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      The ABC's of Roller Shade Fabrics

      Course description:

      • Discuss building characteristics that affect shade fabric selection
      • Identify key considerations for roller shades to ensure occupants' well-being and effective use of interior spaces
      • List several ways that the five main types of roller shade fabrics differ and how such differences relate to the soundness of the shade strategies
      • Match various types of roller shade fabrics to the most appropriate applications, based on building structure, use and shading objectives

      This one hour course is approved for AIA members. Credits: AIA (1 LU/HSW). Contact us at to schedule a presentation

      Requirements and Solutions for Automating Shades and Window Coverings

      Course description:

      • Understand shading automation objectives to optimize performance for various types of shading applications and site locations
      • Be able to discuss shading automation objectives so all building users - including those who require ADA accommodation - will be safe and comfortable
      • Identify elements of automated shading systems, and discuss tradeoffs among three main system designs for a range of structure types
      • Create a basic automation specification that meets a number of the identified objectives

      This one hour course is approved for AIA members. Credits: AIA (1 LU/HSW). Contact us at to schedule a presentation

      Metal Ceilings: Design, Acoustics and Sustainability

      Course description:

      • Categories and descriptions of various metal ceiling products available in the market today
      • The manufacturing process behind metal ceilings and potential cost-to-client implications based on production
      • The long term viability and total "life-of-product" assessment of various contract metal ceiling installations
      • Understanding the acoustical NRC and CAC ratings and how they are calculated
      • Review the various finishing techniques available and review the benefits and drawbacks of solutions like Kynar, PPC, Painted, etc.
      • Designing systems around tricky and difficult perimeter details as well as other Service Delivery connections (lighting, HVAC, security, etc.)
      • How metal ceiling products fit within LEED® building guidelines

      This one hour course is approved for AIA members. Credits: AIA (1 LU/HSW). Read case study and contact us at to schedule a presentation

      Coordinating Services in the Complex Ceiling Plane

      Course description:

      • Review the factors to be considered for successful suspended ceiling plane integration, including plenum uses, types of loads, and penetrations
      • Discuss the main challenges and problems to avoid in projects requiring the integration of varied subsystems - such as lighting, HVAC, audio, security, fire safety, and signage - into the ceiling plane
      • Describe the best practices in communication and coordination in a project, including how to communicate with key building trades, as well as best practices for establishing a project's order of installation
      • List some useful design solutions and product systems that may help to organize and integrate penetrations through the ceiling plane

      This one hour course is approved for AIA members. Credits: AIA (1 LU/HSW). Contact us at to schedule a presentation

      Design Considerations for Terracotta Rainscreen Systems

      Course description:

      • Understand the concept of the rainscreen principle for moisture control and differentiate between the 2 types of rainscreen implementations
      • Identify the main components of a rainscreen facade system, and their roles in the building envelope
      • Describe the 6 main processes in manufacturing terracotta facade panels
      • Explain the aesthetic effect that various terracotta elements, color, and texture have on the appearance of a building exterior

      This one hour course is approved for AIA and IDCEC members. Credits: AIA (1 LU/HSW) and IDCEC (0.1 CEU). Read case study and contact us at to schedule a presentation

      Shading Controls: Solutions for ADA Compliance and Cord Safety

      Course description:

      • Appreciate challenges and risks that may be present in commercial and hospitality shading applications
      • Understand the 3 main requirements of ADA codes as they relate to window coverings
      • Recognize the 4 main items shades must have to meet the most current ANSI standards for cord safety
      • Be able to compare the operating hardward of various shading solutions, including drapery, shades, and blinds
      • Know a number of different control/operation options for shades in commercial and/or hospitality applications

      This one hour course is approved for AIA and IDCEC members. Credits: AIA (1 LU/HSW) and IDCEC (0.1 CEU). Contact us at to schedule a presentation