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.

Design Process

Get Savvy: LEED v4 for Product Manufacturers

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” manufact...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 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

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 Structured Learning Hour
  • 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

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 Structured Learning Hour
  • 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
A More Transparent Shade of Green: Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) Drive Restrooms to the Lead in Green Design

Construction is going green. As both sustainability and efficiency advance in the built environment, architects, specifiers, and buyers are increasingly concerned with purchasing products that are environmentally friendly and can achieve project performance and client welfare goals. Architects and designers are, in essen...

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

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 Structured Learning Hour
  • 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

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 Structured Learning Hour
  • 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

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 rec...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 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

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 p...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 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
Breathe Easier with High Performance HVAC Sealants & Coatings

In this one-hour course, we will consider the components necessary to keep an HVAC system functioning efficiently. We will examine various types of sealants and coatings and how best practices concerning their installation and quality control can be used to increase the lifespan of the HVAC system. This course will explo...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 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
Commercial Design with Structural Insulated Panels

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 Structured Learning Hour
  • 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
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 processes which enhances the inhe...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 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

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 Structured Learning Hour
  • 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
Defending Workers and The Carbon Stored In Wood From Fire

In this course, we explore how accredited applied science infusion wood treatments can help protect mass timber projects, help meet housing demands, and provide a sustainable defense solution for the carbon left behind in wood during sequestration. We discuss how applied science wood treatments can protect structures exp...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 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
Developing and Building Sustainably with Fiber Cement Siding

This course on fiber cement siding defines the 4 D’s of Wall Design and explains the sustainable attributes such as improved indoor air quality, longevity, embodied energy, LCA parameters, and climate zoned cladding.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 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
CPI Daylighting

Through a review on daylighting, the benefits and the dilemas, this course will focus on best practices for incorporating daylighting into your designs as well as introduce you to new technoligies such as dynamic daylighting solutions and solar blade intelligent systems.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 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
FSC-Certified Wood in Construction and Green Building

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification has been a leading driver of global forest conservation since 1994, and the green building movement is a cornerstone of its success. The US Green Building Council's LEED rating system and the designers, specifiers and buildings who apply LEED standards play a critical role,...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 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
Get In On The Ground Floor: Modern, Sustainable Healthcare Flooring

In this one-hour course, design professionals will gain in-depth knowledge of sustainable, resilient fluid-applied flooring. It will discuss how it solves many issues present in both resilient flooring and fluid-applied flooring by providing a sustainable, durable, cost-effective and seamless flooring without any harmful...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 GBCI General Hour for LEED Professionals
  • 1 IDCEC HSW CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Hands Get Wet: Restroom Design with the End in Mind

In this one hour course, the design professional will consider hand drying strategies used in various types of restrooms including schools, restaurants, stadiums, and more. We will assess multiple strategies, including electric hand dryers and the use of paper towels, and compare the life-cycle costs associated with each...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 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
Historic Restoration: Preserving a Montana Landmark with Copper Roofing

In this one-hour video case study, we will explore how copper roofing benefited a century old courthouse in Montana. Through a series of interviews with the project team and a building tour, we learn how buildings from the past shape our future, historic preservation challenges, and how teamwork and craftsmanship combine...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 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
Impervious Elegance-How Waterproof Wall Panels Protect Spaces

In this course, we explore how waterproof wall panel systems are used to provide a cost-effective, easy installed, low maintenance design solution for bathrooms and kitchens. We examine the benefits of waterproof wall panels over tile and how panels help prevent mildew and mold. Finally, we discuss how sustainable waterp...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 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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