Texas 12-Hour Package

12 HSW Credits



This 12-hour package contains:

5 HSW hour Audio Course – Moving Toward Net Zero | #AIABLTI518
5 HSW hour Audio Course – CA Building Code Division 2: Accessibility | #AIABLTI331.23
2 HSW hour Audio Course – Speaking of Older Buildings

Moving Toward Net Zero

Instructor: Paul Spite

Sustainability is defined by one source as “meeting current needs, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs, in the environment we will leave them.” Net zero refers to achieving an overall balance between carbon-based emissions produced and the removal or offsetting of the same amount of carbon from the atmosphere. Taken together, striving to meet these two objectives can result in choices made in project design and project use, resulting in the least harm possible being done to our environment.

We will examine a few key principles involved in moving toward ‘net zero:

  • Designing buildings that use as little energy as possible, once occupied as intended
  • Generating as much power on-site, or the equivalent thereof, to supply the power still needed and used by the facility
  • Look at carbon emissions and ways to lower or offset greenhouse gas emissions as a result of our activities

This course teaches the following knowledge and skills:

  • An understanding of what is being referred to, when ‘net zero’ is being discussed
  • An overview of broad strategies used in designing sustainable buildings
  • Identifying sources of more environmentally friendly materials for incorporation in projects
  • Why buildings renovated for adaptive reuse are arguably the greenest buildings.
  • How incorporating passive design principles can reduce future energy use.
  • Use of the earth’s temperature below the frost line to preheat and precool incoming air
  • A good understanding of different options for insulating building envelopes
  • How LEED certification can be sought and obtained
  • Different ways in which green power can be purchased
  • Criteria that can be used in purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates
  • The various technologies used to generate power on site from renewable resources
  • Steps to be taken in planning for an on-site renewable generation project
  • The primary differences between renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets
  • How clean water state revolving funds are used to finance conservation projects

This Course Covers:

Overall Steps in Reaching Net Zero

Part One – Minimizing Energy Use in Buildings

  • Broad Design Concepts for Energy Conservation
  • Energy Audits
  • Passive Site and Building Design
  • Designing for LEED Certification
  • Recycling Buildings
  • Energy Efficient Building Envelopes
  • Energy Efficient Building Components
  • Lifestyle Choices to Conserve Energy and Other Resources
  • Creating Replacement Power
  • Summary of Minimizing Energy Use

Part Two – Minimizing Carbon Output

  • Purchasing Green Power
  • Purchasing Carbon Offsets
  • Funding Land Conservation Projects with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund
  • Summary of Reducing Carbon Output


California Building Code: Division 2: Accessibility

Instructor: Rodger B. Peck

(If you are being audited by the Board, please print out this section It contains the information needed for the continuing education audit.)

Rodger has over 25 years experience building, teaching and consulting with individuals in the construction industry. He has conducted extensive research and study in developing, compiling and writing Americans with Disabilities Act courses for architects, engineers, and commercial and residential builders. Rodger holds a vast amount of certifications and approvals, both State specific and nationally:

  • Michigan Residential Builders License #2101137251
  • American Institute of Architect (AIA) approved instructor
  • International Distance Education Certified (IDECC) Qualified #67861
  • Lead Paint Safety (RRP) Certified Instructor through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Alabama Licensing Board approved instructor
  • Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) approved instructor
  • Georgia Board for Residential and General Contractors (BRGC) approved instructor
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (DPS) approved instructor
  • Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) approved instructor
  • Minnesota Department of Licensing and Industry (DLI) approved instructor
  • Oregon Construction Contractor Board (CCB) approved instructor
  • Utah Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) approved instructor
  • Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) approved instructor

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 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 five-hour audio course covers the second chapter of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and includes the California modifications found in Division 2, Chapter 11B of the California Building Code including the most recent changes. While an individual designer may be able to use the ADA for personal or generic residential design, the California code should be used by registered design professionals and enforcement officials and applied when the project is for public use within the state of California. In this video course, the material is presented by simple narration and power point video presentation, as well as on-site, real-world video examples in various accessible buildings, used by both the public and private businesses.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize how the overall philosophy of the Americans with Disabilities Act can and does create an environment of opportunity and non-discrimination.
  • Be able recognize what facilities can and should comply with Chapter 11B Accessibility of the California Building Code.
  • Outline at least one design strategy based on accessibility 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 Chapter 11B.

This Course Covers:

  • Application
  • Existing Buildings and Facilities
  • General Exceptions
  • Protruding Objects
  • Operable Parts
  • Accessible Routes: Work areas, Amusement parks, Recreational areas, Entrances, Lifts
  • Accessible Means of Egress
  • Parking Spaces
  • Passenger Loading Zones and Bus Stops
  • Stairways
  • Drinking Fountains
  • Kitchens, Kitchenettes, and Sinks
  • Toilet Facilities and Bathing Facilities
  • Washing Machines and Clothes Dryers
  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Signs
  • Telephones
  • Transportation Facilities
  • Assistive Listening Systems
  • Automatic Teller Machines and Fare Machines
  • Assembly Areas
  • Dressing, Fitting, and Locker Rooms
  • Medical Care and Long-term Care Facilities
  • Transient Lodging Guest Rooms
  • Storage
  • Dining Surfaces and Work Surfaces
  • Sales and Service
  • Depositories, Vending Machines, Change Machines, Mailboxes and Fuel Dispensers
  • Windows
  • Two-Way Communication Systems
  • Judicial Facilities
  • Detention Facilities and Correctional Facilities
  • Residential Facilities
  • Recreational Boating and Golf Facilities
  • Exercise Machines and Equipment
  • Play Areas
  • Saunas and Steam Rooms
  • Swimming Pools, Wading Pools and Spas
  • Shooting Facilities with Firing Positions


Speaking of Older Buildings

Instructor: Paul Spite

When the question of what to do with older buildings arises, it usually resolves itself to choices of reusing them as is, repairing them, restoring them, repurposing them or replacing them.

There is an old saying regarding existing buildings that goes like this. “It has good bones.” Any facility, free of structural defects and doing a reasonably good job of keeping water out, represents a tangible asset. The trick to maximizing the value of existing structures, especially in areas where changing economic factors have also resulted in changing market demands, is to approach their reuse from a different point of view. The judicious employment of renovation funds should not be based on restoring them to a previous use, but making them suitable for other markets in which the existing bones might enable a whole new purpose.

This presentation proposes criteria that may prove valuable in determining which option For the disposition of older buildings represents the best value for the owner, the buyer or the community in which the structure is located. It will also briefly examine a potential business opportunity in a collaboration between architects and commercial real estate agents.

For the benefit of everyone involved, any reuse of older buildings is better than none. Some thought just needs to be put into the options of how to do so, before any decision is made on to the best way to proceed.

By the end of this course, the design professional will be able to:

  • Understand the various stakeholders seeking to provide input into the end use of a newly acquired aged structure.
  • Readily identify system components needing to be included in the assessment of an older or historic building, as part of determining how to proceed with its further use.
  • Be able to explain what determine historic significance and how cultural significance plays a role in the practicality of restoring all or part of a heritage building.
  • Realize principles inherent in a decision to move forward with adaptive reuse, both the benefits and the difficulties encountered.
  • Develop a solid rationale for why or why not an older building should be demolished and replaced with a more modern structure on the same site.
  • Have a grasp of what can be accomplished through a collaboration between architects and commercial realtors, in regards to the reuse of older buildings.

This course covers:

  • Assessing Options
  • Reuse
  • Repair
  • Restore
  • Repurpose
  • Replace
  • Realtor/Architect Collaboration
  • Summary

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.