The American Institute of Architects

Continuing Education Systems
AIA/CES Registered Provider Program Summaries
AEP is approved by IEMSI and AIA as certified face to face presenters, and we are eager to provide AIA credited Lunch & Learn and walk through presentations offered by the various manufacturers, we represent. Please contact us if you are interested in setting up a lunch & learn, and we will be glad to schedule a date that works with your calendar. These are the Continuing Education Programs available for your review: 

Provider: Maibec #404108832
Program: Superior Finishes Using HD Printing Technology - And Their Impact on Sustainable Design
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 CEU hour
Description: This course will introduce the learner to digital printing’s impact on the cladding industry. We will then review various methods of producing unique finishes on traditional, recyclable cladding materials and compare those options. Finally, we will review how using these types of materials can contribute to the overall sustainability of your projects.
Learning Objectives: After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Participants will be able to relay how to optimally design with HD printed material with intention of adding to constructability and simplicity.
  • Participants will be able to relay the benefits of HD Printing as a finish on recyclable materials.
  • Participants will be able to distinguish between modern siding options utilizing advanced finishing methods.
  • Participants will be able to define sustainability and recognize the three pillars of sustainability: Economic, Environmental, and Social.

Provider: GammaStone
Provider #: 404109534
Program #: 2101
Program: Lightweight Panels for Ventilated Facades & Curtain Walls
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 learning unit

Description: Lightweight Panels for Ventilated Facades & Curtain Walls is designed to introduce attendees to the capabilities of incorporating lightweight panels into the design of buildings. It begins with an introduction into the benefits of a ventilated façade and then moves into discussing lightweight panel technology. Learning how one can design a building using materials such as natural stone, glass, brick and can overcome their design limitations. 

Learning objectives: After completion of this course, participants will: 

  • Understand how rainscreens are constructed
  • Understand the benefits of a rainscreen (building efficiency, noise control, unique aesthetic, etc.)
  • Understand the composition of a lightweight composite panel
  • Be able to imagine new ways of designing monolithic shapes with composite panels into a project with significant design challenges
  • Understand the various applications lightweight panels can be incorporated into i.e. ceilings, curtainwalls, etc.
  • Understand the different types of materials that can be used and how these materials can be used. What their possibilities and limitations are. (i.e. natural stone, glass, GFRC, etc.)

How Taught: The CES facilitator utilizes a PowerPoint presentation to provide an in-depth overview of lightweight panels and their capabilities in increasing design possibilities. It will be interactive. Feedback and questions are encouraged.

A/V Needs: If in person, electrical power, a projector, and a screen for the Power Point presentation. The CES facilitator will supply the laptop.

Target Audience: This program is suitable for architects, specifiers, structural engineers, general contractors, owners, and other design professionals.

Facilitator Qualifications: All GammaStone CES facilitators have been trained on CES guidelines and presentation skills. They have extensive experience in this topic and are considered industry experts.

Costs: There is no cost to bring this program into your firm or chapter meeting.

Provider: Cambridge Architectural, J845
Program #: CA0507
Program: Lunch & Learn: Architectural Mesh Systems – Design Freedom and Functionality
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 LU hour
Description: This course explores woven metal fabric – used historically as a utilitarian industrial product - as a new architectural material that provides valuable functionality in addition to stunningly unique aesthetics.
Learning Objectives: After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Learn about architectural mesh's origins and history to the present day
  • Learn the variety of architectural functions that mesh serves
  • Learn about three major components of an architectural mesh system
  • Learn why and how to specify an architectural mesh system
  • Learn about the many sustainable or green attributes of architectural mesh
  • Learn how architectural mesh compares in cost to alternative architectural products

Provider: Kalzip Inc
Program #: AIAKAL 102A
Program: Specifying High-Performance Standing Seam Metal Roofing
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 learning unit
Description: The seminar offers practical advice and guidance on the fundamentals of standing seam roofing and cladding. Tackling pertinent issues faced by specifiers and design teams the presentation focuses on key stages of the project, providing clear direction, both technically and commercially, through the various stages of specification, design, delivery, and installation.
Learning objectives: The seminar will give specifiers a blueprint to work from, enabling them to make more informed decisions about their roofing specification, by understanding the correct application of standing seam roofing products and systems. After completion of this course, attendees will have a more in-depth knowledge of the following areas:

  • Project product capabilities
  • Metal roofing history
  • Modern roll forming processes
  • Panel types & design options
  • Available materials & finishes
  • Typical details & assembly
  • Role of the installer
  • Key specification points

Provider: Millennium Forms #404108846
Program # AIAMF 1024
Program: Light Interference Color Stainless
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 Learning Unit
Description: This program will provide a
brief introduction to stainless steel and the
electrochemical coloring process of stainless
steel known as light interference color (LIC).
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After completion of this course, participants will understand:

  • • Evolution of metals in construction and architecture
  • • Understand Light Interference Color (LIC) and the process by which it is created
  • • Application and Limitations
  • • LIC characteristics & the effect of viewing angles, light conditions and material finish on color

Program Overview: Today, many new buildings must meet the ASHRAE 90.1 requirements for thermal performance. This is a tough objective since the documented proof is required. Effective R-values must be met, not just nominal values, which means that high conductivity materials that cause thermal bridges must be considered in the modeling and calculations. Often, meeting ASHRAE's challenging prescriptive compliance is not even enough; some designers look to walls to make up for thermal performance shortfalls from other parts of the building enclosure – such as high glazing area percentages. Many of today's conventional wall assemblies fall short of even basic compliance, causing larger, thicker, and more costly assemblies than ever before. Learn what current wall assemblies are getting closest to the target performance levels, what the code–prescribed targets are for your region, and what some innovative companies and designers are doing to solve this issue, both with conventional and proprietary approaches while saving cost at the same time.

Learning Objectives: In this course, you will:

  • Understand what building types are subject to the ASHRAE 90.1 Thermal Performance standard.
  • Understand the compliance paths available for the ASHRAE 90.1 standard.
  • Understand the non-linear effect that highly conductive wall components have on the total effective wall R-value.
  • Understand how current conventional wall assemblies compare from a thermal point of view.
  • Identify aspects of exterior wall detailing to target for thermal improvements.
  • Become aware of several conventional and state-of-the-art proprietary approaches that have been used in the past year to solve these issues and reduce costs.

AIA #: 38870771
Program #: PRUSACESAIA01                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Program:  High Pressure Laminates (HPL) in Building Design
Provider #: 404109088
Credits: 1 LUIHSW
Description:  This course will follow the evolution of the engineered stone rainscreen panel and investigate its impact on sustainable, versatile, and constructible design

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After completion of this course, participants will understand:

  • Participants will be able to define Sustainability and identify how engineered stone panels contributes to the three pillars of sustainability:  Economic, Environmental, and Social Sustainability
  • Participants will understand the Versatility of features gained from engineered stone panels and how they relate to more traditional panel offerings
  • Participants will learn the various methods of designing with engineered stone panels, their Constructability, and how engineered stones are redefining Rainscreens.
  • Participants will be able to identify the Compatibility of engineered stone panels with their own design philosophies.

How Taught: This course is taught by certified representatives, using PowerPoint, as a lunch and learn the course. The instructor will record attendance on AIA documents A/V Needs A PC laptop-compatible projector.
Target Audience: All levels of design and project architects, specifiers, interior designers, owners, and other design professionals. The ideal audience size can be 10-40 people.
Facilitator Qualifications: All Architectural sales representatives have undergone extensive training in the design and installation of the various architectural products and systems.
Costs: The course is free of charge.
Expiration Date: This course is available for AIA/CES credit

AIA #: 38870771
Program:  Specifying Fiber Cement Wall Systems
Provider #: #T207
Credits: 1HSW/LU
Description:  Best Practices for Modern Buildings

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the differences between different kinds of fiber cement claddings, including available texture and coating options, and identify ways in which fiber cement can contribute to sustainability goals
  • Discuss the lifetime costs of fiber cement and other cladding materials
  • Describe updates to energy code as it related to the exterior wall assembly and the advantages and disadvantages of different attachment methods for fiber cement through continuous exterior insulation
  • Explain what types of fire tests are required by the code for facades with fiber cement, including walls with exterior insulation

For more information, contact:
Joseph Polak CSI
Architectural Engineered products
3524 Foot Hills Drive
Weatherford, TX 76087

(817) 600-2074


Additional Programs

GreenCE is an online resource for design professionals who want to learn more about sustainable design, conservation, and LEED related topics. Our mission is to educate design professionals about environmental benefits, health benefits, and economic benefits when designing a structure. All courses on this website qualify for AIA's new SD credit. You will receive 1 AIA/HSW/SD LU.