Lunch & Learn Courses By CSI Division

Lunch & Learn

AIA lunch and learn courses are live, instructor-led programs typically held at your firm. The sponsor generally provides lunch for your firm. The lunch and learn courses are registered with the AIA and some are good for GBCI (LEED) hours. AIA Continuing Education lunch and learn presentations are an easy and efficient way for architects, engineers, interior designers, and LEED APs to gain their CE hours. Submit an AIA lunch and learn seminar request today! The Lunch & Learn provider should respond to your request within a week or two, but please let us know if you don’t get a response.

(06) Wood, Plastics and Composites

Decorative Hardwood Plywood: Attractive & Sustainable

This course will better inform the architect and designer about decorative hardwood plywood in terms of its manufacture, uses, types and sustainable attributes. The architect and the designer will gain an understanding of the different adhesives and core material options available, which options are more sustainable, and which options are most commonly used.

Available Regions: Continental US

(07) Thermal and Moisture Protection

Concrete Roof Tile: Systems and Installation Methods
Concrete Roof Tile: Systems and Installation Methods

The roof of a building is not only vital as a structural component but can also be an important design feature that makes a building stand out among others. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss the installation methods of concrete roof tile systems that minimize environmental impact while maximizing durability and design. Participants will learn about trending applications as well as the best regional practices for the installation of a concrete roof tile system.

Available Regions: Continental US
Concrete Tile Roofing: The World's Most Sustainable and Energy Efficient Roof System
Concrete Tile Roofing: The World's Most Sustainable and Energy Efficient Roof System

In this one hour course, we will take an in-depth look at the sustainability and energy efficient attributes of concrete tile roofing, including the near zero-waste manufacturing process, life-cycle cost and performance versus temporary asphalt shingle roofing as well as the installation process which enhances the inherent thermal mass attributes of concrete tile roofing.

Available Regions: Continental US
Green Roofing: Blending Built Environments with Nature to Maximize Rooftop Productivity
Green Roofing: Blending Built Environments with Nature to Maximize Rooftop Productivity

This course will go over the basics of vegetated roof construction and how the industry has documented successful installations over the last 25 years in the United States. We will teach the design requirements and standards unique to green roofs. The course will educate the participant on the benefits of the technology- including stormwater management and lowering roof temperatures.

Available Regions: Continental US
Sustainable Resilience: The Benefits of Synthetic Roofing
Sustainable Resilience: The Benefits of Synthetic Roofing

During the Industrial Revolution, engineers looked for ways to create materials that were strong, waterproof, and long-lasting. New advances in technology led to the creation of beautiful, better-performing, longer-lasting, and sustainable materials for a wide use of applications. In this course, we compare traditional roofing systems with synthetic roofing systems and how they differ in durability, lifespan, maintenance, and carbon footprint.

Available Regions: Continental US

(08) Doors, Windows and Openings

Architectural Surfacing Materials
Architectural Surfacing Materials

Whether to control daylight, protect occupants, or provide eye-catching design, architectural surfacing materials are a great addition to any project. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss a wide variety of architectural surfacing materials.

Available Regions: Continental US
HSW Considerations for Large Vertical Openings
HSW Considerations for Large Vertical Openings

In this one-hour course, we’ll discuss flexible spaces and the different types of vertical openings available. We’ll discuss how they’re built, differences in operation, customizations and design constraints that can have an impact on the health, safety and welfare of building occupants. We will also talk about environmental impacts of your opening’s design and how that can affect your choice in door type and final design.

Available Regions: Continental US

(09) Finishes

A Green Alternative to Surface Finishing: “Powder Coating”
A Green Alternative to Surface Finishing: “Powder Coating”

The goal of this course is mainly to create awareness about powder coating technology as an environmentally friendly alternative to liquid coatings. After this course, the design professional will be aware of the environmental and physical advantages of powder coating systems in order to knowledgably specify them in place of conventional liquid coating systems.

Available Regions: Continental US
Acoustical Finishes for Educational Environments
Acoustical Finishes for Educational Environments

This course examines the relationship between acoustics and educational environments and addresses the need for useful acoustical materials in schools. If background noise is too loud or reverberation time is too long, acoustics will interfere with listening and learning. This course describes how spray-applied finishes can be used to address the need for acoustical absorption, to make speech and music more intelligible while increasing functionality.

Available Regions: Continental US
Acoustics for Open-Plan Design
Acoustics for Open-Plan Design

This course examines the relationship between acoustics and open-plan design and describes how spray-applied acoustical finishes can be utilized to optimize comfort, productivity and to further sustainable design objectives in open office environments. Unlike hard surfaces and materials, which reflect sound, spray-applied acoustical finishes absorb excessive noise.

Available Regions: Continental US
Tag Team: Graffiti Removal Technology and Anti-Graffiti Coatings
Tag Team: Graffiti Removal Technology and Anti-Graffiti Coatings

Although some consider it a form of artistic expression, graffiti can cause physical, financial, and even emotional damages to a building, its owners, and its occupants. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss graffiti removal, such as mechanical, abrasive, and chemical techniques, as well as anti-graffiti coatings.

Available Regions: Continental US

(10) Specialties

A Clean Slate: Hygienic Public Restroom Design with WELL v.2
A Clean Slate: Hygienic Public Restroom Design with WELL v.2

Now more than ever, public restrooms must be clean and comfortable for all users. However, exactly what that looks like has been up for debate. Join us in this one-hour course as we make the case for multi-stall public restrooms that address users’ concerns of privacy and hygiene through partitions, fixtures, hand dryers, and beyond.

Available Regions: Continental US
Locker Solutions with Sustainability and Design in Focus
Locker Solutions with Sustainability and Design in Focus

In this one hour course, the design professional will learn about various materials that lockers are composed of as well as options to consider when designing a locker configuration, including the assorted features that lockers offer. The participant will explore the specific components of the HDPE lockers and analyze various industry applications in order to understand how HDPE lockers are able to offer clean, durable, flexible design options that meet a variety of needs.

Available Regions: Continental US
Six Steps to Sustainability: Green Building Strategies for Commercial Restrooms
Six Steps to Sustainability: Green Building Strategies for Commercial Restrooms

Every room in a building should be good for the environment—starting with the restroom! Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss practical ways to incorporate green building strategies in commercial restrooms. Participants will not only learn about the six principles of sustainable design but also gain up-to-date information about green building initiatives like LEED v4.1, WELL v2, and LBC that they can integrate into a variety of commercial restroom applications.

Available Regions: Continental US
Sustainable and Contemporary Commercial Restroom Materials
Sustainable and Contemporary Commercial Restroom Materials

When designing a restroom or other space, professionals are often faced with the challenge of selecting materials that function, appeal to the senses, and contribute to green building initiatives. In this course, we will explore various material options available to the design professional as well as provide practical solutions that designers may want to consider when specifying a product that can offer sustainability, durability, and even promote a healthier environment for people.

Available Regions: Continental US

(13) Special Construction

Lighter. Faster. Stronger. Stainless Steel Rooftop Aquatics
Lighter. Faster. Stronger. Stainless Steel Rooftop Aquatics

Today’s one-hour course will summarize the design, manufacturing, and installation process for welded stainless steel swimming pools, spas, and water features. It will further outline the benefits of specifying this pre-fabricated system for elevated and rooftop installations including enhanced sustainability, streamlined installation, and reduced liability with a watertight vessel.

Available Regions: Continental US

(22) Plumbing

 Flowing Forward: Vacuum Plumbing's Footprint for Renovation Today and Future Proofing Tomorrow
Flowing Forward: Vacuum Plumbing's Footprint for Renovation Today and Future Proofing Tomorrow

During this course, we explore how vacuum plumbing can help design professionals create projects that save water, energy, and money and contribute to sustainable design. We review how vacuum plumbing can help contribute to LEED projects and prevent the spread of infectious diseases, especially during a pandemic.

Available Regions: Continental US
People, Our Planet, and Water
People, Our Planet, and Water

In this course, the design professional will gain insight into water efficiency and the role of sustainable plumbing. We will discuss testing and standards, as well as emerging environmental technologies. The increasing importance of product transparency will be addressed, especially regarding contributions to LEED certification.

Available Regions: Continental US
Smart Restrooms For Smart Cities: How IoT Technology Can Improve Sustainability and Customer Experience
Smart Restrooms For Smart Cities: How IoT Technology Can Improve Sustainability and Customer Experience

Megatrends, global threats, and the acceleration of technology have collided to present design professionals with serious challenges but also innovative solutions. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a cutting-edge technology that allows devices to create a global communication network by exchanging data through the internet and allowing design professionals to make better decisions.

Available Regions: Continental US
Walking the Talk: The Importance of Sustainable Manufacturing
Walking the Talk: The Importance of Sustainable Manufacturing

In this one hour video presentation, we explore how sustainable manufacturing helps reduce environmental impacts and solve critical issues facing our planet. Our team discusses how a manufacturer can use innovative practices to reduce energy and water consumption and material waste. Industry experts describe why design professionals should use EPDs, HPDs, and Declare Labels for specifying products.

Available Regions: Continental US

(23) Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning

Breathing Freely: How HVAC Systems can Enhance Indoor Environmental and Air Quality
Breathing Freely: How HVAC Systems can Enhance Indoor Environmental and Air Quality

In this one-hour course, we explore the constantly evolving concepts of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ). These two terms have been around for years but have gained newfound importance due to the pandemic. We will review design standards related to IAQ and IEQ, with a focus on the nine foundations of a Healthy Building.

Available Regions: Continental US
Building Sustainable Spaces: HVAC Solutions That Reduce Environmental Impacts
Building Sustainable Spaces: HVAC Solutions That Reduce Environmental Impacts

Specifying a sustainable HVAC system is essential for achieving a more efficient, comfortable, durable, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly built environment. In this course, our team discusses why design professionals should specify sustainably manufactured HVAC products that help reduce waste, decrease carbon emissions, and save energy. We review how sustainable HVAC systems can contribute to the LEED v4.1 BD+C rating system and reduce environmental impacts.

Available Regions: Continental US
Exceptional Outcomes: How Building Automation Systems Can Increase Performance
Exceptional Outcomes: How Building Automation Systems Can Increase Performance

Since the early 1600s when a Dutch engineer invented the world’s first regulator for keeping incubators heated at a constant temperature to keep eggs warm and hatch them into baby chicks, the automation of commercial buildings has come a long way. With the advent of DDC, the internet, multiple protocols, and the cloud, building controls advanced even further in its ability to improve building performance and occupant comfort.

Available Regions: Continental US
Maintaining Temperature & Humidity in Critical Zones
Maintaining Temperature & Humidity in Critical Zones

The battle to maintain temperature and humidity within critical zones has given HVAC engineers headaches for years—but not anymore! Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss the effects of poor temperature and humidity control on the building and its occupants, as well as the main zone variables and how to balances these attributes.

Available Regions: Continental US
Thermal Comfort, Unpacked: A Comprehensive Survey of HVAC Systems to Improve Design and Operational Understandings
Thermal Comfort, Unpacked: A Comprehensive Survey of HVAC Systems to Improve Design and Operational Understandings

Overlooking the smallest detail in HVAC systems design can cause huge issues later. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss HVAC systems as it relates to thermal comfort, the ever evolving changes to energy requirements that impact HVAC systems and the factors that impact durability, sustainability and longevity.

Available Regions: Continental US

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