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

Life Safety with Rooftop Accessories

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.

  • 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
Light-Gauge Steel Framing Connection Products: Specifying Tested Connection Products That Limit Liability

Define the use of light-gauge steel framing connection products. Discuss practical applications of deflection clips, support clips, and the various methods of installation for different types of connectors.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 ICC CEU
  • 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
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
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
Post-Frame Construction in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings

Post-frame construction, with its durability, design flexibility, energy efficiency, is the perfect choice for any low-rise commercial building. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss post-frame construction methods, including foundations, columns, and trusses, as well as materials, coatings, and paint options. By...

  • 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
Powder and Liquid FEVE Coatings for Curtain Wall & Infrastructure Applications

In this one-hour course, we will discover the strengths and advantages of FEVE fluoropolymer topcoats for bridges and curtain walls, as well as maintenance re-coating of existing finishes. We will evaluate coating performance tests including accelerated weathering and real-time weathering and what the implications are fo...

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 RCEP PDH for Engineers
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Proper Specification and Installation Recommendations for Nonstructural Wall Framing

Many different factors go in to the proper specification and installation recommenedations for nonstructural wall framing: Selection of proper stud, proper installation of metal stud framing, proper understanding and use of correct studs in fire-rated partitions

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 ICC CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Proper Specification and Installation Recommendations for Structural Wall Framing

Review the IBC 2012 Code Compliance requirements for cold-formed structural studs and the minimum requirements per ASTM C955. The installation procedure for cold-formed structural studs per ASTM C1007 and fire-rated construction are described in this course.

  • 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • 1 AIBD CE Hour
  • 1 ICC CEU
  • 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
  • 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
FREE
Radiant Floor Heating Installation

Installation of radiant floor heating will be the focus of this course. We will review system components, layout, and manifold location considerations for the design process. Wet and dry installation techniques will be explained to improve the incorporation of RFH in your design.

  • 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
Railing Made Simple

In this course, we will familiarize attendees with styles and trends within railing systems and discuss how railing material choices affect safety, appearance, and future maintenance. The design professional will learn about code compliance and how product standardization helps to meet regulatory goals.

We will...

  • 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
Ready to Roll: An Introduction to Rolling Steel Doors

In this one-hour course, participants will receive a general overview of rolling steel doors and their competitive advantages in the door industry. It will discuss the components of rolling steel doors, focusing on their customization options, efficiency, and ability to protect assets and occupants from environmental haz...

  • 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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