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      Motorization and Automation in Natural Daylighting Systems

      Course description:

      • Review the effect naturally daylight spaces can have on productivity, sales, and learning
      • Understanding relative Sun Path and angle of incidence
      • To understand the 1:3:10 ratio of glare control and visual comfort
      • Examine the differences and options available through automation versus manual solutions
      • Understanding how motorization and automation may effect acoustical comfort

      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

      Roller Shade Fabrics: Composition and Performance

      Course description:

      • Explain the 4 most important factors shading systems may contribute to a building's performance
      • Identify the 3 aspects relevant to the construction and performance of shade fabrics
      • Describe the difference of using dark colors versus light colors in shade fabric
      • Explain what the "openness" of the fabric is and how and where it should be used
      • Describe the 5 primary types of sunscreen fabric composition and relative strengths and weaknesses of each

      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

      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