And let us help! We provide comprehensive training services for the AIA's award-winning Continuing Education System. Each of the seminars listed below is registered with the AIA and meets criteria for one Learning Unit (LU) and also qualifies for one hour of Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) credits.


An Introduction to Building Commissioning
This program offers you an understanding of the purpose and objectives of building commissioning. You will gain an understanding of how commissioning relates to state building code and LEED requirements. The purpose of this program is to give you valuable insight into the roles and responsibilities of each member of the Commissioning Team, knowledge of what systems are commissioned, and knowledge of the steps of the commissioning process and the final products.

MEP/FP Systems Basics: Understanding the Systems and Designing for Success
Learn the basics of HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, and electrical (MEP/FP) building systems.  The objective of this educational program is to teach non-engineers (such as architects) the basic function and operation of MEP/FP systems.  Learn to identify the different systems, differentiate between them, and study samples of their corresponding buildings. Learn how to incorporate the systems into the design of a building based on the function, performance, clearances, etc. of the systems, and learn why we would use certain systems within different buildings. 

MEP/FP Coordination - The Right Steps for a Successful Project
Have you ever wondered how to coordinate a project from the proposal stage to completion?  If so, sign-up for this program to learn the “Right Steps for Success.”  You will gain insight as to what it takes to coordinate a project successfully. Discover what key elements are required from an Architect and other Project Team Members to get the job done right, from the proposal stage to project completion.  You will also gain valuable insight into some win-win project coordination applications and learn how to avoid some typical project coordination nightmares. 

An Introduction to Technology Design Best Practices: An Overview of High-End Technology Solutions for Today's Building Projects
This program focuses on the effective design of technology – including telecommunications electronic security, and audio visual systems – within a variety of typical building types. We will review Technology Design (TD) infrastructure requirements and look at why these systems
need to be incorporated into the overall design, starting at the beginning of a project. This course will also cover best practices for TD issues relating to architectural planning, design, and documentation.

Energy Engineering in the Design Process
Too often, the topics of energy and sustainability do not become part of the conversation until a project is already well underway.  This course will help you understand the importance of including an “energy mindset” from the moment a new project comes to life.  As the market, legislation, and technology focusing on energy engineering grow, the need to learn more about this topic increases as well.  During this program, you will hear directly from Energy Engineers who will discuss effective ways to introduce energy efficient design at the start of a project and maintain this focus throughout the duration of the project. This interactive session will also include a detailed data center case study on energy simulations and  explain how to calculate estimated annual energy use, identify potential utility incentives, and run lifecycle costs for various types of cooling systems.

MEP/FP Healthcare Coordination
Have you ever wondered about the unique challenges of coordinating a healthcare project from proposal stage to completion?  If so, sign up for this program for the “right steps to success” for healthcare. This educational program will cover the basics of successful MEP coordination specifically for a healthcare building.  Learn what information architects and engineers need to share before the design process begins to guarantee a successful project.  Review the proper project design approach and coordination for healthcare buildings.  Learn the best, individual MEP design approach and coordination for various rooms and systems, including the operating room, emergency department, exam room, and nurse call and medical gas system.  Finally, instructors will review and share "Lessons Learned” from actual projects. 

Chilled Beams for Today's High Energy Performance Building
HVAC systems that employ chilled beams have been used in Europe for many years and are just now starting to gain mainstream acceptance in the US for use in high performance buildings.  This course will explore the energy saving benefits of chilled beam technology and how this technology can be integrated into modern high performance buildings, both as part of new construction and the renovation of existing buildings.  We will explore the three most widely used chilled beams including passive radiant panels, passive chilled beams and active chilled beams.  The course will cover the basic theory of heating and cooling load profiles and how chilled beams can accommodate these load profiles.  The course will also include a comparison of a conventional variable air volume (VAV) system verses a chilled beam system for a 100,000 square foot sample office building. It will touch on not only the energy benefits, but also the space benefits, the noise benefits, and the comfort benefits.

Interior Finishes and Decorative Material
This course outlines the requirements set forth in Chapter 8 of the IBC. In addition, requirements related to plastic are included as part of the program. Attendees will have a greater understanding of how interior finishes are to be applied within a building, how they are tested and ways to implement a desired design if not strictly code compliant.

Learning objectives for this course include informing the audience on what provisions need to be considered as it relates to interior finish applications; understand the difference between the different classifications of finishes; gain an understanding of how finishes are tested; and understand the importance of having proper documentation.

Fire Protection: Means of Egress
This 1-hour course outlines the basics of means of egress and provides the audience with an understanding of how these systems are developed and what some of the requirements are. The presentation has been tailored based on the requirements of the International Building Code (IBC). What is a means of egress? A means of egress is the path available for a person to leave a building, structure or space. This route must be unobstructed and doors along this route cannot be subject to locking from the side that people will be leaving. A means of egress consists of three parts: exit access, exit and exit discharge.

Learning objectives for this course include informing the audience on what provisions need to be considered as it relates to means of egress applications; understand the difference between components of a means of egress; gain an understanding of how to address challenges in a means of egress; and review of a case study identifying means of egress issues and why they are important.

To learn more about our seminars or to schedule a session, please visit the AIA Continuing Education Systems website or contact Kimberly DiGiovanni at