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.

Building Design

High Performance Gypsum: Protect Against Mold, Moisture and Exposure

This course will focus on gypsum products manufactured with fiberglass facing, replacing the paper facing typically used on gypsum board. We will review the high performance characteristics and applications for the fiberglass faced gypsum panels to improve the health, safety and welfare of any project and associated occu...

  • 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
Improving Timber Connections Through Design

Compare traditional mortise and tenon joinery with embedded timber connectors, and become familiar with the parts of a common frame. installation processes, and design for: tension, compression, and shear utilizing steel embedded connectors.This course will help you specify different styles of connectors for wood, wood...

  • 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
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
Introduction to Entrance Flooring Systems

This course will explain the functions and benefits of a well-designed entrance system and will provide application dependent guidelines that will aide in proper system design. Value and Benefit of an Entrance Flooring system. Industry standards, including ADA requirements and United States Green Council (USGBC) LEED cre...

  • 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

Heavy snow, while perfect for skiing and snowball fights, is less than ideal when it glaciates and moves on roofs. Despite the many damages that snow and ice moving on roofs can cause to a building and its occupants, there are currently no codes or standards for snow retention systems in the United States or Canada. Join...

  • 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
Life Safety with Rooftop Accessories - Update

This course will explain the benefits of roof hatch & smoke vent design and life safety. The designer will have a better understanding of code regulations for life safety and will be able to properly size and place vents in accordance with these codes. We will conclude this one-hour course with a 10-minute Q&A pe...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 IIBEC CEH
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Lighting the Path for Building Egress Safety

This one-hour course examines the need for photoluminescent lighting systems in stairways of buildings across the country to provide a safe pathway of exit during emergencies. The idea of finding a way to illuminate a safe path for building occupants has been tossed around for decades, but the main obstacle encountered i...

  • 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
Lightweight Molded Architectural Limestone

In this one-hour course, we discuss light-weight architectural (LWMA) limestone as a non-structural alternative to conventional limestone and compare it to other architectural limestone alternatives. The program will cover LWMA limestone composition, durability, product testing, and application examples.

  • 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
Liquid Innovations in a Concrete World

This course examines the use of resinous floor coating systems in commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities as a solution to meet functional, aesthetic, and environmental needs. We will distinguish the types of resinous floor coating systems available as well as their benefits and limitations. In addition, we...

  • 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
Managing Building Movement with Joints

This course will help the designer to correctly determine the proper specification for building movement joints. Selecting, designing, detailing and specifying building joints is a complex task which can be simplified by following a logical process to first determine joint requirements, location and type. Once we know th...

  • 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
Masonry Wall Insulation, Air Barrier, Water Seal and Moisture Vapor Control with ccSPF

Define the basic properties of SPF and be able to list the general benefits of using ccSPF systems for masonry wall insulation, air barrier, and water sealing. Learn about the installation methods of ccSPF systems and be able to visualize the applications and projects of closed cell spray polyurethane foams.

  • 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
MCM/ACM Paint Systems and the Building Envelope

Explore MCM and ACM panels along with the different types of paint finish systems that include solid colors, prismatic finishes, faux finishes, and more. With an emphasis on new fluoropolymer technology, gain insight into finish standards and testing as well as how the makeup and application of each finish type affects i...

  • 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 Hand Dryers for Modern Restrooms

This course provides the opportunity for you to learn about the hand dryer, its history, use and innovations.

  • 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 Rustic

The look of reclaimed wood is popular across all generations for different reasons. The modern rustic design trend incorporates the warmth and character of wood with the clean, fresh look of a contemporary aesthetic.

This one-hour course will examine the attributes and drawbacks of using reclaimed wood in design p...

  • 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
On the Move: Automated Movable Wall Systems

With the continual popularity of open-concept spaces, there is an increasing demand for flexible space that allows occupants to reconfigure and redesign their area to fit each day’s unique needs. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss utilizing movable and automated walls to facilitate space management in a variet...

  • 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
One Coat Stucco in Modern Society

In this one-hour course, we will trace the evolution of stucco to more fully understand how the product has influenced both the exterior and interior construction of walls in today’s modern structures. We will also compare and contrast one coat stucco to three coat stucco to see the value that the one coat stucco 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
One Step at a Time: Safety & Sustainability

This one-hour course examines how stair treads and nosings increase stair safety for users, especially in the event of an emergency. Join us as we discuss the different parts of a stair, the coefficients of friction for different nosing options, new innovations that make treads and nosings durable and sustainable, and co...

  • 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
Operating Room Integration

Over the last 25 years the introduction of more computer and visualization intensive systems, has created the need for a re-thinking of how operating rooms are designed and used. New technologies and new specialized procedures requiring new design and planning methods to facilitate better workflows to support these new p...

  • 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
Out of the Basement and into the Light: High Performance Glass Block

This one-hour course explores the use of glass block and explains why the characteristics of this product are durable, sustainable, and able to bring much needed light into spaces that have traditionally been somewhat dim.

The benefits of using high-performance glass block products is discussed so participants wi...

  • 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
Pedestrian Cable Railings: Guardrails with Cable Infill

This course will examine the code and design requirements for railing systems using cable as the railing in-fill material. Information about cables, frames, and both vertical and horizontal cable railing systems will be presented along with a review of specific design considerations and applications. In addition, appropr...

  • 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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