization and wayfinding.
  • Outline at least one design strategy based on site standards and utility coordination.
  • Summarize the steps that must be taken to in order to move forward with approvals, bidding and construction.

 

Course Syllabus

Lesson One: Securing Information

  1. Pre-Design: Scope, Terms, Responsibilities, Permits
  2. Securing Information: Services, Surveys, Contaminants, Authorities, Fees

Assessment

Lesson Two: Programming and Site Evaluation

  1. Programming: Basics
  2. Site Evaluation: Utilities, Site Constraints

Assessment

Lesson Three: Site Selection, Utilization and Wayfinding

  1. Site Selection: Restrictions, Storm Water, Landscaping, Parking
  2. Wayfinding

Assessment

Lesson Four: Laying Out the Design

  1. Layout: Fire Lanes, Traffic, Space Considerations
  2. Examples

 Assessment

Lesson Five: Site Standards

  1. Accessibility
  2. Site Lighting
  3. HVAC
  4. Grading
  5. Pavement
  6. LEED

Assessment

Lesson Six: Utility Coordination

  1. Water Service
  2. Sanitary
  3. Storm Water Management
  4. Franchise Utilities
  5. Examples

Assessment

Lesson Seven: Preparing a Site Plan

  1. Video

Assessment

Lesson Eight: Documents and Contract Administration

  1. Documentation: Drawings, Lighting, Paving, Utilities, Landscaping, GPS
  2. Construction Administration
  3. Conclusion

Assessment


  • Credit(s) earned on completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members.  Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available to print upon completion of the course. 
  • This course is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education.  As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA or any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.
  • Course instructors will be available by email or telephone between 9am and 5pm Eastern Standard Time. They will assist you with questions regarding course content.

 

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Course #7: Successful Building Design 3HR CE AIABLTI340 3-Hour Narrated Online Course (3HSW Credits)

Course Description

Developers of commercial, industrial and institutional buildings are driven by return on investment. Today’s building owners are savvy and they seek to balance the initial cost with the payback. Functionality, aesthetics, and methods of code compliance are each guided by financial investment and return. In this course, you will learn, from the foundation to the roof, from the appearance to the operation, from construction to maintenance, tried and proven methods for analyzing design decisions that will lead you to a greater reputation as a designer.

Most architects are familiar with the design process and are usually comfortable with at least one or more of the steps. However, what we learn in school needs to be coupled with the requirements of today’s many codes and regulations, the changes in material development, our client’s demand for a return on investment and the realities of construction budgets.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Be able to integrate design concepts with current codes and regulations.
  • Translate the intentions and goals of the customer into a safe and cost effective project.
  • Utilize current materials and goods to ensure proper construction practices.
  • Recognize the importance of meeting the client’s demand for return on investment.

ARCHITECTS AND BUILDING DESIGN

Chapter 1

  1. Defining the Building Type
  2. Initial Building Program
  3. Initial Construction Budget
  4. Ideal Building Size
  5. Establishing the Construction Classification
  6. Code Analysis

Assessment

Chapter 2

  1. Site Evaluation
  2. Reality Check
  3. Building Concept
  4. Selecting Consultants
  5. Defining the Structural System
  6. Selecting the Best Foundation System

Assessment

Chapter 3

  1. Creating an Envelope
  2. Laying out the Floor Plate
  3. Dealership Videos

Assessment

Chapter 4

  1. Specialty Functions
  2. HVAC Systems
  3. Plumbing Systems
  4. Electrical
  5. Selecting Your Materials

Assessment

Chapter 5

  1. Specialty Materials
  2. Specialty Design Services

Assessment

 

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Course #8: AIA Weatherization and Renewable Energy #AIABLTI303 6-Hour Online Video

Course Description

Building homes that are well protected from the weather should be a priority for any building professional. The majority of problems stem from improper procedures and workmanship, but often the problem is found in the design of a home. This course will explore factors that contribute to exterior shell failure, and identify practical solutions that will preserve the integrity of the building envelope.

As technological innovation creates new construction possibilities, incorporating energy-efficiency into building projects can not only provide a better quality of life, but also protect the environment. A comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency is the best method to achieve a resource and energy efficient building.

 

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components of the building as a system, its performance requirements, and how these features must be integrated to prevent building envelope failure.

  • Describe how a properly constructed building envelope will keep out weather related moisture and stop uncontrolled movement of energy due to loss of conditioned air.

  • Identify innovative design considerations incorporating energy efficient resources and components.

  • Evaluate the structural considerations when installing/mounting these new systems.

 

Weatherization: Students successfully completing this three hour portion will gain confidence in their ability to reduce building envelope failure using proven methods of construction. Building homes that are well protected from the weather is important for all building professionals. The majority of problems stem from improper procedures and workmanship. Sometimes a problem is found in the design of a home, adding to disputes over poor workmanship. The very best defense against moisture issues in a home is in training the workforce in how moisture enters into the internal structural areas of a home and what procedures to use in the many tasks involved to head off these problems.

Renewable Energy: Renewable energy is contributing more and more to the world’s ever-rising energy demands. Wind and solar energy generation systems are about to reach the level of affordability that will allow them to be considered equal to conventional power generation systems like fossil fuel plants and hydro-electric dams. Contractors should know what products are on the market, what rebates and incentives are available for their customers who want to take advantage of energy efficient resources and components.

 

Weatherization I

*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand cause and effect of weatherization problems within the construction industry. 2) Understand contractor responsibilities, what to avoid and what to embrace. 3) Recognize the cause of most below-grade moisture issues and the remedies that should be taken.

Why is There a Problem?

  1. Rationale

  2. Primary Warranty and Insurance Claims

  3. Solutions

  4. Experience

  5. Contractor Responsibilities

  6. Insurance Availability and Affordability

The Building Envelope System

  1. Building Envelope System

  2. Performance ObjectivesPhysical Components

  3. Sources of Moisture Intrusion

  4. Results of Failure

Foundation Construction

  1. Thermal and Moisture Protection

  2. Groundwater

  3. Gutters

  4. Crawl spaces

  5. Damp proofing and Waterproofing

  6. Girders and Beams

Assessment

 

Weatherization II

*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the causes of high humidity in homes and how housewraps and flashings work. 2) Describe some of the steps and terminology for installing flashings and code minimums. 3) Know how to prepare window and door openings for proper installation.

Wall Construction

  1. Wall Framing

  2. Vapor Diffusion Problems

  3. Recommendations

  4. House Wrap and Underlayment

  5. Window and Door Openings

  6. Flashing and Caulking

  7. Siding

Roof Construction

  1. Skylights

  2. Moisture Penetration

  3. Roof Valleys

  4. Shingles and Shakes

  5. Roof Sheathing

  6. Repairs

  7. Flashing

Window and Door Installation

  1. Windows, Doors and Skylights

  2. Proper Flashing

  3. Door and Window Installation

Assessment

 

Weatherization III

*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the purpose of ventilation and ventilation requirements. 2) Understand how a capillary break works with other components to prevent moisture intrusion. 3) Be aware of consumer remedies and contractor responsibilities.

Ventilation System Installation and Requirements

  1. Code

  2. Attic Ventilation

  3. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Building Envelope Best Practices

  1. Moisture Retarding Construction

  2. Capillary Breaks

  3. House Wrap Installation

  4. Window and Door Installation

  5. Siding Installation

  6. Roofing Best Practices

Consumer Remedies

  1. Common Mistakes

  2. Preventative Measures

  3. Warranties

  4. Complaints

  5. Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Assessment

 

Wind Power I

*Learning Objectives: 1) Be able to describe the history of harnessing the wind’s energy. 2) Identify the difference between wind energy and conventional energy production. 3) Appreciate some of the “Pro vs. Con” debates regarding Green Renewable Wind generated energy.

  1. History

  2. Products and Components

  3. Sources of Energy Production

  4. Offshore Production: Pros and Cons

  5. Onshore Production: Pros and Cons

Assessment

 

Wind Power II

*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand what “distributed” wind power really means to home owners, communities and industry. 2) Appreciate some of the solutions addressing concerns over the harvesting of wind energy. 3) Recognize the concerns of the home owner or small business owner when deciding on whether or not to pursue wind energy.

  1. Distributed wind power

  2. Automation and Safety Factors

  3. Grants and Incentives

  4. Residential and Small Business Wind Generation

Assessment

 

Solar Energy Use I

*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the difference between “passive” and “active” solar energy use. 2) Know what PV stands for, and how PV solar energy collection varies from traditional solar heat collection. 3) Gain an awareness of the benefits of solar energy: for residential and commercial use as well as how solar energy benefits the environment.

  1. Solar Energy: Passive/Active

  2. Solar Photo Voltaic

  3. Industry Acronyms and Terms

  4. Residential and Small Business Solar Use

  5. Rebates and Incentives

Assessment

Solar Energy Use II

*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand some small business or home owner advantages. 2) Realize there is a price to pay for clean, green energy. 3) Recognize pros and cons when considering solar.

  1. Small Business Systems

  2. Residential Use

  3. Solar Pros and Cons

  4. Structural Considerations

  5. Installation and Mounting Considerations

Assessment

 

Solar Energy Use III

*Learning Objectives: 1) Be aware of the history of man harnessing the sun’s energy. 2) Know the amount of solar energy versus conventional fuel produced energy in the United States. 3) Learn some new terms and gain an appreciation for what “green energy” really means.

  1. Solar Harvesting

  2. Solar Power Plants

  3. Industry Acronyms and Terms

Assessment

 

 

Course instructors will be available by email or phone between 9am and 5pm Eastern Standard Time. They will assist you with questions regarding course content.

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