AIBD Courses by Division

The American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing quality continuing education to ensure its members remain current with technology, materials, and building codes. As such, the AIBD has partnered with Ron Blank & Associates to offer educational content relating to the knowledge areas and skills identified by AIBD’s building design practice analysis, which forms the foundation for AIBD’s Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) Exam. The courses have been sorted according to the four domains of the exam: Business Administration, Business Practice, Design Process, and Building Design.

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Design Process

Get Savvy: LEED v4 for Product Manufacturers
AIBD Division:
Design Process

In this one-hour course, the participant will evaluate the contributions of building products to successful outcomes of green building projects. Explore the LEED v4 Rating Systems from the manufacturer’s perspective to gain critical insight when it comes to product selection and what to expect from “LEED-savvy” manufacturers. Conclude with a review of the literature and tools that...

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 GBCI General Hour for LEED Professionals
  • 1 GBCI LEED Specific HOMES
  • 1 GBCI LEED Specific BD+C
  • 1 GBCI LEED Specific ID+C
  • 1 GBCI LEED Specific ND
  • 1 GBCI LEED Specific O+M
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
The Empowered Design Professional: Using HPDs to Make Healthier Material Choices
AIBD Division:
Design Process

Our team will discuss how HPDs can contribute to LEED certification, including how to determine if an HPD meets the criteria set by the LEED v4 rating system. We also discuss how design professionals can encourage building product manufacturers to create and publish their HPDs.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 GBCI General Hour for LEED Professionals
  • 1 GBCI LEED Specific BD+C
  • 1 GBCI LEED Specific ID+C
  • 1 IDCEC CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE

Building Design

Tiger Coatings
AIBD Division:
Building Design

The design professional will become aware of the environmental and physical advantages of powder coating systems in order to knowledgably specify them in place of conventional liquid coating systems.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 GBCI General Hour for LEED Professionals
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
ACM, Rain Screens and a Sustainable Building Envelope
AIBD Division:
Building Design

Gain insight into how rain screen systems contribute to the weatherability and sustainability of a building. Learn about the importance using sustainable materials for the system contribute to lower energy consumption, minimal impacts to the environment, and improving indoor environmental quality.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 GBCI General Hour for LEED Professionals
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Advances in Metal Coatings - Powder Coatings
AIBD Division:
Building Design

The goal of this course is to raise awareness about powder coating technology, its environmental benefits when compared to traditional metal coatings and highlight the advances in powder coatings in recent years.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 GBCI General Hour for LEED Professionals
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Aggressively Passive: Confronting the Comfort Status Quo
AIBD Division:
Building Design

Following a video case study format, selected project team members from the DPR Phoenix Regional Headquarters tell their stories through a series of interviews, info-graphics, and building video tours. The DPR Phoenix Regional Headquarters achieved LEED Platinum certification under the LEED NC 2009 rating system, and received one of the first Net-Zero Energy certifications from the...

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 GBCI General Hour for LEED Professionals
  • 1 GBCI LEED Specific BD+C
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Be Cool: How Designers Can Improve Thermal Comfort with HVLS Fans
AIBD Division:
Building Design

In this one-hour presentation, we explore how HVLS fans can contribute to LEED v4, increase thermal comfort, and provide a silent and elegant design strategy. We discuss how to save energy and improve indoor air quality for building occupants. The course reviews how computational fluid dynamics helps to measure airflow performance for energy savings. Finally, our team examines how HVLS fans...

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 GBCI General Hour for LEED Professionals
  • 1 GBCI LEED Specific BD+C
  • 1 IDCEC CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 RCEP PDH for Engineers
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Commercial Design with Structural Insulated Panels
AIBD Division:
Building Design

This one-hour course will discuss the benefits of commercial building design with structural insulated panels (SIPs), including energy savings, waste minimization and other sustainable contributions. The designer will gain a better understanding of how to properly utilize SIPs.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 GBCI General Hour for LEED Professionals
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Daylighting Design and Large Opening Glass Walls
AIBD Division:
Building Design

During this course we will discuss large opening glass wall systems, daylighting design and the advantages of allowing for these systems in your projects. The environmental attributes such as energy efficiency and ventilation, will be introduced along with several application examples and case studies.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 GBCI General Hour for LEED Professionals
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Designing a Sustainable Masonry Cavity Wall Building Envelope
AIBD Division:
Building Design

This course will provide an overview of the design elements, components, and construction techniques that characterize sustainable masonry cavity wall building envelopes.

  • 1 AAA Core Learning PDH
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 GBCI General Hour for LEED Professionals
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE

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