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

Delegated Design of Metal Stair Systems

In this one-hour course, we will review the overall process for the delegated design of metal stair systems. This highly coordinated process involves several different parties such as: architects, engineers, contractors, and metal stair manufacturers. As new software technologies and stringent criteria for design of meta...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Documenting the Invisible: Using IOT During Construction

In this one-hour course, participants will gain a breadth of knowledge regarding monitoring equipment that can prevent, control and mitigate damage during the construction process. It will discuss how to choose and install equipment that provides on-site and remote monitoring, primarily focusing on environmental monitori...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Modern Materials for Contemporary Design - Update

Today we are going to look at three contemporary high-end materials: aluminum, glass and high gloss acrylic. First, we will review the inherent qualities of each, then we will look at how each might be incorporated into your designs. We will review the design options of each application and how to specify these materials...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 IDCEC HSW CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Modern Storage Solutions for Healthcare

In this one-hour course, we will explore storage issues that healthcare facilities face due to the demands of ever-changing technological advances as well as a lack of usable space. When healthcare facilities do not have easy access to necessary supplies and equipment, patient treatment may suffer as well as cause added...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE

In this one-hour course, design professionals will learn about expanded metal, focusing on its manufacture, installation, and application. It will give in-depth knowledge of existing standards and manufacture tolerances as suggested by the Expanded Metal Manufacturers Association. By the end of this course, design profes...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE

Building Design

Industrial Resinous Flooring Systems - Update

This program will give the participant an understanding of the many options available with high performance resinous floor coatings. By knowing these flooring systems, you will then be able to choose the correct flooring systems to meet your clients’ needs and expectations for both durability and aesthetics. We will also...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
A Greener Future Starts at Home

In this course, the design professional will consider how appliances within residential spaces can contribute to an environment that is both healthy and energy efficient. An overview of the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program will be discussed as well as the purpose of certifying products that are energy efficient. Then, we will...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 IDCEC HSW CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
A Hands off Approach: Designing Public Restrooms with Preventative Measures in Mind

In light of recent events, we all are realizing how important proper hygiene is, especially in public restrooms. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss which surfaces in public restrooms commonly promote the spread of germs and how touchless sink faucets can be used to reduce harmful bacteria in the water supply a...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 IDCEC HSW CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
A Safe Bet: Bullet, Blast & Forced Entry Resistant Products

In this one-hour course, design professionals will learn about anti-ballistic technology, specifically fiberglass panels, windows, doors, and other products, that are used to protect a building’s occupants from weapons, impact, and explosives. It will discuss standards and testing for these products, as well as different...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
A Sound Decision: Acoustics & Operable Partitions

Acoustical control is a critical factor in virtually every type of environment; therefore selection of the appropriate operable partition is critical. It is important when choosing an operable wall system to not only consider the space /configuration of your application and how the wall operates, but to also examine the...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Abuse and Impact Resistant Gypsum: Stronger and Safer Walls

Analyze the different types of gypsum technologies in terms of composition, characteristics, and testing. Discover the benefits of impact resistant gypsum in terms of performance, application, and cost.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Access Ladders & Stairways: Design and Code Solutions

This course will discuss different types of ladders and stairways, and the various applications in which they can be safely used. The designer will also learn about codes and minimum requirements necessary to adhere to standards both dimensionally and for fire ratings.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Acoustically Enhanced Gypsum Board Designed for High STC Wall Assemblies

In this course, we explore sound transmission and acoustical requirements in buildings. Codes, standards, and design considerations, are thoroughly reviewed. Acoustically enhanced gypsum board assemblies are evaluated as a solution for improving acoustics in multiple indoor environments.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Advanced Rainscreen Design for Moisture Management

This course will better inform the designer on moisture management in the building envelope and related considerations. The designer will evaluate rainscreen and wall assembly options to gain a better understanding of how to incorporate rainscreens into their building envelope system. The designer will also gain an under...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Advantages of Radiant Heating and Cooling Systems: Delivering Health, Safety and Welfare with Improved Heating and Cooling

This course provides a fundamental understanding of the benefits of radiant heating and cooling systems for residential, commercial and institutional applications. You will learn about how radiant heating and cooling provides a cost efficient, comfortable way for your building to achieve a high level of energy performanc...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Advantages of Using Cover Boards in Low-Slope Roofing Assemblies

This narrated course will provide a brief overview of Low-Slope Roof Systems to provide the necessary background to discuss cover boards & thermal barriers. The various cover boards types and reasons for their use will be described. Each board type will be discussed along with their primary features, benefits & c...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Alternative Concrete Reinforcement Materials

Navigating through building codes can sometimes be a challenge for even the seasoned professional at times. Join us in this hour course as we focus on how performance-based building codes are developed. Design professionals will learn how alternative allowances are there to help keep the door open for innovation in the...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 RCEP PDH for Engineers
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Architectural Applications of Water Protection Systems

This course expresses the reasons for concern regarding the environmental hazards that come with flooding and describes who is responsible when natural hazards and flooding occur. Learn what a Base Flood Elevation is, as well as the objectives of protection in order to employ this kind of system.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Architectural Fire Rated Joint Assemblies

In this one-hour course, design professionals will gain knowledge of head-of-wall, bottom-of-wall and wall-to-wall assemblies, as well as the respective UL standards for approval, It will discuss different joint treatment types and the components involved with each application. By the end of the course, design profession...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Architectural Railing Systems: Style You Can Hold on To

Handrails and guardrails are a safety feature that we easily take for granted as common fixture of environment where stairs and balconies are a feature, aiding us in our coming and going. Discover how these systems impact not just the aesthetic of your design, but also the importance of proper specification and utilizing...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE

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