Course Sponsors

Course Sponsors

Our design and education team works closely with our course sponsors to create quality continuing education courses which are delivered at no cost to our users. These courses provide a unique opportunity for sponsors’ to share their in-depth knowledge, experience and expertise as subject matter experts who can assist design professionals in their work.

Abadi Accessibility serves the building community as an accessibility specialist and offers plan reviews, building inspections, site assessments, training and education to their clients.

AcornVac, Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets environmentally friendly plumbing and waste collection, conveyance and disposal systems. AcornVac has the expertise and knowledge to deliver a state-of-the-art, reliable, cost effective and versatile plumbing system that is engineered to fit most any building type for renovation and new construction projects.

ACT, Inc. Systems is a Costa Mesa, California company formed in 1992. Our company is the technology and product leader of water and energy saving hot water demand distribution pumping systems in North America.

Through innovative thinking and tireless research, ACT Inc. has developed a patented process to provide consumers an exclusive solution to their wait for hot water. Precision controls perform the task while not wasting precious energy due to outdated technology that constantly recirculates hot water and prematurely wears out our expensive plumbing systems.

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of metal composite materials, ALPOLIC® carefully considers every detail of the manufacturing, distribution and sales process. Most of our products are manufactured in Chesapeake, VA, many with a substantial amount of post-consumer recycled materials. After fabrication, the MCM sheets are shipped to their destinations, ready to change the facade of structures around the world. Exceptional projects deserve exceptional materials. Demand ALPOLIC®.

Made with up to 95 percent post-consumer recycled rubber and plastics removed from the waste stream, BRAVA Pavers share the same commitment of responsibility to our environment. Sustainability doesn’t end with raw materials. BRAVA Pavers are manufactured using a process that requires 95 percent less energy and produces 96 percent less CO2 emissions than conventional concrete pavers.

Axalta Coating Systems is a leading global coatings company dedicated solely to the development, manufacture and sale of liquid and powder coatings. Axalta products increase durability, enhance productivity and add beauty. Innovative products and services include paint and powder, color matching tools, application technologies and customer training, support and business management systems.

Architects, specifiers, general contractors and distributors rely on the Babcock-Davis product line for a quality product with hassle-free fulfillment. We provide Roof Hatches, Smoke Vents, Access Doors, Floor Doors, Stair Treads and Nosings, Entrance Flooring Systems and Wallwear when and where you need them. We build our services around your specified needs. Babcock Davis takes complete care of your needs and full responsibility for the process from beginning to end, ensuring that you get the right product in the right place at the right time.

Starting in 1999, Big Ass Fans pioneered the high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fan industry by introducing large industrial fans to agricultural spaces. Recognizing the fans’ versatility, our customers began to install them in warehouses, factories, commercial spaces, and homes. With each new application, our engineers set out to design the perfect solution to meet our customers’ needs. Our dedication to innovation has led us to develop the industry’s first silent motor technology, smart fan controls and automation, and air disinfection technologies. For more information about Big Ass Fans, visit,, or call 1-877-BIG-FANS.

Brava manufactures premium-quality synthetic roofing that combines the authentic look of Shake, Slate and Barrel roofing with unmatched performance. As a leading alternative to traditional roofing material, our composite roofing products last longer, are far more durable than traditional cedar shake, slate and Spanish barrel tiles, and are much more aesthetically and architecturally pleasing than asphalt shingles and concrete tiles.

Carlisle HVAC Products encompasses Hardcast Duct Sealants and Adhesives, DynAir Airflow Hardware, and the Nexus 4 Bolt Flange Closure System. As an industry leader, Carlisle HVAC Products supplies superior products and engineered solutions to ensure the sustainability of your HVAC system. Our formulations exceed industry standards and are engineered to ensure consistent, quick and accurate installation. Our products and solutions deliver maximum efficiency, unparalleled quality, and unmatched savings, and to ensure these goals are met, we provide thorough training and unmatched field support.

Now more than ever, homeowners and renters are looking for multifunctional storage solutions in their homes and apartments. Join us in this one-hour course as we look at the top ten home storage solutions, from walk-in closets and pantries to garage storage and laundry rooms. Participants will learn about alternative solutions and market trends they can incorporate to create sustainable and adaptable storage that meets residents’ needs all around the home.

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Copper Development Association Inc. (CDA) is a U.S-based, not-for-profit association of the global copper industry, influencing the use of copper and copper alloys through research, development and education, as well as technical and end-user support. CDA is committed to promoting the proper use of copper materials in sustainable, efficient applications for business, industry and the home. Copper Development Association Inc. promotes the goals of our members while serving the needs of the users, purchasers, designers and specifiers of copper and copper alloy products.

Culpeper Wood Preservers is one of the largest producers of pressure treated lumber in the United States. A leading manufacturer of pressure treated products for the residential, commercial, industrial and marine markets that employs more than 700 people. Culpeper Wood Preservers’ brand name products are sold exclusively through independent lumber dealers throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Mid-West and South. They operate 17 plants strategically located in VA, MA, NY, MD, PA, TN, NC, SC, and IN.

Founded in 1921, the Decorative Hardwoods Association, formerly known as Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association, represents the hardwood plywood, hardwood veneer, and engineered hardwood flooring industries. Together we produce 90% of the hardwood plywood stock panels and hardwood veneer manufactured in North America.

Our passion and mission are to educate and provide the resources that will help you make informed decisions when it comes to choosing the best and highest quality products we have to offer. For us, the authenticity, the beauty of real wood, and our pride in craftsmanship are what we stand for and behind.

For over fifty years Dunbarton Door and Entry Systems has been an innovative influence in the industry by pushing new ideas, improving production capabilities and inventing new building solutions. Dunbarton Door and Entry Systems has worked to make a positive change in our industry in the way that architects and builders think of doors and frames.

American Made. American Owned. Eagle Roofing Products is a division* of Burlingame Industries, a California based privately held, family-owned organization. From these family roots, our business philosophy and vision have blossomed. Founded three decades ago by Robert Burlingame, Eagle began operations in the fall of 1989 with just one high-pressure concrete tile extrusion machine located in Rialto, California. In a ten-year period, the Rialto plant serviced all of California, Arizona and Nevada with a capacity to produce concrete roof tile for over 83,000 homes per year. Fast forward to present day and Eagle’s Rialto facility continues to be the largest in North America. In addition to Rialto, we have manufacturing plants in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Stockton, California and Sumterville, Florida meeting the demand for concrete roof tile across the United States and Canada. Furthermore, Eagle has grown to a workforce of over 800 employees that are knowledgeable in not only concrete roof tile but in regional trends and needs. Our expertise in the building and roofing industries, coupled by our extensive array of profiles and colors, enables us to provide our customers with high quality concrete roofing products that are aesthetically beautiful, long-lasting and environmentally friendly.

Excel Dryer, Inc. is a family-owned and operated small business that has been manufacturing the finest American-made hand dryers for over 50 years and the only ones that are Made In USA Certified®, featuring the original, patented, high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR® Hand Dryers. XLERATOR hand dryers patented technology completely dries hand three times faster (in 10-15 seconds) while using 80 percent less energy than conventional hand dryers. XLERATOR models represent a 95 percent (or more) cost savings when compared to paper towels and eliminate their maintenance and waste, while creating a more hygienic restroom environment. Excel’s hand dryers were among the first to have Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs) helping facilities qualify for the most LEED® Credits.

Fibo started out quite modestly as a small factory for wall panels from Norwegian wood. It became our mission to develop the walls which made wet room challenges easy. Now Fibo is a leading supplier of high-quality, waterproof wall systems. Our wall panels are much easier to install, more affordable and more eco-friendly than ceramic tiles!

GreenCE’s mission is to support the necessary transition to a sustainable built environment by empowering design professionals to address the environmental, economic, and social impacts of buildings. GreenCE’s course catalog includes LEED exam preparation, continuing education to maintain your AIA or LEED credential, as well as specialty education focused on topics such as ADA/Barrier-Free requirements. We are committed to designing the highest quality continuing education programs in the construction industry.

Take An Online Course Now! 10 Things You Need to Know About LEED v4 - Update
A Life Cycle Assessment: A Revolution in Green Building Design - Update
Accessible Routes
Achieving Net Zero: Mastering LEED Zero Carbon Principles
Better Building Materials
Better Building Materials: Part 2
Breathe Easy: Strategies to Support Healthy Indoor Air - Update
Bright Ideas – Integrative Design and the LEED v4 Rating System
Buildings Are for People: Design Strategies for Occupant Engagement - Update
Cannabis Facility Design
Carbon Clarity: Whole Building LCA For LEED Projects
Combatting COVID-19: How LEED Safety First Pilot Credits Can Help Manage Buildings
Culinary Creations: Designing A LEED Kitchen
Cultivating Young Minds: A Net-Zero School for Tomorrow's Leaders - Update
Decarbonizing Construction: Specifying Sustainable Products For LEED
Don't Build Here: Site Selection Strategies to Protect our Wild Spaces
Don't Build Here: Site Selection Strategies to Protect our Wild Spaces - Update
Don't Get Soaked: Smart Strategies to Manage Rainwater - Update
Dusk to Dawn: Reducing Light Pollution - Update
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs): Specifying Sustainable Materials to Save the Planet - Update
Environmental Product Declarations For LEED v4.1 Projects
Environmental Product Declarations For LEED v4.1 Projects - IGNORE
EPDs Versus HPDs: Sustainability Showdown
Every Drop Counts: Water Efficiency in LEED v4
Every Drop Counts: Water Efficiency in LEED v4 - Update
Fair Play: Social Equity Within the Project Team
Green Anarchy: Renegades Who Changed Design - Update
Green Building and the LEED v4 AP BD+C Exam
Green Lights: A Lighting Product Manufacturer's Roadmap to LEED v4
LEED for Suppliers
LEED v4 Project Teams - Update
LEED v4 Quality Views: A Comprehensive Analysis - Update
LEED v4: Quality Views: A Comprehensive analysis
Low-Emitting Materials For LEED v4.1 Projects
Off the Grid Part 2 - A Case Study
Pandemic: How Infections Diseases Affect Cities and Urban Planning
Rainwater Management For LEED v4.1 Projects
Recycling for Resilience: Mitigating Carbon in LEED
Renewable Revolution: A Blueprint for Carbon Reductions in LEED
Sensitive Land Protection For LEED v4.1
Sourcing of Raw Materials For LEED v4.1
Sustainable Synergy: How Manufacturers and Scientists Can Collaborate
Sustainable Synergy: How Manufacturers and Scientists Can Collaborate
The Health Product Declaration (HPD) : An Ingredient List for the Built Environment - Update
Water Use Reduction in LEED v4.1
WELLv2: Advancing Human Health and Well-Being

Founded in 2009, after a traditional water heater broke down and flooded our founder, Sridhar Deivasigamani’s basement, Intellihot today designs, manufactures and assembles tankless water heaters for residential, commercial and industrial applications—the first to do so entirely in the United States. Quality and innovation are at the heart of all our products, which were developed following years of extensive research. We continue to be recognized for our innovative design – we currently have over 60 awarded and pending patents.

Since 1982 Invisible Structures has been pioneering stormwater solutions. Thousands of customers have relied on us to achieve a variety of objectives from stormwater management to fire lanes to creating greenspace in lieu of concrete and asphalt. Our products are made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic and are ADA compliant. We offer grass and gravel porous paving, stormwater storage, erosion control systems, portable boardwalk systems and drainage systems. Our product line includes Grasspave2, Gravelpave2, Rainstore3, Slopetame3, Draincore2, and Beachrings2. We are committed to offering the strongest, most reliable products to sustain and enhance the environment.

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James Hardie has operations in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. No matter where they operate, their goal is to remain at the forefront of the fiber-cement industry, capitalizing on our global leadership in building products and manufacturing and technology for both new home construction and remodeling.

Since 1910, Julius Blum & Co., Inc. has provided ornamental metal components of the highest quality to the architectural trades. Today, operating under third and fourth generation leadership, we continue to be the industry’s most complete source of architectural metal. Despite continuing growth and change to the industry, Julius Blum & Co., Inc. has not lost sight of our founder’s mission: to best serve our customers with prompt service and quality components. Items shown are carried in stock in substantial quantities. Proper packaging is a priority as is domestic sourcing.

In addition to our product descriptions, our Catalog and website contain Engineering Data to aid in the design of structurally sound and code complaint railing systems. The dimensions, weights and technical data published in the Catalog and on our website have been ascertained with care but cannot be guaranteed. Details and availability are subject to change. We welcome your calls and emails.

Kingspan Light + Air is an award-winning manufacturer of translucent daylighting technology for high-performance building envelopes – walls, skylights and canopies. We team up with architects and designers to develop solutions that will enhance and optimize the role that natural light plays in the design of their buildings and inspire them to push the envelope. As expert problem-solvers, we leverage our knowledge and expertise to serve as the leading daylighting consultants for the architectural community and building industry.

KLAUS Multiparking is guided by deep-rooted values: quality, reliability, partnership and tradition. In over 110 years of the company’s history, we have constantly reinvented ourselves – but have always remained true to ourselves.

Since Mid-2020, KLAUS Multiparking America Inc. is directly serving our customers in the United States, together with our existing Sales Partners.

Our parent company KLAUS Multiparking GmbH has been one of the leading manufacturers of mechanical and automatic parking systems for more than 60 years and is represented in more than 80 countries worldwide. The Global Headquarters and manufacturing facility are located in Southern Germany, between Munich and the Swiss border.

The journey started with the foundation of Capitol Wood Works Company in 1929 by Ray H. Neiswander Sr. After a successful establishment, Ray expanded his milling business into the building materials industry and developed Raynor Garage Door Company in 1942. Nineteen years later, a request for an easy-to-move operable partition was answered by turning a garage door section on its side. This revelation sparked the birth of KWIK-WALL Company in 1961.

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Laurel McEwen, BS, MBA. Ms McEwen is a dynamic sustainability strategist with over 7 years of experience training and consulting on LCA with Fortune 500 companies. During her tenure at EarthShift, Laurel developed the world’s largest LCA on-line training program and launched the world's first LCA training certificate program partnering with ACLCA for professional certification testing. A successful educator and communicator of complex environmental information she can unravel for any audience complex LCA information into simple actionable components. Currently she consults with corporations on LCA studies and develops e-learning content to translate LCA studies into creative, credible communications to support sustainability projects.

The leader in extruded aluminum canopy, aluminum frame, store, hanger rod and custom canopy systems. Providing innovative environmental control through creative design, MASA Architectural Canopies represents an exciting approach to the pre-engineered building components market and is always pro-active to expand industry trends and designs. MASA’s broad knowledge separates them from the cookie-cutter fabricators to an elite level of custom design and build manufacturers. From start to finish, design through installations, MASA provides superior execution required during each phase of your project to produce top-quality canopy systems. When quality counts, you can count on MASA.

mindful MATERIALS (mM) is a free platform with aggregated information on human health and environmental impacts for products from leading manufacturers, vetted by experts passionate about making it easier to make informed product choices.

As an industry leader in the moveable wall concept, Modernfold delivers the highest-quality, custom wall solutions from start to finish. Our operable partitions and architecturally-striking glass wall systems wow customers and provide them with endless possibilities for their environments. Where others see only space, Modernfold sees possibilities.

Founded in a Silicon Valley lab, Modwall aims to provide intelligent solutions that help companies reduce capital investment and operational costs amid rapid growth and change. Modwall is revolutionizing modular interiors by addressing their traditional shortcomings, using robust, high-performing construction systems as the starting point to creating a modular system more intelligently.

Morton Buildings takes pride in being the industry leader in post-frame construction by providing a quality building and exceptional customer service. Regardless of building size or use, Morton has a farm building for every budget and can work with you on a wide variety of projects.

NanaWall® Systems is the exclusive North American partner of Solarlux of Germany, the world leader in operable glass wall technology. For nearly twenty years, the NanaWall® vanishing glass wall system has re-defined interior and exterior space, and the boundary between them,in thousands of commercial and residential buildings. At first glance, the NanaWall® looks like a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, but that's where the similarity ends. Each panel is articulated on a hidden overhead track, and the panels themselves can quickly and easily open and stow away out of sight, creating breathtaking open-air vistas.

Founded in 1946, Noble Company manufactures premium-quality, innovative products for the Tile, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, and Fire Sprinkler Industries. Noble Company product applications include waterproofing, crack prevention, and sound reduction under tile flooring. Noble Company is an American-based company, manufacturing products in Michigan and Louisiana.

Panda Windows & Doors™ was established in 1991 in Las Vegas, Nevada with a goal to create beautiful pieces of functional glass that perform as well as they look. The company designed, manufactured, and delivered its first aluminum framed folding door to a remodeled custom home located in Downtown Las Vegas. As design trends evolved and architects became interested in designing large moveable openings, Panda Windows & Doors™ found its niche market and began designing and engineering state-of-the-art custom glass wall systems that cater to the needs of both residential and commercial markets. Today, Panda Windows & Doors™ offers more than 50 high-quality systems including Folding Doors, Lift & Slides, Horizontal Wall Systems, Pivot & French Doors, Multi-Slides, Retractable Screens, Panda-Select line, TS.X0, and Architectural Windows. Our systems have been installed in scenic destinations around the world! Nearly 30 years later, Panda’s presence continues to grow through its field representatives and distributors. With an expansive presence throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean, this small family business has grown to become a powerhouse in the building and design community.

As a leading supplier of polymer-based solutions to construction, REHAU addresses sustainable design priorities by engineering products that enhance comfort and convenience, reduce energy consumption, create healthy and safe environments, and conserve finite resources. REHAU's products and systems for the window and door, heating and plumbing, fire protection and pipe markets complement each other in integrated high-performance solutions.

Renlita Custom Opening Solutions specializes in custom design and fabrication of vertical and horizontal operating doors. With a variety of options and capabilities, Renlita products can be used in retail, commercial and residential applications. Renlita’s in house design team works with architects and customers to meet their individual design objectives. Every project is shipped complete including finishes, glass, cladding, motor and accessories.

Rheem Commercial Air represents a family of brands that provide heating and cooling solutions in a diverse range of Commercial applications. Manufactured in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Rheem Commercial Air has research, design, manufacturing, and innovative learning facilities throughout North America with products available nationwide through our extensive distributor network. Products are designed using our unique 360+1 Design Philosophy that embodies our commitment to examine every aspect of all products we develop from every angle to ensure we design with performance, installability, serviceability, and durability in mind.

Rheem Commercial Water brings together our family of brands to offer a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the water heating needs of any commercial project. Backed by a team of experts, providing personalized service including consulting, training, sizing, and technical assistance to ensure timely support when customers need it most.

Steel Door Institute (SDI) was established in 1954 as a non-profit business association that develops standards for steel doors and frames. These standards are available free of charge so architects can ensure quality and consistency of steel doors and frames. SDI members are the only manufacturers that have been audited to ensure they meet our standards.

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Mark Jackson, Accessibility Consultant is an International Code Council (ICC) Certified Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner with specialized expertise in the accessible design and construction requirements of federal, state and local laws and codes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Jackson routinely provides accessibility services and training to key players in the building industry. He is an adjunct instructor at New York University and the Pratt Institute, New York, NY.

The McIntosh Group LLC provides accessibility consulting services and audits for building and business owners nationally. We are licensed architects in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. We have experience with a variety of building types including Retail, Convenience, Banks, Hospitality, Restaurants, Movie Theaters, Residential and Office. We have extensive experience dealing with the ADA Title III, ANSI and state-specific accessibility overlays including California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Georgia and Arizona.

TIGER Drylac Architectural Service is the first contact for architects, planners and designers regarding consultation and specific information about powder coatings and digital inks for architectural projects and design applications. John Fett, Manager, Architectural Products, TIGER Drylac North America:

TOTO is the world’s largest plumbing products manufacturer. We offer a complete line of commercial and decorative plumbing fixtures and fittings, faucets, accessories, shower and flush valves, as well as lavatories, toilets, Air Baths and urinals. More than 1,500 TOTO engineers and their colleagues are committed to achieving the seamless integration of performance, conservation, technology, and innovation. For over 90 years, we have been producing superbly designed, high performance lifestyle enhancing plumbing products. We understand our customers want products that have great design, and we concentrate on creating a more enjoyable bathroom experience through products that infuse sophisticated style, optimize water conservation and provide exceptional performance.

The TRUEGRID® paving system is a 100% permeable, natural paving alternative to concrete and asphalt. TRUEGRID is as simple to use as interlocking building blocks for the real world. By offering an easily actionable green technology that costs less than concrete, TRUEGRID® works to make an impact now. Less flooding. A more natural landscape. Cleaner air and water. Less heat. Less thermal pollution. Less waste in the landfill. Fewer toxins from runoff pollutants, coal tar & asphalt sealants. Millions of square feet of TRUEGRID® pavers have been installed across the USA. Commercial and industrial parking lots that are ADA accessible, fire lanes, access roads that will last maintenance free for 40 years or more. Aesthetically pleasing and strong enough to support heavy loads and traffic, TRUEGRID® works in all soils and climates.

Woodfold Mfg., Inc. was established in 1957 in Forest Grove, Oregon. Since then, we've grown into one of the nation's leading suppliers of custom-crafted Accordion Doors, Roll-Up Doors, and Hardwood Shutters for both residential and commercial installations.

GreenCE offers AIA HSW online continuing education, LEED online courses, ADA online courses, and LEED Exam Prep. GreenCE helps design professionals obtain their AIA HSW hours, LEED-specific hours, barrier-free hours, and IDCEC CE hours. The website delivers LEED Exam Prep for the LEED Green Associate exam, LEED BD+C exam, and LEED O+M exam. The online LEED certification courses educate architects, engineers, interior designers, contractors, and students.

GreenCE is a USGBC Education Partner that offers the only free LEED exam prep in the country. The LEED certification course includes a free LEED exam study guide, free LEED practice questions, and LEED certification tips and strategies. In addition, GreenCE offers free courses for LEED APs to obtain their LEED BD+C hours, LEED ID+C hours, and LEED O+M hours. Most GBCI courses are free and in video format.

GreenCE is an AIA Education Provider and offers free AIA online courses. The free AIA courses are sponsored by building product manufacturers. In addition, the platform offers barrier-free ADA courses for Texas and California architects. Texas barrier-free online courses and California Accessibility courses meet state requirements. TX ADA courses and CA ADA courses are created by the top ADA experts in the country.

Building product manufacturers can get specified by using GreenCE services. GreenCE develops AIA and LEED courses for product manufacturers to educate architects. The online architect courses help build brand awareness about building products. In addition, GreenCE hosts manufacturer webinars for 200-300 architects at a time. The AIA webinars and LEED webinars are free for architects who can learn about various products.

Finally, GreenCE helps manufacturers develop Health Product Declarations (HPDs), LEED v4 product documentation, mindful MATERIALS documentation, Google Portico documentation, and Declare Labels. We value our relationships with design professionals and building product manufacturers. They are crucial to our success.